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Reccomend to me a FIRESTEEL!

Discussion in 'Other Carrying Devices' started by colubrid, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. andyhuk

    andyhuk Loaded Pockets

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    To be totally honest I find that my BCB £3 works just as well as my more expensive Swedish made Light my Fire one...
    Just my thoughts :)
     
  2. Buckles

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    I have both the ESEE fire kit and a NanoStriker. While both of them are pretty sweet, I find the ESEE one easier to use. The small size of the nanostriker makes it difficult to strike when you are wearing gloves, or if you just have big hands. The ESEE kit it quite a ***** larger and offers a much bigger surface area to grip when using. Both of them are about the same price though. ESEE is supposed to have a new kit soon that is similar to the NanoStriker, but much bigger
     
  3. bornagainst

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    +1 on the firesteel.com recommendations. I have the Bunker and couldn't be more satisfied.
     
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  4. Aleister

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  5. c.southers

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    fire steel.com
     
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  6. Grendel

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    Can anyone in the USA get me a few strikers from Firesteel or Going Gear??
    There shipping costs are just too much to Canada to justify it.
     
  7. 16VGTIDave

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    PM sent...


    Sent from my iPad2 using Tapatalk
     
  8. mooshi
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    mooshi Loaded Pockets

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    I get mine from meritline when they're on sale - usually around $1.50 with free shipping. Once as low as $0.65. :)
     
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  9. Crco

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    I have a fairly broad understanding of the different model types and substance composites of the various ferrocerium, mischmetal and magnesium firestarters / firefacilitators on the market. That said, I greatly appreciate the better quality and more reliable units. Since I have a lot of experience making fire with firesteels (I recommend everyone practice with various tinder types & graduated coal/flame extenders under different environmental conditions), I don't need the expensive hot rods. I'm finding the dirt cheap ones to be sufficient for my needs as long as long as my tinder setup is quality.
     
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  10. Ludwell01

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    All I'm going to say is what ever you choose to use... PRACTICE!

    You wouldn't put on a new pair of shoes to go out dancing or change your tennis racket for a new one just for the final...

    Don't get caught needing your fire steel having never tried to use it.

    It would look bad on your obituary when it reads "Billy had the right tools at his disposal to save his own life but couldn't use them and died of pneumonia"
     
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  11. Haubitz

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    I've got the Light My Fire one and a few cheaper ones and the Light My Fire one is outstanding.
     
  12. TarHeelBrit
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    Another vote for the LMF I like the scout 2.0 it's easier for a newby (me) to use. However since Christmas when my wife bought me the Doan Firestarter I have a new favourite. But like most things it takes practise, just don't practise in the kitchen sink. After setting the smoke alarms off twice I was exiled to the patio to practise. ;D
     
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  13. brianwhynot

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    I for one would be very interested in hearing what the differences are between them. Any chance you'd chime in about them, Crco?
     
  14. Haubitz

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    I’m not allowed to practice indoors either. Not that I’ve started any smoke alarms but for some reason that the sound of the scraping makes my dog go bananas. :laugh:
     
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  15. Ludwell01

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    I practice indoors everyday.

    (use my fire steel to light my log burner). :laugh:
     
  16. Gorram

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    Blast match. Gloves, one handed, it's the best.
     
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  17. TarHeelBrit
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    I have a new firesteel to go on my keychain instead of the LMF 2.0 it's Ben's Backwoods mini scout firesteel.

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    http://www.bensbackwoods.com/servlet/Detail?no=672

    SAK not included :laugh: But it's a lot smaller and doesn't bulk out my keychain as much as the 2.0 did and the file on my Style SC makes a great striker.
     
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  18. wildborego

    wildborego EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    IM BUYING SOMETHING TODAY


    MAYBE BOTH!!!!
     
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  19. mole

    mole EDC Junkie!!!!!

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  20. xbanker
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    Whichever you choose — and there are performance differences among ferro rods — remember all that's been suggested above — you can influence results:
    • know what constitutes a good scraper/striker; poor scraper = lackluster results; file your knife spine to 'crisp' edge, if that's to be your primary (or secondary) scraper;
    • carry (or gather) spark-compatible tinder; isolate tinder from damp ground;
    • technique, e.g. pulling the rod against scraper rather than pushing the scraper down the rod yields better control and better spark placement;
    • periodically check stored rods' integrity; as mentioned, they can erode/disintegrate (coating with clear fingernail polish or similar can protect);
    • practice! at home with different rods, tinder, scraper and techniques — it's easy once you find the right combination; a bona fide 'situation' isn't the time to perfect technique. :)