Buy the best FireSteel rods from the same company who makes them for the U.S. Military. The U.S. Military has exacting standards – they are putting their lives on the line. So you know beyond a doubt what this company sells is the Real Deal.
Located in Littleton, NH, FireSteel.com (visit them here) makes the worlds’ best FireSteels.
They are a sponsor here, and have been with us for many years. But I wouldn’t be saying that (or have them here) if they sold junk. Instead, I am confident to promote the advantages of their FireSteel rods, making them the best in my opinion.
Why are they the best FireSteel?
FireSteel – Rare Earths
Rare Earths, the chemicals that make good sparks when you scrape a FireSteel rod, are very expensive. Cheap one’s skimp on Rare Earth elements.
“We DO NOT do that!” says Ron Fontaine of FireSteel. “This is why our FireSteels are the best you can get.”
When you use a FireSteel rod from FireSteel.com, you will get a fire because of the massive sparks the rod makes. The percentage of Rare Earth elements we put in our FireSteel Rods are the highest you can get.~ from the manufacturer
What more do you need to know?
Buy cheap firesteels, or buy the best – up to you. If you are serious about Survival you cannot go wrong with our FireSteel. But you can certainly go wrong with the cheap crap that is out there – just saying so you know what to expect.
Not all ferro rods (or ferrocerium rods) are made the same. They are an alloy of iron and cerium. The relative proportions of iron to the other rare earths (of which Cerium is one) in the formula can mean a vast difference in performance. The formula used to make the best FireSteel strikes just the right balance between softness (which makes the rods easy to scrape) and “hardness” (which makes the rods long-lasting).
The relative “softness” of FireSteel rods also means that when you scrape along the length of the rod, you will obtain great big blobs of molten metal with which to start your fire. Who wants to struggle with puny sparks when you’re cold, hungry and wet? With a FireSteel rod and your prepared tinder, just a few scrapes is all it takes to get your fire going when you need it.
Note that all the rods at FireSteel.com are made with the same formula. You will obtain the same *quality* of sparks from each rod. That being said, since the *amount* of sparks is dependent on the amount of material being shaved off, you will naturally obtain bigger gobs of sparks from a larger diameter rod.
Who Uses the Rods from FireSteel.com ?
- The US Military
- Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts
- Outdoor enthusiasts
- and everyone else who wants a reliable way to start a fire no matter what.
Buy the best and make sure you can start a fire come what may.
Will you risk your life in order to save a buck? With our FireSteel you know you have the BEST.
The Best EVER made.
Ask around. FireSteel.com FireSteels are the Real Deal, the BEST you can get hands down.
And remember: a fire can save your life!
from an email on their site:
[name removed for security reasons]
Office of Special Investigations Anti/Counter Terrorism Unit
USAF Special Operations Command
“Its been a few years since my last order and I just got a box from you. The [firesteel] is great. I have been training intel officers after my 4 tours to Iraq and 3 to the Afghan Hills.
I am using the fire steels in both the field ops and SERE parts of the intel training….They were slowly whittled down over the years.
We [had] one pilot stand on a mountain scraping his fire steel as a signal. The PJs saw the sparks 2 miles away. We even ignited time fuse with one to set off an IED.”
Why Should I Have (at least) One?
Matches can become damp and useless.
Lighters run out of fuel or break.
Old fashioned flint and steel can be difficult to master.
FireSteel is lightweight, compact, and easy to use.
Just One can start thousands of fires.
Don’t get me wrong… you SHOULD have multiple ways to start a fire in your survival kit / fire kit. I’m just saying that a FireSteel is an excellent addition. I have one in each of my kits.
I also have one in each “Kit”.
Might I suggest getting a couple and actually build a fire or 10 with them. Just buying one and stuffing it in the drawer will do you little good.
PS: whens then last time anyone did a “Lights Out” weekend???? How did you start your fire?~ said ‘NRP’ here on the blog
They have many styles, sizes, and shapes to choose. I simply suggest that you visit their site and have a look. If you ever buy something from them, tell-em you came from Modern Survival Blog… Thanks.
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