The ESEE Fire Steel is essentially a 1095 steel fire making tool that has been heat treated to the proper temperature to produce sparks when struck rapidly against flint, chert rock, etc...
- It is a renewable resource- meaning that more flint can be found in the field and char cloth can be procured with every fire (after the first one).
- A spark ignited piece of char cloth actually benefits from high wind.
The unique feature of the kit is the center has a divot to act as a bearing block for a bow drill friction fire. This adds versatility and one less thing to manufacture if your caught in a bad situation. I've used it to make several bow drill fires and noticed no real heat produced or transferred to the ESEE Fire Steel.
When used as a flint striker the Fire Steel performed flawlessly. As good as any other high carbon steel striker I've used.
The exterior edge can also be used as a striker for a traditional ferro rod.
The kit includes a tin for making char cloth, written instructions, ESEE survival card, and the striker itself. I suggest adding char cloth, jute twine, and a piece of flint (as seen above).
Overall I really like the design of the gear and will be adding it to my fire kit.
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