The Wolverine firesteel sits in between two very popular sizes, the Badger and the Coyote. At 5", the Wolverine is still compact and light enough to cram just about anywhere in your pack or kit, while also being large enough to create a furious rain of fire.
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.
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- Saved my tail...
Bought one of these and epoxied one inch of it into a scrap chunk of African Blackwood off the bench. Then I stuck it in the steel loop on my BRKT knife and forgot about it. Many months later I end up out in a bayou with a bum leg, cold, at night, out of cell phone range, and vet wet. Whip out the blade and the fire-steel and 3+ hours later when the rescue guys came along they found me warm, well-lit, full (I'd been fishing...), and mostly dry. Things in the bayou are almost always far beyond damp, but with the gobs of molten metal this rod throws out it only took minutes for me to have a very comfy fire. Since then I've added Wet-Fire to my kit, but you will never go wrong with this rod. I recommend these to everyone headed into the bayou and have given some as gifts to my loved ones.
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