|Item Weight||3.84 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||9.4 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches|
|Item model number||3208|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||3|
|Warranty Description||Lifetime Warranty|
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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.
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The main sparking rod comes painted, so you need to sand/file it down to expose the actual metal, otherwise you won't get squat from it and wonder if this is some kind of gag gift. But even after the bright metal is showing it's nothing to write home about. With the majority of strikes you get nothing but sore fingers. You need to strike it just right before you will see any sparks. Probably don't need to worry about children using it since it's not that easy to get anything from it. They'll quickly get bored trying and play with the whistle instead.
Comes with some cotton balls packed inside the handle and a whistle. I've seen where it helps to put Vasoline on the cotton to make it easier to ignite.
I kind of had to laugh at the Fire section of the instruction pamphlet, which has plenty of survival tips but says nothing about actually using the striker. In this day and age where we see instructions about obvious things such as don't use a hair dryer in the shower, you'd think there would be at least a few tips on using this, but there is not one single word about it. Not one. Instead, they show you three OTHER ways to start a fire(huh?). Ok, who doesn't see the irony of that? You would not even have these instructions unless you bought this fire starter.
The overall weight of this item is kind of on the heavy side and it is rather large. This might be an advantage if you have larger hands so you can get a firm hold while making a fire. The storage compartment for tinder is very snug and takes some effort to open which is good and even though I haven't tested it would think that it be water tight.
The plastic is very high quality and made to take abuse.
Overall I would give this a 4 out of 5 stars.
- Loud whistle
- Water tight storage compartment for tinder
- Easy to get fire started
- Heavy duty material
- SOS codes on the side
- Comes with Bear's survival pocket guide
- Bulky (could be a pro)
- Lanyard could be longer
- Weight is on the heavy side for long hikes
- Could use a knife or sharp edge
I see people complain about the overall size of the product, but I don't see the problem. I don't walk around with fire steel in my pocket all day, or on my keys. This product fits in any pocket or in any bag, and I find small fire starters difficult to use when trying to actually start a pile of tinder instead of just striking them into the air on a YouTube video while complaining about minor details.
I was demonstrating this fire starter for a friend, and put some firecord (standard paracord with a resin soaked cotton core strand that fluffs up when removed) into a small pile of leaves and sticks and the sparks from this device are so thick that when I went to start the cord the spark just ignited a leaf directly.
For $10 this is best fire starter you can have in your bag. Especially since as survival gear these are to be used if your matches and lighter have both already failed.