Reviewed by Mike from Coastal California on Sunday, May 24, 2015
A modern ferro rod is useful addition to one's outdoor kit. While I wouldn't recommend it as one's sole means of starting a fire, it's great to bring along for lighting camp stoves, or practicing making a fire from natural materials sourced out in the wilderness.
This one is a light and thin type of ferro rod, but it's still guaranteed to provide you with a couple thousand strikes. As a plus, it can get wet and yet remain fully functional after it quickly dries out. That's not often the case for matches or lighters. The bright red color helps you out if you end up dropping it on the ground.
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
Reviewed by HSL from NJ on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
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.
Reviewed by CBGBsOutdoors from RI on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Some people complain about these because they don't know how to use them properly. (There is a protective coating on the outside of the bar that needs to be scraped off first, before the sparks will fly). However, once that is rubbed off, these are great and the STP price is fantastic. I also keep one looped on my Gas grill handle. The electronic ignition is dead, and rather than take it apart and install a new one (they never last long outside anyway) I just un loop this, turn on the gas, and blast a few sparks from this fire starter and I have save, consistent and cheap grill ignition.