Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week
Well after a bit of faffing about, the black protective covering was rubbed off enough to show the metal inside. Once this was done there are heaps of sparks and a good whiff of smoke from each stroke.
You've got to stroke the full length of the rod, and use a decent amount of downwards pressure to make a lot of sparks. I've not managed to set fire to anything yet, but haven't really been trying. The item weighs more than a lighter and a lot more than some matches. A weight-conscious tramper might not bother. The cord tying the two is too short for comfortable stroking. Untie them or replace with a longer lace.
I'm tempted to try some high speed photos just to see how they turn out. One of these days.... I'm also a bit worried that the striker might strike a spark from the rod when in the pocket or something. This item would be useless for lighting a gas welding torch.
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