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Aurora Fire Starter 440C with Hardened Steel Striking Blade (Silver)

by Aurora

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  • color: black
  • made in the u.s.a.

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Product Description

The Aurora Fire Starter is simply the best magnesium fire starter on the marked. Designed and made in the USA by Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starters are a true survival tool designed to support life by starting a fire in just about any environment. Designed to start a lifetime of camp or survival fires, the Aurora Fire Starter 440C - Silver comes with a hardened steel striking blade that can be sharped and reversed for long life (extra blades available sold separately). When stuck properly with the integral blade, the Aurora Fire Starter fires of a stream of sparks as hot as 5000 degrees Fahrenheit guaranteed to ignite tinder and is designed to light thousands of fires before being replaced. The Aurora Fire Starter is a rugged tool, designed for survival in extreme condition, but also handy on an average camping trip or lighting a charcoal fire. Made of a solid piece of lightweight aircraft aluminum with a composite flint steel & magnesium rod and integrated striking blade, the Aurora Fire Starter 440C weighs only 1.6 oz and is 3.6" in length. Wear it around you neck, on a key-ring or on your belt on one of the custom designed pouches (sold separately), just don't forget to bring it!

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  • Shipping Weight: 3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,581 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

This fire starter is great!
There is an initial coating that you have to get through before striking produces any sparks, but just a few strikes and you're through that layer.
Tetsu Noguchi
This is a great,very well built product.

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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Huntryx on March 25, 2010
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
As an "avid adventurer" I am always looking for more foolproof ways to start a warming campfire in the outdoors should the weather turn cold or rotten. I have owned them all--from the old-fashioned "firesteel", waterproof matches (never waterproof), and disposable butane lighters to the more modern magnesium/steel starters. This one works better than anything I've tried, and it's beautifully made. Here's what you do for a foolproof fire source: take some cotton balls (100% cotton only), smear some vaseline on them and stash them in a film cannister or old prescription bottle. When you're ready to start a fire, gather some sticks, twigs and larger dry wood, pull a cotton ball out, scratch the magnesium stick toward it as instructed, and that's all she wrote. The flame burns long enough to get a good blaze going. Might save your life, one day.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Chuck C on March 23, 2012
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I have owned/used the sweedish firesteelSwedish Firesteel - Army Model, the Gobspark Gobspark Firesteel with Super Scraper, Lanyard, and Red Handle and a generic military style magnesium firestarter. I kept trying different starters because my results in real camping situations were un-satisfactory. I have found that those devices only work reliably with perfect tinder. If you have vasiline coated cotton balls or dryer lint on you then any of the previously mentioned devices (The Gobspark is the best) put off tons of sparks and will work well. However, if you forgot and/or used up all your home made stuff then they start lacking. Trying to start birch bark shavings, dry pine needles, or other small naturally found tinder is VERY difficult with just sparks even with extensive practice. We found that it can take tons of strikes and hand fatigue begins to make it un fun. The common magnesuim firestarter works sometimes but the magnesium shavings tend to scatter to much in the small tinder pile and are hard to light in any kind of wind once you get them in place.

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.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Ira S. Swadow on July 5, 2010
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
When I stumbled upon fire starters I just had to have one. Since they're relatively inexpensive and I couldn't narrow it down to one particular product, I got two of them. I figured if I didn't care for one of them I would give it away as a gift. As it turns out that's exactly what I'm going to do.
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.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bean on October 30, 2010
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I'm no boy scout and I've never started a fire with flint before. After 2 minutes of figuring how to strike the rod, I had a fire started using one of the provided cotton balls. Nice 2 piece design is ready to strike with just untwisting one connector. Easy to grip for someone who has big hands, easier for someone with small hands. Blade can be replaced and upgraded to a harder steel for around 6 bucks.

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.
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