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Old 05-12-2014, 02:13 PM
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A handy thing to have

A handy thing to have; I have used this in the past.

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Old 05-12-2014, 02:50 PM
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Flint & steel has never let me down. Nor the magnesium block
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:44 PM
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I had fun clicking on the "Nope, I don't need your extra stuff." link, but endured the few minutes per ad page to pick up two of the everstryke match thingies. I figure for the just under six bucks shipping for two what the heck. Should be fun to try out and play with. If they work out I can stash em somewhere or give one as a gift.

I still have my worn Boy Scout firesteel on my keyring though. Been toting it since I got it from the gun shop I worked at part time up in AK back in the early 90s. Probably getting time to replace it though. It's more flat oval than round these days.

P.S. I always have the steel and a Ronson torch lighter I picked up for $4.95 back during my cigar days on me. The Ronson is getting some patina on the flat, dark bronze, metal case, but it goes a long time on a propane charge (way longer than my liquid fueled Zippos ever did) and has never leaked lighter fluid on my personal parts due to overfilling.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:05 PM
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Thanks for the link. I ordered two. By the time I listened to the sales pitch for all the other stuff, I would have paid $39.95 to shut up! Just kidding.
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Old 05-17-2014, 12:54 PM
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Just got mine today it works well enough they are half the price on Amazon
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Old 05-17-2014, 04:01 PM
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My two came in the mail today also. I just have to get to the store and get some lighter fluid. I'm also out of butane for my torch lighter finally after a few years so I need a can of that as well.
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:11 PM
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It looks interesting, but what makes this any more special than a regular bic lighter for a survival situation?
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:20 PM
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I bought one of these about a year ago. I love the idea however mine was so cheap that I do not have much faith in it. The vessel is made of plastic. Very cheap plastic. I'm not sure its much better than a bic lighter. Wish someone would make an all metal version?
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:52 PM
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It looks interesting, but what makes this any more special than a regular bic lighter for a survival situation?
Not much other than size maybe, and if you really need to get something going the lighter fluid can be dumped out. I polished the case so it could be used as a signal mirror as well.
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:21 PM
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I got mine today, two of them. I haven't tried them yet and they will probably work, but they are extremely cheaply made. Mostly plastic. There are may other flint and steel packages out there that would be much better.
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:49 PM
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Nice little extras to have around and toss to friends and family. I found a place on ebay that has 5 for $5.38 shipped from CA.

Per another question on what they will do that a Bic won't. Not a lot really, just another tool. However there are two things they won't do that a Bic will. Freeze up in sub-zero temps for get flash erratic. Our section SGT almost burned down a GP Small in AK when he lit a propane stove with a cylinder that had been setting on the ground in winter. Flashed right nice and caught the liner, but they got it out before it got anything more than a man sized section of tent liner.

Also, get a hot ember on the plastic case of a Bic long enough to burn through, or a bit of welding splatter and you can get a real nice BOOM. Way back there when Bic disposable lighters first came out I was a welder and we got several safety warnings and were told not to keep the lighters on us while we were welding. Seems a few welders on the railroad and a few other places had the lighters in their shirt pockets and some hot spatter fell on them and burned through.

I look at them as handy little just in cases stashed here and there and good little hand offs to the grown kids. Also a lot easier to get into a jar type candle once it's down a little than even my torch lighter.
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Old 05-20-2014, 05:07 PM
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I got mine today, two of them. I haven't tried them yet and they will probably work, but they are extremely cheaply made. Mostly plastic. There are may other flint and steel packages out there that would be much better.
Yep not even worth carrying around...
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:21 PM
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A handy thing to have; I have used this in the past.

https://secure.survivallife.com/land...&utm_campaign=[ES][Saleamp][Google][Ad2][12-9-13]&Contact0LeadSourceId=13571

Thanks master gunner. Keep the tips coming everyone.
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:44 PM
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Very handy items when combined...
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:15 AM
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Seems like a nice addition to put in a BOB. But I have learned, the hard way, that you should never rely on only one source of the all mighty light that we call fire.

Keep this in the bag with a mag bar and some water proof matches. Redudancy is key here. Take if from someone who HAD to bow and drill a fire 2 weeks ago after dropping mag bar in the river...
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:17 PM
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Looking at it, I can't really see any real use for it that a zippo couldn't fill. They appear to be the same size, more or less. This, I suppose, is considerably more waterproof. That said, zippo fuel will float above any water in the reservoir, and should burn regardless.

It has the added disadvantage of potentially spilling the fluid, should you turn the reservoir upside-down without covering the opening. Additionally, whereas a zippo is extinguished by closing its lid, the user of an everstrike has to blow out the match, prior to inserting it into the well. (This is sort of a "Duh!" point, but some of the videos I saw on youtube stated that inserting a lit match into a container full of lighter fluid was the "correct" way to extinguish it.)

And as others have said, "the magnesium block" is an old and familiar friend of mine. For extremely adverse conditions, I carry a big lighter, as well as a zippo. Those tend to be my go-to fire starting methods, with the flint and steel being a preferred long-term solution.

RcClark is very much correct on terms of redundancy. HOWEVER.. I'd advise people to keep a reliable fire-starting method, and some bare essentials, in several different bags or pouches. Having 2 methods of starting fire doesn't do you any good if they're both in your backpack, 6 miles downstream.
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:20 PM
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This thing is one of my favorites.


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Old 08-25-2014, 11:49 PM
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This thing is one of my favorites.


Hmm...I like. I got the survival axe
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:44 AM
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I will take a fouteen ounce can of propane.

With a self igniting Bernz-O-Matic nozzle attached to it any day of the week. You can not exactly put it in your pocket. But they work really well.
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:00 PM
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Hmm...I like. I got the survival axe
Good stuff I have the long version just fir kicks lol

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