This has to be 1 of my favourite camping tools… The simple “pencil sharpener”

Scouts often complain to me that they can’t find dry wood after its been raining. Using this simple tool can create dry shaving that can be used for tinder.

Its so simple but so effective.

Make sure you use a metal sharpener rather than a plastic sharpener as these tend to crack easily

Why do I use this? It’s great to make kindling shavings, when the wood is wet, simply start “sharpening” the twigs and you will get dry shavings, ready to start your fire. Maybe double these shavings with the Cotton wool tinder pads that I made .

Scouts often complain to me that they can’t find dry wood after its been raining. Using this simple tool , a pencil sharpener can create dry shaving that can be used for tinder. Its so simple but so effective!! Make sure you use a metal sharpener rather than a plastic sharpener as these tend to crack easily