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Magnesium Fire Starter U.S. Miitary NSN: 4240-01-160-5618 Made in U.S.A.
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Magnesium Fire Starter NSN 4240-01-160-5618 Magnesium fire starter allows you to start a fire even in the rain! Easy to use, simply strike sparking rod with knife blade and the sparks will ignite your kindling. Brand new, made in U.S.A. Great survival tool. In survival situations, food and heat are near the top of the list-surpassed only by water. When preparing wild game-be sure and cook your meat thoroughly to eliminate parasites and disease. Good for thousands of fires-this Emergency Fire Starter can be worth its weight in gold.
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Total number of Reviews: 32
"This is hands down the best survival firestarter ever made. I prefer it to matches. Works when wet, dry, broken in half, etc. I was watching Survivor Man on I think the Discovery Chanel) and he had one and went on and on about how good they were. So, I bought one and he is right-these are invaluable and only take up the same amount of space as a reg bic style lighter in my pack. (but last 1000 times longer and can't fail mechanically)"
– Bill Montgomery
"These magnesium firestarters work great. You shave off pieces of manganese into your tinder, then use a knife or other steel on the sparking surface. The shower of sparks ignite the manganese at 1000 degrees or so - which ignites your tinder. They really work, and are easy to use. Highly recommended."
"Very lightweight item. I wouldn't recommend it as a primary fire source, but it does work.I suggest getting the P-38 can opener and attaching it to the keychain. (https://www.cheaperthandirt.com/MLT4847-1487-1391.html)The inside of the hooked part of the can opener works excellently as a steel for the flint portion. I had trouble using just a straight bar of steel, but the can opener worked great and was easy to keep with the magnesium bar."
"This is a wonderful item for survival. I believe that along with a good pocket knife this item is a must. I carry mine at all times. You never know when you may need fire. Lighters are unreliable and matches are useless if they get wet. The filings and flint will spark and light under any conditions. For anyone who feels it is always important to be prepared. This is a must have item."
"It works, but it didn't come with anything to strike the flint bar that is mounted on top of the magnesium block. I took apart a pair of fiskars school scissors to use the blade for a striker. I wouldn't use a knife for it, since it is very small, and your hand may slip up while striking it. I tried using the p38 can opener to strike the flint, but it's very difficult to do so.The instructions say to shave off enough magnesium to make a pile the size of a quarter, but this is not necessary when dealing with dry tinder or paper. Only a small bit of magnesium is necessary for starting dry pine needles, and even less is needed for tissue paper, or dryer lint."
– Jack Tang
"Just as a suggestion, you might try using a short piece of an old hacksaw blade to strike the flint ( the part with the teeth ). I've used one for years and found it's the best all around striker! ( Also works great for getting a pile of the shavings! )"
"A good lighter is better. This thing is not that easy to use. It's easy to scatter all the shavings by knocking it while trying to strike the flint near the pile. You need to shave A LOT for it to work. You can buy a really good lighter for the same price that probably won't fail. This thing may last longer than a lighter, but if you're stranded long enough to use it 100 times or more, you'll probably learn how to start a fire on your own...or die of hunger, thirst, cold, sickness, killer animals, etc...first."
"This is a very good tool for stating fires. I usually carry a boy scoutflint along with cotton balls and petroleum jelly, but this tool is justlarge enough (the flint is long enough) to start dried grass burningwith just the sparks from the flint. A good carbon blade is needed because most stainless steel blades will not throw a spark. Test your blade before heading off into the great unknown.Place the end of the block square to the ground (the other end pointing straight up) and carefully use the back of your knife to deposit a very small pile of shavings on the ground. Add your tinder close to and around the shavings. Add your kindling around your tinder. Hold the back of the blade of your knife close to the shavings and bring the flintunder the blade pointed at the shavings. Quickly pull the flint sending sparks into the shavings. This thing is like swimming in that once yousee how it works you don't forget. But practice practice practice. (It isn't necessary to \"shave\" the magnesium. Just move the back of your blade in a back and forth abrading motion to produce a SMALL pileof minute particles.)"
"One of the greatest things I have learned about the outdoors is to be prepared. This tool does not get wet like matches do, or run out of fuel like a bic lighter. One other thing....learned this one from a boyscout handbook....the lint you can get from your dryer at home works great as a fire starting source. Collect it from the dryer lint screen and store it in a zip lock bag. This handy tool and the lint work great together. Works great for charcoal grills as well as wood fires. Enjoy the outdoors everyone and above all, stay safe. Semper Fi !"
"This is a great tool. It is super reliable and is very handy. It is also easy to use with practice. I have used mine to start countless fires. Rain or shine, it works all the time. This is a highly reccomended tool for prolonging your life in a survival situation. Also, check out the Ultimate Survival Deluxe Tool Kit...it is in the camping Supplies, under emergency and survival gear...Buy this magnesium tool. It rocks!"
"This is probably the best fire starters on the market. lights fires with ease."
"This is not as easy as a lighter or matches, but far more resistant to the elements and abuse, it's works when wet, and it doesn't leak any fuel. Worthwhile to have with you on your adventures. Practice/learn with it so you know what you're doing before you head out though. Did you get one yet?"
– Mr. D.
"I bought like 100 of these things. They are better than advertised. I was in northern Minnesota at my cabin and went small game hunting for dinner. I aquired a couple of rabbits, cleaned them, and started my fire with this baby. It was really simple to use, but you need to have a sharp knife to get it to work right. To get the fire going, I just shaved off a couple of slices of the magnesium, hit the flint, the sparks flew, and bam! The magnesium caught fire and the bright white flames (which are pretty hot) ignited all the timber. Within minutes I had a large and hot fire and was able to survive the night on a full stomach. This is a great tool and its ecologically friendly as well."
– Vote for Ron Paul!
"I keep one of these on my key ring and I've had several of these over the last 20 years. It has been invaluble on many occasions. But I cant help but laugh at the bozo's on the TV show \"Survivor\". Aparently, contestants are given these as a survival too and I haven't seen anybody who knows how to use it. Everybody that uses one just tries to start fire by using the flint side of the starter. I've watched them striking the flint for very long periods of time trying to start fires and just get frustrated. It kills me to watch these idiots. If they only knew how good it worked and how easy it was to use. I'm sure some of them have found out after not being on the show anymore how it really worked and I wonder how they felt about that............"
– Ray A. From Pittsburgh
"this is a great product...didnt buy one from here..but i have the same exact one...it is ten times better then matches because it will last so long..a must have for your survival pack..good job CTD!"
"Wish I could have had this during survival school. It's compact, and really easy to use, with one exception. Unless you're fairly smart, you'll need a knife. All in all, this is a product that I would recommend to anyone!"
"In 1996 I ended up lost while hunting for mule deer up near Prescott, AZ. Even though I had a Bic lighter, I used the magnesium fire starter with a pile of tinder and it worked to perfection. I spent a cozy night under a juniper tree next to a fire started with this product. It won't run out of fuel. It works when it's wet and it sparks up pretty easily. What more could you want out of a survival tool designed to start fires?"
"Practice using this at home first,I have used one for the last 18 years ( Yes they really have been around that long!) I take an Opinel Knife and Duct tape it to the fireflint and keep that on a long cord, round my neck...... that way I have Knife AND a method to start fires.This little piece of kit has been the best thing I ever bought for survival...... Practice at home using it and if you cant start a fire with this...... then you wouldn't be able to even with a Lighter!"
"Works great, but dont think you will be starting fires first try. This takes some practice to get right."
"I just got this today along with my other things, had one before, if you start fires alot, this is good to have for back-up conditions stating the fact that matches can get wet and have no use because the sulfur would be all washed away, mean while this you can start a fire in the rain with it. If you cant start a fire in the rain, atleast with this you can dry this up with a rag or witch ever but then will still be able to be used, unlike the matches on the other hand."
"Like many others here I've used these things for years, usually lose them by lending to friends... The other item that I use for firestarting is a credit-card sized plastic fresnel lens. If there is any sun to use these will work well too. I do like the idea of the hacksaw blade; will have to add that to the kit."
– Bob P
"Just buy one and then don't lose it. Works without fail. YOu must have a carbon blade, not stainless although you can make stainless work, just harder to do. Hacksaw blade makes it real easy. You do not have to scrape off much magnesium unless the tender is somewhat wet.Otherwise just sevral flakes of magnesium such as cn be scraped off in a dozen or less passes with a blade.Best to make a \"cup\" out of leaves or such to hold the magneisum so it does not blow away or your striking the flint does not hit the flakes and scatter them unretrivably.I don't know how I have not lost mine but I got it 12 years ago, but it still works although the striking steel is nearly worn away while the magnesium bar is barely used at all now. So the thing is good for precious magnesium even when the striker is gone. Just make sparks the old fashioned way with flint on steel or such and the magenisum will flare up hotter than $2 pistol!. AS Mr. Nyuen said to me \"You no have water you die! You no have fire you die!\""
– Rice Paddy Daddy
"Excellent item to have in your kit. I have this along with a Blast Match. I've had these for years and I've started several fires in the most worst conditions possible and they work 100% of the time [assuming you know what you are doing]. Only issue most people face is the fact that the shavings tend to get blown away...quick fix..shield it from the wind. Takes time but works.I tried the hacksaw blade striker thing....its not as good as a knife or a metal w/ fine edge....I got a $1.99 folding blade from a gas station store and attached it to the chair....don't use your $$$$ knife. Also helps to take the striker out of the chair before using it...gives you great mobility.And CTD is the best place to get it....reliable,fast shipping. You might find this cheaper in the other site but they kill you w/ shipping costs which comes out to the same price as here."
"These things have been around forever, and will start a fire with some practice and some patience. The new firesticks like Blastmatch that work on the same principle are way better, and seem to combine flint and magnesium in the same stick."
– Charismatic Megafauna
"Haven't had a need for it yet, whether camping or an emergency, thus the four bullet rating, but glad to have it for my BOB. Still, a great buy and CTD shipped very quickly once I ordered."
"These things work beautifully. It produces a crazy bright flame. it\uFFFDs a very good fire starter and I wouldn\uFFFDt go camping without it."
"Hit this bad boy with the back of your knife and there is enough spark to light every wet tinder. Great tool to have any time your outside."
"Item works well, I am buying a few more to keep on hand. Made in the USA, enough said."
"Must have remember to scrape the back to get magnesium scrappings with Ur tinder to get a good spark .....true macgyver tool lol"
"These are fantastic, and sure beats rubbing sticks. Magnesium burns extremely hot, a almost retina searing white flame. This stuff will ignite anything that burns. Mine came without instructions as if from a bulk pack, no instructions, so here is some help if yours comes the same way. The method is you use a metal scraping tool (back of your Kbar is good, to shave off magnesium chunks and powder in to a small pile about the size of a quarter dollar. Then surround the pile metal shavings with other tender, perhaps set it all up on a slab of stone, bark or thick leaf. Then using the back of your knife blade scrape along the integrated rod while holding it close to the metal tender. Drive sparks into the powder and it will ignite quickly 1-3 tries is all it should take, When the metal flares push natural tender close to it to get a small flame supported, then slide the whole burning mass in to the base of of your camp fire. Get the pot ready. I bought two of these one for the cook kit and one for my admin pouch. I think two more will be in my future. if I had to bug out with next to nothing, I''d want one of these along with me that's for sure."
– Surviving for now
"This mag starter worked in the rain so easily used."
"You never know when you may get stuck when need a fire, keep this one your key chain. It will start a fire quickly and easily plus it lasts a long time. Great when hunting or fishing."