A reliable fire-starting method is not only a convenient campsite tool – it could someday be a life saver. By keeping size down to a nearly unnoticeable 3/8" x 3", this solid magnesium unit is easy to pack and carry. The full-length, flint-sparking insert ignites (even when wet) to a temperature of 5,400°F to light the most stubborn campfire. * Reliable fire-starting method * Easy to pack and carry * Ignites even when wet Directions 1) Pare a small pile of Magnesium shavings (at least enough to cover a quarter). Use a sharp knife held at 90 degrees to the magnesium block. 2) Gather tinder (twigs, leaves paper oil soaked cloth, etc) in a pile adjoining the magnesium shavings. 3) Hold the Fire Starter with a sparking insert up to about a 45 degree angle within an inch of the shavings. 4) Scrape the length of the starter using the back (spine) of the knife creating sparks which will ignite the magnesium shavings. 5) The magnesium shavings will burn rapidly but the extreme heat will ignite even damp (not wet) tinder. Be prepared to add additional fuel to build and maintain an adequate fire. Warnings Magnesium in solid forms is safe and is not combustible. Do not pare shavings before they are needed.