Light my Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Scout 3,000 Strike Fire Starter with Emergency Whistle
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- Durable - Scout 2.0 model lasts 3000 strikes
- 3000-Degree C (5,500-Degree F) spark and works when wet
- Smaller lighter stainless steel striker
- Signal whistle built into handle of striker
- Ergonomic design increases ease of use
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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. The Scout 2.0 has an ergonomic design makes for increased ease of use, and the striker has an integrated whistle.
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Those who find this firesteel difficult to use must be using it wrong--most likely with improper tinder. If you want to guarantee yourself a fire, try this: Take a cotton ball and approximately 1 tablespoon of Vasoline (petroleum jelly). Massage the Vasoline deep into the cotton ball for a few minutes until it is completely coated and won't absorb any more (it should compact down into a tight ball as small as it will go). Voila, you have one of the best firestarters known to man! Thanks to the petroleum jelly, it is highly water-resistant and easy to ignite.
When you're ready to light a fire, spread the cotton fibers apart with your fingers to thin and "fluff" them so they will take a spark more readily. Then place the cotton under a generously-sized teepee of thin twigs (preferably dry). Hold the firesteel close and scrape sparks onto the outspread cotton. One to three attempts should be enough to ignite it, and thanks to the petroleum jelly, will yield a wind- and rain-resistant burn time of up to four minutes on a single cotton ball--enough to light even quite wet wood! (Be sure to process enough wood ahead of time so you can build the fire properly, beginning with 1/8" thick and smaller twigs, then graduating slowly to 1/4", 1/2", 1" thickness, and so on up to logs).
I've noticed with this firesteel that a slower, harder scrape produces a better spark than quicker, lighter strokes. Enjoy!
I am a fan of the 2.0 Scout for a few reasons, the orange handle handle which i find comfy, The hi vis is easy to locate if i where to put it down, the stainless striker is a plus, Im not a fan of rust, and rust could ruin a striker edge, and lastly the kids like the gimmicky safety whistle, it doesn't hurt to have in an emergency situation and its none obtrusive.
Made in Sweden? Yes but i have contacted the company to find out if the rod itself is made in Sweden or if its just assembled in Sweden.
- Larger than I expected. I don't think I'd want to carry the full size model around with me. Google a pic for size comparison in the hand before buying.
- Pronounced thumb indentations on the steel and the striker make it very easy to hold onto both parts.
- The metal on the striker is robust and sharp-edged. I see no danger of it breaking or bending.
- The fire steel throws a nice shower of sparks.
- Easily ignites Vaseline cotton balls in one or two strikes.
- The whistle is hokey. Only light breath produces any kind of whistle, and it's pretty wimpy...like a whistle out of a cracker jack box. I certainly wouldn't rely on it to be of any use beyond 20 yards or so.
It'll do the job. In the future, I think I'll search out other sources for ferrocerium rods that don't have the name brand price markup of the Light My Fire brand.