VIDEO: Fire from a Sharpie Marker!

We’ve covered a lot of ways to get fire, from flint and steel to natural tinders. But in our latest video, Jason Salyer covers one that we haven’t seen before. The common Sharpie marker is a part of many individuals’ everyday carry, but in a survival situation, it could be just the thing to dry out tinder or accelerate a small flame into a warming fire.

This type of knowledge may seem trivial, but you never know when it might be the difference between starting a fire and not. As Jason shows, you can light a Sharpie with a ferro rod, but it also acts as a great flame extender to preserve lighter fuel or other ignition resources.

What other unusual or unexpected survival tips do you know? Please share them in the comments below.

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Jason has years of experience as a professional strength and conditioning coach, working with everyone from college athletes to Naval Special Operations. He's also an avid camper, hunter, fisherman, and general outdoorsman. If that isn't enough, he also frequently heads out for long-distance dual-sport motorcycle trips, where his improvisation and survival skills are honed.

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  • Always great to learn something new. I always have Sharpies in my pocket.

  • Thank you for sharing your skills, Jason! That Sharpy was one of my late husbands favorite all time carry on him items. He would have loved this video! I feel much better knowing that if water safe matches run out, the Sharpy will do the trick with a knife and the ferro rod. Blessings to you and yours – stay safe and God Bless the USA.