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Handy and good for the price,
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This review is from: SE FS374 All-Weather Emergency 2-IN-1 Fire Starter & Magnesium Fuel Bar (Everything you need to start a fire!) (Tools & Hardware)
I bought this along with the Swedish Firesteel to test them out. I like this product due to the fact that you can shave the magnesium off and use it to start the tender, however I found that the flint was difficult to use and did not put off much spark. It did spark, though. The swedish firesteel throws of a much bigger and hotter spark and was much easier to use, however if you do not have good tender it doesn't matter much. I think that having both of them together is good and they are both are a relatively inexpensive purchase if you consider how valuable they are when needed.
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Initial post: Sep 16, 2011, 4:04:24 PM PDT
Michael Milligan says:
Thanks for this review, and that it's best to consider the two products together for $17 or so - not bad. Even just using this for tinder, $4.60 for compact emergency tinder is well worth it.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2012, 6:25:45 AM PST
Michael Teegarden says:
If you just need tinder, carry a wad of dryer lint in a zip lock baggie. Compact and nearly free. You can also coat the lint in vaseline to make it more flammable.
In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012, 6:39:44 AM PDT
For persons that perhaps use a laundry mat, and lint is not an accessible item...cotton balls work great with vaseline also.
Posted on May 27, 2012, 8:53:14 PM PDT
John Bean says:
Use the back of a knife and you will get a big spark. I found the saw blade is the problem. The flint is very good quality when used with a better striker. The huge block of magnesium should last a long time. Magnesium shaving burn very hot and should start any dry organic tender available.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012, 11:43:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2012, 11:43:50 AM PDT
Lint in a public laundry mat is not hard to find. :^)
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2012, 3:32:47 PM PDT
S. GOMEZ says:
plain COTTON balls from the $ store work great too but be sure they are all cotton.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2013, 7:41:56 AM PST
Lynn C. Maust says:
Sure lint is available at laundromats....we always get lint out of the dryer fileter which everyone is supposed to clean out after they use the dryer!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2013, 7:43:07 AM PST
Lynn C. Maust says:
exactly! It's in the fileter you're supposed to remove and clean out after using the dryer!