The Fire Kit can be clipped to a belt or vest, carried in your pack or put in the glove box of your vehicle. The compact size and light weight make this kit a very unique survival tool for hikers, adventurers, campers, hunters or anyone else who ventures into the wilds. The ESEE Fire Kit uses a removable / replaceable Misch Metal flint. It does not produce a shower of sparks like standard Ferro rods. When struck with a sharp edge, the Misch Metal flint produces small balls of molten particles that burn hotter and have a longer burn time than the sparks made by a standard fire flint. This rod has been proven to light difficult tinder that regular flint won’t, thus the reason for using this type of flint in a “last-ditch” survival kit. The Misch Metal flint requires a very sharp edge to strike. We suggest using the edge of your knife as a striker. This kit is a real survival tool, and in a true survival situation it won’t matter if you dull a small part of your knife’s edge in exchange for building a life-sustaining fire.
This is a great idea and I will use the item for its intended purpose. But, it is simply an aluminum tube with a compass on one end and a fire starter (you provide the knife) on the other end. The compass is small but very useful. I purchased the extension tube to provide more room for survival items. Again, high quality, very useful, but overpriced for what you get.
This is a very useful item. The fire steel, if used with a good scraper, showers sparks. The compass is very high quality and accurate, the little signal mirror is actually quite effective, and the tube is very useful.