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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Fun toy, works well, not sure how practical it is though
on February 7, 2011
I spend most of my free time outdoors. Im proficient using flint and steel, ferro rod, bow drills, and the other obvious methods. I had to get a Fire Piston to add to the mix.
I got a nice ember the very first time I tried this. I was impressed by the ease of use. It is well made and attractive on top of functional. Using this tool to make a fire starting ember is as easy as it gets. Most people would have a harder time making the tinder bundle to put the ember into than using this to make the ember.
The package comes with a small roll of char cloth, probably good for at least 20 embers. That is where my problem with this type of device comes in. You need char cloth to use it. It SAYS you can use natural materials instead of char cloth, but the specific types that will work are hard to find and even harder to get to work if you do manage to find them. This makes char cloth the only realistic way to use or rely on this. That being said, there is no place to put it. You have this great firestarting device on a cord you can carry around your neck or however else you wish, but you ALSO need a baggie with char cloth in it. You will also need a metal can to make more char cloth when the time comes. If this item had a small compartment or something to hold some char cloth, it would be 10x more useful.
This is a great item. Well made, works great. Anyone should be able to use it after only a couple of attempts. If you are going to rely on ONE firestarter, this should NOT be that one. At least a ferro rod, or blast match, will work without the char cloth, they work great with it, but still work fine without it.
If you order this product directly from the manufacturer, there is an option to add a ferro rod to the kit. Hides nicely inside so it doesnt make it any larger or change the look. In my mind this SHOULD NOT BE AN OPTION, SHOULD BE STANDARD. I would advise anyone wanting this for more than a novelty to order it direct from the manufactuer and pay the few dollars more for that option. That way, when you forget, lose, or run out of char cloth you can still make a fire.
In short, it is a great way to start a fire. It is fun and attractive as well. I would advise not to make it you only way of starting a fire, unless you add the ferro rod option from the manufactuer. Otherwise, carry a back up. (I always carry a backup anyway, but not everyone does)
4 out of 5 stars due to the ferro rod only being an option that must be made ordering from the manufacturer, and the need for char cloth but no place to store any. Other than those two issues, it is functional, attractive, and fun.