Using a Firesteel
Step 1) Preparing the tinder. Using the back of the knife blade, scrape down the length of the piece of maya wood producing a bundle of small shavings that are still attached to the piece of wood (a little like a feather stick). Then cut a small sliver of wood from the main piece with all the shavings still attached to the sliver (this helps to hold all the shavings together when using the firesteel).
Step 2) Positioning. Place the end of the firesteel on a firm surface in a position that will allow the sparks will fall onto the tinder.
Step 3) Striking. Strike downward with a hard and slow movement using the back of the knife blade. Never use the cutting edge of your knife to strike a firesteel as you are likely to completely ruin the knife. The sparks produced should ignite your prepared tinder.
This is a strip of birch bark torn from a dead rotting tree found lying on the forest floor. Most of the wood had disintegrated but the bark was still usable. Use the back of your knife to scrape up the surface of the bark into a pile of fine shavings.
Place the firesteel firmly on the bark and strike slow and hard down the full length of the steel with the back of your knife blade. The shavings should catch fire and set the rest of the bark alight. You can see an indication of the oil content of the bark when it’s burning by the black smoke that it gives off.
Arrange three good feather sticks so that the fine shavings are in a large pile. Strike slow and hard down the firesteel with the back of your knife so that the sparks set fire to the fine shavings.