Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week
Works well, generates a nice shower of sparks when struck properly. I was able to get several different tinder going. Very lightweight, and easy to pack.
A little lighter in quality, compared to higher-priced flints, but acceptable for the price.
The striker tool needed to to filed a little, to expose more metal. Can easily be replaced with a cheap knife.
This is a backup to my backup firestarters. Matches and lighters are my primary firestarters, a fire piston with char cloth and a magnesium block with a flint are my first backups. This is certainly a better firestarter than having to improvise something on-site, and fits perfectly in my toiletries bag. I've successfully used it as a signal, before sunrise.
It's a modest firestarter at an exceptionally low price. Although I feel better knowing I have better alternatives, this is a better option than nothing at all. Since it's so inexpensive, I also won't hesitate to use it more frequently, if it isn't an emergency.
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