After ordering this product, I read a bad review of this product and became a little skeptical about whether or not it would work as advertised. I got it home, opened the package, and read all of the instructions carefully. The instructions stated to scrape off all of the protective paint on the rod with the supplied striker plate, knife, or sharp object. The paint prevents sparks from being produced during travel and storage in the packaging.
For a test, I only scraped off one side of the paint on the rod and before I was finished scraping that side, I was making sparks! I wasn't ready to make a spark yet, so it sort of startled me. I then found that making a continuous spark by scraping down the rod with the supplied scraping tool could easily ignite any type of tinder I put in the path of the sparks. I showed my twelve-year old son how it works and he was able to easily do the same. Now, he has a handy fire-starting tool for Boy Scouts! Just remember to first scrape off the protective paint and the tool works GREAT!
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