of Fire Starting Tow
is the untwisted fiber from the flax plant (the flax plant
is used to make linen). It is a perfect firestarting tool
to use with your char cloth, flint & steel. The tow
comes by the hank, when unfolded it is about 3' long and
about 1/2" round and weigh very little. Some people
also use the tow to clean their musket or fouler in the
field. As a recommendation if you are a frequent shooter
or do alot of hunting. To keep your old hemp rope to dry
out, unravel, and use for the coarse cleaning of your
muzzleloader. Save this finer fiber for quick firestarting.
kits include lots of packed in tow (tinder), good char
cloth, hardened steel striker, and a large chard of flint.
The large kit holds more, and in addition has alternative
tinder (birch bark), and the top of the tin has a candle
holder (see upper right of photo for the lid).
The small firestarting kit tin is 3.5 inches in diameter
and 1.25 inches deep.
The large firestarting kit tin is 4 inches in diameter
and 1.675 inches deep.