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Coghlan's Flint Striker

4.1 out of 5 stars 297 customer reviews
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  • Lasts for thousands of strikes
  • For use in any weather or altitude
  • This tool works just as well when wet
  • Includes handle, striker, fire starter, rod and cord
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This ferro-cerrium fire-starting tool lasts for thousands of strikes! Pushing the striker provided down the rod emits sparks to light combustibles.

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
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1) VERY EASILY starting some fresh dryer lint. Man, that stuff burns. Took two strikes here. When I tried earlier it was one.
2) Less easily but still confidently starting some dry paper towel folded over twice. Took a dozen (?) attempts, similar to when I was camping recently--approx same number of strikes required.
3) Not in the video, but confirmed on two occasions now, this striker will catch a pile of _dry_ pine needles. There are thick pine needles and there are fine. You want the finest possible and as dry as possible. This past weekend using just fine pine needles and wood shavings I got a fire going from scratch. I will say it took probably fifty strikes or more. Not easy, but does work in a pinch.

What you also can't see in this video is that the strike tool is now decently gouged in the middle, so it looks like a slight bow from the side. Also, it's flatter now. When I first shaved the paint off the tool using the accompanying striker I couldn't get much in the way of sparks, but the saw-part of a pocket knife did very well. However, now after 100-200+ strikes the flatter gouge area is such that the striker that comes with this tool works fine (and is what I used in the video). You want to draw the pointed ridges of the striker downward. No need to actually hit it or anything, but more or less a perpendicular angle, pushing down quickly while pushing the two units together to increase friction.

Conclusion: I prefer BBQ lighters to start fires. However, if I was without one or matches and really needed fire I'd be glad I had this. Like few things in life it actually gets better with more uses (at least until it's used to the point it snaps).

This is the only strike-type fire starter I've ever used, so I cannot compare it to Swedish Firesteel, which many seem to think is the premier such device. If I ever try one I may revisit this review.
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A flint is a flint, it's the striker that makes all the difference.

I have the flint from Firesteel.com and from Coghlan. The only difference between the sparks I create from the two is due
to the striker. The 'Super Scraper' from Firesteel.com makes more sparks and it easier to strike. The Super Scraper is thicker
and has a sharper edge and this makes a whole lot of difference. When I strike my Coghlan flint with the Super Scraper I get the same amount of sparks as I do when I strike it on the Firesteel.com flint. Therefore, it's not the flint but the striker that make the difference.

The opposite side of the sharpen edge of the blade of my Spyderco pocket knife has as similar thick right angle as the Super Scraper and it gives me a similar spark as the Super Scraper. However, the Super Scraper is lighter and attaches to my flint with a lanyard.

Ditch the scrapers that come from the Colghan, Light My Fire, etc. and either get the Super Scraper or use something similar the Super Scraper. BTW the Super Scraper is @2.5mm thick and the edge is a right angle and where the angles meet, it kinda feels 'sharp' but not the kind of sharp that you get from a knife... I hope you understand what I am trying to mean.
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After scraping off the protective cover, it took me two strikes to light a tissue paper. I've never used these before. Either the other reviewers are not scraping off this layer or they have a defective item. I read all the reviews of all the other ones and went with this one to go into my survival kit for it's price and effectiveness.
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I've read a few bad reviews of this product, but here's the skinny folks, it's just a piece of magnesium, every company pretty much produces the same quality. This piece is fairly large in my opinion, 9mm diameter x 10 cm of length. The striker plate works best if you ensure the side that says up is facing away from the bar. You'll need to scrape a few time to remove the oxidation that forms on the magnesium strip (it forms faster if wet) then press firmly to scrap off the layer of magnesium (if done weakly it'll fail to spark)

It's rated to about 4000 strikes, and that seems likely. It says it works when wet, but let me inform you that it's also harder to scrape properly when lubricated with water (or anything else)

One review commented that the bar fell out of the handle fairly quickly, but as large as this bar is, you'd still be able to get a good grip on it. However if it seems like a manufacturing issue, then just return it for a non-defective one.

Magnesium flint strikers are not going to light wood, unless that wood is coated in something fairly flammable (feather sticks are an exception) You need tinder; light, highly flammable material such a dryer lint, feather sticks, chemical fuels, birds nests, ect...

hold the stick fairly close to the tinder, or directly on top of it and scrap the magnesium into it with a lot of force. The sparks will likely go out almost instantly, to if you're far away, it's not going to work.

This flint striker functions exactly as it should, as almost all of them do. I give it five stars because I love the super size, if you lit one fire a night with 2 strikes a try, it should last you at least 5 years. Normal use? probably the last one you'll ever need until you lose it.
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