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Ray Mears Fire Stick

Ray Mears Bushcraft

Ray Mears Fire Stick


Weight: 50 g         91 reviews
The humble Fire Stick is, without a doubt, one of the most fundamental and reliable pieces of Bushcraft equipment available. As used by Ray Mears and the entire Woodlore team for well over a decade, the Fire Stick (or ferrocerium rod, as it is also known) is favoured in Bushcraft and survival situations due to the fact that it can be used even when wet, and can be gripped easily when your hands are cold. When used properly, the Fire Stick will produce a shower of sparks which will light your tinder of choice with ease.

Our Fire Sticks come fitted with a sturdy, moulded plastic handle which is subtly embossed with the Ray Mears 'snowshoe' logo. A hole in the handle allows you to securely fasten your Fire Stick to your belt or knife sheath via a lanyard or length of para cord.

The Fire Stick performs best when used against the back of a knife, but also comes fitted with its own striker.

  • Rod length: 65 mm
  • Total length: 95 mm
  • Weight: 50 g
  • Moulded plastic handle
  • Striker included
  • Exclusive to Woodlore


  Delivery in 1-2 days within the United Kingdom
  UK Orders placed before 2PM GMT will be dispatched the same working day
  Overseas delivery times will vary depending on the destination

Please note that our offices are closed at weekends, so any orders placed after 2PM GMT on a Friday will not be dispatched until the following Monday.

Orders with a total value over £300.00 will be dispatched free via a next day delivery service within the UK at no extra cost.

Please note that in some instances, orders for heavy items may take an extra day to arrive.

  Overseas deliveries
For overseas deliveries, please refer to the following estimated delivery times:

  • Europe: 3 - 5 working days
  • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


A full refund or exchange will be given provided that the items have not been worn or used, and are returned to us within 30 days of purchase, together with all relative labels and packaging. You are responsible for the cost of returning items.

Please ensure that you include a copy of your invoice, along with an explanation of why you have returned your goods. If you wish to return your goods for any reason, please do so to the following address:

Woodlore Limited
PO Box 3
East Sussex
TN19 7ZE
United Kingdom

Product Reviews

Ray Mears Fire Stick is rated 5/5 based on 91 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 91

  Having owned one of these ferro rods now for approximately two weeks and having taken quite a bit of material off it in the process with the striker supplied I failed to get this to ignite any of my tinder. The striker supplied has its limitations in the respect that I have found it very difficult to scrape any shavings off onto the tinder with it to aid ignition. It has its place for igniting gas and multi fuel stoves but is of little use for general fire lighting. After many failed attempts and much perseverance I have now abandoned the striker and have resorted to using the spine of my knife blade which produces the desired results. I can’t fault the quality of the ferro rod itself but overall the product is let down by the striker which is annoying when it is not always appropriate to use a knife or have a knife packed in your bag, remove the striker at the outset, find a viable substitute and avoid a lot of frustration in the process.  

  Tom Wilson
1st January, 2020

Rated: 3/5

Woodlore's Reply - 2nd January, 2020
Dear Tom. Thank you for your review, the striker can sometimes be fiddly to use. The striker is stamped out so one side is rounded, the other is rough. You may have more success using the rough side. Another suggestion would be to use a finer tinder. To help with the function of the striker, please copy and paste the link to see the action Ray uses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwmBMoDuhMU

  2 of 91

  An excellent value product. The best on the market.  

  David Walker
27th September, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 91

  Quality is important when you’re in the field and this is the highest. I’m teaching my eight year old great-nephew to make a fire, and a great product gives him confidence and makes learning quick and easy. Buy nice or buy twice is my motto so instead of getting a cheap fire stick from the local army surplus shop, I came to Woodlore and my personal shopper, Mr Mears!  

  Zoe Playdon
9th June, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 91

  Excellent fire stick, which will keep going for years too come, much better than what I was using. Sparks well and feels substantial without being weighty. Well recommended  

  Tony Goring
20th February, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 91

  Excellent, does exactly what it's supposed to do.  

  J Mckay
13th February, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 91

  Great little product. Does exactly what you'd expect. Gives off a strong shower of hot sparks, very reliable and should last a very long time. Definitely better than my previous Swedish army firesteel. Very good purchase!  

27th January, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 91

  Once I cleaned of the coating the stick and scraper, it created many sparks and set light to the dry fluff from a Bulrush head several times. It's great not needing matches or a lighter!  

  Sue Sharman
22nd January, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 91

  Great shower of sparks generated. As I live in Hong Kong your 'usual' tinder isn't necessarily easy to find but even with some more challenging materials, have managed to generate fire using this fire stick.  

  Robert Matthew Eadon
26th November, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 91

  Excellent fire stick.  

  Juan Antonio Romero Montiel
21st August, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 91

  Good item, sparks well.  

11th August, 2018

Rated: 5/5

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