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Ultimate Survival Technologies Spark Force Firestarter

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  • Pulling the striker down the flint bar emits sparks to light stove, paper, dry grass, bark or other tinder
  • Fireproof in solid form, it works in wet, windy conditions and at any altitude
  • Includes handle, striker, fire-starter rod and cord to keep striker and starter together

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Best use Backpacking
Material(s) ABS plastic case
Dimensions 3.1 x 0.75 x 0.4 inches
Weight 1 ounce
Average rating

4.0

(10 reviews)

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  • Cotton Rounds, pealed apart...
    Great product, but here are a few tips that helped me: 1) I scraped off black coating, 2) when striking, I press hard, using narrow edge of striker, and tilt back to the flat edge during the...
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    Great product, but here are a few tips that helped me: 1) I scraped off black coating, 2) when striking, I press hard, using narrow edge of striker, and tilt back to the flat edge during the last part of the downward strike. 3) I have WetFire available for damp weather, but use plain, flat, cotton rounds (the kind for make-up removal) for dry weather -- but peal the round apart -- dividing it in two -- so that the inside fuzzy parts are up and I strike upon (or above) those -- it usually catches immediately. I keep cotton rounds and quartered cotton rounds in my kit along with the WetFire.
  • Requires some finesse
    This works well but requires some finesse. You will stroke it a bunch of times with no success and suddenly every stroke will produce a flood of sparks. Next time you use it you might go thr...
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    This works well but requires some finesse. You will stroke it a bunch of times with no success and suddenly every stroke will produce a flood of sparks. Next time you use it you might go through the same motions, but once you learn how to use it is very reliable. I replaced my BIC lighters with this because the lighters don't always work - flints fall out and everything else. Was almost left in the backcountry of Yellowstone with no fire. I've used it to light my MSR white gas stove, canister gas stoves, Coleman duel fuel lanterns, and a Primus gas canister lantern. Not affected by weather or anything. By all means take a lighter, but this is a good backup. Just practice a little with it. Don't let your first test be in the backcountry with cold, shivering hands.
  • Brilliant!
    Bought this for light backpacking and base camping; once I scraped off the protective coating, this worked perfectly ... every time, and even in damp conditions. (We used lint as tinder.) I ...
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    Bought this for light backpacking and base camping; once I scraped off the protective coating, this worked perfectly ... every time, and even in damp conditions. (We used lint as tinder.) I intend to get another as a gift for a friend.
  • GREAT BUY
    Bought this a week ago and it's great. You do have to get a black coating off of it when you first get it but it doesn't take to long. Lot's of fun and something different for camping
  • Works fine but does have a learning curve
    Being able to start a fire without matches was one of my camping goals, so I picked up this item. I'm glad that I practiced extensively after buying it since I wasn't familiar with the strik...
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    Being able to start a fire without matches was one of my camping goals, so I picked up this item. I'm glad that I practiced extensively after buying it since I wasn't familiar with the striking technique. Using vaseline-soaked cottonballs (seriously - they're the perfect firestarter), I found myself struggling to get it to create sparks while practicing. I still brought it on my first camping trip and was able to get it to start a fire. While I'm still refining my technique (I have had subsequent success with it), it seems like you have to push down really hard and make sure it "scrapes" a bit. Just to be on the safe side I still carry matches with me (and quite frankly have used them in the morning when I want to get a fire going quickly) but I do find this to be a very useful item that will probably get easier with time.
  • Garbage
    Ive been testing this thing for about 4 months now, and I can say without a doubt it is almost worthless. I got it to light cotton balls dipped in petroleum jelly, but nothing else. The sha...
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    Ive been testing this thing for about 4 months now, and I can say without a doubt it is almost worthless. I got it to light cotton balls dipped in petroleum jelly, but nothing else. The shavings don't light from the striker. It's also a pain to strike this thing with the provided striker. I ended up using a knife and still couldn't get the shavings to light. Do yourself a favor and pass on this cheap knock off.
  • UST Spark Force Firestarter
    Simply awesome. I just went on a camping trip in Wisconsin and this firestarter won MVP! Once you get the dark coating off, it showers sparks like crazy into your tinder. It ignites just abo...
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    Simply awesome. I just went on a camping trip in Wisconsin and this firestarter won MVP! Once you get the dark coating off, it showers sparks like crazy into your tinder. It ignites just about anything.
  • This thing is great
    This thing works great! I don't know how someone else didn't get sparks. I have tried many inexpensive starters and this is as good as any.
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