By the staff of Trucks & Guns Magazine
One of the most important items in your pack is a good fire steel rod. They are the most reliable items to make a spark, and to get a fire going. Almost every “survival kit” comes with one of these but they are normally small, with plastic uncomfortable handles. We like a nice long fire steel to be able to get a long scrapping stroke to maximize the amount of sparks. This is why we carry with us L.T. Wrights fire steel.
The L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives fire steel that we use is their large version. It is 3/8 of an inch in diameter and four inches long. Just like most fire steels it is made from Ferrocerium, and when scrapped it will throw sparks that can burn up to 3000 degrees Fahrenheit. The thick diameter of the rod means that it will last longer and it also gives more surface area as you scrap it to make the sparks. The handle is critical for a good fire steel, you need to be able to hold onto the fire steel tight and comfortably. If you cannot hold it tight you will only get small sparks that will not burn as hot. Our L.T. Fire steel uses a blue and black G10 material handle that is designed to fit comfortably in your hand. G10 is a fiberglass base material that is formed by taking layers of fiberglass soaked in resin that is then compressed and baked. It makes a lightweight, and durable material that also looks cool.
L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives makes their fire steel in two different sizes, the large as you see here and the small that is ¼ diameter and three inches long. They are available with many different handle colors and materials including Micarta, G10 and Desert Ironwood.
Large Fire Steel – $40
Small Fire Steel – $30