This fire making kit is a functional replica of the equipment used to make fire from Roman times to the 18th century. The kit includes a hardened steel striker, flint sherd, tinder (charred linen cloth), and tow (dried plant fiber). A fire is made by striking the steel striker to the flint, and catching a spark on the tinder. The charcloth tinder glows hot, and can be blown into a flame in the tow. Perfect for reenactment, bushcraft, camping, or a survival kit. The steel sparks great, and is modeled after a historic style of fire steel . There is enough tinder for many fires, and a piece of tow to get you started. Lighting fires with a flint and steel is an interesting challenge, and with a little practice even a beginner can have a reliable source of fire with this flint and steel kit!