Flint and steel is an early fire-making technique that dates back to the first days of metal experimentation in Europe and Asia. This fire-starting method creates a red-hot spark when a piece of high-carbon steel is struck against a hard, sharp stone edge (like a flake of flint). The steel shaving is ignited by the friction created by striking steel and stone together. This steel spark is immediately caught in fire-charred material, then placed in dry tinder and blown into flame. Easy, right? Well, there is a bit of a learning curve—or as I refer to it, the time when you scrape off more knuckle than steel. Just remember that practice makes perfect.