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Yes you can that is how I normally use it but it is just like any other fire steal if your knife has that black coat or paint on it like kabar knives usually have then you can't use the back of the blade you have to actually use the blade to make a spark
By pat on August 26, 2013
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you can light some jute twine fluffed up, and you can use dry leaves and grass but you must really shred them up and make at least some parts need to be fiberous you can also use very small wood shavings ceder works well. Just keep at it, and practice with some other tinders that you think could get lit. If you get goo… see more you can light some jute twine fluffed up, and you can use dry leaves and grass but you must really shred them up and make at least some parts need to be fiberous you can also use very small wood shavings ceder works well. Just keep at it, and practice with some other tinders that you think could get lit. If you get good at using it could be your new favorite survival fire starter see less
By Cortney K. Foster on April 4, 2014
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This is the best tool that you can have. I have one on my key chain at all times. t never goes bad. also keep one with some dryer lint in my go bag. One spark and the lint will start up every time. Even when wet this tool will produce hot sparks when scraped with anything steel.
By rick s. on June 17, 2015
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3/8 of an inch or just a touch over 9mm
By Alex C on April 5, 2014
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Packaging reads that these are made in Sweden.
By Curious-Owl-Goods on April 13, 2016 SELLER
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Ferrocerium (ferro = rust = oxidation). Ferrocerium has to be coated for long term storage, as it will corrode, rust, oxidize or anything else you want to call it. It arrives coated. After use, I spray mine with lacquer spray paint in a can. Lacquer dries fast & doesn't penetrate as much as other coatings.
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Ferrocerium (ferro = rust = oxidation). Ferrocerium has to be coated for long term storage, as it will corrode, rust, oxidize or anything else you want to call it. It arrives coated. After use, I spray mine with lacquer spray paint in a can. Lacquer dries fast & doesn't penetrate as much as other coatings.
First use when coated: Need to strike same area to remove paint & will spark better. Some people complain that they do not get good sparks, and most of the time this is the reason.
Fingernail polish is enamel paint. Can wipe clear on it, or colors even. Bacon fat, oil, or any coating that will prevent oxidation and air getting to the ferrocerium is good for field expedient use. Lipstick, wax, petrolatum (Vaseline), camo face paint, shoe polish, Skin So Soft oil,. . . on and on. see less

By M. Bennett on December 21, 2015
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I believe this product is made in Sweden, I wouldn't bet on that, but it is a Swedish firesteels.
By Bradley Barber/ObsessionOutdoo… on May 23, 2014
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Sweden
By Mark on January 24, 2015
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They are made in Sweden. Best ferro rods out there.
By justchris on November 5, 2015
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They are still made in Sweden
By CampSaver on March 30, 2016 SELLER