Coghlan's Flint Striker
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- Flint striker
- 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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
works ok but the striker I couldn't get a spark, we tried the flat side of his knife lots of sparks after thatPublished 14 days ago by sdwf
Not very good at all. I wouldn't buy again. Now I know, don't buy the cheapest one...they're not all the same.Published 23 days ago by Robert Cook
I haven't tried it because I have my lighter but it seems solid and its a good idea to have something like this when disasters hit...Published 23 days ago by Andy B
Broke after several uses. I'd definitely go for something more reliable.Published 3 months ago by Ozzie
Looking for a good ferro rod ? keep looking friends this is not it. This came apart at second use and is not made of quality metal way to soft as it wears down very fast. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Greg Allen
A good ferromagnesium rod. Throws a shower of white hot sparks. (Not meant to be shaved, it is meant to throw sparks. Read morePublished 4 months ago by AGK