We've gotten sparks from our FireSteels using an ordinary shard of glass as a scraper, but tough metals with hard angular edges give the best results by far.
Keep in mind that the spark temperature of a FireSteel.com FireSteel is 5,500° degrees - with repeated use that's enough to change the temper on some metals.
We recommend using our special FireSteel Scrapers (also known as FireSteel Strikers), made from an ulta-hardened metal alloy specially designed to produce excellent FireSteel sparks.
FireSteel.com firesteel strikers are small, lightweight, and will give great gobs of white hot sparks when used on our FireSteels. Keep one of these scrapers with your FireSteel and you can rest assured you have an excellent combination of FireSteel and FireSteel Striker.
Note: these are known as "Strikers" and also as "Scrapers" => exact same item, just different names that people have given them.
We call them "Scrapers" because that is how they are used, you scrape your FireSteel.com FireSteel to produce a robust shower of sparks.
Optimize your FireSteel sparks with genuine FireSteel.com FireSteel scrapers!
"It's like 1000's of matches compressed into one single metal rod!"
TJ, Jacksboro Texas
"Your FireSteels are so easy to use, my 6-year old used one to start a fire (with my supervision, of course!)"
Sidney, Nome Alaska
"The FireSteel.com FireSteel produces an amazing shower of sparks. It will be the primary fire starter on my upcoming JMT hike. I would not leave home without it."
Aaron (currently lighting his fires in Afghanistan)
"Like matches but better!"
"Who wouldn't want to start a fire using molten metal??"
Brad H, Idaho
"I've been using a FireSteel.com FireSteel to light my fires nearly every day for three years and that small rod is still not worn down."
Richard in Montana
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Warning: FireSteel.com FireSteels are SERIOUS fire making gear used for survival, camping, hiking, and other outdoor sports. Before purchasing FireSteel OR using FireSteel you must first agree that you or those you give firesteels to are fully and legally responsible for the safe use of this fire making gear and completly understand the potential hazards posed by bright, hot, 5,500 degree sparks produced by our FireSteels. You agree that you or those you give firesteels to will use FireSteel.com FireSteels in a safe manner just as you would use any other firemaking gear because you know that hot sparks and fire can injure people and property. If you do not agree to these terms then you are not allowed to purchase or use FireSteels. If you have our FireSteels and do not agree you are fully responsible for their use you are required to return them to FireSteel.com or dispose of them in a safe manner. FireSteel.com assumes no responsibility for use or misuse of our products