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How to start a fire the old-fashioned way

Secret no. 13 to making the most of the city this chilly season

How to start a fire the old-fashioned way
(Image: courtesy Helve Haft and Handle)

The rustic fire-starting set by local knife-making studio Helve Haft and Handle may not be as easy to use as a Bic lighter, but it can start a fire—and impress a hibernating lumbersexual—in a snap. The kit, handmade by Maritime-bred artist and company founder Stephen Fisher, includes a steel striker and a rod made of the spark-producing alloy ferrocerium (a slightly less caveman-like combo than flint and steel), plus a block of resinous pine for kindling. It’s hands-down the woodsiest way to build a bonfire. $25. Helvehaftandhandle.com.

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