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One day, I'm going to make a collection of all the impossible ways I've read that fanfic writers have had Inu and Kagome make fires.....(just read another one that is not how you do it...LOL.)

There are a lot of sites online that discuss various methods of making fire, but this is a good site that covers most, including flint and steel and the many various friction methods:  http://www.ssrsi.org/ods/fire.htm

(My hubby loves to make fires by flint and steel; we have a friend who could make a fire with a bow drill every bit as fast.  I personally, when possible, prefer to start one with a lens...faster than matches! (and I have a tinder box with a built in lens just for that, believe it or not.)

But one does not start fires by using potsherds, or trying to strike them from the metal on Miroku's staff (because the metal on that is brass and doesn't  spark).  It is possible to make sparks from rocks that aren't flint and pyrite, but it's tricky and you do have to know what you're doing and how to prep the rocks.  There are a bunch of friction methods; most, but not all involve drilling or spinning a narrow piece of wood into a flat piece of wood that has been prepared.  There are some sawing techniques, but these usually take two or three people to do.   

I am pretty sure that people who are depending on being able to make fires away from town on a regular basis are going to carry whatever firemaking devices and at least a small supply of tinder, and possibly a tinderbox on their persons.  Or coals from the previous day's fire.  Or both.

So why do things like this stick in my mind? Who knows?



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Jan. 3rd, 2010 08:16 am (UTC)
In Kristine Batey's doujinshi "Hero in the 21st Century" Kagome gives
Inuyasha a lighter which he pretends to throw away, but uses to light fires whenever she is not looking.
Jan. 3rd, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Now that is believable...always easier to start a fire from an open flame rather than a spark or coal....LOL on Inu hiding the fact that he liked a convenience like that...
Jan. 3rd, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I catch stuff like that, too.
Jan. 3rd, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
For me, it's a side effect of doing reenacting...Things like that just jar, because I know better...
Jan. 3rd, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
That makes sense.
And what a fun way to learn more about history, eh?
Jan. 4th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
Oh, I agree. Knowing what it was like doing X Y or Z really makes some of the historical issues come to life for me...Some reenactors I know call what they do "experimental archaeology" but I think it should be called "experiencial archaeology," because you're really doing it to get a handle on what it would be like to do the various things.
Jan. 4th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
That's a very good description, I think!
Jan. 3rd, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
i get that way too. i think that when you know better, the inconsistencies are that much more blatant and annoying. there is an appalling lack of research in most literary work now-a-days.
Jan. 4th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
I'm, as I'm sure you know, tend towards the opposite. I might get so into the research that I never get back to the fic! LOL.
Jan. 4th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Just curious here...Do you use your lens for reenacting only or do you and hubby camp out?

Purrs my friend

Jan. 4th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
I would use it camping, but hubby likes to make flint and steel fires too much to give me a chance....LOL.

With the right prep on a sunny day, you can get a bigger first flame started with a lens than with matches.
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