HOW TO USE: 1 – Gather tinder (dry branches, bark, grass, pine needles, lint, paper, etc.) of the preferred size/amount. 2 – Use the serrated edge of the striker to scrape along the length of the magnesium rod to create shavings. 3 – You can either sprinkle the magnesium shavings throughout the tinder pile, or scrape the shavings into a cluster to the minimum size of a U.S. quarter coin. 4 – Then hold the flint at an angle over the pile, while forcefully sliding your striker along the length of the flint to create sparks. 5 – Continue to slide the striker against the flint until the sparks land directly onto the shavings pile and ignite a flame. PLEASE NOTE: For first-time use, stripping the protective layer of paint from the striker before starting your fire will help produce the best results.