I met up with Ed from the Niagara Bushcrafters Club who gave a demonstration of starting a fire using ONLY a cat-tail bundle and a fire starting sparker. This short video could save your life some day!
Ed gathered a cattail reed and stem from the surrounding forest, then opened the cattail. After opening the cattail he wrapped the leaves around the fluff from the broken-open cattail.
The cattail bundle was then set in the metal holder and struk with the magnesium sparker.