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Gerber 31-000699 Bear Grylls Survival Series Fire Starter

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  • Can be used in various military, hunting, survival, tactical, industrial and outdoor situations
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  • Compact fire starter with ferrocerium rod and metal striker
  • Lanyard to keep product secure and together
  • Emergency whistle, integrated into lanyard cord
  • Waterproof storage compartment for tinder
  • Land to air rescue and SOS instructions also priorities of survival pocket guide
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,891 customer reviews)
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428 of 445 people found the following review helpful By The Squirrel on March 26, 2011
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Having been something of a Gerber fan for life with their multitools (I've had the same model on my hip daily for the past 8 years), seeing that they partnered with Bear to create a line of survival tools automatically sealed the deal on this firestarter.

The beautiful thing about this device is that it's compact, sturdy, watertight and most of all keeps your hands safe and comfortable when trying to get a fire going. Everything else--from the printed SOS/Air rescue instructions printed on the outside to the tight little space for tinder in the cap and the added whistle is just icing on the cake.

There's little else to be said other than what others have already pointed out, but I would like to add just a few more.

* I managed to cram another four cotton balls into the cap, providing me with tinder for quite some time.

* The complaints in other reviews about the lack of a longer cord to wear the device around the neck should be taken with the device's weight in mind--while not heavy in the hand, I certainly wouldn't want this thing thumping on my chest all day as I walked around--it definitely isn't light when it comes to your sternum. It's ideally suited to shove into your coat or pants pocket, ready to go in moments.

* When you first use the striker against the ferrocerium rod, don't be discouraged it isn't sparking--the black coat around the rod needs to be stripped away to get at the metal to create the spark--a few good strikes against it and your intital attempt will yield results in a matter of seconds.

* The guide incidentally has a few touches all its own: the side is printed with a 10-inch measurement and even suggests using the guide as an impromptu dewcatcher for drinking water if the situation calls for it. Nothing about this device or survival guide is wasted.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By AM515 on March 28, 2015
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I'll begin by saying that this is not a bad firesteel, but it is a bit inconvenient. So, if you only require a firestarter for a serious emergency, this will do the trick, if weight/bulk is a factor, you may want to look elsewhere.

I liked the Man vs Wild show, for its entertainment value. The knives are horrible, but as a fan of Bear Grylls, I figured I would try this firestarter, I mean, how can Gerber go wrong with a ferocerrium rod, really?

The firestarter works...plain and simple. It doesn't produce many sparks, but the sparks seem to burn a few milliseconds more than my Exotac Nanonstriker XL's. At this price, you really can rely on the BG Firestarter, but it's not something you would want to EDC. It's bulky and the bulk doesn't mean that you have storage for cotton balls for tinder. The one cotton ball that was pre-packed in there is about as much as you will manage to fit. This firestarter costs as much as 2 lattes, so the $10 price is no big deal...I'll probably leave this in a bag or in my truck and never, ever use it again. If I do need to rely on it though, it'll work just as well as my other firestarters.

The Exotac's are a lot more portable. You can drop these in your pocket and forget about them until you need them. The Gobspark Armageddon lives on my Bark River Mini Fox River sheath and because of this, is also much more portable. Because these are less bulky, I'll leave the BG for when I have no other option.

Also, the BG Firestarter has the same girth as the Exotac Matchcap, which houses a few cotton balls and some bad weather matches vs the one cotton ball in the BG.
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149 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Santana Robles on March 3, 2011
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The Bear Grylls firestarter comes in a hard plastic case, with a rubber o-ring at the break to make the inside of the tool watertight. Contained inside is the ferrocerium rod with a metal striker. On the cap is a small container for tinder (small cotton ball already included). For easy carry, the tool is threaded with a small lanyard, with a safety whistle at the tied end. Finally, the firestarter includes Bear's pocket survival guide.

My impression of the tool is that it could be made with a sturdier material, and like other review said, the lanyard is way to small (to be worn around the neck, for example). It'a a little difficult to open the cap to get at the tinder, but I guess that's good so it doesn't get wet or falls out. The rod and striker makes nice, hot sparks. I haven't had much time to practice with it, but I'll get better at making fire. The whistle is loud, just as you would want it. To conclude, the exterior on the tube is marked with the SOS signal in Morse code, the alpine signal for rescue, and the "Y" Need Help, "N" Do not need help.

Overall, I like the tool very much, and I look forward to using it for leisure or emergency. Hope that this review is helpful.
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85 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Jon on March 3, 2011
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This is a great fire starter. Very rugged and tough exterior case which protects the ferrocerium rod and metal striker. Plus the case is water proof and sealed up very tight. This is a nice size and it will fit in any pocket or bag. Gotta hand it to Bear and Gerber, they got this one right on the money. This is also so much easier to hold than those other tiny firesteels that just barely fit between two fingers. No, you wrap your hand around this thing and start blazing. You do need to scrape off the outer coating on the rod first. No biggie there. The lanyard is somewhat smaller but I'm not sure why you would wear this, or any survival gear for that matter, around your neck. Just stow it and go.

Emergency whistle is nice feature but not the reason I bought this anyway. Cotton ball that comes with it is tiny but will work in a pinch if you spread it out first. There is basically enough space to stuff probably only one cotton ball but then most fire starters don't have that feature period. It's water proof and sealed nice so your tinder stays dry. You access the cotton ball by pulling on the two ends of the lanyard and it pops off. Basic alpine rescue signals and sos instructions are printed on the case.

Tried it out and man this thing produces really big sparks. Much better than my magnesium fire starter.

What's also nice is the Priorities of Survival, a pocket guide written by Bear that you get. Pretty informative and concentrated down to just some basic survival skills, but it does have illustrations which is cool. It's tiny and will fit anywhere. You got to like it when you get a bunch of well thought out extras with what is basically a very nicely engineered fire starter. Nice job Gerber.

Shipping was super fast. No problems with the package or the product. For what it's worth, Walmart now carries this same survival series from Bear.
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