This works as advertised, although it takes some practice to start a fire with just a spark. Some features that aren't in the description: the compartment on the back will hold a Mag-Lite Solitaire - that's the little single AAA flashlight, or you can pull the fire starter rod out of the lid and use the compartment as a waterproof container (matches, anyone?) or pill box! Cool! It is made in Seki Japan, the same place where most Spyderco knives are made. The blade is 420J2 stainless. The liner lock is easy to operate one-handed, and the whistle is LOUD. I'm very pleased with it. A great deal for all it does.