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Magnesium Firestarter Tips???

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I've been using a magnesium firestarter for over a year now, and it still doesn't cease to amaze me on how reliable and effective they really are. Such a simple concept really: a simple bar of magnesium, and a rib of ferrocerium. It is easy for a 14 year old like myself to use it, as well as many adults, and people of all ages with two hands and the ability to use a knife. But, as with anything like building a fire, setting up shelter, and taking care of hygeine in the outdoors, there are many ways to use it and many different techniques to starting a fire with the bar of magnesium. I simply try to sliver some flecks with my blade onto a leaf, or other kind of durable platform, and I sliver enough off to make a heaping pile of a nickel. Then, one run down the flint with the back of my blade, I have made fire. So what are some of the other techniques out there? Are there other reccomended ways of starting a fire with a MagBar? Well, please give me your tips. Thanks! :)
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I too use dryer lint. All of my clothes are cotton, so it works quite well.
I actually saw somewhere online, a fixed blade knife with a flint included that was housed in the handle and could be removed to start fires. It even had a notch on the blade near the handle to get a decent spark. I think it was about $30 . I am going to look into it eventually. Though i love my magnesium fire starter. Repetition and backups are the way to go, as you all know already.
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