Sparxgear has designed a Fire Piston, and they are using Kickstarter for funding. Never heard of a fire piston? Before the days of matches, fires were often started with a fire piston. A combustible material – cloth, wood, even milkweed down, etc. – is inserted on the end of the fire piston. Quick compression of the piston into the aluminum cylinder (magnesium or flint and steel) causes the tinder to catch fire, and the spark can be then used to light a camp fire or fireplace. They can be used over and over again, and they can even be used in rain and snow. For a minimum pledge of $35, you’ll receive an orange Fire Piston with three extra flint, steel and magnenium slot rods and five extra O-rings. Increasing pledges allow you to choose a color for your Fire Piston, or you’ll receive more than one. Funding has been reached, but there’s still time to get in on the ground floor, as the funding period doesn’t end until February 2, 2012.