Much more dependable & long lasting than a lighter or matches; to operate, simply shave off thin layers of magnesium from this lightweight stick, & then strike the flint that is attached along the opposite side using your Swisschamp. The sparks will ignite the magnesium, flaring your kindling into a fire. Fire is an essential element to learn to survival, so these are essential for beginners who haven’t learned to make fire from sticks yet. Unlike matches & lighters- this thing will work after sitting in water for weeks. Makes hundreds of fires.