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In addition to the sparks the aurora "lights" the magnesium as it comes off of the rod so that it is burning when it hits the tinder. In practice it burns longer and hotter than just sparks alone and is much more reliable for starting. I was able to easily light some old mans beard ,which can be finicky after a rain, with two strikes. The way you hold the striker is also a little different and I personally found it easier to aim at the tinder.
The case is knurled and feels very high quality. The 440c striker can be sharpened, reversed, and replaced once it dulls over time.Read more ›
Anyway, I got this one, the Black Aurora Magnesium Fire Starter 440C Blade. The other one I got is the Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Started Orange. I'll call them "Black" and "Orange."
The Orange appealed to me because of it's overall size and the diameter of it's flint (neither too small). It also has a little hollow portion inside the top to keep some flammable material. In addition the top is tethered to the bottom so they don't get separated. All excellent features.
The advertising and description of the Black convinced me to give it a try. Maybe the word "Magnesium" or "440C" helped. Although there are far harder steels than 440C. The Black is also advertised with a 1/4" diameter flint, not all that wide. Overall a lot smaller than the Orange. In the case of fire starters, it's a matter of individual preference if size matters.
Now for the most important part. How do they perform? I love Amazon. Price, service, shipping, guarantee, etc. Not necessarily in that order. I've bought a lot from Amazon including these two fire starters. More than I like to think about. Thousands! My purchases are heavily based upon reviews unless it's a relatively new product. Some reviews read like Consumers Report. That's fine. This isn't one of them.
I tried starting a fire with something a little more challenging than a cotton ball. A tissue. I practiced with both fire starters so I knew what I was doing. Something I highly recommend.Read more ›
Sure it doesn't look as good or be as small as some of the other fire starters out there. I want something I can start a fire with when I'm out in the cold. This definately seems like it. Gonna get another one soon, and I think it would make a great gift for an avid hunter or backcountry hiker.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
its hard to get a good spark because the striking metal that's built into the casing is awkward. Stick to the ones that's like a key from the traditional fire steels.Published 20 days ago by Vivian P.
Quick shipping on Prime. You have to practice with it to learn the proper way to use it but it work well. With the right kindling you can start a fire with no problems.Published 1 month ago by Gerard McLin
I bought this product on accident. I thought it has a fire piston. But it works great!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very well constructed fire starter. Excellent grip, and seals well with the rubber gasket. The striker edge and guide on the larger half of the unit work well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gary Robinson
Let's just say it works but if I had a choice to choose a different source to start fire in a survival situation I would do it in a second!!!!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by taylor ruscin