What to use to strike your firesteel in an emergency

firesteel and sharp rock

There you are, stuck in the backwoods and a fire is needed to stay warm. But you have somehow lost some of the items you need to start a fire, well here are some helpful tips….

If you’ve lost the steel striker for your firesteel and need to start a fire, don’t panic. Just look on the ground for a piece of common, silica-based rock, such as quartzite (generally the easiest to find), quartz, chalcedony, obsidian, agate, chert, or jasper and use it to strike your firesteel instead. You can also use broken glass or ceramic pottery in the same manner (be sure to protect your hands if possible).