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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
- Great for camping, hiking, hunting, emergency, and survival kits
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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.
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.
like other fellow sparkies here, i knew what i was ordering when i purchased this fire starter... i got a big kick out of the instructions, and can only imagine some poor consumer attempting to use this striker as directed
what fun that would be!
also, as others have stated, you must first scrape off the outer coating on the tiny rod to expose the striking surface...
the first time i went to make sparks, the knot in the lanyard separated - that would *not* be good out in the woods in the dark!
however, this striker works GREAT and is a FABULOUS deal - especially when compared to a Light My Fire mini-steel!
i should have ordered a half dozen!
Creates really bright sparks that will catch dryer lint on fire no problem. Nice in a survival situation and/or Search and Rescue.
For the price unbeatable.
#1. You must scrap off coating on the rod
#2. You must get the paint off the stricker edge
#3. If the handle falls off it will still work fine (not a problem I have had but others have)