The Magnesium Fire-Starting Tool was created by Sol Levenson in 1973 and serves as a small and potentially life-saving way to start a fire in non-ideal conditions. Throw it on a keychain, in a go bag or keep in your survival kit to ensure you can make a fire when you need it.
Made in Youngstown, Ohio, USA.
Works wet or dry, and can even ignite damp kindling
Magnesium fire-starting tool is fireproof in solid form
How it works
First, support the edge of the tool with the ground. Scrape the narrow side of tool marked "SHAVING EDGE" with a knife blade held perpendicular to the tool (some people prefer to use a small hacksaw blade or reciprocating saw to not dull their knife). Shave enough to get a small pile of magnesium about the size of a quarter and place it next to your tinder (paper, leaves, small twigs, bark, etc.).
Second, support the edge of the tool on the ground within 1" of magnesium shavings at approximately a 45-degree angle. Scrape the entire length of the side marked "SPARKING INSERT" rapidly with a knife held perpendicular to the SPARKING INSERT side. This action will generate sparks, causing the magnesium shavings to ignite, providing a white hot flame.