Survival Series Fire Starter: Durable, under 15$ @ Amazon When there is no risk currently for you or you feel a calm front moving in, prepare. Now is the time to practice and master your skills. Don't wait until It hit's the fan.
Survival Tip #3: For those of you who have a radio (9volt) with you, use the batteries to begin a fire. Buy a few nine volt batteries, and a pack of steel wool (never hold the wool in your hand when you touch them together.) You can purchase all of this in the hardware store. The wool is made with small fibers. They will react to the battery because of how small the fibers are. The electricity from a 9VOLT battery will cause them to burn up or "react." Always pack some steel wool to your survival bag or Bug-Out-Bag as a back-up. Practice this method in case your lighters do not live up the the huge task of lighting.
Survival Tip #4: You are able to obtain flint and steel from quite a few sources (also linked in this post.) Practice striking the flint and steel together to send a spark into your tinder. This can take some practice. You need to know how to do this if you find yourself in a situation that lacks any of the other methods, it gets easy with practice and lasts a very long time. You may also be able to strike your steel against rock. Practicing will prepare you for this situation. I do not suggest utilizing your knife for this objective. Your knife is too beneficial to you in a survival situation, and usually does not make that excellent of a fire starter anyhow. Bring no harm to your knife, for it is your friend. For those who just don't listen and have to try it, make sure to use the back of the knife blade and not the edge. Elk Ridge 4-Piece Fire Starter Kit with Striker (Low cost bulk kit)
In Conclusion: There are a multitude of different approaches you can use for beginning and maintaining a survival fire. Choose one and begin to master it. Now, move to the next, master and repeat. You can never be over prepared, and the lady's love a man who can build fire (and Vice versa.) Fire light fills the night bring warmth to us all! ---------------------- Survival Tip: Master the Elements, Master the FIRE!