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SE FS373 Magnesium Fire Starter & Striker

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173 customer reviews

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  • Magnesium Rod Length: 2"
  • Magnesium Rod Diameter: 3/16"
  • Metal Serrated Striker
  • Comes with Lanyard
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Product Description

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SE is proud to present our Magnesium Fire Starter & Striker. A fire starter is an essential for camping, hiking, hunting, emergency and survival kits.

How to Use the Fire Starter:

(1) Gather tinder: twigs, dead branches, dry bark, grass, pine needles, lint or paper

(2) Hold the magnesium rod at an angle above your tinder pile

(3) Use the striker to scrape along the length of the magnesium rod to create shavings

(4) Let the shavings fall into your tinder pile

(5) Keep scraping until you’ve scraped a pile of shavings amounting approximately to the size of a quarter

(5) Hold the flint at an angle over the pile of magnesium shavings, then slide your striker along the length of the flint forcefully to create sparks.

(6) Continue to slide your striker against the flint until the sparks you’ve created land directly onto the pile of magnesium shaving & tinder, and ignite the fire.

(7) Once ignited, blow gently on the magnesium shavings to spread the flames to the rest of your tinder.

SE products are quality items for extremely reasonable prices. SE is committed to providing the customer with the best source for value possible on the market. You will enjoy the quality, function and usefulness this Magnesium Fire Starter & Striker has to offer.


Product Details

Color: Green
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B001DO0G8S
  • Item model number: FS373
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,825 in Home Improvement (See Top 100 in Home Improvement)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By John Sawyer on April 27, 2010
Color: Green Verified Purchase
Not a premium firesteel, but for the price it works well. The included striker is a bonus: You don't have to mess up a good knife blade. I haven't used it much, but it makes adequate sparks with sufficient pressure. Durability is unknown, but I'll carry this as a backup firestarter.

At first use, it will take some scraping to clear the black oxidation. Once you're through the oxide layer, firm pressure and a quick wrist will generate lots of very bright sparks.

Dryer lint is an excellent firestarter, and takes a spark well. For emergency fire kit, knead some vaseline (petroleum jelly) into some cotton balls. Penny sized pieces of this gooey mess burns quite well and for a while.

The instructions say to scrape a pile of metal off the firesteel. With dryer lint, cotton balls or other good tinder, this is a waste of time.

UPDATE: June 2013: Since the review was posted, I have used it occasionally and have lit many fires with it. Bottom line: it's light, it throws good sparks, and lights fires. Now the rod is getting a little thin from use, but it lights fires just as well as an expensive one that has a much larger diameter rod, at 1/4th the weight. Bumped my review to 5 stars.
Oh: the description is way off: this is not a magnesium bar, it's a standard ferro-rod, just like the other thousand or so products that are just like it.

The only improvement I made was to take the loop of line holding it together, and get rid of the loop... a longer lanyard on the striker makes this easier to operate... Just untie the knot, and use a double overhand knot on each end to keep the firesteel and striker from being separated.
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91 of 97 people found the following review helpful By RL2 on January 22, 2010
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When I received my fire starter, I noticed the INCORRECT instructions on the package call this a "magnesium rod" and tell you to:
1)Gently shave a small quantity of magnesium with metal striker into a small pile of leaves or grass, paper, or leaves to start a campfire.
2) Strike the magnesium rod with striker.
3) The sparks will start the fire with shaved magnesium.

THIS IS NOT A MAGNESIUM ROD. It is a ferrocerium rod. This rod(#FS373) is only designed to make sparks. Do not shave off pieces of this rod into a pile of leaves. You will waste it and it will not work as it should.

That being said, this rod (actual rod length is only 1-5/8 inches, NOT 2" as stated in ad) works exactly as it should. I would not buy this for every day use, but I have tried it, trust it, and will keep it with me for emergencies.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By el_goate on October 17, 2011
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It is very cheap. It broke the first time I tried it out. Snapped at the base where it connects to the grip.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bronson Reed on May 11, 2011
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The rod on this firesteel is not real thick, but if you don't strike the whole rod length you can make this last a long time. Striking the whole rod length will cause extra material removal near the middle of the rod, and it might break there. Start at the very tip and as it wears out work your way up the rod.

Creates really bright sparks that will catch dryer lint on fire no problem. Nice in a survival situation and/or Search and Rescue.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W Holder on July 13, 2011
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This is a great deal. I use the Swedish Firesteel Army model regularly. Not only while camping, but also to light my propane and charcoal grills. I feel they are actually easier and more reliable than a lighter for lighting the grills.

While this is a small generic version of a normal firesteel, it works in the same way. The diameter is slightly smaller than the `scout' versions of the various ferro rod firesteels, but they are very close in appearance and quality. While it is not as simple to use as the larger models, it is just as good as the smaller ones on the market and costs 1/3 the price of many of them.

My intent for this was to have one I could keep comfortably on my keychain. This works perfect for that. The knob handle is a bit large, but I trimmed it down so it's now the size of a key and does not feel obtrusive on my keys in my pocket.

Yes, the instructions are incorrect as other reviewers have stated. You do NOT shave material off of this and then spark it, which is how the magnesium firestarters work, not these. It took 5-6 scrapes before this unit started making good sparks, once the finish was worn away it worked great. Since it is smaller than many other models (which is why I bought it), it is a bit harder to use, but with a bit of practice it is just as functional.

The included scraper functioned acceptably, but I found I got significantly better sparks by using the squared back of my knife. Maybe if the thick paint wore off the scaper it would work better though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HH on May 12, 2012
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1 - The size of the rod is actually less than 3/16" its more like 11/64" this would not be a huge deal but the rod/steel is not very strong, quite brittle actually.
2 - The rod is only into the handle a little ways so it comes out easy.
3 - At best the spark you get out of this would be what I would consider bare minimun required with extra flammable tinder under ideal conditions.

I would strongly recommend getting something with a larger size steel ( around 1/4" minimum better to be 3/8" or more also longer like 3" +) also a brand name, and one with at least 4.5 star reviews.
I would say that this would be better than nothing, but if I am going to be carrying around something I want it to actually work, and work well.
The better ones are not that much more money and this is something you should not skimp on.
Whatever you buy, try it out (before you really NEED it) actually building fires so you know what to expect.

I bought these since they were cheap, I figured I could leave them around diff places, glove boxes different backpacks etc. But after messing with a couple I am throwing them all in the trash.

Save your money and get something better to begin with, if you ever really need it you will be glad you did.
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