|Item Weight||2.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.5 x 3 x 0.2 inches|
|Item model number||FS374|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
|Number of Handles||1|
|Included Components||Magnesium Fire Starter|
|Warranty Description||90 Day Woot Limited Warranty|
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Why waste time and energy finding kindling with regular fire starters that may or may not even catch a spark?! Regular twigs and branches in their natural environments will not light unless they are extremely dry.
With this reliable pocket-sized tool, you will always be ready to start a fire. Our fire starter comes complete with a solid compact magnesium bar that can be used hundreds of times, or until the magnesium runs out. Simply shave some magnesium into a pile and easily spark the shavings (yes, even in wet or humid surroundings). The shavings will quickly spark into a flame so you can ignite larger pieces of wood.
Waterproof, weatherproof, and built for long-lasting durability—this is an essential addition to your supplies for camping, hiking, trekking, boating, hunting, travel, survival and emergencies. As a bonus, we have included a mini compass to help supplement your navigation needs.
• Overall dimensions: 3” x ⅜” x 1”
• Conveniently compact size
• Waterproof & weatherproof
• Solid magnesium body (silver color)
• Black flint striking rod
• Serrated metal striker
• Mini compass—size: 4.5mm x 20mm dia.
• Detachable silver ball chain link
HOW TO USE:
1 – Gather tinder (dry branches, bark, grass, pine needles, lint, paper, etc.) of the preferred size/amount.
2 – Use the serrated edge of the striker to scrape along the length of the magnesium rod to create shavings.
3 – You can either sprinkle the magnesium shavings throughout the tinder pile, or scrape the shavings into a cluster to the minimum size of a U.S. quarter coin.
4 – Then hold the flint at an angle over the pile, while forcefully sliding your striker along the length of the flint to create sparks.
5 – Continue to slide the striker against the flint until the sparks land directly onto the shavings pile and ignite a flame.
For first-time use, stripping the protective layer of paint from the striker before starting your fire will help produce the best results.
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Update: I'm not going to lower the stars as it's the magnesium starter bar that is lifesaving, but the compass isn't worth anything. It would not point north, nor does it spin freely so i constantly get W at the north position or sometimes E lol. Don't rely on the compass, but a general compass can be used in emegencies if you have a standard watch with hour/minute hands. For northern hemisphere lay the watch flat in your palm facing up. If you have trees or a pole, look a the shadow, point the hours hand at the shadow line it up, this is pointing at the sun. Now find the point between the hours hand and 12 oclock position, this should be pointing to your south, and opposite that should be the north. Of course the sun comes up in the east and sets in the west as well, so if the sun is low on the horizon you know that it's setting toward the west (in general). Anyways, lots of write ups on it on the web if interested.
Novel gift, the black paint soaked on to the flint rod is a little irritating to scrape off. Good luck with keeping your pile of magnesium shavings from blowing away. I suppose it takes some practice to be effective.
The gerber fire starter sparks well, thicker rod, but too short of length. The case takes up some space, but you can include some other stuff inside it.
I've settled on a 1/2" fire rod from bayite, 6" long. It's solid and sparks well. Other than losing it, I'll never need another.
If you buy this, be sure and have a supply of alternative tinder (such as cotton balls rubbed with vasoline). They are so much easier to use than the magnesium.
Just a thought, since magnesium does burn very hot and can be effective for igniting damp materials . . . there are places where you can buy bags of magnesium shavings, enough to package up quite a few single-use packs. Then all you have to do is make the spark with the fire steel. Much easier than scraping away on your magnesium bar to get a pile of shavings.
I planned to leave it in my emergency trunk bag. While it works nearly as well as the USA-made Doan, my unit came covered in some kind of hard, clear glue. When they attached the ferro rod "flint," the manufacturer used far to much adhesive, totally occluding it. To make the unit workable I had to spend nearly an hour with a very sharp Mora knife to peel and chip away the glue. Now it works fine, but I should've ponied up the extra $3 for the USA-made Doan. (Firesteel.com also has a great USA-made mag & ferro bar for about $6, plus s/h.)
On the plus side, with that work done, it functions just fine, and includes a scraper, unlike the Doan. Like all mag bars, it is very lightweight. But overall, it's not worth saving a couple bucks to spend an hour of labor, for me anyway, (and I'm not wealthy, lazy or incapable of DIY!)
Lesson learned: make sure you just buy a Doan firestarter, and save yourself some time and hassle!