This Magnesium Fire Starter (Patent Pending) is rugged and designed for the outdoors enthusiast. The Aurora Magnesium Fire Starter uses a large 1/4" diameter composite flint steel rod that has magnesium built into it. Has a guided built in striking blade (no need to dull your expensive hunting knife) that maximizes the sparks and insures the ignition of any suitable fire starting material/ tinder. This product is designed to function wet or dry and is made from corrosion resistant high strength materials (no plastic!). The Aurora Magnesium Fire Starter has an overall length of 3.5", weighs 1/10th of a pound, and can be attached to your key ring so it is always there when you need it. The Aurora Magnesium Fire Starter is made in the USA and is designed to last a life time.
"This is one of my favorite new items and I'm very excited to be able to sell it. I have been playing with my new magnesium fire starter quite a bit over the past few days, starting fires all over the place. What's great about it is that it has the hot burning magnesium and the flint in one piece. You don't have two different pieces that can separate like other magnesium fire starters and have the chance of losing one piece of your fire starting kit. Some people just prefer a flint bar and then scrape it and throw the sparks at some tinder. With this new magnesium fire starter, when you throw the sparks just like you would with a plain flint bar, the magnesium sparks stay lit for several seconds and makes it even easier to start a fire. Why wouldn't you want to make your flint fire starter even better? The magnesium and flint chunks throw out just like flint, but stay smoldering like little chunks of fire rather than shavings of magnesium that can blow away before you get your sparks onto it. Plus, you can strike it as many times as you like over and over again thereby throwing a continuous shower of super hot smoldering pieces of magnesium and flint at your fire bed. The larger chunks seem to stick where you throw them as well." — Tom Sciacca, President of CampingSurvival.com
This magnesium fire starter is designed to function under the most extreme conditions and is made from corrosion resistant high strength materials, and, will be your faithful fire starter for many years.
Using Your Aurora
To use your Aurora Magnesium Fire Starter unscrew the larger of the two sections that make up the starter. Doing this will reveal the fire starting rod enclosed. Hold the smaller section of the product in one hand and the larger section of it in the other hand as shown in figure 1. Next position the striking blade mounted on the top of the larger section of the starter against the fire starting rod so that the fire starting rod rests inside the 45 degree angled notch as shown in figure 2. This places the fire starting rod in the optimum position to start a fire. While holding the smaller section of the Aurora magnesium fire starter firmly in one hand scrape the fire starting rod with the top corner edge of the striking blade (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT) in a fast smooth manner while pressing firmly against the blade and maintaining the optimum 45 degree angle. You will notice that when done properly the Aurora Fire Starter will emit incredibly bright and hot sparks that will burn and ignite any suitable fire starting material. We recommend that you have fun getting to know your Aurora magnesium fire starter by igniting the fire starting material included - only a small amount of the included material is needed. Cotton balls and dryer filter lint are great fire starting material! Note: After prolonged use the striking blade can be flipped over to reveal a fresh striking surface. To do this simply remove the top screw holding the striking blade in place, flip the blade horizontally, and then re-secure the striking blade with screw - the striking blade may also be sharpened.
Caution: The Aurora magnesium fire starter is not a toy! Keep the Aurora out of reach of children and do not use or demonstrate the Aurora indoors or near any combustible material. Doing so could result in injury, structural damage, or death. We're not responsible for any damages caused by use of the Aurora Magnesium Fire Starter.
"I actually like to use the back of the saw blade on my Leatherman multitool as my striker. It scrapes off a larger amount of magnesium and sparks. The manufacturer recommends you use the tool provided because it scrapes off a smaller amount of material and makes the product last longer. I'm not worried about that. I have scraped mine dozens of times over the past few days and have only seen a small amount of material has been scraped from the product. This magnesium fire starter will make thousands of fires. The manufacturer has one that he's used about 2000 times and he says there's at least double that left." — Tom Sciacca, President of CampingSurvival.com
Latest news from the manufacturer of the Aurora Fire Starter (April 16, 2008):
"We can build the Aurora Fire Starters with the larger rod and I have already completed all of the drawings. We just have not set a date for production yet. We have been very busy manufacturing the current model fast enough to fill all of the orders. There are now Aurora Fire Starters in every state including Hawaii, France, Israel, Italy, Russia, and Germany. We also plan to offer black anodized Aurora Fire Starters in the future. Also, you mentioned that you carry your unit without the blade tube."
(I mentioned that I like to carry the fire starter without the case and just use the back of my Leatherman Multitool saw blade to scrape it rather than the scraper privided with the tool. This produces a larger amount of sparks, but does decrease the life of the product because your scraping away more material. Tom Sciacca, President JHL Supply / CampingSurvival.com)
"One other benefit that the blade tube has is when the unit is screwed closed and locked is it gives the Aurora Fire Starter an advantage over other fire starters in salt water environments. In Most of the fire starters you sell and are on the market the rods are not sealed tight or are completely exposed."
(The Aurora fire starter has a very tight seal due to the high quality material and the o-ring at the seal.)
"This is ok in a fresh water environment but a major disadvantage in a salt water environment(remember your friend the Navy Seal). Most people are not versed in electrochemisty and are unaware of this fact. If you can imagine being lost or on an adventure for extended periods of time in different environments and only using the Aurora when you need to start a fire you will see over time that we really have taken a lot into consideration when we designed the unit. One of the main advantages of the built in blade (and now improved with new blade) is good enough spark to start a fire with less wear. I have personally destroyed many rods very quickly on other fire starters using my serrated knife."
To learn more about why the new Aurora Fire starter is great not only because of the innovative combining of a good quantity of magnesium and the flint rod together in on material, but also because of the protection of the product itself that it offers click here. The video your about to see, shows an experiment that shows what salt water can do to other fire starters and why it's important to have your new Aurora Fire Starter inside it o-ring sealed case.
Experiment DirectionsThis experiment was designed by Solo Scientific and should not be done indoors or by anyone under the age of 21. Solo Scientific is not responsible for any damage or injury caused by doing this experiment. This experiment was designed to show one of the many advantages of the Aurora Fire Starter over one of the most common fire starters on the market. Follow the instructions below and you will watch one of the most common fire starters in the world disintegrate before your eyes and produce hydrogen gas that could be explosive - at the wrong time and place - and ignite your survival equipment or clothing. The Aurora Fire Starter has an o-ring seal that protects the fire starting rod from potentially corrosive salt water.
1. Container large enough to house one standard block type magnesium fire starter.
2. Table salt
3. Warm water
4. (1) block type magnesium fire starter
5. (1) match
1. Dissolve 1/4 cup of table salt for every 1.5 cups of warm water inside your container.
2. Place (1) block type magnesium fire starter in the salt water solution.
3. You will notice after a short period of time that bubbles will begin to form at the surface of the solution as the block type magnesium fire starter begins to disintegrate. The fire starting rod will fall off of the unit within 24 hours if the unit remains in the solution and eventually disintegrate to nothing due to salt water exposure. This experiment simulates what could happen in a salt water environment should your equipment become wet by salt water.
4. Next light a match and touch one of the larger bubbles formed at the surface of the salt solution with the match. You will notice that the hydrogen gas formed ignites! This experiment is fun, but obviously dangerous and undesirable inside your pocket or equipment while in the field during a survival situation.
It's important to have a good fire starter. It's also important to have some good tinder. We sell some very good tinders here. However, it is also important to use your fire starter at home before you go outdoors. A great project for the budding outdoorsman is making your own tinder. Try the cotton ball and vaseline tinder method. Just get a cotton ball and some vaseline. Get the vaseline throughout the cotton ball, but don't oversoak it so it's too wet with vaseline. You'll need to pull the cotton ball apart a bit to expose the individual threads and throw a spark from you new fire starter. You'll be amazed at how quickly it catches fire and how long and hot it burns. This is a great project for scout troops as well.
The homemade cotton ball and vaseline tinder is great, but can be messy. Go ahead and also try one or more of our compressed tinders. Another great project is to try different fire starters and tinders to see which works best for you. Again, the bottom line is to learn how to make a fire with your fire starter long before you have to start a fire in a survival situation.
Customer TestimonialMy name is Michael Bruneio and I recently ordered the Aurora Magnesium Fire Starter, along with some other small items.
I am writing to compliment the lightning-like speed with which I received my order. I received my materials in two days from the time of order! Amazon doesn't even ship that fast!
But primarily, I want to take the opportunity to sing the praises of this remarkable Aurora fire starter. It is so easy to use! I am an avid wilderness canoeist, and I regret not having one twenty years ago when I first went into the bush! It would have saved me many "waterproof" match purchases, and spared my fellow campers from hearing a lot of cuss words!
I followed Tom's advice and took a single, untreated cotton ball, placed it in my sink, and within six strikes, I was able to light the cotton ball. (It took six tries due to it being my first time with this product and experimenting with the right angles.) My second attempt was more successful, and it only took one strike to light the cotton ball! Since then, I'm able to get a successful flame from 1-2 strikes! Again I ask, "Where was this godsend 20 years ago???!!!" I know all too well how frustrating it is to have the shaved magnesium chips fly away suddenly during a gust of wind, and being able to continue throwing both magnesium and sparks at a stubborn fire is a huge help.
You may anticipate future orders of the Aurora from me, as I will happily purchase spares and gifts for my outdoor friends. The only improvement I would make is including a rugged lanyard or carabiner.
Thanks again for the great service and the great product. Please feel free to use this email as testimony to the effectiveness of the Aurora on your website and elsewhere.
By the way, the Maya Sticks are awesome, too! You can count on me ordering many more of these!
Have a great day!
Latest news from the manufacturer of the Aurora Fire Starter (August 13, 2008):
As I promised you our goal here at Solo Scientific is to produce high quality products made in the USA. We are very exited about the new model Aurora Fire Starters. Although at first glance they may look the same after closer inspection you will discover many improvements. The machining overall is 100% better and we have totally improved our manufacturing process, The knurl is now much cleaner and consistent looking, where the o-ring mounts I have redesigned that area so that the o-ring seats better and will stay in place better when the unit is open, the upper and lower ends of the unit are chamfered (rounded) to eliminate any sharp edges, the threading is 100% better and is smoother, and the keyring/lanyard hole is larger than the original units. We also have recently announced a New Super Alloy Striking Blade that is so hard that only a diamond blade can cut them. We began producing and testing these blades some time ago with the military in mind and I am happy to say they are great! These new blades (3rd generation) will be available as an accessory in mid to late August 2008. Yes you will be getting the new units in your next order. I am very excited and proud of the quality we have achieved - I can't wait to send you one for inspection.
-I received the latest shipment of Aurora Magnesium Fire Starters from Andy this week and they are awesome. It's funny that I saw nothing wrong with the Aurora's that I had before. To me they were perfect. However, when comparing them side by side, I can see a difference. It's not that they even needed improving, Andy is just an amazing guy and makes super high quality products. Again, I highly recommend this "fire starter on steroids"! Go ahead and get one. I would love even more feedback. So far it's been all good. From Navy Seals and all the other military services to hunters, campers, survivalists and everyone else.
Tom Sciacca JHL Supply / CampingSurvival.com
A few months ago, we decided to hold a Scout Challenge through our Facebook page. We had asked for troops from all over the country to send us their information and tell us a little bit about their troop. We received an overwhelming response from troops wanting to participate! Ultimately, we ended up choosing 10 troops for the Scout Challenge. Each of these troops were sent different fire starting items, included the item listed here. The troops were asked to take photos of their use of the fire starting materials, as well has give brief reviews of each item and state which ones worked well together.
Interested in reading these great scout reviews? All you have to do is visit our blog My Dirt Time and look for the entries with the words "Scout Challenge" in the title. There you will find the scout reviews on this item, as well as other, plus a ton of other interesting information.
Customer Reviews — 10item(s)
- watertight to any depth, but i was surprised to find it corroded. It is a good product, but if you want to put it in your dive kit, get a better o-ring.
The o-ring needs replacing
- I put this in my diving survival kit, and when I went to show a friend, it was completely corroded. I suspect the o-ring will only keep out water at shallower depth. There was nothing implying that it would be watertight to any depth, but i was surprised to find it corroded. It is a good product, but if you want to put it in your dive kit, get a better o-ring.
- There is a right tool for every job. If you\'re trying to start a fire and you don\'t have access to conventional methods, this is the way to go. I use dryer lint and I can light it with this fire started from a standing position while the lint is on the ground. Impressive.
- I have only had it a few days it never threw many sparks and when I pressed a little harder to try to get more sparks it broke in have. P.O.S.
BEST fire starter ever!
- I purchased the Aurora fire starter when it first came out and it\'s still going strong. I wish I had this tool 20 years ago when I first began going into the wilderness. On my last canoe trip to Maine, everyone, even my savvy guide, wanted to try it and loved it when they did. For my personal fire kit, I stock cotton balls and "fatwood" sticks and combine these with the kindling I find. I\'ve never failed to start a fire with the Aurora. Love it!
Auroa Fire Starter
- Just got my fire starter and I am shocked at how little pratice it took to get good with it. I have never used anything like this and within 10 minutes I was lighting the cotton ball within seconds. I keep this one on me at all times!
Magnseam fire starter
- Ammmazing I start Cotten balls with on <br>strike and that\'s all I need to start a fire<br>
Auroa Fire Starter
- I have tried the the starters that you have to scrape off and then get a spark to try to start it. The Aurora is a superior product, just a couple of scrapes and the fire is started, especially if you use a cotton ball as suggested. I would not be without this starter, a must for all campers.
Auroa Fire Starter
- Absolutly the best fire starter of it\'s kind on the market. Great product!
aurora fire starter
- This is a great product. The magnesium in the flint throws small embers as well as sparks at the fire so it is much easier to use than normal flint fire starters. This is a very rugged product built to last. If you plan to use it alot though then I recommend buying 2 or 3 because the striker does wear down.