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Vera and I went into the workshop to show you what it takes to make a Trekker handle. This procedure has evolved over the years. The drill press in the video is my newest one and is incredibly accurate. We used to throw away as many as two out of seven handles because the magnesium hole that we drill in the top was not vertical or near vertical. Now every handle is very close to perfect.

Actually, right up until March of 2019 the wood we received from the mill were 15 feet long by 1 inch and 1 1/8" inch rectangular rods. We then passed each rod 4 times through the router to take off the sharp edges and then over to the chop saw and cut to length.

Eventually our wood mill became curious and asked what we were doing. I told them - and they told me that they would round of the edges at no charge.  'Bout fell of my chair! That saved enormous time and effort and far more consistent than what I did with my router. Then later we negotiated for the mill to cut the wood to length. Where we would do one at a time they do 50.

We now spend all our week days making fire starters and most weekends go to shows to sell in person (and will again soon after the virus scare dies down).

 

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My wife and I began making fire starters years ago. When we first started we flirted with Chinese flints. I got samples from three separate manufacturers and discovered that if you buy in bulk they would cost less than a dollar per flint - sometimes much less. But when we tested these flints they weren’t very effective in starting fires. Later I discovered that there is very little Rare-Earth-Metal in a Chinese flint, and Rare-Earth-Metal is what gives you the hot sparks. Additionally one fifth of the Chinese flint was made with plastic! At that point we dropped China as...

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Simple instructions for lighting a fire with Fire-Fast™ Fire Starters The Fire-Fast Trekker, Kamper, and Fire Fly are all made with the same components, only varying in quantity of material. Obviously the larger the fire starter, the easier to use. The components are as follows: European Flint (Ferro Rod) Military Grade 95% pure Magnesium Rod Hardened Steel Striker/Scraper (sharpened) Hardwood Handle 550 lb, 7 strand paracord. To start a fire in the great outdoors requires some beginning steps. First thing is to make a safe fire pit by digging a shallow hole.  If you can ring it with rocks and...

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Magnesium is a component of some fire starters. We use it because it allows a wider range of fire-starting capability – it’ll start more fires in worse conditions than a flint alone. Magnesium is a soft, light weight metal that can be easily scraped and ignited. It burns incredibly hot - five thousand degrees.  You use it to kick start your fire with a burst of intense heat that rapidly devours any tinder and spreads the burn to your kindling. But there are different qualities of Magnesium. Our Magnesium is 95% pure. The other 5% trace elements help prevent oxidation....

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Recently the Fire Fast Trekker survival fire starter was reviewed by Outdoor Life Magazine (online edition), saying, “If you’re looking for a ‘survival grade’ spark rod, this is it.” See full review. Outdoor Life’s conclusion was, “This product [Fire Fast Trekker] receives my top recommendation on our list.” The reviewer for Outdoor Life Magazine, expert survivalist Tim MacWelch, Founder and Head Instructor at Advanced Survival Training can be found here. If you are looking for survival training you will not find a better team to enhance your skills. At Fire Fast we’ve worked hard to make a superior line of products, from the Trekker survival...

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