This might be a situation you never thought
could happen, but here you are cast away on a deserted island with nothing but the clothes
on your back. In this project we’ll be making a survival fire by rubbing sticks together,
because if you can do that, you’ll have a much better chance of being found alive. Looking around the island, the first thing
you notice are plenty of coconut trees and at the base are some old coconut husks. Those
might come in handy. There’s also plenty of wood lying around, so you just need to find
a dry piece of a soft wood, like this branch from a hibiscus tree. Hibiscus is a very lightweight
wood and when it’s this dry, it’s a great choice. Your old coconut husk will make a
great tinder bundle because it’s packed with very fine fibers that should burn easily.
Ok, to prepare these sticks for a friction fire, it’s important that both sticks come
from the same branch. A sharp rock can be used to fashion some of the wood into a long
narrow stick, cutting the tip of the stick so that it’s slanted at a 45º angle on both
sides. When it’s ready, it should look like something like this. Now use your sharp rock
to carve a flat spot into the other piece of wood, knocking it down until you’ve got
a surface at least 8 inches long, then make a groove down the center to act as a track
for guiding the other stick. Ok, the last step is to wedge anything you can find under
the base to help stabilize it, then go sit down on the back. It’s time for the action.
Taking the shorter stick in your one hand like this, place your other hand overtop so
that the stick nestles in securely at the base of your thumbs. Ok, when you’ve got the
tip set firmly in the grooved track, try pushing it back and forth, keeping it at a 45º angle
to the base. Not much pressure is needed yet, so don’t worry about putting too much effort
into it. When the heat of the friction builds to where the wood is ready, you’ll notice
a change in how it feels and might even see a little smoke. At this point, push a little
faster, and use your strong hand to pull down, adding pressure to the tip. You should see
a lot more smoke now, and bits of charred wood dust starting to pile up at the top.
Put your back into it and increase the pressure, making sure the tip is stopping just short
of the pile. It looks like you’ve got a little ember burning now, but let’s continue just
a little longer to be sure. Hopefully when you stop it will keep smoking. Ok perfect,
you’ve got a nice little coal. Now, go turn it into a flame. This is a good time to get
your coconut husk ready by pulling apart the fibers. The fluffier they are, the better.
Transferring the coal is a delicate process, so try pressing the husk right up to the coal,
then turn the ember base over and tap the bottom with a stick to make sure all the embers
transfer out. Nice, your coal has been captured, so loosely cover it over with more fibers
so that it’s protected from the wind, and continues to smolder. Patience is a virtue
here. You don’t want to pinch it too tight or you’ll smother it out. Too loosely and
the fibers won’t burn. The heat needs to build slowly, so try to balance the amount of air
the coal is getting, with the quantity of tinder it’s exposed to. The amount of smoke
being generated is a good indication of how well you’re doing, and sometimes blowing gently
can help speed the process. When the smoke is thick and you can start to feel the heat
radiating, it’s time to get a little more aggressive. Waive the bundle around to get
some more airflow, and blow right into the center of the coals. Just a little more air
now, and success! There’s your flame! The hardest part is over, but don’t pat yourself
on the back just yet because by the time you add some wood shavings, your flame may be
going out. Not to worry though, because as long as the smoke is thick, there’s still
a good amount of heat, and the same techniques can be used for blowing the coals back into
a flame. Well there you have it. Now you can start a fire by rubbing sticks together, now
best of luck getting rescued. If you liked this project, perhaps you’ll like some of
my others. Check them out at www.thekingofrandom.com

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100 thoughts on “How To Make a Fire By Rubbing Sticks

  • September 5, 2018 at 10:40 pm
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    Almost useless, only the physically fit can do this… A desert island or any place that is dry only makes this technique work…

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  • September 5, 2018 at 11:32 pm
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    This may be a silly question but how can you tell if you have " soft wood " ?.

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  • September 8, 2018 at 8:51 pm
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    The childhood myth is actually true? :0

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  • September 16, 2018 at 3:43 pm
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    This video is better than the one someone made using a machete we can use stone thanks

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  • September 17, 2018 at 1:49 am
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    Anybody watching in 2018

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  • September 22, 2018 at 12:06 pm
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    What kind of wood are you using?

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  • September 26, 2018 at 9:52 am
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    TWSS

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  • October 4, 2018 at 5:09 pm
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    I am watching in 2018

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  • October 5, 2018 at 11:36 am
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    DONT DO IT ITS THIS IS evacuation Fire is big!!!!!

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  • October 7, 2018 at 10:40 pm
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    Who’s here in 2018 😂

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  • October 12, 2018 at 10:20 pm
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    I’m stuck in an island but YouTube is my only thing I do

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  • October 16, 2018 at 4:14 pm
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    In scouts do you get knives in cubs

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  • October 19, 2018 at 7:40 pm
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    thanks.
    2:17 debris from rubbing wood against other wood, is coal

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  • October 20, 2018 at 4:56 pm
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    Yehey i know now how to make a fire

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  • October 22, 2018 at 5:52 am
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    I finally found a descent video that actually explains how.. thank you!!!! With all my heart

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  • October 22, 2018 at 3:20 pm
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    I think this was patched in the latest update

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  • October 27, 2018 at 2:17 am
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    Wait,how did he made a video on an island?? HMmMMMmMmMmM

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  • October 28, 2018 at 11:47 pm
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    How do I find soft wood

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  • November 4, 2018 at 4:03 pm
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    2 words from scouts; fire bow.

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  • November 5, 2018 at 11:39 pm
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    2018?

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  • November 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm
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    Any one 2018 winter

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  • November 25, 2018 at 8:05 pm
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    Lol thank you for not giving us matches in the end.

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  • November 28, 2018 at 2:02 pm
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    Let’s all rub our sticks together

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  • November 30, 2018 at 1:42 am
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    i love this

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  • December 3, 2018 at 7:48 pm
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    Brilliant video 😊 Well Explained

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  • December 7, 2018 at 3:55 am
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    Me on December 1st

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  • December 12, 2018 at 11:23 pm
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    I was told this wouldn’t work as a kid by a teacher. Either education is worst then I already thought or my teacher wanted me to die

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  • December 15, 2018 at 12:20 am
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    Patched

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  • December 22, 2018 at 7:57 pm
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    Thanks! My Kids Are Going Camping.

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  • December 25, 2018 at 5:33 pm
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    Thx and merry christmast thx cause my father want me to learn how to make a fire thx

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  • December 28, 2018 at 11:17 pm
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    Now i can burn my home :DDd

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  • January 3, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    When you're deserted on a desert island with a camera and a tripod… 🤣😂😆😝😃

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  • January 5, 2019 at 5:21 pm
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    2019?

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  • January 10, 2019 at 8:07 am
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    I'm so lucky that I have a phone with service on my island so I can look up a video of how to start a fi…..

    Wait

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  • January 14, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    2019 😻

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  • January 22, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    The other video told me to pull out a pair of matches after spending 3 minutes setting up my wood.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 6:36 am
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    Did anyone else blow on their phone to help the guy on the video to start the fire?

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  • February 6, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    I like turtles

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  • February 7, 2019 at 1:20 am
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    Me and my sis trying to make a fire, donno how its gonna work ~_~

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  • February 11, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    2019?

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  • February 11, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    Phew, I thought I need a flint & steel…

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  • February 17, 2019 at 3:54 am
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    Awesome stuff

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  • February 22, 2019 at 7:12 am
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    Patched

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  • February 24, 2019 at 4:28 pm
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    2019 ANYone?

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  • February 27, 2019 at 3:56 am
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    I still can't believe that the game developers patched this..

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  • March 4, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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    With all these deer zombie things happening this may come in handy

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  • March 5, 2019 at 8:14 am
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    Thanks for the help👍

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  • March 10, 2019 at 2:39 am
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    sinong nanggaling sa PBB??

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  • March 23, 2019 at 8:43 am
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    if you do the same technique but split the wood in the center to rub your sticks together with your fire bundle in a small hole under your sticks the embers fall into your bundle causing fire much quicker. I know from playing with fire as a kid and learn little tricks. Don't know why i have never seen anyone do it my way

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  • April 14, 2019 at 12:08 am
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    This is locale-prohibitive: Great in the tropics and probably nowhere else.

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  • April 15, 2019 at 10:05 am
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    Try burning to the forest

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  • April 22, 2019 at 5:57 am
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    tom hanks: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAA

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  • May 3, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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    Watching this in a Jungle

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  • May 12, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    I hiked all the way into the woods with a few blunt but forgot my lighter. Im about to give this a go. Wish me luck

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  • May 19, 2019 at 7:59 am
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    Tutorial not clear
    I burned my fire

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  • May 21, 2019 at 6:29 am
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    How to eat fire?

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  • June 16, 2019 at 5:22 am
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    Say I if ur from 2019

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  • June 26, 2019 at 10:23 pm
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    Nate and Callie are nothing compared to this guy right here

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:30 am
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    Rest In peace

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  • July 31, 2019 at 4:22 am
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    Rip

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  • July 31, 2019 at 4:43 am
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    I can’t believe he’s gone now

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  • July 31, 2019 at 5:34 am
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    Useful

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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    RIP this was the first video i watched from you, now you are gone. Thanks for the memories.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 11:03 pm
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    I am camping we are trying to make a fire. We can’t use a lighter

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  • August 1, 2019 at 6:06 am
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    May this great man rest in peace

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  • August 1, 2019 at 8:05 pm
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    Why did you bring a cameraman to a stranded island

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  • August 2, 2019 at 6:07 am
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    R.i.p dude

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  • August 3, 2019 at 11:04 am
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    Perfect

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  • August 3, 2019 at 11:45 am
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    "Best of luck being rescued"
    He's dead right now. He is the one who needs to be rescued

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  • August 3, 2019 at 10:18 pm
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    Sniff sniff Rest In Peace

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  • August 4, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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    Rip the king

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  • August 4, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Rest in peace

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  • August 4, 2019 at 11:57 pm
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    Rest In Peace King

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  • August 5, 2019 at 9:15 am
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    Rip Tkor😭

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  • August 9, 2019 at 1:12 am
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    This is the first video of grants I ever watched 😔

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  • August 10, 2019 at 4:03 am
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    Rewatching my childhood, RIP man..

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  • August 10, 2019 at 5:35 am
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    Close your eyes and listen from 1:42 to 2:00

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  • August 10, 2019 at 4:11 pm
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    Rest In Peace man this Is one of my favorite videos

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  • August 10, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    Rest In Piece My Biggest Inspiration

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  • August 11, 2019 at 12:54 am
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    Rip thanks for teaching me many things.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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    R.I.P he taught me more than any school or university 🥺😭😢

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  • August 17, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    Anyone else watching his early vids now that he’s gone 😢

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  • August 17, 2019 at 8:02 pm
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    Rip Man rip.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 9:11 am
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    R.I.P

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  • August 27, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    R.I.P

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  • September 1, 2019 at 3:41 am
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    RIP king of random.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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    I tried this and somehow jabbed the stick in my eye and it’s now scratched and bruised 😂😂 idk how that’s even possible it could only be me😂

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  • September 2, 2019 at 10:57 pm
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    This is the first video I watched from tkor he can rest in peace now

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  • September 5, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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    Dude are you guys not gonna give credit to Kap from PCC in the Samoan Village for teaching you these things or you gonna keep letting people think you're a survival expert?.. Come on guys. Give credit where credit is due.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 2:45 am
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    RIP The True King of Random

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  • September 9, 2019 at 1:08 pm
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    I was always wondering if he actually did all of that with a rock but now in 2019
    It seems like something he would do
    He loves challenges

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  • September 11, 2019 at 1:15 am
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    I watched this video when if first came out. It feels like it was only months ago when he posted this.
    And yet…

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  • September 18, 2019 at 1:00 am
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    R.i.p :((

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