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  1. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    This has to the best ferro rod review I have seen, and I just happen to be a contributor. The author of the article sent me an email and asked, "Kevin, would you take a few minutes and talk me about ferro rods?" Being the helpful person I am, my answer was something along the lines of "of...
  2. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Not sure where I have been, but I was unaware that Schrade was making ferro rod/fire starters. I have always known Schrade as a knife or blade company. Anyway, I stumbled upon this little fire starter with striker on Amazon for less than $10 bucks and thought why not give it a try. It actually...
  3. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Ordered some of those cheap ferro rod fire starters off Ebay. Why not? They were only 79 cents each, so I ordered five of them. The goal is to put together a bundle of gear for contest on the forum and on my blog. I am thinking a slingpack, compass, knife or fire starter as a bundle for the...
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I've had a mini bic lighter in a first aid kit in my truck for several years. It is a waist pack kit kept inside a soft side 6 pack cooler, inside a softside 12 pack cooler to try to keep from heat. Yesterday I tried to light it and nothing but grey dust came from flint. Anyone had that...
  5. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    How many people use ferro rods? Either as their primary fire starter, or as a backup fire starter? Back around 1985 or so I bought one of those magnesium sticks with a built in ferro rod. I used it a few times to start fires, and it seemed like more trouble that it was worth. Never the less...
  6. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Seen somewhere the ferro rods inserted in a casing and decided to give it a try. I found a 10 pack on amazon. They work good, started a grill up with one. I drilled a dimple in the rod so I could punch the casing. In my experiment, I used 308 and 7.62x54r casings. These rods had to be...
  7. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I'm looking to streamline my gear, and I love the Sweedish Firesteel, but the cord attaching the striker to the firesteel seems way too long. I have kydex sleeves on the side of my knife sheaths to hold the firesteel in place, but I've had issues with what to do with the striker. I tried...
  8. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    I've been thinking alot about what an ideal fire kit should comprise. With there being multiple approaches to sparking a flame, I think there are basically 3 schools of thought here... 1. Use a Bic lighter 2. Primitive fire building 3. Fire building kits (firsteel, mag bar, etc...) I've come...
  9. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    I'd like this to be the definitive fire starting thread full of updated information and tips. I have tons of new questions now that I've been working with Misch & Ferrocerium rods and magnesium blocks more. Plus, whatever other ingenious ways there are to start a fire WITHOUT a Bic Lighter...
  10. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Here Im using my JoelD friction folder to strike a ferro rod,the tinder is birch bark,then I use the same folder but this time im striking a piece of flint down the spine of the knife to get sparks to land on my char cloth.
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