Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Before There Were Bics: Tibetan Fire Starter

I bought this little leather pouch in Oakland from a Tibetan immigrant who told me that now that people have abandoned these traditional fire starters, the Himalayas are littered with used Bic lighters. I turned the pouch into a survival necklace with a piece of twine and a few old beads.


Metal blade on bottom is a striker.


Inside the pouch, a piece of flint and some fluffy lint.

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