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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 Wilson1st January, 2020
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