Oguruma wrote:I have never used a blastmatch, but I do have the swedish firesteel mini (wouldn't recommend for much other than a really small backup) and a "magnesium firestarter". I never really used the shaving edge to actually make tinder, except for training purposes, but then again I usually brought some kind of tinder into the field with me (cotton/dryer lint).
The blastmatch takes a lot of effort out of the process. Seems like you get the benefits of a bic lighter, but without the relatively short lifespan. I have heard stories of people that have died from hypothermia while trying to start a fire with a normal firesteel... Sort of ironic, but seems reason enough to go with the one-hand operated blastmach.
When it comes to having fire, redundancy is your friend. I keep multiple ways of starting fire, in all my bags.
-small BIC lighter
-big BIC lighter
I've been thinking of adding, what I call, a "crack lighter" I can'r recall the name right now, but they put out a blue "torchlike" flame.
Having a fire is essential, and it the one thing I won't skimp on.
I tried those magnesium starters in the past, will poor results. Never tried a Firesteel though.