One of the oldest and most widely used methods of starting a fire is the flint and steel method. These days we have these wonderful “flint rods”. You’ll need a rod of our fire starting flint below and steel to strike it with. You can use the knife blade, but that is not recommended because you will dull you’re knife. You could even use glass, but the back of your knife or the back of a saw blade is best. As you scrape the flint bar the sparks that are produced by the scraped steel are then used to help ignite the tinder and start your fire. Actually the sparks you’ll see are the tiny pieces of the flint rod you’ve scraped away. This fire starting method is reliable, but it does take a good deal of practice to learn how to do. However, with a little practice and the right tinder such as cotton balls and Vaseline or one of our premade tinder’s, you'll soon be a fire starting expert.
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I compared these NEW ferrocerium rods against the Flint Steel Bars we’ve been carrying for years plus the Blastmatch and this. They are different. These new ones seem to have a higher concentration (like the Aurora link above) of magnesium than the Blast Match and our old ones. What this means is that it is slightly easier to get sparks from our old ones than the new ones, however the new ones sparks burn longer and smolder for a while. I like that. It’s not like you can’t get sparks or it’s hard on the new ones. If you have any clue how to do it (it’s pretty easy. I just use the back of the saw blade on my leatherman multitool to scrape the rods and they throw sparks. You need to have some dry tinder to catch the spark to start your fire), you can’t go wrong even with cold hands, plus they keep burning. Could make the difference in a survival situation. It is all a matter of opinion. I figure that I will give you the info and you can decide which ones you want. Or, buy both and do the test yourself.
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