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RaethCo Supply

Zombie Tinder Story

Hi! My name is Mike Raether.


More about me -


I was born and raised in the great state of Washington, and I’ve enjoyed the Pacific Northwest’s great outdoors all my life.


Almost year-round, my dad took me fishing for trout and salmon just about everywhere they swam. During Washington’s big game season we’d sneak through river bottoms or up mountains in search of big black-tailed bucks. Sometimes we’d just go camping somewhere to get out from under the city lights.


These same activities and more I now enjoy with my family -


  • Fishing the Strait of Juan de Fuca for salmon,

  • Digging for razor clams on ocean beaches,

  • Camping in the Olympic National forests,

  • Hiking the high country, and

  • Hunting for all kinds of game, large and small.


For me, this is life to the full - living, playing, and relaxing in the Pacific Northwest. For all these things I’m thankful, but most of all I’m thankful to the God of Heaven for every second.


More about Washington -


Washington State is home to five distinct regions -


  • Temperate rain forest

  • Semi-desert  

  • Alpine peaks

  • Salt water bays

  • Ocean beaches


Really, just about any kind of terrain you prefer you’ll find in Washington State.


More about Zombie Tinder -


Zombie Tinder is the name I gave to my emergency fire starter. When I couldn’t find an emergency fire starter on the market that met my needs, I invented it. I wanted a fire starter that was durable, could withstand abuse, was unaffected by water, burned long and hot enough to kindle even wet wood, was easily lit, and didn’t have obnoxious odors, fumes, or chemicals. Zombie Tinder is the result of many long hours of research and development to get it to where it is today.


Why that name? Well, it's quite simple. To begin with, it’s ugly and looks kind of like a bloodshot eyeball. In addition, it’s hard to kill and just keeps going and going!


In addition to Zombie Tinder, we have many new handmade items in our line - and each and every fire starter, along with all of our products are made by hand, one at a time, with a keen eye to quality, by my immediate and extended family right here in the U.S.A. We’re family owned, managed and operated. In the beginning we made Zombie Tinder in my garage, but due to our growth we now make all our products in our shop in Arlington, Washington.


Please come visit the shop. We’d love to meet you and have a chat! Soon we hope to open a small retail area in the front of our shop for walk-in sales.


Thanks for visiting and please don’t hesitate to send us an email or give us a call anytime – we would love to hear from you, and welcome your suggestions about any of our products. We’re always looking to improve!


Best Regards,


Mike Raether


Zombie Tinder