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  • Mmmm sparky fun!

    posted by Criggie on 05/16/2010
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    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.

    Cons:

    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.

    OtherThoughts:

    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.

    Bottomline:

    Bit of a gimmick, but a fun toy.

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