he bamboo strike-a-light is a relatively unknown method of spark-based fire starting that has been overlooked in the modern bushcraft and survival scene, and has largely been ignored by scientific literature. Like the fire piston and fire thong methods of fire-making, it has an exclusive Southeast Asian distribution. The method consists of striking sparks out of the culm of Schizostachyum bamboo with flint, broken pottery, china or even another piece of bamboo. The sparks that occur by striking the Schizostachyum bamboo are presumably generated by the high silica content in this genus of bamboo.The first accounts of this remarkable method of creating fire by striking stone or pottery onto a bamboo culm to produce sparks came from marooned travelers in the Indonesian archipelago at the end of the 18th century.
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