If you’ve ever tried to start a fire, chances are that you’ve at least once had trouble getting dry tinder. That’s where a pencil sharpener can come in handy for a super cool Fire Lighting Hack…

Yes, really. An old-fashioned metal pencil sharpener.

Metal pencil sharpener

I always carry  around a pencil sharpener in my fire lighting kit. It’s such easy way to create tinder and also when it’s been raining and all the wood is soaking wet, the wood in the middle will be bone dry so we need to get to the dry wood. There’s many materials that can be used for tinder such as pine needles to dryer lint to get the fire starting job done. But if you haven’t got any of those or can’t find any in the forest.  a good old fashion metal pencil sharpener can be used on an appropriately sized stick to make tinder. Once the little fire of tinder is going, slightly larger kindling  can be added to keep building the fire.

Twig in a metal pencil sharpener

I always make sure I have a metal. Pencil sharpener in my fire lighting kit, and so do my Scouts carry them aswell as the fire steel.

It’s a really simple process to make dry tinder using a pencil sharpener… In a nut shell you use the pencil sharpener as you would when you sharpen a blunt pencil, instead of a pencil your using a twig. You then you the shavings as your dry tinder  its as easy as that .  So so simple  but yet very effective!

Pencil sharpener making shavings

There’s even a Scout Leader bigger hack…..

You whack the twig into a drill to make it easier and bigger and better curls .

Drill and a pencil sharpener

I made a vlog post about this simple hack if you would like to watch it in action.

Here’s some more Fire Lighting Hacks:-

How to make your very own Maya Dust

Fire sticks

How to make bushcraft fire starters