It's true. For years I've been carrying the same lighter every day. When I needed to light a smoke it's never failed me. It's lighted many campfires. Any time that I've ever needed to get a fire going it's done it's job. 4 years ago, when I met my wife I was using the same lighter. I don't know how long I was carrying it before I met her. Today it finally failed me. I can't tell you how many times I tried to get a fire going when a flint and steel or a blastmatch just wouldn't work. Every time I've ever "given up" and taken the easy way out my faithful bic has always done the job. I've got a stack of zippos that always seem to die after just a few weeks. Meanwhile, I've been hoarding bics that never fail me. You can spend $25 on a blastmatch. You can spend $3 on a magnesium bar that you need a $10 knife in your pocket to use. Go ahead and stockpile containers of lighter fluid if you want to burn through it in a few months because it evaporates faster than you use it. If you can get a knife and flint to work then you can expect to spend a while sharpening the knife afterwards. Or you can spend a couple of bucks on a pack of Bics that will start a fire with the flick of a thumb. I have bics that are at least 10 years old that still light up with no problem. Being able to start a fire with a bow & drill is a great skill. Even starting a fire with a blastmatch takes some serious technique. Starting a fire with a Bic takes very little skill. Carry a Bic and you'll always have a fire at your fingertips when you need it. Just make sure that you swap it out every couple of years.
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