Fire: Aurora Fire Starter
Lets first talk about the body of the Aurora Fire Starter. It's definitely one of the best looking fire starting systems I've seen. It features a knurled aircraft aluminum body with an O-ring seal. The Aurora Fire Starter also has a lanyard hole that will accommodate a para-cord lanyard. That way you can affix it to your key chain, be worn around your neck, or tied off to your person so that you do not lose it. Another thing I will add is that using a para-cord lanyard will also help with the function of the fire starter. By lengthening the grip you will get a better downward striking motion that will help with accuracy.
Some may ask "why do I need a waterproof housing for my firesteel? they are waterproof". While they will work when wet, I just recently had an experience with this thought process that proved otherwise. I keep a kit in my vehicle- in this kit I keep a firesteel. When I pulled out the firesteel it had been eaten away and corroded. I guess from the constant humidity of the area I live in. Another reason would be if you are in and around salt water, which will destroy a firesteel.
Lets get to the rod itself. The rod is a ferro-magnesium mix. Unlike most magnesium rods that you must shave portions onto a tinder pile, with one stroke burning magnesium falls onto your intended pile. I normally use a Misch Metal ferro rod (as you will see in some of my videos), they do not produce a huge shower of sparks but sends burning globs of metal. The Aurora Fire Starter is very similar to the Misch Metal rods. If you use Light My Fires or standard Magnesium bars you will see what looks like a fire work display. The problem is that these products force you to get too close to your tinder pile- occasionally disturbing your tinder and kindling set up. The Aurora allows you to strike at a safe distance.
I was definitely pleased with the Aurora Fire Starter after I "mastered" the technique. It's a good looking and solid unit that you can depend on. I may also get a Black Anodized model for tactical applications.
It comes in Silver (MSRP $21.95) and Anodized Black ($24.95).
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