|Item Weight||3.4 ounces|
|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.
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.
So here are my observations as a woman who is trying to learn outdoor skills and be more prepared for 'what if': Need more cotton! Use a 'cotton ball sized or bigger' wad of tinder, don't skimp like I did at first and have extra for backup. Also, if you can carry a small vial of petroleum jelly, this works great as an accelerant dabbed onto cotton ball, a bit about the size of small pea, makes a hotter fire too. Next, have lots of leaves handy to add. Lots! Do not leave fire for more, it will go out. Yes, it will. Also have your kindling right next to you, all different sizes, and feed that fire. I did not have enough leaves (I had two or 3 handfuls), it flared nicely, then burnt out. So much for my twigs.
I was surprised that there is no info on package to tell you what is what. Not even on the insert, which btw is quite informative, nice to have. I had to go online to figure out where the tinder was hiding, because I couldn't get the what I thought was the cap to 'unscrew'. Well, it just pulls off, sort of. Now that I've done that 6 times, it comes off a bit too easily. Nice idea, but screw cap would have been better. Also, there is a tiny o-ring inside, perhaps that is to keep tinder dry as a moisture barrier? I dropped it back into the bottom of the tinder cup, but it drops back out every time I open it up again.
I do like how the two pieces fit together, but the cord is kind of, not sure, how do I attach it to something? It hangs in a triangle shape.
Perhaps a Bic lighter is a better idea after all...(I actually have one plus matches in my BOB bag.)
Update: 3rd time conquers! This time I built a bigger base, added more leaves, bit bigger cotton ball and dab of petroleum jelly. I got it going on the first strike! I built a great fire, burned my pile of sticks and leaves I had waiting since this summer, and it's been burning several hours at this point. So I upgraded it by a star, as it does do what it's supposed to, minus the other little things I didn't like about it.