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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 4
  • Usefulness: 5
Ferrocerium rod plus a bit magnesium – Wilderness Survival Fire Sparkle + Blade Cutter Tool (Large) Reviews

posted by isotco on 03/10/2010 Certified Owner

Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:less than 1 day

Pros:
- This unit contains a magnesium bar.
- The ratio of magnesium to ferrocerium is about right.
- The glue used in the construction seems strong enough.
Cons:
- Size, it is slightly larger and weighs a few grams more than the the rest.
- The ferrocerium piece seems to be glued onto the magnesium bar, though I have not been able to get it to break off from the magnesium bar.
Other:
This one consists of half a circular ferrocerium rod attached to a square magnesium bar.
The coating on the magnesium bar should prevent excessive corrosion.
It isn't nearly as bulky as the larger magnesium blocks with a tiny ferrocerium strip that will wear out long before you'll ever run out of magnesium.
Bottomline:
This is an improved version of the ferrocerium spark match.
The added magnesium is very useful if you can't find dry tinder.

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