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This is the only firesteel I recommend now. It's never…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $18 USD
This is the only firesteel I recommend now. It's never let me down and throws very hot sparks. This rod is great for survival training, bushcrafting, and as an emergency combustion source in your pack.
- Super hot sparks
- Bright orange so I won't lose it in the dirt
- 5500° F sparks
- Plastic handle could break, but they seem to have fixed since first model
I teach survival programs here on the West Coast of Canada. It's cold and wet a large part of the year. I have tried over a dozen different brands of ferro rods over the years and nothing beats my Gobspark Armageddon.
It's very well made. In the first model I used, I broke the handle off and the striker didn't nest anymore. I inquired about purchasing a replacement handle and they had none of that. The owners of the company messaged me back immediately about sending me a replacement. In the end it ended up being the perfect option. When I first purchased I bought the black one but I have dug around in the ground litter many times to find it. The replacement is bright orange and I am very happy with it.
Note: For any survival tool, get it in orange or another bright colour. I love black and camo stuff as much as the next guy but I've spent too many days looking for tools after setting them down to want that anymore.
This rod strikes consistently every single time. I have never had to scrape the rod more than a couple times to get the sparks I need.
When I first got it, I though the palm striker wasn't a necessary addition, but decided to give it a go and am happy about that. It protects the rod and puts out gobs of sparks as advertised. It also serves double duty as the paracord lanyard connecting the scraper to the firesteel secures it to my belt loop. I push the scraper through my belt loop, snap them together and drop it into my pocket.
All the firesteels that they make at firesteel.com are the same material and nothing I've used beats them. Just get one.