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Another Keychain Fire Thingie
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Another Fire Keychain Thingie



My brain fart ideas!





















Don't ya love it when one idea births another idea!





















This really started when I put together my Maxpedition Bottle holder kit. I put a lighter in a plastic keychain holder and let it hang from my kit. Sure it might get hung up on some brush and lost, but that's what back-ups are for, cause two is one and even more is better!















Much later, I had this idea about ferro rods and whip knots.



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What sparked that idea was my difficulty in finding Boy Scout sparkers like Ron carried. That problem has been solved by going to the out of town Boy Scout store while it was open! It was a small room in the back of an Ace hardware store called Grand Pa's in Clarksville Tn. Twas only open a few short hours a day and never on my days off!















Now back to the lighters..........



Those plastic keychain lighter thingies can be found at truck stops and even online. Chapstick is even sold in a plastic keychain thingie that can hold a lighter.









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That was my original idea until the plastic thingie broke down. So I reinforced it with a cable tie hidden on the inside. Better, but I still was not satisfied.









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Back to today. I had just gone to the store for some lighters for kits. Twas thinking about how I could incorporate putting lighters in kits and such. I had a brain fart that didn't stink, and a random thought of philosophy bit me on the ass.





















Ron talked about our synthetic environment vs the non-synthetic environment. I gots to thinking bout ferro rods vs lighters or synthetic vs synthetic. I'll keep my feeble thoughts to myself and proceed with my new innovation!.....................















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There it is! I tied it with a whip knot, colored paracord threads with a black Sharpie, and sealed it all with fingernail polish. I really like using a leather boot lace for the keychain loop although any cordage works. Tacking the keychain loop on with glue/ nail polish helps with tying. I haven't tried covering the threads with heat shrink tubing yet. That would give it a heavy duty look!





















The loop of the whip knot underneath the cordage gives it an uneven look. Gotta work on that. Maybe if I put the whip knot loop and leather shoelace on the sides of the lighter? But the side without the whip knot loop, looks pretty good!





















The paracord threads look like small strands of rope which I think is cool, but there are other options like using the thread to an Ezy Awl, etc. This thingie was so quick to make! Those other two sparkers I made..........well I gave them away and haven't had the time to make more with the extra ferro rods I have. I have an adequate supply of Boy Scout sparkers now! Until my brain farts again!...............











And now for something completely different!











While putting together another mini kit........Another brain fart happened!









My mini kit is extra small, so I was looking for ideas to make more room for survival items.









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I held in my hand two items most mini kits contain, a button compass and dental floss. I stared and stared. And stared some more.......Would my button compass fit in the center of my roll of floss? No. What if I removed the center spool of my floss and inserted the compass? Would it fit? No. So I removed the inner spool and enough floss to make it fit! Eureka!















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The compass not only fit, but I had room behind the compass for cotton, fishing sinkers, etc. My kit container was a small pill pouch, so any extra room I could manage was a big help.









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As a side note, I'd like to thank the Hoodlum who gave me the idea to tape the sides of floss to hold everything together........Til my brain farts again!
Message of Insight and Unity 

We go into the wilderness to fulfill our hearts and empty our minds of life's garbage.
The gear we leave behind and the challenges we encounter, 
Are methods we use to cleanse our spirits.
Of Survivalists and Bushcrafters, Primitive Technologists too, we are one.........

It is the wilderness within, we strive for first and always.
Not everyone can have a cabin in the mountains.
The thread that connects us, is fine like silk and strong as steel.
Together, the song of the wilderness is the song we sing!

"And can I say something else?"
Bushcrafting is "doing what you want to do." 
Survival is "doing what you have to do"
Primitive Technology is about all of the above........

By TNRR aka "Survival Sully"
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My mini kit is extra small, so I was looking for ideas to make more room for survival items.



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I held in my hand two items most mini kits contain, a button compass and dental floss. I stared and stared. And stared some more.......Would my button compass fit in the center of my roll of floss? No. What if I removed the center spool of my floss and inserted the compass? Would it fit? No. So I removed the inner spool and enough floss to make it fit! Eureka!















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The compass not only fit, but I had room behind the compass for cotton, fishing sinkers, etc. My kit container was a small pill pouch, so any extra room I could manage was a big help.



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COOOOL <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' /> <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' /> hhaha that is a genius idea....you could use it as the replacement spool for fishing line, thin snare wire, thread, floss!



amazing...small plastic spool= no survival use really



compass= valuable survival tool, freaking sweet idea Ronnie. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/yes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':yes:' />



I am borrowing that idea. I am in the process of building a mini kit for this little Columbian girl at work. She asked me for advice in getting started hiking and camping. I am gung ho...but trying not to overwhelm her.



I have lent her more good survival books and magz than she can ever read. Directed her to hoods woods, survival.com. I told her survival is in your head, the rule of 3, told her to practice water, navigation and fire with her kit before she goes out there and I am making her a sample mini kit.



just like you guys did for me. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' />





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"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."--Thomas Jefferson

"Buy land- they are not making it anymore"- Mark Twain

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile €”hoping it will eat him last." -Winston Churchill

"Wilderness is in our hearts first and always. All of us can't have a cabin in the mountains. It's the wilderness within we must strive for first."- R. Sullivan
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Paying it forward is paying it back!
Message of Insight and Unity 

We go into the wilderness to fulfill our hearts and empty our minds of life's garbage.
The gear we leave behind and the challenges we encounter, 
Are methods we use to cleanse our spirits.
Of Survivalists and Bushcrafters, Primitive Technologists too, we are one.........

It is the wilderness within, we strive for first and always.
Not everyone can have a cabin in the mountains.
The thread that connects us, is fine like silk and strong as steel.
Together, the song of the wilderness is the song we sing!

"And can I say something else?"
Bushcrafting is "doing what you want to do." 
Survival is "doing what you have to do"
Primitive Technology is about all of the above........

By TNRR aka "Survival Sully"
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