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  • With a fire you are able to boil water to make it drinkable, to harden wooden and spear points, prepare food, to drive the darkness away and to keep up morals, to keep wild animals away and hopefully to show the rescue team where you are by using it as a signal..

  • What do you do if there is no matches or lighter with you or if it is soppy wet and useless? There is a large variety of methods, techniques and apparatus that can be used to make a fire. The Swedish firesteel is one of the most trustworthy methods.

  • Swedish firesteel- a combination of ferrocerium and a variety of other metals that produces a spark when it is scratched with a sharp object like a knife (your most important survival component), which you must have with you at all times.

  • It is available at camp shops and some models even have a magnesium part that will make the whole process even more easier. The main plus point is that this apparatus can get wet but will still work

  • Fire with lenses

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    The sun is a source of energy. A convex lens, in other words, a lens that can, on one or both sides bulge outside, like a magnifying glass, collects sunlight and focus the energy on a small area that becomes mighty hot and can easily catch fire on the tinder. Here follows a couple of ways to make lenses with which a fire can be started.

  • Use the lenses of your reading glasses. By putting water in the cavity or the inside of the lens, the effectiveness will be further increased.

  • A transparent glass bottle also works well as a lens. It will take some patience to find he focus point because it is sometimes further away than you thought.

  • Stretch a layer transparent plastic over a 20cm wire circlet or something similar. Pour water over the plastic until it forms a cavity and thus form a lens.

  • Pour half a cup of water in condom and press it tight in a ball until the rubber wall is transparent and thin. The corner of a transparent plastic bag also works well.. Make a hole in a piece of plastic or non-absorbent paper with a pin. With the point of the pin press a drop of water out and put it in the hole to form a small lens. Because the areas that collect sun is so small, this plan will only work in full, powerful sun.

  • Dr Wallace Vosloo is an Engineer and Scientist by profession. His family has lived in Africa since 1696 and he has a deep love for the continent. He is a practical outdoorsman and loves traditional hunting, axe and knife throwing, longbow shooting, black powder rifle- and cannon shooting, salt and fresh water fly fishing and tracking. The art of survival is Wallace’s main field of interest and his passion is to transfer these old forgotten skills to young hunters.

    The large lens of a binocular turned up towards the sun can be used as a magnifying glass. The focus point forms close to the eyepiece.

  • A piece of clear ice can be formed as a lens by rubbing it on a rock and then polish it smooth with the heat of your hands.. The ice must not be murky or full of air bubbles


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