Question on firestarting?
Gentlemen please forgive me if this sounds like a dumb question but I hope you will humor me.
Last year I saw a special on one of the network channels on SF going through SERE. In one of the segments they showed an instructor using what appeared to be a wire saw cutting thru a 4"-5" log as fast as he could. He then took the loop of the saw and touched what appeared to be powder from a cartridge and it ignited.
I have been collecting "Aircrew Survival Equipment" for over 20 years now and not one manual, military or otherwise, ever showed this technique. I would think that circumstances would just about have to be perfect for it to work.
My question is "Did I see the whole thing as it is suppose to happen or did I miss something? And if so, would anybody agree with me that that seems like allot of work when there are easier and less energy consuming ways to start a fire?