The best 50 cents you'll invest in prepping.

Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by Magus, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. Magus

    Magus Scavenger deluxe

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    A simple, cheap fire kit.
    A manual pencil sharpener!
    It creates thin, dry [when it gets deeper.] shavings from dead twigs that ignite with minimal effort.
    K I'm done.
     
  2. Balls004

    Balls004 Not new, just older

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    Simple, cheap and something I hadn't thought of. Nice tip!
     

  3. zombieresponder

    zombieresponder random gibberish

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    I carry a pocket knife. Actually two, but one uses disposable utility blades.
     
  4. Balls004

    Balls004 Not new, just older

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    If I've got pants on, I've got a pocket knife. It's still a great idea. Save the knife for heavier tasks.
     
  5. jimLE

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    here's what i use,in which,i've already saved some shavings with it
     

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  6. UncleJoe

    UncleJoe Well-Known Member

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    I have several of those compact pencil sharpeners. Never thought about the shavings as a fire starter.

    Good one!
     
  7. Sentry18

    Sentry18 Well-Known Member

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    Boom! Pencil Sharpener...

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  8. Magus

    Magus Scavenger deluxe

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    *BOWS* It came to me in a dream. :p
     
  9. Tirediron

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    A pencil sharpener is a lot easier than cutting feather sticks with a knife, I thought about the kind with the cover like JimLE posted when I first read this thread, but before I read this thread I never clued in that one would be a good fire starting aid

    Magus, Thank you for another quick and inexpensive tip :cool:
     
  10. Magus

    Magus Scavenger deluxe

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    If one packed cedar sticks or if they still make them cedar shafted pencils [to make maps and notes]cedar erupts into flame pretty easily. just an added thought.
     
  11. jimLE

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    i was keeping the shavings in a 4oz cup..then i remembered some small containers with lids,that i had bought the other day.and of course.i now keep the shavings and pencil sharpener together..
     

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  12. Tactic12

    Tactic12 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the post, so simple, yet very overlooked! I went to store and got a great deal with the back to school specials lol. Cheers!
     
  13. Idaholady

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    That's a great idea; I'll pick up a couple and throw them in my bag. In fact I'll take the idea to the next prep class and let others know too.
     
  14. jimLE

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    these are what i've been working on time to time since my first post in this thread..pencil on left.and a wooden dowel on the right..
     

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  15. jimLE

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    here's something that'll help things go faster.just put pencil or what ever into a drill.and you'll get a lot of shavings real fast..
     

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  16. LincTex

    LincTex Jack of all trades?

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    Jim,
    I think is more for a "Backwoods" kind of tip.

    If you have an electric drill handy, you'll MOST LIKELY not need pencil shavings to start a fire.
     
  17. jimLE

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    :D country all the way here..
     

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  18. neil-v1

    neil-v1 Old Member

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    Like it. Good thinking.
     
  19. offgridcooker

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    Had not thought of using a pencil sharpener for fire starter,
    thanks
     
  20. Kodeman

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    Magus, so glad you posted this. I did this in the mid-60's, preparing for my first deer hunt, as a teenager. Info on survival was pretty much only found in military manuals and prepping was only considered for bomb shelters. I read of a simple but effective solution to waterproof the shavings. This may seem obsolete, now, but back then this was very effective. You fill an empty 16ga.shell with the shavings and put this in an empty 12ga. shell. I still have this in my daypack with a second one containing wooden matches. I enjoy all your post.
    Kodeman