(ライトマイファイアー)LIGHT MY FIRE ファイヤースチールスカウト2.0 アーミー 26005
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Instinctively you'll want to drag the scraper down the rod and "throw" the sparks. Actually you should hold, very firmly, the scraper near your stove or firelighter and pull the rod towards you. This ensures the sparks are exactly where they should be and you won't risk knocking things over. Small but firmly-pressed strokes can be more effective than long, light, pulls of the rod. The scraper has a sharper edge that works much better than the other side, the ergonomic handle also makes it clear which side to use: place your thumb into the dip and you have it the right way round.
This is a top quality item. One reviewer says the handle of the "premium" coco/wood version can degrade, so be wary of that. I am delighted with the plastic version, it feels indestructible. The manufacturer says this is good for 12,000 strikes. If true you could do five strikes per day, every day, for six and a half years. For most people it means this firesteel should last a lifetime. The ergonomic handles (both rod and striker) are very welcome holding each piece securely even if your hands are cold.
A tip for lighting fires is to use long-burning easy-to-ignite firelighters, they're very cheap and easy to make. The easiest is to get some cotton wool, fluff it open, get a small dollop of Vaseline onto it, and pull the cotton wool around it so the Vaseline is in the centre. Store in a plastic bag. When you use it the spark quickly ignites the cotton wool and the cotton wool gets the Vaseline to burn for 5 to 10 minutes depending on the amount, enough to get your kindling twigs going. Of course you have to be wary about keeping them dry. If you have a plastic bag inside a dry bag inside your rucksack with a waterproof shell on it, etc., then this method should be fine.
If you wish to make waterproof firelighters use a medium-heat double boiler to melt some Beeswax beads , remove from the heat and quickly dip a fluffed-up cotton wool ball half into the wax, let it cool and harden, then dip the other half. To use, split the wax ball in half, spark onto the cotton wool to ignite, and that should get the Beeswax going to last 5 to 10 minutes. This is obviously quite a bit of advance work but useful if you're wanting firelighters for a survival tin, carried loose a pocket, etc.
A final idea for a firelighter is to make or buy a tinder stick . The upside is you can attach it to the firesteel so you always have a firelighter source to hand, a downside is you must also have a sharp knife available to create some thin shavings. (Some people complain about the cost of a stick, but it's too cheap to moan about - and you're not paying for the stick you're paying for the processing & postage). I already have a thin lanyard string attached to keep my Victorinox Swiss Army knife and firesteel together, I can wear them as a necklace for convenience plus it makes finding them in the dark that bit easier especially having knocked-back a hip flask. I will be adding a tinder stick to the lanyard if only as backup in case I've used/lost/forgotten my cotton wool firelighters.
Finally, the "bonus whistle" is very loud. If you're in the mountains you should still attach a dedicated mountain whistle to your rucksack shoulder strap, just for easy of access in an emergency, but there is no harm in having a second one especially as it is "free" in cost and weight terms located as it is inside an existing plastic handle.
I hardly need a summary paragraph to tell you this firesteel makes me as happy as a pig in poop.
Measured Weight: 51 grams
Having tested it camping locally, I was quite underwhelmed to find that I couldn't even ignite an alcohol soaked piece of cotton wool with it. I think I might buy a Zippo and a ziplock bag. It might be easier in the long run.
With these you can use just the last few cm's and get good big sparks but if you scrape gently you will get small spark's ideal for lighting gas and alcohol stoves without risking damage to the stove from big lumps of molten magnesium
For me these are a winner
The product itself is rather tricky to get the hang of and after A LOT of practice I understand how it works properly now.
Even so, it's not very great at lighting fires in the home environment (where I practiced). I can't speak for trying outside yet and I can only assume it's harder there.
I used tissue paper (couldn't think of anything else that would light super easily without exploding) and the simple sparks that fly off aren't enough to light it, you have to scrape off a sizeable pile of the stuff onto the tissue before setting sparks onto that, and only then does it light. And even then not always.
Still, I bought it for the fun and am not expecting to trust my life to it in the middle of the wilderness. So that's why it still got 4 stars
Fire Steel Army 2.0 Orange...
These are the Best ones to get
Lovely Big Sparks give you the added bonus that
they can be directed/aimed at the tinder more easily....
Only need to use the ends no need for a full strike
might make it last a bit longer...
I Say Yes DD...
The Amazon Retailer was good too.....
However after a little practice I managed to set three fires in about 30 mins. I wasn't getting it on the first strike like most people but still found this relatively easy.
A must have for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and bushcraft skills.
After using it a fair few times ive realised that it would be so much more useful if it was a third longer.
Purchased the orange version hoping it will be harder to loose!