Last week I posted about how if you prepare even the slightest ahead of time you should never have to resort to making fire using one of the various fire by friction techniques you see on the popular survival shows on TV. One TV survivalist actually agrees with me according to his book!

Mykel Hawke, the co-star of Man, Woman, Wild and author of Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual says on page 151:

Always carry a lighter. Everything else that follows in this chapter is what you have to do because you didn't carry a lighter. There are a million reasons at all times, and not one reason not to do so...

...The million reasons you should carry a lighter - or some other means of ignition - refer to the minimum number of strokes you will need to get a fire going when you have to resort to rubbing sticks together!
He goes on to talk about how much actual work goes into rubbing sticks together to make fire and also warns that it is time consuming and can take a toll on both your physical and mental well being. Therefore he recommends going out prepared at all times, instead of having to rub sticks together.

Long story short, if you find yourself in a situation where you have to rub sticks together to make fire then you "done screwed up" big time.

As I mentioned last week, besides a lighter like Captain Hawke suggests, I also carry a mini fire steel on my key chain. It works in all weather conditions, even when wet! You should too!