101 Ways to Use a Knife : How to Start a Fire (Part 2 of 2)

In part 1 of our series on how to start a fire, we went over how to use a knife to create useable planks of wood out of a large log. These planks are the long term fuel for your fire. In this article we are going to go over how to prepare your kindling, or quick ignite material that will actually start your fire. Then we will go over how to ignite that kindling and start a fire.

Tools Needed:

1. Knife
2. Flint / Magnesium Striker

Step 1 : Find your Kindling

Most locations are going to have some sort of dry material to use as kindling, so this step shouldn’t be too labor intensive. Dry leaves, dry branches, dry tree bark works great as kindling. The goal is to get dry “quick igniting” material. You want material that is going to catch on fire right away. If you can’t find anything suitable, a swatch of cloth or clothing will also do.


Step 2 : Prepare your Kindling

This step is simply bunching your kindling together in a way that keeps it in a tight and compact formation.


Step 3: Shave Magnesium Filings onto your Kindling

For this step you need to have a magnesium flint stone like the one you can find on our firestarter paracord bracelets.

Having a fire starting tool like this is extremely useful in a survival scenario, because it allows you to skip so many tedious steps. Generating a spark is a lot harder than it looks and it is a fact that with no spark you get no fire. Having a tool like this makes generating a spark extremely easy. We recommend anytime you camp, fish, hunt, hike travel that you carry a “shortcut” way to start a fire like our firestarter paracord bracelet.


On our bracelets we have a “rake” that will allow you to shave off the magnesium, but if you have a knife it makes the process quicker and allows you to easily make larger slices of magnesium which increases the chances of your fire starting up the first time. Again a knife isn’t required to shave the magnesium off of our bracelets, it just makes it easier.


Take the edge of your knife and firmly press it against the magnesium striker. While still holding the magnesium striker firmly, slowly grind the edge of the knife up and down again the magnesium striker so that it creates slivers or flakes of the magnesium metal. Do this over your kindling so that the flakes or slivers accumulate on your kindling. You will want to be careful because if you grind the edge of the blade against the magnesium too fast it will generate a spark and possibly prematurely start your fire. How much magnesium you need is dependent upon the type of kindling you have. For our example we had pretty dry twigs and some dry leaves so it did not take much.

The magnesium shavings will act as a sparking accelerator for your fire, so try to keep the shavings bunched together in one central area. This will make the magnesium much more effective. Also make sure that the area you put your magnesium shavings on has the driest kindling available.

Step 4: Spark it Up

Once you have setup your kindling and added your magnesium shavings, it is time to add the spark to the fuel. The goal would be to hit your magnesium shavings with the sparks you generate from your magnesium stone. Once the magnesium shavings are hit with a spark, they will begin to pop, spark and ignite anything combustible that is around it.


To generate sparks, firmly hold the magnesium in one hand while in the other hand quickly rake the edge of your knife against the magnesium stone. This friction will generate large volumes of sparks. If you miss your target keep raking, the faster and harder you rake the magnesium the more sparks you will generate. **NOTE** Please be extremely safe when raking your knife against your magnesium. Be aware of your fingers and keep your hands safe.

Once again our firestarter paracord bracelets have a built in abrasive rake that will also allow you to create sparks without the knife.


There you have go, it is really that easy. With these 2 simple EDC tools you can legitimately start a fire in under 30 minutes.

Tools Used:

1. Nemesis Serrated OTF Knife


2. Paracord Firestarter Bracelet


101 Ways to Use a Knife : Knife Throwing

Knife throwing is not only a useful skill to know for survival purposes, but it is also extremely challenging and fun. In this article we are going to go over some knife throwing fun we had with one of our Nemesis OTF knives. Because of the weight of our knife, we wanted to try the “no spin” knife throwing technique. Here was our results

Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding our shoot:

First, the thrower (co-owner Nate Mirand) had no proper training in how to “no spin” throw a knife or any other knife throwing technique. This was the first time he had ever thrown a knife. The techniques used were quickly learned off of the internet the same day as filming.

Second, the knife being used isn’t a brand new, out of the box knife. It is Nate Mirand’s personal OTF knife that he carries with him everyday. There was nothing different about this particular knife compared to any other Nemesis OTF we could have pulled off the shelf. This OTF wasn’t “beefed up” or modified in any way, it is a stock Nemesis OTF with a black out kit. This knife is 2 years old, gets used every single day, has only been sharpened once, and has been used in many of our torture test videos.

The Grip

If you are familiar with knife throwing then you know that the no spin technique has a little bit of a unique grip.

First the handle is not held in the usual manner, it is held between the index finger and thumb, as near to the end of the handle as possible.



The remaining fingers are wrapped around the handle at the end using as tight a grip as possible. Keep all fingers as near to the end of the handle as possible, but keep the forefinger pressed up against the top of the handle.


The Stance

Your stance and balance should be solid, but relaxed until you are ready to make your throw. Nate is right-handed so his left leg is in front as the lead leg. His right leg is behind, but not so far back as to lose momentum or balance. Both feet should be about shoulder width apart. When you throw the knife, the follow through is all-important. Remember, its the forefinger that controls the knife, press it tightly along the handle and try to wipe it along the handle top as the knife goes.





The Cleanup

When you are done with throwing your OTF knife be sure to clean off any tree sap or debris from the blade so that there aren’t any restrictions to the blade travel.


Final Words of Advice

First and foremost, if you are going to try your hand at knife throwing be sure you are doing it safely. That means knowing your area and all those around you. The last thing you want to do is throw a knife where you aren’t supposed to, or you hurt someone who wasn’t expecting a knife being thrown.

Once you find that secure and safe area for your knife throwing, we recommend standing as close to your target as needed to get a strike. That is, don’t start by standing 10 ft away from your target if this is your first time attempting to throw a knife. Instead, start 2 ft away and perform slow, methodical throws. These throws will build your muscle memory and your overall throwing mechanics. These throws will also build your confidence. Once you work out your mechanics at the close distance, then you can take a few steps back and try to throw again. Note, when you step back you will have to adjust the power you use to throw the knife. The farther back, the harder you have to throw. But the farther back, the more fun it is!

Here is a video of what this actually looked like in real time:

Knife Used in Filming:

Full Size Nemesis Serrated Black (Click Image to Purchase):

Raven Crest Tactical Nemesis OTF Knife


Thanks to Throwzini for the tips:

101 Ways to Use a Knife: Starting a Fire (Part 1 of 2)

Knowing how to start a fire without standard fire starting materials (i.e. matches or a lighter) is a fundamental survival skill. From boy scouts to the most elite special forces operators, they are all taught basic fire starting skills.

Once again there are many ways to learn how to start a fire with minimal tools. We are going to show you how to start a fire by using two of our basic EDC tools that some of you carry with you everyday. We want to show you how easily you can start a fire whenever and wherever you are with these minimal tools.

Tools Needed:

1. Knife
2. Hammer or Rock

Along with kindling and sticks (we will go over that later in Part 2), you are going to need bigger pieces of wood to actually act as the fuel for your fire. Sometimes these pieces of wood aren’t just laying around so you need to create them from larger pieces of wood.

Step 1: Find the Fuel for your Fire:

Most of the times, perfectly sized dry planks of wood are not just laying around naturally. They need to be created. One way to do this is to find a nice and dry log and split it into workable plank sections with your knife.


Make sure the log you choose is not larger in circumference than the blade of your knife. You will need your knife to at least be as long as the circumference of the log, that way it will fully slice through the entire log.


Find a good spot to leverage your log. You will not want it moving around in the next step.


Begin to size up your knife edge against the log. Make sure that that blade always run with the grain of the wood. This will make for easy, smooth and even cuts.


Step 2: Begin to Split the Log into Sections:

If you do not have a hammer or other suitable striking tool, find a large rock that you can use to “hammer” the knife blade through the log.




Keep working the knife through the log with the rock until you fully slice off your desired section of wood.


Continue to do this until you have enough fire wood to start your fire. You will want to have enough of these planks to create a proper fire starting formation. See example below:


That’s it for this article, stay tuned for Part 2 that will go over how to actually get your fire started.

Tools Used:

1. Nemesis Serrated OTF Knife


101 Ways to use your Knife: #1 “How to make a Spear”

If you were ever in a true survival scenario, being able to make a spear would not only be useful for hunting or fishing, but a spear is also a useful tool for protection. Being able to make a spear is a simple yet critical survival skill. Below, we will go over some basics to spear making techniques. There are many many ways to do this, some that could take you hours to finish. We are choosing a very simple and quick technique that takes minimal time, energy yet could produce maximum damage in a pinch.)

Note: If you are in a survival scenario and you only have one knife available to you, we recommended that you do not use your knife as the spear point. We recommend using your knife to hone and shape a piece of wood into a spear point. However, there are certain survival circumstances where you would need / want to use your knife as the spear point.

Materials Needed:

1. Solid tree branch or limb
2. Knife
3. Length of cord, cable, twine, leather strap. Anything strong that can we wrapped and tied.

The Steps:

Step 1: Check your surroundings for a piece of wood that would make for a solid spear handle. You are looking for a strong circular branch or limb that will comfortably fit in your hand.



Step 2: Place the handle of your knife against your spear handle to see how stable it is.



Step 3: Shave off any imperfections that will interfere with the handle making contact with your spear handle.



Ideally, you want the knife handle to make as much clean contact as possible with your spear handle.


Step 4: For this step you will need some sort of twine, cable, leather strap, cord, line, etc.. This is needed to attach your knife to your spear handle. We are going to be using one of our paracord survival bracelets, but just follow along and you will get the idea.

*Cutting end of bracelet

*Unravel the paracord bracelet to get a useable length of rope

Step 5: Place the handle of your knife on the prepared end of your spear handle


Step 6: Begin tightly wrapping the handle of your knife to the spear handle using your rope


Step 7: Once you feel you have properly secured your knife to the spear handle, tie off the rope. Being that we were doing this for example (and we have short attention spans) we did not completely wrap the handle of the knife with rope. If this was to be used for a real survival scenario we highly recommend wrapping around the entire handle of your knife.


You now have a hunting tool, fishing tool, and medium range weapon.


What we used for this demonstration:

1. Nemesis Serrated OTF Knife

2. Paracord Firestarter Survival Bracelet