The popular MagSlab™ FireStarter by FireSteel.com combines our special soft magnesium slab with built in FireSteel.com FireSteel, a genuine FireSteel.com Super Scraper, and two feet of 550 paracord (thousands of survival uses) as a lanyard.
Not only is the MagSlab FireStarter priced right, the added benefit of having a length of 550 paracord handy makes this a true value in any survival or outdoor kit.
To use the magnesium as tinder, simply scrape a small pile of shavings off the soft magnesium bar using the attached Super Scraper, gathering them into a small pile, about what would fit on a coin. Flip the MagSlab over and use the same scraper/striker to scrape the 3/16th inch by 3 inch FireSteel rod along its length, aiming the sparks at your pile of magnesium shavings. When a spark from the built-in FireSteel hits the shavings, the magnesium will easily catch on fire and burn at a temperature of more than 4000 degrees F (2200 °C). Make sure to have some additional natural tinder and kindling handy to add to your burning magnesium to build your fire.
A big advantage to carrying a piece of magnesium for tinder is that it will not become damp or wet. It will burn even if you have totally immersed it in water.
Another great combination for starting fires under just about any conditions.
*Note: I recommend you also carry a larger FireSteel. While the built-in FireSteel on the MagSlab FireStarter is excellent as a backup, the larger FireSteels are easier to use and give a correspondingly greater shower of sparks when scraped.
Specifications for this FireMaking Kit:
- Slab of soft magnesium that burns at 4,000 degress F: 3-inches long x 1-inch wide x 3/8ths-inch thick
- Built-in FireSteel.com FireSteel that makes 5500 F (3000 C) sparks that will start a fire in the toughest conditions: 3/16ths inch diameter x 3-inches long
- FireSteel.com Super Scraper - specially designed to maximize the amount of sparks from your FireSteel, also useful for scraping shavings off the magnesium slab.
- All attached to a Lanyard Cord made from 24-inches of genuine 550 paracord made to military specifications (a million and one uses). Color may vary.
- Genuine FireSteel.com FireSteel, Magnesium Bar, Super Scraper, and 550 paracord
- Huge, robust sparks that you expect from a FireSteel.com FireSteel
- Easy to use and safe (Common sense required when using any firemaking gear).
- Premium FireSteel.com firesteel formula that takes your firesteel firemaking to a whole new level
- 5500 F (3000 C) sparks that will start a fire in the toughest conditions
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I use these alot, magnesiium is softer than crap at retail store, so much easyer to scrape, with a firesteel flamethrougher on it your ready for anything.
nice soft magnesium makes for easy work with the sparker, made sparks that were more than adequate for fire starting.
Sometimes you can't get your tinder to light no matter how much you cuss it. So, a few scrapes from this in a small pile on the tinder and "POOF", you got a fire. Be quick with your fuel though. The stuff burns fast!
I've used magnesium slabs extensively and this iteration works every bit as good and the blank sides allow for a bit of scrollwork customization etched in to make it uniquely mine, a very fine product indeed.
I just reviewed an 'Armageddon FireSteel' and all the things I said there apply to this item as well. But, in addition, this item fits perfectly in an unused accessory pocket in the belt case for my Gerber Multitool. I carry my multitool always and now, in addition to a knife, pliers, saw, etc., I have the means to start a fire anywhere, anytime. Not all 'steel and striker' products work - this one does, and well.
I love my Firesteel. I carry at least 2 with me at all times. In the car, on trails, on my bike, they are my constant companion.
Nice slab of magnesium. Seems larger than others. Scrapes off easily and catches with a spark well. Good product.
There are a lot of magnesium products out there and at fair prices. But as far as dependable consistency these are superior in every way. They will perform as advertised