Historic Range: $4.99
Looks good, but as supplied does not perform.
- Larger than most on the market
- Excellent spark
- The steel striker as supplied does not work
I bought this Ferro fire steel online from a very reliable survival training centre with their recommendation from students' field use where they said that it was good for over 4,000 strikes.
I was therefor most surprised to find it didn't produce a spark at all with the pressed steel striker supplied. With the Light My Fire striker it was a very different story—massive spark every time.
I filed and ground the Coghlan's striker to give a good 90-degree edge and still nothing. The back of my bush knife was good, as was my pocket knife, but I wanted a striker attached to the flint striker as supplied so I made one from a piece of high-speed steel hacksaw blade. This is perfect and works every time, even after being dunked in water.
Coghlan's need to modify their striker and provide a reliable one with an otherwise great product.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: NZ $20