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Magnesium Flint Fire Starter - 3 Pack - Survival Firesteel Blocks with Striker, Camping Emergency Equipment by The Friendly Swede
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- Magnesium Fire Starter
- EASY FIRE STARTING: Your new magnesium fire starter kit makes it especially easy to throw sparks and start a fire. The Mag Bar works in any weather conditions - rain, snow, high-altitude. The fire lighters are suitable for camping, survival, bushcraft and other outdoor activities.
- FIRST-STAGE TINDER IS BUILT-IN: The mag bar is your tinder, whereas a common fire starter requires separate material and it is not always easy to find something that will readily light.
- EXTREMELY HOT SPARKS: The flint rod will throw hot sparks just as well, no matter how windy it is. The handy striker which also can be used as bottle opener makes this fire steel perfect both for experts and beginners.
- LONGER LASTING, CONVENIENT AND COMPACT: You can start many (thousands) of fires with this bundle of 3 firesteel blocks with chains.
- LIFETIME WARRANTY - RISK FREE SHOPPING: To back it all up, we are offering our Friendly Lifetime Warranty for this flint and steel. Our World Class customer service team is here for you every day of the year and happy to help answer ANY questions you may have within hours. Just copy-paste this link into your browser: http://amzn.to/1AmGlj8
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|Color||Magnesium Fire Starters - New and Improved Version|
|Material Type||Magnesium, Metal|
|Package Height||0.2 x 3.7 x 5.7 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.1 pounds|
You can get many (thousands) of fires started with it. Another plus, this mag bar will not suffer from corrosion as a common lighter will. In addition, you will get not only one 1 Fire Starter but a 3 pack.
First-stage tinder is built-in!
The mag bar is your tinder, whereas a lighter requires separate material and it is not always easy to find something that will readily light.
The sparks and the magnesium, are much hotter than a butane lighter's flame.
You can get this mag bar as wet as you like and it will still throw sparks. You can take one that has been submerged in water and have it working to throw sparks in mere seconds.
Windproof & Coldproof
Your new Magnesium Alloy Fire Starters will throw hot sparks no matter how windy it is; keeping consistent performance even in windy conditions.
Your new Flint Firesteel performs flawlessly, even in temperatures dipping below zero degrees F.
The striking attached tool has a bottle opener, a scraping tool, and small rulers to measure in centimeters and inches.
Top Customer Reviews
I took a paper towel and the fire starter out onto my back porch and got started. The weather today was fairly windy so I had my doubts about how things would turn out. The included striker/scrapper worked flawlessly. I scrapped off a small pile of magnesium into the crumpled paper towel, placed the striker and bar by my pile and a gust of wind shifted my paper towel dislodging my shavings. I didn't scrape any more magnesium, instead, I shook what was left of my original shavings back into a pile and tried again. Remarkably, the sparks from th striker ignited the tiny remains of the magnesium and the paper towel caught on fire and burned up.
I am very impressed with this little product. My wife and I have one each for our BOB's and an additional one. My only complaint are the chains for the strikers and bars. Instead of one chain to connect them together, there are four separate small chains connected together making each chain. Besides that, thus is a Great product which I will recommend.
The pros: 1) The magnesium scrapes off easily and ignites quickly. 2) The imbedded striking rod generates a good amount of sparks. 3) The striking attached tool has a bottle opener, a scraping tool, and small rulers to measure in centimeters and inches.
The cons: I would replace the included chains with generous length of para cord.
I would recommend these fire starters for survival tools.
This is a three-fer deal - you get three fire starting kits for your purchase. It comes with a scraping tool that works pretty well and a chain to keep them together. I managed to make a fire on the first try, and I'm not a survivalist maven. Since similar kits seem to come for $5/piece, this one's (just) on the money.
The magnesium block comes coated with a protective paint that you need to scrape off first. It's not in the way, and it means I can pack one of these kits away, unused, in my kit for that Bad Day without worrying that it'll go bad on me.
All in all, works as advertised, and pretty well.
First of all, for those who think these fire starters from the Friendly Swede don't work, note that you DO need to scrape off the protective coating from both the flint (before it'll spark at all) and the magnesium block (before you'll be able to get a decent amount of shavings off it). Striking a spark also takes a little practice to get the right angle and pressure. Second, do have all your fire-making materials on hand before you attempt to spark a fire. You might be able to light small twigs with a good 25-cent coin sized pile of shavings, but anything bigger and you really need to build up to it. Pine duff, bark shavings, wood shavings, dried moss, crumbly rotten (but dry) wood -- all of these make for good kindling, as does paper.
Secondly, you don't HAVE to use the little included tool if you happen to have something better or easier to use. A good sharp knife can be used to get shavings and to strike a spark (but do be careful not to cut yourself). But the handy thing about having the tool is it's there in case you don't have a knife or other larger implement handy.
Finally, while a lighter or matches might be more convenient, sometimes they just don't work or the flame doesn't last long enough or burn hot enough, and it's often hard to get marginal burning materials going. A double-sized pile of magnesium shavings will not only burn for a while, it burns very, very hot, which can overcome damp kindling or inclement conditions. My recommendation is to go outside somewhere on a non-windy day, gather some kindling and small pieces of wood, and take a practice run at starting a fire using the fire starter. Yes, the block won't be pristine anymore, but you'll have a better sense of what to expect and how to do it, which is generally a better way to go than to wait until you're stuck in a snowstorm with numb fingers and try to figure it out then from memory. The fire starter will be just fine and won't go bad or anything just because the flint and magnesium are exposed.
This particular product, the Friendly Swede's emergency fire starter, is inexpensive plus it comes with three complete blocks, tools, and chains. I took one for myself, gave one to my spouse, and the third one is going into our truck's little first aid / survival kit. I am not in any way affiliated with The Friendly Swede, but I love their products and always keep an eye out for them, especially when they come out with something new. The last thing I bought from them was one of their carabiner grenade survival mini-kits, which is also in our truck now.