Genuine Doan Army Mag Fire Starter

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The Doan Magnesium Fire Starter is a real Government Military Issue Fire Starter with
NSN 4240-01-160-5618

Adopted by the US Armed Forces for use in their survival kits.
Count on it to work, wet or dry, even with damp kindling.
Water resistant instructions.

By scraping the "shaving edges" with the blade, you will accumulate a pile of magnesium shavings.
Simply scrape the "sparking insert" to ignite the shavings to temperatures of
5400°F, hot enough to light even the most stubborn campfire!


Support edge of tool on ground. Scrape narrow side of tool marked "SHAVING EDGE" with knife blade held perpendicular to tool. Amass small pile of magnesium about the size of a quarter next to tinder. (paper. leaves, small twigs, bark, etc.)


Support edge of tool on ground within 1" of magnesium shavings at approximately 45° angle. Scrape entire length of side marked "SPARKING INSERT" rapidly with knife held perpendicular to SPARKING INSERT. This action will cause generate sparks, causing the magnesium shavings to ignite, providing a white hot flame. If you don't want to dull your knife, a small hacksaw blade works great!


Under windy conditions, the magnesium shavings should be placed in a depression in the ground.

Will ignite rubber to create a distress smoke signal. (Use tire from your vehicle if necessary to attract aircraft.)

If fine tinder is not available, use the following:

Packaging comes with survival tips
Carry in a pocket or attach to bag with included chain loop
 Measures 3 x 1 x 0.3 inch Weighs 1.5 ounces