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    What are some things to look for when buying a ferro rod? And does anyone have a suggestion for one?

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    Also, are magnesium and flint strikers like the one above above different from ferro rods? I have the former, and I noticed it seems to be scraping material from whatever metal I use to strike it. Ferro rods on the other hand, in all the videos I've seen, seem to be what get's scraped to produce sparks.

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    I have had ones from Primus and Light My Fire as well as no-name ones and they all worked. What I look for is size, I prefer thicker and longer, for me the Scout LMF model is too thin for a regular use firesteel but I do have some very thin/non-handled ones for last ditch use that I will support with a stick in the field should I need to use them.

    The mag block above...I have not had much sucess getting mag shavings and they all seem way to hard to be using a knife on for shavings.
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    Try firesteel.com

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    I've used a ferro rod and the magnesium bar you show in the image. The ferro rods are very good when you have a good tinder base. One or two strikes and you're off to a good fire.

    The magnesium bar is also another good option, but a bit more laborious. Just shave the bar down into small filings, shavings and debris that are about the sight of a couple of stacked nickels and throw some sparks on it and you'll get a very bright burn - like bright pink/whitish-purple bright!

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    i like a ferro rod alot better

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    Light My Fire Army. I'll use no other! Just swap out the striker for a better one. I use the awl on my SAK Farmer, or the spine of my Mora Bushcraft Black. The firesteel.com striker is good as well.


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    As I understand it (someone will correct me if I'm wrong), the rod attached to the mag bar you show is indeed a ferro rod. I've got one, and while I don't care to mess with shaving the magnesium, the ferro rod did seem to do just fine.
    I've got a couple LMF firesteels, and I'll second what OhCanada said above--the larger ones are easier to work with. I've also heard good things about the Chinese-made Coughlin's firesteel, but I haven't had an opportunity to try mine out yet.

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    I have had a couple mag bar fire steels, then recently ordered some larger ferro rods online. I found the mag bar ferro rods were a lot harder, I had to scrape them quite hard to spark effectively, while the ferro rods I ordered were fairly soft, a light flick with the awl on my SAK made plenty of spark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MWalker View Post
    I have had a couple mag bar fire steels, then recently ordered some larger ferro rods online. I found the mag bar ferro rods were a lot harder, I had to scrape them quite hard to spark effectively, while the ferro rods I ordered were fairly soft, a light flick with the awl on my SAK made plenty of spark.
    Thanks - my impression was that the ferro rods might be softer.

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