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SE FS373 Magnesium Fire Starter & Striker
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- Magnesium rod length: 2 inches
- Magnesium rod diameter: 3/16-inch
- Metal serrated striker
- Comes with lanyard
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SE is proud to present our Magnesium Fire Starter & Striker. A fire starter is an essential for camping, hiking, hunting, emergency and survival kits.
How to use the fire starter:
(1) Gather tinder: twigs, dead branches, dry bark, grass, pine needles, lint or paper.
(2) Hold the magnesium rod at an angle above your tinder pile.
(3) Use the striker to scrape along the length of the magnesium rod to create shavings.
(4) Let the shavings fall into your tinder pile.
(5) Keep scraping until you’ve scraped a pile of shavings amounting approximately to the size of a quarter.
(6) Hold the flint at an angle over the pile of magnesium shavings, then forcefully slide your striker along the length of the flint to create sparks.
(7) Continue to slide your striker against the flint until the sparks you’ve created land directly onto the pile of magnesium shaving & tinder to ignite a fire.
(8) Once ignited, blow gently on the magnesium shavings to spread the flames to the rest of your tinder.
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Top Customer Reviews
At first use, it will take some scraping to clear the black oxidation. Once you're through the oxide layer, firm pressure and a quick wrist will generate lots of very bright sparks.
Dryer lint is an excellent firestarter, and takes a spark well. For emergency fire kit, knead some vaseline (petroleum jelly) into some cotton balls. Penny sized pieces of this gooey mess burns quite well and for a while.
The instructions say to scrape a pile of metal off the firesteel. With dryer lint, cotton balls or other good tinder, this is a waste of time.
UPDATE: June 2013: Since the review was posted, I have used it occasionally and have lit many fires with it. Bottom line: it's light, it throws good sparks, and lights fires. Now the rod is getting a little thin from use, but it lights fires just as well as an expensive one that has a much larger diameter rod, at 1/4th the weight. Bumped my review to 5 stars.
Oh: the description is way off: this is not a magnesium bar, it's a standard ferro-rod, just like the other thousand or so products that are just like it.
The only improvement I made was to take the loop of line holding it together, and get rid of the loop... a longer lanyard on the striker makes this easier to operate... Just untie the knot, and use a double overhand knot on each end to keep the firesteel and striker from being separated.
1)Gently shave a small quantity of magnesium with metal striker into a small pile of leaves or grass, paper, or leaves to start a campfire.
2) Strike the magnesium rod with striker.
3) The sparks will start the fire with shaved magnesium.
THIS IS NOT A MAGNESIUM ROD. It is a ferrocerium rod. This rod(#FS373) is only designed to make sparks. Do not shave off pieces of this rod into a pile of leaves. You will waste it and it will not work as it should.
That being said, this rod (actual rod length is only 1-5/8 inches, NOT 2" as stated in ad) works exactly as it should. I would not buy this for every day use, but I have tried it, trust it, and will keep it with me for emergencies.
While this is a small generic version of a normal firesteel, it works in the same way. The diameter is slightly smaller than the `scout' versions of the various ferro rod firesteels, but they are very close in appearance and quality. While it is not as simple to use as the larger models, it is just as good as the smaller ones on the market and costs 1/3 the price of many of them.
My intent for this was to have one I could keep comfortably on my keychain. This works perfect for that. The knob handle is a bit large, but I trimmed it down so it's now the size of a key and does not feel obtrusive on my keys in my pocket.
Yes, the instructions are incorrect as other reviewers have stated. You do NOT shave material off of this and then spark it, which is how the magnesium firestarters work, not these. It took 5-6 scrapes before this unit started making good sparks, once the finish was worn away it worked great. Since it is smaller than many other models (which is why I bought it), it is a bit harder to use, but with a bit of practice it is just as functional.
The included scraper functioned acceptably, but I found I got significantly better sparks by using the squared back of my knife. Maybe if the thick paint wore off the scaper it would work better though.
Creates really bright sparks that will catch dryer lint on fire no problem. Nice in a survival situation and/or Search and Rescue.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Do yourself a favor and spend a few extra dollars and get a magnesium started with the rectangular block. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. Jordan
It works, but the painted striker is useless, and it's a bit thin. Makes for a cheap gift to stuff into a 'goodie bag' or something at least.Published 7 months ago by Batman_Bin_Suparman
I wished it was just a tad longer, but I guess it really don't matter, I've lost it already, it will show up I supposePublished 9 months ago by Steve S.
Super fast shipping. Thanks. Can't wait to see how it works.Published 10 months ago by Nathan Crocker
I've started more than a handful of fires with this simple firestarter while camping. It does require you to rub off the protective layer on the striker, however once that is done... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chris
Striker isn't the greatest but the rod throws a good spark. Will catch Vaseline cotton balls with ease.Published 11 months ago by SMC1986