Make upwards of 20,000 fires from one GobSpark™!
Invented by FireSteel.com to maximize your grip on this large FireSteel, you'll get the biggest most robust gobs of sparks you have ever seen from a FireSteel.
If the ability to make fires is important to you, this is the FireSteel to get.
People are calling our GobSpark Armageddon "the best firesteel in the world".
But don't take our word for it: read the reviews below and decide for yourself.
It's not just a firesteel. It's a firemaking system.
The GobSpark Armageddon FireSteel starts with an ulta-unique FireSteel Handle attached to a big World famous FireSteel.com FireSteel.
But there is much more:
And you can choose a great FireSteel Scraper:
Imagine trying to start a fire with hands numbed from the cold or while wearing gloves. A small blocky firesteel handle may be very difficult to hold onto.
But using a GobSpark™ Armageddon and Palm Scraper presents no problem, even with gloved hands.
I KNOW these work because I use them myself in the Great North Woods, where winter temperatures routinely dip to minus twenty degrees and lower. No need to remove my gloves to light my fire! My hands remain toasty warm inside my mittens.
In fact, if the GobSpark Armageddon didn't work, I'd be dead. Hows that for product testing!"
To use this special FireSteel Handle (see video below as well as the pictures)
This will produce a massive shower of white hot 5500 degree F sparks aimed directly at your tinder.
The special shape of the handle allows for creative attachment to your belt or gear.
This great piece of American-made gear securely snaps onto your GobSpark Armageddon FireSteel, serving double purpose as a protective case. The rectangular shape fits snugly into the palm of your hand or glove, so that you can scrape sparks from your firesteel even with heavy gloves on your hands or when your fingers are so cold you can hardly move them - potentially a life saver when you are freezing cold or wet from an overturned boat etc.
If you already own a GobSpark Armageddon or just want a Palm Scraper, you can purchase the Palm Scraper separately.
Here is a testimony that came recently came in:
"I teach primative firemaking to Boy Scouts, showing them all sorts of technologies that don't require a match, some dating back hundreds of years. In the firesteel section, I show them a few cheap versions, and the circle comes in closer. Then I pull out my GobSpark Armageddon and throw a few sparks and they instantly jump back as sparks dance down the picnic table and fall off the other side. Really, REALLY impressive!"
Posted by SteveG on Mar 21st 2015
Nothing compares to these. The real test, with gloves on, half frozen hands, shivering, and in the dark...the Gob Spark is still easy to use and always gets the job done. Typically one strike = fire (if you have done your job and prepared your tinder, of course) Commercial tinder, improvised tinder, even slightly damp tinder, they all light with ease. The big, long lasting sparks are essential for damp, cold environments.
I've demonstrated the Gob Spark in full, brilliant sunlight and still get a "WOW!" from those that see it in action. Gob Spark is the name and giant gobs of sparks are what you get.
But a better testament to just how good this product is: I grab it first, before the Bic and before the matches. It's just that damn good.
I really can't tell how long it will last. I've struck sparks with it several hundred times and it barely shows wear. Sure there are bright streaks and a little flattening of the rounded profile, but that amounts to negligible wear so far. It will last many years for me and probably a lifetime for most.
It is big and the handle makes it bulky, but when your hands are stiff from cold and you are shivering and unsteady, the large handles on the Gob Spark and it's striker make fire starting a simple task instead of a chore.
This is the best of the best.
Thank you, Steve. You've expressed exactly why I invented the GobSpark! - Ron.
Your choice of:
* GobSpark, GobSpark Armageddon, Palm Scraper, Armageddon FireSteel and FireSteel Armageddon are trademarks of FireSteel.com.
Posted by AngieB on Jul 15th 2016
I am a woman and I have tendonitis in my hands that flares up occasionally. I wanted a fire starter for my emergency kit. The knife I bought at Walmart came with a fire steel, but I had a really hard time getting any sparks out of it. When I did, they were just the tiniest little flashes of light. So I watched some Youtube videos and the Gobspark Armageddon was mentioned in several. When I saw the large handle, I had to have one. I am very pleased to have something larger and easier to handle. While I don't get the large firework display of sparks (probably due to my poor hand strength) I do get sparks. I feel that with more practice and the right tinder, I could start a fire if I had to. I will definitely be buying more as gifts in the future.
Posted by Unknown on Jul 8th 2016
If you buy any other firesteel you will regret it.
Posted by Richard Meleady on Jul 7th 2016
Nothing like trying to start a fire when your hands just dont have the dexterity or strength they usually do. Think super cold or super tired or both. Or maybe it's your 12 year old son who wants to make a fire like his dad does but he cant get much ignition out of the little play things you get off the shelf. The fire steel is the answer. In over 25 years I have never used a match to light a fire. The size of the handle and rod are perfect to take advantage of not only your hand strength but arm strength too. If you want to teach your kids this valuable skill this is the product you want.
Posted by Joseph on Jul 1st 2016
Posted by Alan M on Jun 30th 2016
I having used many firesteel products over the years. This is the best.
The design is super - great scraper, easy to hold with gloves, love the way the parts fit together, and the bright orange color and lanyard make it difficult to misplace.
The shipping and service is excellent - Thanks again Ron
Posted by Michael Williams on Jun 24th 2016
I have been a customer of firesteel.com since 2015 and have bought the 1/2" by 5" Bunker & the 3/8" by 6" Armageddon. the Gobspark Ranger w/striker which I also bought the magnesium rod that I placed on my neck knife. And 2 Gobspark Armageddon w/striker handle that I gave as gifts. Which are all awesome....I do not buy firesteels from anywhere else. These firesteels are all top notch. I am a customer for life and I tell all my friends to buy all their Firestreels here. Strike any of these firesteels and enjoy the fire works of sparks.
Posted by Steve on Jun 3rd 2016
No other firesteel I have handled even comes close to the functionality of this piece.
Be it magnesium bar,firesteel or mischmetal product-this is the best.
Posted by G.S. Tompkins on Apr 28th 2016
Hot sparks! After wearing out cheap fire rods to get good tinder to light, I found firesteel.com. My search is over, no need to go anywhere else.
Posted by Jaggid / tokala witco on Apr 21st 2016
The Gobspark is everything I thought it would be. Totally dependable and reliable. I have mine in the front pouch of my Ka-Bar BK - 7 sheath.Where else would you keep a great firesteel other than with a great survival knife.
P.S. The shipping was super fast and Ron was excellent. Don't think about it ! JUST BUY the GOBSPARK !!
Posted by Rick N on Apr 19th 2016
This firesteel is the ideal size for easy fire starting. The smaller steels are OK for an emergency but if you want to consistently and quickly start fires get this model.
The handle and scraper plus the large steel result in perfection.
Posted by Joseph Tobin on Apr 15th 2016
Easy to direct spark + Consistent spark = Quick fire.
Posted by James of Canada on Apr 11th 2016
The GobSpark handle is very secure in the hand and can be held between two fingers or thumb and finger. Works not only with gloves but also with mitts. Because I ordered the striker case with it is came coated with a odorless grease to protect it.
This is a fist size set up, not for small kits but great for a winter jacket pocket where it should be carried rather than your back so it is close by.
The orange color almost glows in low light conditions much more than other orange color gear.
Posted by Phillip W. on Apr 10th 2016
This is my first FireSteel.com firesteel. As of this purchase, this will be the ONLY firesteel I will use from now on. Obviously of supreme quality. The sparks this thing throws is amazing.
Posted by Craig M. on Apr 7th 2016
The Gobspark + Palmscraper come with the mischmetal doubly protected against oxydation: black coating + oil. I suspect that you could leave it in a dank, musty place for decades before use and still get lots of sparks with it. It's hunky enough to be easy to handle with gloves and/or in early hypothermia. Even without the palm scraper, the orange-handled version would be hard to lose if misplaced. (Joe Robinette should have made this his ferrocerium rod on "Alone"!)
Posted by Unknown on Apr 5th 2016
Comfortable handle when wearing gloves. Lots of flaming metal for fire.
This has been my 2nd order and I say great service. Pleasure to deal with
Posted by Michael Bellamy on Mar 28th 2016
I would like to step away from the product in this review. Here is why...If you are looking at this product or site, you are already educated in top-quality gear, and that is why you are here, however you should not just base your fire-starting equipment on a review or a website. Look around, there are others. But the paramount company and product that delivers a life-saving piece of gear is right here. I have researched, used, shared, and taught in the wilderness to newbies exactly what you need for the best gear. This company provides only the BEST.
Now, to what I have experienced. I overland (that's a Jeep term) with mostly experienced wilderness folk. However, I have learned one important aspect when I take non-smokers into the wild; they don't carry matches or lighters. To make this short, I have tested newbies at wilderness destination arrival and asked them to "build a fire" and received the deer-in-the-headlight look. I pull out my kit with a GobSpark and ask the youngest child..."To Build a Fire" (Quote from Jack London). When they "show me" how easy it is to build one, I feel fine that a new skill has been shared...but I only use gear from Firesteel to let them demonstrate the basics of survival.
I am currently building a fire starting kit for a friend, a newbie, a non-smoker that carries no instant flame...with only FireSteel gear. Materials - Company - Quality. I trust no other than FireSteel.
Posted by Josephine Yvonne on Mar 18th 2016
When I read that the sparks were hot I kind of said Ja ja. Well let me be the next one to say that the sparks that came of my fire stick were hot and left a burnt mark on the cardboard. I went to make sure that there were no lingering little orange glows else where. Best to try out side but I got excited when I got them and wanted to try one out. Yup hot and long lasting sparks to boot. I am a happy camper with my order.
Posted by James Kuhn on Mar 17th 2016
I've used different spark-producing fire-starters over the years. This one produces a torrent of sparks! I tested it with the obligatory Vaseline coated cotton ball and it caught fire immediately. The 'GobSpark' will probably spend an uneventful life in my Bug-Out bag. It's there along with a compass, Lifeboat matches, knife and a few other odds and ends I keep 'just in case'. I'm glad I purchased the Palm Scraper. IMHO it's much better than those small metal Scrapers. Everything is robustly made and should last a lifetime. If, you've got dry tinder or a Vaseline coated cotton ball, the GobSpark will start a fire.
Al in all, this is probably one of the best purchases I've made in '2016!
Posted by Phire Phil on Mar 13th 2016
So, now for the Gobspark Armageddon review. I am a noobie firesteel user but did quite a bit of research and also reviewed the handy instructions included with my order. I had my Vaseline impregnated cotton ball sitting on my concrete patio. After getting past the protective black coating with a few scrapes, I got down to the shiny fire-making magic metal. The first strike produced an abundance of sparks and left three or four glowing hot metallic embers scattered about the near vicinity of my cotton ball.
"Closer," I thought to myself. "Must strike closer to the cotton ball."
I hunkered down and placed the tip of the Gobspark an inch or so away from the cotton. I crossed my fingers (mentally) and pulled the Gobster (my new nickname for it) toward me against the striker. A more focused shower of sparks flew off the steel, one or two of them landing on the cotton ball, instantly igniting it.
It's amazing how long the Vaseline on the cotton ball burns. A great idea for tinder! I'm sure I would have equal success with field appropriated tinder in the event I forget my Vaseline balls, but they are so handy and I intend to keep my fire starting box stocked with them.
The Gobspark is an excellent fire starting device.
Well, off to play with the items I got in my second order and I'll write reviews for those things as well.
Posted by Unknown on Mar 9th 2016
I like the large handle and the palm scraper that mates to the steel to make a perfect kit, combined with a magnesium rod this is a complete fire kit. I normally use cotton balls and Vaseline for firestarting, but the magnesium is a fail proof tool.
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