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Ben’s Backwoods Fire Wicks

I recently had the chance to try Fire Wicks from Ben’s Backwoods and I’m impressed. To give you some context, my impression of them is that they are kind of like an improved version of petroleum jelly soaked cotton balls. Having something that readily turns spark into flame and then extends that flame is vital to any fire kit.

Fire Wicks are sections of lamp wick that are impregnated with wax. The use of lamp wick is the genius part. First, lamp wick is dense with cotton fibers so the can be fluffed to catch a spark and burn for a long, long time. Second, the lamp wick is flat in form which makes Fire Wicks incredibly easy to store in a kit, on a sheath, or anywhere. Lastly, one Fire Wick can be trimmed into multiple pieces to start multiple fires. It can also be kept whole to use like a match when starting a twig stove or reaching into a fire lay. The lamp wick form is very handy.


Ben’s Backwoods Bandanet Survival Bandana

There are a lot of “survival” bandanas on the market. Most of them are basically just a bandana with questionable survival information printed on them. The Bandanet Survival Bandana from Ben’s Backwoods actually has a few useful tricks up its sleeve.

bens backwoods bandanet

On one side, it looks like a normal good quality cotton bandana. When you turn it over you see a piece of bug netting sewn into the bandana. The net is attached in such a way that turning it inside out turns the Bandanet into a wearable bug net.

The Bandanet can still be used is all the same ways you might use a bandana like as a towel, a head covering, a pre-filter for water, etc. The net also makes it useful as a sack that can be useful for gathering tinder or edibles.

I always carry a bandana anyway so something like this, that serves multiple purposes, could easily find a home in my kit. Check out the Ben’s Backwoods Bandanet Survival Bandana.

bens backwoods bandanet worn over hat

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