The Badger firesteel is our personal favorite size. A great compromise of size, weight, and molten glob creating ability, a Badger (or three) goes with us on every trip into the wilderness.
Please note that the current version of the firesteels are not exactly the same as our original Youtube video. The composition is the same, but the manufacturer hardens the alloy for a longer period. This makes the rods significantly easier to use, but they will not throw as large of gobs of metal since less material is removed with each scrap. The performance is still excellent and they will still work very well for fire starting.
These firesteels are made out of ferrocerium, a combination of misch metal, iron, and magnesium. Misch metal is an alloy of rare earth metals that does more than just create sparks. What comes off these firesteels when you scrape them are more like molten globs of metal, burning much longer than a spark from a flint. They burn so long that you can stand up, scrape the firesteel, and watch the globs bounce on the ground.
Firesteels are the perfect tool for a lightweight, reliable fire starter. Water is no problem for firesteels. Get yours wet and just wipe it off before using. They can be scraped with almost any sharp edge to produce sparks, but the squared off spine (back) of a knife blade or the back of a hacksaw blade (not the teeth) both work particularly well. To use, just stick the firesteel down into the tinder and scrape along the firesteel with a quick motion and decent amount of pressure. The shavings will ignite and fly off of the firesteel into the tinder, and if you are using the right tinder, it will flame up or create an ember quickly and easily.
The firesteel blanks come with no handles or strikers, and are perfect for compact carry or your own firesteel project. If you are looking for ones with handles, check out our other firesteels for more options.
Customer Reviews 3 item(s)
- from México - the best.
I don't think I'll need an other fire steel in my life specially because I buy 7 great product as an improvement with my fire kit from ESEE
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- Ordered from Germany - everything super
Ordered on 2nd of January from Germany and got it exactly two weeks later, which is very fast, considering I chose the cheapest (and implicitly the slowest) sending service (USPS First Class Mail International). First of all the website is very user friendly: they (goninggear) offer an exact postage fee calculator with three delivery speed options, giving you the exact shipping price - which I find very useful especially when ordering from another continent. And they are fair: they only charge the USPS fee. Some other vendors just offer a high cost flat rate, which is not useful when ordering small amounts. I asked them to print the bill on the envelope so I don't have to drive to the customs office - and they indeed do so - thank you for that, Andy! The fire steel blank itself just rocks, I won't go into the details of the misch metal rods high performance, youtube is just full of reviews. I just glued it with epoxy to a self made deer horn handle - now it really looks stylish and unique. So overall a very nice experience, I'd order anytime from goinggear.
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- Great Product
I just had to write a review for this product since I was very pleased with what I got. Wanted the Wolverine version just coz the name sounds cooler and its actually thicker but it was sold out. Still I am very pleased with the Badger Firesteel. I got this to insert in my Leatherman surge case so that for the most basic survival needs I would have a multitool and a firestarter in one area. If you wanna see what this does, you can go to youtube and check out the vids. I found, based on my initial testing however, that it works best (for me) if I'm actually close to the bundle of kindle and instead of running the back of my knife along the fire rod, I keep the back of the blade stable and I pull away the fire rod from the knife instead. This way, the sparks go in one direction rather than all over the place. Hope this suggestion helps others as well.
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