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the ultimate ferro rod striker

Wave Man

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I have long advocated the use of the super striker for ferro rods, as they get the most out of the rod, well I have found an even better striker. They are called the Eze Edge sharpening tool and feature a super hard carbide striking edge, and a useful length handle so you can really bear down on the rod, and the sparks produced are literately BRILLIANT. An added advantage is they can be used to sharpen tools in an emergency as well, adding so much more to the tool's versatility. One thing these sparkers really chew thru the rod, so I would advise using them on the 1/2" ferro rods, the smaller rods won't stand up to constant use very well. You can buy these strikers from BePreparedToSurvive, mine cost like $14 including post.
Here is the spark off my small rod(and being used by my 7yo son)
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Im not sure if these photos are exaggerating the spark or not. But if thats what it really looks like WOW. I'll have to buy me one of those strikers. Mines nothing like that
 

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Thanks templar and wave man. That should make fire lighting a lot easier on those wet and cold days
 

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Plus it multi purpose. That a very big PLUS in my book
 

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definitely don't buy these sharpeners off ebay(they are usually branded as the Corona Sharpening tool, essentially the same sharpener just a different brand) as all the ones I have seen have a $40 postage fee, on a $8 item that postage is ridiculous.
 

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That's insane, I'll probably stick with the old back of the knife but it's good to know. Is this just simply the result of using a very hard, sharpened edge to draw more ferro off the rod? Or is there something else going on here?
 

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Is this just simply the result of using a very hard, sharpened edge to draw more ferro off the rod?
that and the longer length handle, the striker certainly sparks well, as I said better then any other type that I have seen or used.
 

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Just strips more Ferro off the rod... my Northstar gets similar results because the spine has a 90 deg angle to it... but this is a useful option for those who dont like to discolour their blades...
 

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here is a you tube vid showing the difference between a normal super striker and the more efficient carbide sharpener/striker
[video=youtube;HhMTzcbFyCs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhMTzcbFyCs[/video]
 

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Good comparison video. Another item for the wish list...
 

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I often use a old hacksaw blade as a striker seem to do the job.
 

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I often use a old hacksaw blade as a striker seem to do the job.

while the hacksaw blade will work(and is free usually) you can get far more spark when you use a super striker or even better a carbide sharpener/striker. Combined with a 1/2"diameter ferro rod and you will be amazed at how much spark you will produce. That being said if you are happy with the hacksaw go with it mate, just showing other options;)
 
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