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Light My Fire Original Swedish FireSteel Army 12,000 Strike Fire Starter - Black
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- Compact fire starter designed to light fires in any conditions
- Provides 2,980-degree C spark in any weather, at any altitude
- Ideal for lighting campfires, stoves, and gas barbecues
- Striker lights up small piles of dry grass, paper, and other flammables
- Lasts for 12,000 strikes; approved by International Survival Instructors Association
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Originally developed for the Swedish Department of Defense, Swedish FireSteel is a flash of genius. Its 3,000-degree C spark makes fire building easy in any weather, at any altitude. Used by a number of armies around the world, Swedish FireSteel's dependability has already made it a favorite of survival experts, hunters, fishermen and campers. It has also found its way into cabins and backyards as a fool-proof way to light stoves and gas-barbecues. Amazon.com Originally developed for the Swedish Department of Defense, the FireSteel is a flash of genius. The FireSteel is intended to replace matchbooks, lighters, and other fire starters, providing a 3,000-degree C (5,432-degree F) spark that makes it easy to build fires in any weather, at any altitude. The FireSteel is a breeze to use: just pile up a small quantity of dry grass, paper, or other flammable material, and then force the included striker down the FireSteel. The resulting spark will create a fire even when wet, letting you light campfires, stoves, and gas barbecues at a moment's notice. Used by a number of armies around the world, the FireSteel's dependability has already made it a favorite of survival experts, hunters, fishermen, and campers. It's also found its way into cabins and backyards as a foolproof fire-starting tool for tough conditions. You can even use the bright spark as an emergency signal. This Army version of the FireSteel, which comes in several handle colors, is designed to last for 12,000 strikes and is approved by the International Survival Instructors Association. About Industrial Revolution Founded in 1971 as Uco Corporation in Redmond, Washington, Industrial Revolution has been a supplier of high-quality equipment to the outdoor industry. The company is known in particular for its outstanding line of beautiful and functional candle lanterns. In 2004, the company began selling its Play and Freeze ice-cream maker, a ball that allows users to participate in the ice-cream-making process by shaking and rolling the ball itself. In 2008, Industrial Revolution merged with longtime partner Pedco, a manufacturer of small, lightweight camera tripods.
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For me the simplest way is by using dryer lint tore into small pieces so that individual fibers can be exposed to the sparks. I can usually start a fire with a piece of lint smaller than my thumb and just one or two strokes with the scraper against the stick. Immediately after the fire starts begin adding dead leaves, dry grass, paper or whatever is handy. Gradually work your way up to larger and larger sticks and then logs. A new fire stick comes with a black protective coating that needs scraping off first before it will spark good. The only item I ever need for scraping or stroking the stick is the flat scraper device that comes with it. The trick is not to strike or bear down hard on the stick to create sparks. In practice one learns to scrape or stroke the steel stick with the scraper with moderate rather than light or heavy pressure. Practice scraping with different angles against the stick until it sparks easily.
It is bad for your knife and not necessary to use it on this device. Other stuff like dry grass or steel wool can also be used to start a fire with this device. I recently purchased this device for my father when he showed interest in it. I think it has become his favorite toy, and he hasn't burned the house down yet!
A side note to people using petroleum cotton balls for tinder. They are certainly the best, but you don't want to coat the whole thing. Leave the center or one side dry. You want to have dry cotton for the sparks to catch in. Also, a small piece of foil underneath will make this good tinder great as it will make it burn even longer. Be safe.
so I had to glue the rod holder back on. These things get a lot of positive press, but I'm really not
that impressed. For a better product check out the ones made by Schrade.
This is getting warn, but a hundred or so noob fires with 10 strikes or more each has taken this to maybe half life. This is a really good product.