francesco faccin manually produces flame with re fire kit
francesco faccin manually produces flame with re fire kit
feb 17, 2014

francesco faccin manually produces flame with re fire kit

francesco faccin manually produces flame with re fire kit
images © delfino sisto legnani
all images courtesy of francesco faccin





‘re-fire’ by italian designer francesco faccin is a kit for manually lighting a fire in a primitive manner. the components have been produced using contemporary, widely-available sophisticated tools and processes such as laser cutting and CNC routers. by rubbing two different types of wood together – a piece of hardwood and softwood – in just a few seconds, the friction creates smoldering ash that can be used to light a fuse with the highly inflammable dry materials. each part of the kit is essential for the creation of fire, and the specific wood types correspond to a precise technical characteristic.


‘fire was invented and not discovered because, even though it exists in nature, man had to find a way to produce it. this was the starting point for the project, the perfecting of the ability,’ says francesco faccin.


first phase creating the friction


(left) second stage: blowing
(right) third phase: the fire!


francesco faccin manually produces flame with re fire kit


francesco faccin manually produces flame with re fire kit
the fire kit, detail


francesco faccin manually produces flame with re fire kit
fire board, detail


francesco faccin manually produces flame with re fire kit
the straw box


detail of the box



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  • Neat way to present bushcraft and attractive photography. Although the presentation and it being in a kit sort of makes it seem a bit silly.

    Joa says:
  • I’ll buy it, most beautiful. How many times up on the hills have my matches been damp (shouldn’t keep falling into rivers I suppose)

    mackenzie collins says:
  • Wow, truly impressive. A complete “camp fire in a box”. Nice mix of elegance in design and usefulness in functionality.

    Allen says:
  • Very sweet. But keep the tinder dry.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • Lol, that’s what matches are for.

    adolf witzeling says:
  • you should try the fire piston!

    nel says:
  • Buying a fire bow from an Italian designer kind of defeats the spirit of self-sufficiency of the whole thing, no?

    Ian Devenney says:

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