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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2013
This product would be difficult to use initially if you had no experience with getting sparks from flint and steel as there are no instructions. Like most flint and steels initially you must press the steel quite hard onto the flint to produce the sparks. Once you have got the flint to spark it works fine.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2013
Just don't be expecting too much from this.... I've struck it up once in a demo to students and frankly " it was sufficient" it got a fire started. However the flint seemed to wear exceedingly quickly.... So I'm saving it till I genuinely need to use it .... Guess you gets what ya pays for....I'm not complaining about this I'm just highlighting that it works but maybe has it's drawbacks too.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2013
Given one star so this item can be reviewed.
Having read so many positive review attached to this, I was surprised it was so bad. There's a small firestick deeply seated in the metal holder, as can be seen in the picture, which doesn't make things any easier. It was cheap to purchase but in this case, in my humble opinion, you get what you pay for! As for delivery: it took ages to arrive!
I decided to buy a more substantial 'Light My Fire' fire steel which proved both effective and useful albeit slightly more expensive.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2013
I have been using firesteels for over twenty years and this is by far the worst product I have tried. You can get it to spark with enough pressure but the spark simply is not a usable one. Simply as that really. Looks the part but useless. Spend a further few pound and save yourself the bother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2014
Cleaver bit at the bottom

Two different types of metal,
Rub them together, get a spark,
Do it near anything flammable,
And voilà FIRE!!!!!!

Pyrophorics are substances that spontaneously ignite below room temperature.
Iron is a pyrophoric and it reacts with oxygen, normally we see as rust.
When you rub the two pieces together, you increase the speed of the chemical reaction(oxidisation).
The smaller the piece that comes off the greater its surface area is in comparison to its total size.
This gives you maximum effect because the surface will oxidise faster than it can dissipate the heat caused by the reaction.
That is what u are actually seeing as sparks, steel dust igniting as it reacts with the oxygen.
And look at that science has made FIRE!!!!!!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2012
the actually flint part is rather small, but then i only paid £3 and it does work, where i paid £8 for another brand which has more flint but doesnt work as well as this one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2013
Straight out of the packet, I was using this Flint & Striker to set fire to stuff in the garden (Safely mind you!). It definitely works! For the £2-odd it's money well spent. I've got another one as well for backup. This will help a lot when out camping.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon 15 February 2014
Although this product is cheap, it's cheap for a reason because basically, it's very hard to get it to work (there are no instructions). I had bought this as a cheap alternative for my son who liked his Dad's expensive one but I should have saved myself the bother and bought him the same one as his Dad as this is just about useless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2014
I give it 5 for good reason, despite it being a whole week late. It was due 09/01/14, but was not dispatched until 08/01/14. It finally arrived 17/01/14. For only £1, I did not bother to chase it. I am now so happy with this product, I will certainly be purchasing more of 'em. I need one for the office cooker, which is gas, another for my caravan cooker, and one for my primus, etc.

Some reviewers have had a problem with this item. It took me only a few seconds to clear an adequate measure of the protective coat by means of the serated edge. It then sparked at the second, or third stroke of the smooth edge. It only needs a scratch of an inch long cleaning, then it will last a lifetime. The best £1 I have spent so far this century.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2013
I was initially disappointed as I couldn't get it to spark. The trick is to scrape away the protective coating, then use the short sharp end with a lot of pressure running down the length of the shaft. Don't use the serrated edge to spark, use this to rough-up the flint first. Good product, very cheap and arrived quickly.
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