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I was just wanting some opinions about the Firesteel.com gobspark armageddon and ranger.Such as where they fit good like a small vs. a big pack, if they were worth the money, and how much of a difference there is between the spark of them.

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I never thought I will do this but I actually recommend Chinese cheap firesteel from eBay!
Its 1.6$ including the shipping and it has good size and it works great... what more can u ask!?

It really light my cotton balls from one or two strikes (after you take a strike or two removing the black coating on it)

http://cgi.ebay.com/Survival-Magnes...482?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item2a0e494202

o yeah, and welcome :)
 

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I never thought I will do this but I actually recommend Chinese cheap firesteel from eBay!
Its 1.6$ including the shipping and it has good size and it works great... what more can u ask!?

It really light my cotton balls from one or two strikes (after you take a strike or two removing the black coating on it)

http://cgi.ebay.com/Survival-Magnes...482?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item2a0e494202

o yeah, and welcome :)
I agree with 601. I got a mess of those and am very happy with them. Here's another link for one with cheaper shipping:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Survival-Magnes...ultDomain_0&hash=item3365520fed#ht_1383wt_956

99 cents with 89 cents shipping
 

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I am a fire steel owner of ,many size and shapes except gob of sparks. I have the large Ranger in aluminum tube, several 1/4", 3/8" rods with different handles. I have not used the ones discussed in the above threads but I have used some that did not create the same heat intensity as fire steel. My personal opinion is if I'm in a survival situation I want quality, just my 2 cents.
 

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well I did some looking around and it says if i buy the chinese crap I won't get it until april.I looked at the esse and didn't really like how small it was.I found Misch metal blanks at http://goinggear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=4 but can't find any with a handle. Anybody have an idea where to get them
Firesteel with handles
I have bought some here
Survival Topics
http://www.survivaltopics.com/gear/categories/FireSteels/FireSteel-with-Handles/
Firesteel
http://firesteel.com/
The same guy runs both of these sites

Meritlines products
http://www.meritline.com/newsearch.aspx?SearchTerm=flint
I have bought these ones and found them the same quality as the rods from the above site (Survival topics)
http://www.meritline.com/survival-fire-sparkle-blade-cutter-tool---p-42588.aspx

Also bought several lots of the ones posted from the ebay links above.
Ebay
More here
http://shop.ebay.ca/?_from=R40&_trk...nkw=magnesium+flint&_sacat=See-All-Categories

Just a tip. When you are hunting for these on the net type "Magnesium Flint" and I find that I get what I am looking for.

I have lots of different types and surprisingly, I approve of these cheap chinese ones. The ones that I was disappointed with are Coghlan's brand ones. They do throw sparks but not gobs of metal like the other ones did (Survival Topics, Cheap-o Chinese ones "Meritline & Ebay")

EBay had the best price of them all!

There was one more site, where I bought them for 99 cents and free shipping, but they are not available anymore.

One way to know for yourself is to by a few different ones. The ones are EBay are 2 bucks, so what have you got to loose. If you want to buy an expensive one, go for it. It is entirely up to you. As I said, I have bought both and found no difference the quality. You can't go wrong have a few extras and stashing them into different gear.
 

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I am a fire steel owner of ,many size and shapes except gob of sparks. I have the large Ranger in aluminum tube, several 1/4", 3/8" rods with different handles. I have not used the ones discussed in the above threads but I have used some that did not create the same heat intensity as fire steel. My personal opinion is if I'm in a survival situation I want quality, just my 2 cents.
I agree with you about the last sentence, but this firesteels really works and well built... I take one strike to get the cotton burning, what else do you want it to do!? make your coffee???
why to pay x10 more for the same item!?
 

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I agree with you about the last sentence, but this firesteels really works and well built... I take one strike to get the cotton burning, what else do you want it to do!? make your coffee???
why to pay x10 more for the same item!?
As I said early in my post I haven't tried them all, so you may be right. What I have found on some cheaper units is when sparking tinder other than cotton balls etc, they don't spark as hot and results are less than what I want. There may come a time when cotton balls or other easy to spark items are not available, for that reason I start fires with tinder in the area of the fire rather than man made items.
 

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As I said early in my post I haven't tried them all, so you may be right. What I have found on some cheaper units is when sparking tinder other than cotton balls etc, they don't spark as hot and results are less than what I want. There may come a time when cotton balls or other easy to spark items are not available, for that reason I start fires with tinder in the area of the fire rather than man made items.
Perhaps there are units that are better than the ones that I have purchased, i don't know. But, I have gotten the "Firesteel" ones and have not been able to tell a difference.

The Striker
One thing that I will say is that the strikers from www.survivaltopics.com or www.firesteel.com are the best that I have used. Very sturdy, easy to hold and have a good edge to throw serious sparks.

The regular old hacksaw blades also work really well. Don't use the shatter proof ones they are useless.

I have found that using a different striker on your rod can make a vast difference to the quality of your sparks.

Just something else to consider if you are having issues with your unit.
 

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I have used the "Strikeforce" firestarter for almost 15 years. Its what I use at work as well. I carry the firesteel as a back up but I like the grip I can get on the strikeforce, the ability to carry tinder in the handle, and I don't get contact frostbite from holding onto metal in the winter.
 

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I have used the "Strikeforce" firestarter for almost 15 years. Its what I use at work as well. I carry the firesteel as a back up but I like the grip I can get on the strikeforce, the ability to carry tinder in the handle, and I don't get contact frostbite from holding onto metal in the winter.
Thanks for the tip, that is a new one for me. Might just have to get myself one!
 
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