|Item Weight||8.8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||11.8 x 11.8 x 2.8 inches|
|Item model number||3208|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||3|
|Warranty Description||Lifetime Warranty|
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Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter [31-000699]
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- Compact fire starter with ferrocerium rod and metal striker
- Lanyard to keep product secure and together
- Emergency Whistle - Integrated into lanyard cord
- Waterproof storage compartment for tinder
- Land to air rescue instructions and SOS
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The product of collaboration between Gerber and survival expert Bear Grylls, the Survival Series Fire Starter is a must-have for scouting, camping, and hiking expeditions. Small and compact, this fire starter offers years of use. Watertight construction keeps tinder safe and dry, so when you need it, you can trust that it's ready to use.
Start fires when and where you need them with this ferrocerium rod and metal striker. View larger.
The Fire Starter features a waterproof storage compartment to keep tinder dry. View larger.
The Fire Starter is part of the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series of gear. This collaboration brings together Gerber's 70+ years of knife and gear expertise with Bear Grylls's extensive outdoor survival and adventure experience to create a one-of-a-kind line of knives, tools, and gear.
From spending time in the British SAS, to scaling Mount Everest, Bear knows what it takes to be a survivor in extreme situations and multiple environments. Now he brings that knowledge to the creation of a range of items that help you make the most of your outdoor adventures.
Get a Fire Going Quickly and Safely
The Fire Starter contains everything you need to get a fire going--simply pull the unit apart. It features a ferrocerium rod and a metal striker, as well as a waterproof storage compartment to keep tinder dry.
A lanyard keeps each piece of the product secure while it's open, and has an integrated emergency whistle for quick access when you need it.
Bear Grylls' Pocket Survival Guide
Measuring 4-4/5 inches when closed, with a weight of 2-3/5 ounces, the Fire Starter fits neatly into a backpack or gear bag. It is a self-contained, waterproof unit that can be easily converted into a fire-starting kit by pulling the two ends apart.
Includes Bear Grylls' Pocket Survival Guide
This tool comes with land to air rescue instructions and BearGrylls' informative Priorities of Survival pocket guide, loaded with survival basics designed to help keep you alive until you can be rescued or rescue yourself.
What's in the Box
Fire starter kit with starter, rod, and lanyard, and pocket survival guide.
From the highest peaks of the Himalayas, to the rainforests of South America, if world renowned outdoorsman Bear Grylls is on an adventure you can be sure he's equipped with the most durable outdoor gear Gerber has to offer.
From the Manufacturer
Gerber 31-000699 fire starter is small and compact. The fire starter offers years of use. Watertight construction keeps tinder safe and dry, so when you need it, you can trust it. Features include compact fire starter with ferrocerium rod and metal striker, lanyard to keep product secure and together, emergency whistle integrated into lanyard cord, waterproof storage compartment for tinder, and land to air rescue and SOS instructions. It has a priorities of survival pocket guide that contains Bear's survival essentials, and the overall length is 4.8 inches.
Top customer reviews
After rubbing off a little of the black coating on the ferrocerium rod, I started scraping the steel striker against the rod. It didn't take long to set the tinder on fire. I demonstrated this in the accompanying video.
The firestarter rod is made of ferrocerium, a man-made metallic material that gives off hot sparks at temperatures of 1,650° C (3,000° F) when scraped against a rough surface such as steel. Ferrocerium is also commonly called ferro rod and most commonly of all, flint. You've seen the contestants on the TV reality show Survivor make fire with flint and steel? The "flint" is actually ferrocerium. (The steel is a machete.)
So I was very impressed with the fire starter. It does exactly what it claims to do - make fire - and it does it with a minimum of effort on your part.
I liked the Man vs Wild show, for its entertainment value. The knives are horrible, but as a fan of Bear Grylls, I figured I would try this firestarter, I mean, how can Gerber go wrong with a ferocerrium rod, really?
The firestarter works...plain and simple. It doesn't produce many sparks, but the sparks seem to burn a few milliseconds more than my Exotac Nanonstriker XL's. At this price, you really can rely on the BG Firestarter, but it's not something you would want to EDC. It's bulky and the bulk doesn't mean that you have storage for cotton balls for tinder. The one cotton ball that was pre-packed in there is about as much as you will manage to fit. This firestarter costs as much as 2 lattes, so the $10 price is no big deal...I'll probably leave this in a bag or in my truck and never, ever use it again. If I do need to rely on it though, it'll work just as well as my other firestarters.
The Exotac's are a lot more portable. You can drop these in your pocket and forget about them until you need them. The Gobspark Armageddon lives on my Bark River Mini Fox River sheath and because of this, is also much more portable. Because these are less bulky, I'll leave the BG for when I have no other option.
Also, the BG Firestarter has the same girth as the Exotac Matchcap, which houses a few cotton balls and some bad weather matches vs the one cotton ball in the BG.
The beautiful thing about this device is that it's compact, sturdy, watertight and most of all keeps your hands safe and comfortable when trying to get a fire going. Everything else--from the printed SOS/Air rescue instructions printed on the outside to the tight little space for tinder in the cap and the added whistle is just icing on the cake.
There's little else to be said other than what others have already pointed out, but I would like to add just a few more.
* I managed to cram another four cotton balls into the cap, providing me with tinder for quite some time.
* The complaints in other reviews about the lack of a longer cord to wear the device around the neck should be taken with the device's weight in mind--while not heavy in the hand, I certainly wouldn't want this thing thumping on my chest all day as I walked around--it definitely isn't light when it comes to your sternum. It's ideally suited to shove into your coat or pants pocket, ready to go in moments.
* When you first use the striker against the ferrocerium rod, don't be discouraged it isn't sparking--the black coat around the rod needs to be stripped away to get at the metal to create the spark--a few good strikes against it and your intital attempt will yield results in a matter of seconds.
* The guide incidentally has a few touches all its own: the side is printed with a 10-inch measurement and even suggests using the guide as an impromptu dewcatcher for drinking water if the situation calls for it. Nothing about this device or survival guide is wasted.