Coghlans Flint Striker This ferrocerium fire-starting tool lasts for thousands of strikes! Pushing the striker provided down the rod emits sparks to light combustibles. Some people may also refer to this fire starting tool as a ferro rod, flint and steel, or ferrocerium rod Fireproof in solid form, the tool works just as well when wet. For use in any weather and at any altitude. Remember, survival experts agree that you should always have at least two forms of fire starting. Don't be caught unprepared in the wilderness or in any emergency by not having the proper fire starters. Flint Striker Includes: Handle Fire Starter Rod - Made from ferrocerium Metal Striker (flint steel) Lanyard Cord How To Use This Fire Starter: There are many ways in which people have shown to use the Flint Striker. Coghlans recommends the following way to scrape the bar to ignite your fire starting material or tinder shavings. Step 1. Using the supplied striker bar or the backside of your pocket knife, remove the black painted coating from the rod so that you have exposed the shiny ferrocerrium material. The Flint Striker will not work properly until you have removed this coating exposing the fire starting rod underneath. Step 2. Using the supplied striker bar or the backside of your pocket knife, slide the rod along the striker bar perpendicular to the knife. Pull the rod backwards (away from the fire stater material) and keep the striker bar stationary. The Importance of Fire Starting A fire is useful for so many survival needs. It can cook food, sanitize water, provide warmth, provide light, signal for help, ward off wild animals and bugs, and keep your spirits up when things seem grim. Check out this article on Survival Priorities to see where 'fire starting' stands among other important survival needs. See how valuable a flint striker is compared to other survival tools in this list of Top Ten Survival Tools.