I talk about several different firesteels available in the market, so I made a video this afternoon comparing a few of the models that can be found relatively easily. I included the Light My Fire Scout model, a blank firesteel from ferrocerium.com, and a Blastmatch.

You’ll notice in the video that the LMF Scout ignites the lint on the first strike. The other few takes, I couldn’t get the lint to light even after 10 or so strikes with the firesteel. The other two firesteels lit the lint within the first two strikes, every time I tested them. The Scout’s shorter length and crappy striker make it simply not as consistent as the other two, so keep that in mind when watching the video.

http://www.youtube.com/v/FbdcH5taRZ8

My girl said that watching me make this video was the cutest thing she had ever seen, mostly because of our mutt. As soon as I had the tripod set up, he sat just out of camera range and watched me the whole time I was playing with fire. Of course, as I was cleaning up, he promptly ate a burnt pile of dryer lint (she didn’t see that part). Half of the ball was probably his hair anyway, so it all came full circle.

Mutt

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