ferrocerium


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ferrocerium

[¦fe·rō′sir·ē·əm]
(metallurgy)
An alloy of iron with a high percentage of cerium; used to make cigarette lighter flints.
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Starting with a few knives, including a medium-size fixed-blade with a ferrocerium firestarter on the sheath, this line has exploded to encompass a slew of other knives and a host of other offshoots including a survival kit, flashlight, multi-tool, hatchet, canteen, firestarter kit, and a whopping big Parang-style machete.
Don't forget other knife-related items, such as fire-starting kits with Ferrocerium or "Ferro" rods that use knives, in many cases, to spark a fire.
Ferrocerium firestarters have become very popular among both survivalist and camp hunters who want a reliable way to throw some serious sparks onto their tinder.
Once the groups reach the top, after an expected four-hour trek, they will use a ferrocerium rod and strike it against a rough steel surface to make the sparks that will create the flame.
Often sheaths will have a fire-steel loop for keeping ferrocerium fire starters handy.
And at the top they will use a ferrocerium rod to create the sparks to light the flame for Wales.
The JG3 performs well at light duty chores around the camp, including common bushcrafting skills such as firestarting (it has a square spine for use with Ferrocerium rods) and the like.