Here are my absolute favorite fire starters.They take a bit of work to make but they can make lots of fires during your endurance trek through the woods. What we are going to do is basically just combine Fatwood with Jute twine. Jute twin can easily catch a spark and Fatwood burns for a long time. Those two components mean that you will most likely succeed in your effort to make a fire in a survival situation.
These are great for any bug out bag as they are light weight and effective, they are also natural which is a bonus for those who would like to reduce their carbon footprint.
Lets get started!
a fine edge knife
serrated knife or hacksaw or dremel tool with a cutting wheel (Serrated knife takes forever)
Jute twine (Grab a whole spool, you decide how many layers are in your wrap, I prefer 2)
1.) Remove excess wood with the fine blade
I try to go with the grain whenever possible, but it's not required.
Simply slide the fine blade along the piece of fatwood at about a 10 degree angle, any burrs will catch on your knife and be cut away easily, leaving a piece of fatwood that wont give you splinters every time you use it. (Warning: ALWAYS cut AWAY from your body, NEVER towards yourself as this can cause injury)
(You can also use sand paper or sanding wheel on a dremel but I prefer to hand shape them with a knife)