Pencil Sharpener Fire Tinder
This sounds kind of funny but in our real life test, a tiny pencil sharpener was able to produce a good amount of tinder from a stick. Simply press the stick into the sharpener and turn it just like a pencil. The sharpener will cut thin flakes of wood that are easy to light and they aren't wet like the bark on the outside of the stick. Watch this video to learn more:
The pencil sharpener shavings are dry and consistently thin plus using the sharpener is a lot easier than using a knife to create wood shavings. Making a feather stick is a great option but it takes more time. A pencil sharpener is easy to use with gloves on and it preserves the sharpness of your knife for more important tasks.
Small plastic pencil sharpeners are very lightweight. Tossing a sharpener in your backpack won't cost you much weight but it does give you an easy tool for making tinder. This could be extremely helpful at the campsite. Feather sticks take time to make and pine needles can be wet and unusable. Any campsite with trees will surely have small twigs that fit within the sharpener.