Aurora Fire Starter
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- The Aurora Fire Starter is an aerospace quality flint steel fire starter that will work in any environment that will support life!
- Constructed from lightweight aircraft aluminum with composite flint steel/magnesium rod, built-in 440C striking blade, o-ring seal, lanyard hole, and knurled for grip.
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|Item Weight||0.13 pounds|
|Package Height||0.98 x 4.88 x 8.9 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.2 pounds|
The Aurora Fire Starter is simply the best magnesium fire starter on the market. 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 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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The ferro rod is too hard to scrap any shavings off of, So all you have to start the fire with is the small spark from striking the rod. You must bear down on the rod very hard to get a spark. The spark generated is small and short burning. The instructions say to use a vaseline soaked cotton ball to catch the spark and start a fire... what use is a fire-starter which requires cotton balls soaked in flammables? For half the price you can buy a Doan genuine military issue magnesium fire-starter. The Aurora Fire Starter is a waste of 20 bucks.
Adding a good length of chord to the cap turned out to be essential - it's inevitable this little item will get dropped in tall grass - having it tethered has actually saved me from being concerned about those darn matches.
Lighting an MSR Whisperlite or Jetboil canister is super easy - sparks fly far enough there's no need to get close to the fuel source to get it going.
This unit is fantastic! The housing is very very well made. I'm pretty sure that no matter what you put it through, it will outlast the user. It screws together very smoothly when you put it away, and the rubber gasket helps keep moisture out to avoid corrosion.
The first few strikes on it might not be impressive, because it comes with the fire starter rod a little coated in something, but once you've exposed it it really goes off with every strike. The only reason I've ever seen it fail to spark is if someone doesn't put enough pressure in to it for fear of breaking it, which isn't going to happen.
I throw mine in my backpack in a baggie with a bit of dryer lint, which goes up on the first strike every time. Also works well if you strike it right into a can of sterno or other cooking fuel to light it up.
If you're ever in the need to light something up, this is your tool. Simple, rugged, reliable.
FOLLOW UP 01/14/13:
I've used these now on camping trips, hiking, etc - they are fantastic! Just make sure that you keep a sharp knife edge for striking and you'll be getting a fire going in no time. Once again, great product and holding up well over time with multiple uses. These fire starters are nicely constructed and do their job well.
This thing feels burly in your hand, and unlike many of the plastic versions, it doesn't slide through your fingers when wet. While the stick is the same as most others, this thing weighs far more than any others I've used. You'll know it's in your pocket, it's not for you if you're counting grams or going super compact.
When first opened, the screw holding the striker in place was barely hanging by a thread.
This design is incredibly awkward to use as it was meant to be. Using the included striker, I was unable to get any adequate spark, but had no problems when I used a knife instead. The directions mention eventually flipping the striker over for a clean edge, so you'd also need a precision screwdriver some time down the line, assuming you have better luck with it than I did.
All things being as they are, this was a ridiculously poor purchase. Even at full retail, the plastic handled versions of this are less than half the cost, less than half the weight, don't need a screwdriver, and are silly far more user friendly and versatile.
It is a little larger than I imagined, and I suppose with a LOT of use it could eventually wear out, but it is stronger, better formed, and more reliable than the half-dozen other (cheaper) devices I have tried. The striking blade in the cap is set in a groove which allows a great strike angle and therefore a great spark consistently. I got this to make an emergency fire kit for backpacking/hunting, but I might get another for my car in case of emergency.