PLEASE NOTE: The K1 comes with a ball chain instead of the leather shown in the picture.
The Strike Master K1 Magnesium Mini Survival Fire Starter will always give you a means for fire starting, or a way to start your camp stove or lantern. It's a long, high-tech "flint" bar embedded in a bar of magnesium, along with a striker/scraper. Under normal conditions, you can light most dry tinder with just one or two scrapes along the "flint" bar. In more difficult situations, you can even light damp tinder by scraping a pile of magnesium with the attached scraper and direct a spark onto it from the "flint".
1/8" flint 1/4" magnesium. 1,000 strike flint
- To ignite damp tinder
- To ignite fine dry tinder
- To ignite gas
- Generates sparks of 5400 degrees F
- Signal, fire, light.
In a survival situation, keeping warm is of primary concern. Almost everything else can wait. The K1 "Sparky" Fire Starter is designed for this purpose and is small enough to carry with you at all times. The K1 is made of a stick of flint and a stick of magnesium fused into one unit. It is operated by using the included scraper to shave magnesium flakes into a pile, then again using the scraper on the flint side of the K1 to ignite the magnesium. The magnesium will burn at 5400 degrees making it possible to ignite even damp or green tinder. Because the K1 is designed for 1000 strikes, it is a very reliable and long lasting fire starter. The "Sparky" can also be used as a signaling device as the sparks can be seen for over 3 miles. The K1 "Sparky" fire starter comes complete with flint-magnesium stick, scraper, leather holder or key chain and instructions.
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.
This fire starter was made in Washington State by a family owned company. They have been hand-making these fire starters for 38 years.
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 — 9item(s)
- Been carrying one of these for years now, latest models do not have a problem with the flint separating from the magnesium. Open up the hole on the magnesium and keep it on your keychain. Absolutely perfect!
- I'm the kind of person that prefers to always have the bare minimum of survival tools wherever I go. In addition to always carrying a pocket knife, I also wear a survival necklace with a small penlight and a fire starter.
That's where this K1 Mini Striker comes in handy. It's smaller and lighter than most, but it's also less likely to break, since it's embedded in a small piece of magnesium providing added strength to the ferrorod.
My only complaint is that the ferrorod separated from the magnesium, and I was unaware that I even lost it? This could have been bad had I been in an actual survival situation and really needed it. My suggestion is to reinforce the ferrorod with glue, and wrap the bottom and top with electrical tape or shrink tubing; really, anything that just insures that it's there when you need it. Nice, compact fire starter, and will purchase again.
- I just got this tool for a survival expo. I was fire master and never failed. must have for anyone in the out of doors. <br>pros:light weight, small, works in rain sleet snow or shine<br>cons: magnesium is a little hard getting off.
K1 Firestarter is a must
- The first thing that suprised me was the size. It is much smaller than other starters I have used and this one weighs next to nothing! After nearly a year of use in all weather conditions not only am I impressed with the K1 Firestarter but I would suggest it to all my friends. Virtually everyone that spends anytime outside would benefit from this handy little tool. The weight and space it takes up is so negligible that this starter should be put in every tacklebox, glovebox, and carried on every outdoor excursion.
- I was taken aback by how small this was when I received it, however that very aspect grew on me...it goes unnoticed until needed, and successfully lit my tinder every time. I tried it with the cottonball/vaseline and other natural tinder. There\'s no reason not to have one of these in EACH pack, kit, car, keychain, etc. Like I said, you won\'t know it\'s there until you need it!
K1 fire starter
- Someone probably did make it in their garage, but it made plenty spark every time. I would put this and a Wetfire tinder on a survival neclace.
- wow.. Thank you for the STRIKE MASTER SURVIVAL TOOL.. it was so easy a caveman can do it! Gave it a test on a windy day and wala it worked!.. Winds were 30 mile per hour and raining.Took a old tuna can filled with tinder and flame on..<br>I would say this is a must for everyone\'s keycain or backpack. I also made sure my boys knew how to do it..ya know just in case. Thank you so much again... laura campanelli<br>
- For the money, this item is perfect for a daypack or survival kit. Its is very small and looks like someone made it in their garage, but it works very well and easy to use. Don\'t know how many uses you would actually get out of it and that is why I would recommend it be put in emergency survival kit. Can\'t go wrong for 5 bucks!
Always have fire
- This is great because I easily carry it on my keychain and therefore always have the ability to start a fire. I also have them in my various packs and kits