What to look out for in a fire steel


I’ve written previously about fire steels and as a fire lighting method they are invaluable.  It doesn’t matter if they get wet, they don’t need the sun, no working parts to break, no fuel to run out of, so all in all an essential bushcraft tool.  But there are many of them out there on the market and it can be difficult to know which one to go for.  So here’s a short video in which I talk about what to look out for in a fire steel, including:

  • Different types of striker,
  • Number of strikes versus temperature of the sparks,
  • Colour,
  • Hardness or softness of the materials.

We do plenty of fire lighting on our 5 Day Bushcraft Course2 Day Bushcraft CourseIOL Bushcraft Competency Course, plus most of our others.  You can see loads of photos of all of our courses on our Facebook page.


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Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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