Survivor Firestarters Review
On their website they offer a few different models ranging from a small 2,000 strike model; all the way up to 20,000 strikes (the model we tested). They also offer some without handles and others with wood or plastic.
The model we tested goes by the name "20,000 strikes-Plastic Orange Handle" and retails for $25.00. As with the name this model features a plastic orange handle. Which is good in the case you drop it and need to find it on the forest floor. It's also an over sized handle that will work well with gloves or when your cold and your fine motor skills are suffering. In the handle is a thermometer and button compass. The thermometer has been spot-on during my testing. Over time the coiled spring may lose its calibration as with most thermometers of this type.
It also comes with a lanyard attaching a striker. The striker is a carbon steel saw blade that has had the saw teeth ground down. It was attached by a black cotton lanyard that I replaced with 550 cord. The blade worked well as a striker as well as for shaving off magnesium.
In our testing the magnesium shaved off very smoothly. We used the magnesium with a natural tinder and it worked well. When striking on this particular flint; a slow/steady motion gave the best results. Later in the day after figuring this out- I read on the instructions to use a hard/slow strike for optimal results. I guess sometimes I should read instructions first.
I definitely like this as an upgrade to the old Doan Magnesium bars. It is rather bulky- making it better to be carried in a pack. I'll most likely keep this model in my Go-bag.
If your interested in this model check out //survivorfirestarters.com/home/shop/