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A fire-saw is a firelighting tool. It is typically an object "sawed" against a piece of wood, using friction to create an ember. It is divided into two components: a "saw" and a "hearth" (fireboard).[1][2]


Two forms of the fire-saw have been documented in central and western Australia.[3] One model is a split, notched stick as a hearth, and a knife-like hardwood stick as the saw. The other model makes use of the woomera weapon and defensive shield that natives carried.

In the Philippines and Oceania, a fire-saw from bamboo pieces is common.[4][5]

Fire thong

A Kayan using rattan to "saw" a piece of firewood.

A fire thong is a form of fire-saw, where a pullstring (usually wood fibre or rope) is used to saw.[1] It is common in Southeast Asia and Oceania.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Fire Thong". Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  2. ^ "Firem'n Chit Course - Leaders Training Youth - Scout Resources". InsaneScouter. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  3. ^ "FIRE-MAKING IN AUSTRALIA". American Anthropologist. 49: 426–437. 2009-10-28. doi:10.1525/aa.1947.49.3.02a00040. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  4. ^ Mark (2009-06-20). "Nehawka Primitive Skills: Bamboo Fire Saw". Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  5. ^ "Fire Making". Retrieved 2012-12-18. 

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