The magnesium used in The Firestarter is among the purest available at 99.8% pure magnesium. Magnesium lights easily and burns with a hot white flame. Magnesium can be used to light damp (but not wet) tinder, rubber tires for a black smoke signal, or just for easier fire lighting in any condition. To use the magnesium, use the included carbon steel striker to scrape magnesium shavings into a pile of tinder.
Ferrocerium is a man-made metallic material that gives off hot sparks at temperatures of 1,650 °C (3,000 °F) when scraped against a rough surface (pyrophoricity), such as ridged or sharpened steel. It composes of a mixture of Iron and a combination of Cerium, Lanthanum, Neodymium, Praseodymium and Magnesium (or a similar formula) called Mischmetal. The word Ferrocerium comes from Ferrum (Iron) and Cerium (a soft, silvery, ductile metal). Ferrocerium is not to be confused with flint, which is a hard, sedimentary cryptocrystalline form of the mineral quartz, although many now incorrectly refer to Ferrocerium as flint. The Ferrocerium used in The Firestarter throws a greater quantity of much larger sparks than other Ferrocerium firestarters. This is probably because Aussie Survival Tools uses a Ferrocerium that has a larger quantity of actual Mischmetal and a smaller amount of iron than other manufacturers. Since Mischmetal is a combination of rare earth metals that are relatively hard to find, and iron is cheaper and easier to find, some Firestarter manufacturers use a larger ratio of iron to Mischmetal which affects the brightness, quantity and temperature of sparks produced.
The striker is made of carbon steel, instead of the stainless steel used in most other firestarters on the market. Carbon steel is much harder than stainless steel, but will rust more easily. Because of this, the Aussie Survival Tools firestarter’s striker is coated with an orange paint. This paint will wear off on the edges after use to reveal the hard carbon steel underneath. This leaves less of the carbon steel exposed to moisture where it may rust.
The Firestarter is more than just a firestarter. It can be used as a signal and also as a torch. To use as a signal, strike the Ferrocerium rod every 3 seconds. The resulting flashes mimic a strobe and can be seen up to 3 kilometres away. To use as a torch, hold the tool at waist level and strike. The Firestarter will illuminate the path up to 3 metres ahead. There is a saying among serious survivalists that like to carry the bare minimum: If a tool does not have at least 3 uses, it is not worth keeping. The Aussie Survival Tools firestarter can be used as a firestarter, strobe and torch – so I am definitely keeping this in my kit.
So is this the best firestarter in the world? I would say yes important link! I was very impressed that it only took me 1 strike to set alight my pile of rosewood and magnesium shavings, and the flame lasted long enough to light damp tinder. Compared to the Bear Grylls firestarter which I also own, the Aussie Survival Tools firestarter throws a great quantity of large sparks. I have lit very fine dry grass with one strike of my Bear Grylls firestarter before, but rarely will you find perfectly dry tinder when you really need it on a wet, cold day. We rate the Aussie Survival Tools firestarter at 5 out of 5 stars. We really like the innovative and unique design of The Firestarter, and its ability to light fires in any weather condition where there is no dry tinder.
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