Good thing we didn't just leave it there! We took a moment to check it out with a little quick research, and, wow were we surprised! Modern blowtorches date back a hundred years before Jake's time. PERFECT!
The blowtorch pictured here is what Archie's would have looked like. But how on earth were we to describe the scene as Archie got it burning? We know nothing about blowtorches. YouTube to the rescue. The below video was indispensable in making it sound like we knew what we were talking about, lol, when describing the scene. (How did anyone ever write a book before the internet???)
The details in the video above became the below details in the book. Just a few little touches really brought the scene to life.
Choosing a spot, Archie pulled down his goggles and frantically pumped the pressure handle on his blowtorch. He twisted the valve open, fired up the blowtorch, and stood back while it flamed. He waited while it burned off the charge in the flash pan, then the blowtorch began climbing to operating temperature. When the flame streaming out of the nozzle burned blue, Archie picked up the blowtorch with care and started...
You'll have to wait till you get to that part of The Black Fortress to find out how he used the blowtorch to save the day. But one thing is certain. The boy genius has always got some trusty gadget in his toolbox to help his friends out of a jam! :)