Reviewed by shredbetty from sacramento on Friday, June 3, 2011
This is an excellent device! Tucks easily into a pocket, but could save your life in a pinch. So easy to use! I've always wanted one of these, much more reliable than matches or lighters, and ready to go in any season or weather condition. We've used it for starting fires on our portable burner, our...
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Reviewed by SoCal Mountain Woman from California on Friday, September 26, 2014
I confess to looking up a YouTube video and striking the flint along with the guy in it. Actually, I beat him to it, scraping off some of the black paint, holding the striker as he demonstrated and nearly setting a Kleenex on fire on my desk. It all took about 10 seconds. I'm so thrilled and stunned that if it weren't nighttime right now, I'd be all over lighting the barbecue and the chimenea just to see this firesteel work -- can't wait to try it with a campfire next weekend.
Reviewed by HeidiPacific from SoCal on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The directions are very unclear to me, a beginner camper. My husband picked this up and lot a big spark in one strike. So perhaps it's a user error on my parent that I'm camping challenged. Hence the fire starter! I bought 2. 6000 strikes total should keep me covered
The firesteel did not work at first until I read the direction that you need to remove the black/gray paint. So, I scraped harder and reviewed the metallic inside. Once done, it was really easy to create sparks. The only nit is the lanyard is a bit too short so you have to get used to the restricting length when scraping the firesteel. After a few tries, I adjusted to the short lanyard length.
Reviewed by Annabanana from Long Island, NY on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Tried it out as soon as I got it and it easily made nice sparks. I am just an ordinary mom who camps once in a while and doesn't know much about survival and hardcore backpacking, but I am the best one in my household at getting the fire going in our fireplace on cold winter nights! I can see that with some good tinder that is very dry it will easily catch fire from the sparks this thing produces. I am looking forward to really trying it out on our next camping trip and if I find it does not perform as good as I think it will I will update this review.