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Ferrocerium rods

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by Thukydides, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. Thukydides

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    Hello

    I know there is the nanoStriker (which seems a bit like a toy by my impression) and also fireRod by the same company. What other products are there and how do they compare?
     
  2. bull_paqqy
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    Light my fire swedish fire steeles. To be honest, and I am sure I am gonna get blasted. But I can't stand nano strikers and the like. I find them very finicky to get a spark. Almost to "slick" if that makes sense. You really have to have your angle just so. The light my fire variety are much easier and a lot cheaper. Mora also makes a good one. The nanos also have way to many parts just to get the rod out. that is just me.
     
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  3. Muse

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    FireSteel.com and Light My Fire are the two I have for backcountry kits. The NanoStriker is more for my car camping kit where I know I have easy bail out.. (It works fine, but it is too small to make me feel comfortable with every time out.)
     
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    I get mine from deal extreme for really cheap.
     
  5. Bobby Pin Ninja

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    Honestly, most problems with ferro rods come from what you're striking them with, not the rod itself. If you're using a knife, it needs to have a sharp, 90-degree angle on the spine that will really dig into the rod. I prefer a sawtooth striker because it tends to remove material very efficiently, and can be carried with the rod at all times. Most rods have a thin coating on them from the factory that has to be scraped off before you really get down to the ferrocerium. Truthfully though, with the right striker, you can get enough sparks out of the $3 rod from Wal-Mart in most cases. Of course, there are certainly much nicer ones on the market.
     
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  6. Thukydides

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    Sawtooth striker?
     
  7. Bobby Pin Ninja

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    Some fire starters, especially magnesium ones, come with a short, sawtooth striker blade that tends to throw plenty of sparks. You can also buy very compact folding versions of the same idea at a lot of sporting goods stores, or you can use the saw on a SAK or Leatherman, etc.
     
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  8. Grinch

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    I like fire steel , but i also like Swedish light my fire ferro rods . I can honestly say the micro size ferro rods with the small handles are just to cumbersome to use , and especially if you have gloves on during the winter . I took the handle off a Swedish light my fire ferro rod to use my own for a better handle that i could actually have a good grip on it . Here is some photo's of the one i made .

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    I just got a nanostricker and I'm happy to say it works very well. I've used Swedish fire steels for years and I like this a little better. YMMV
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    I'm a big fan of Bens Backwoods Mini Firesteel. the rod is only about 1 1/4" long and has a paracord wrist strap which is handy for getting a good grip for striking. For it's small size it throws a good deal of sparks and catches tinder usually on the first go.

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    You can't be caught under prepared. For the record that is .62 a rod.[​IMG]
     
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    $1.60
     
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    Oops did the division backwards.
     
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    Your from California I just figured it was subsidized there.:p
     
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    I bought six of these pre-drilled rods on ebay for maybe five bucks. They are about an inch long and with a bit of paracord become a great zipper pull on all your jackets. Nice spark from them with a pocket knife.

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    Awesome ideas!
     
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    Some of mine part bought / part selfmade. The most are 100x10mm.

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  18. Thukydides

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    Funny, but that cord is nylon isn't it? Take care to not destroy your bag. :bounce:
     
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    Any chances to compare the size with the ligh my fire one?
     
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    Not me or my video
     
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