A ferrocerium rod is a device that produces sparks when scraped off with the spine of your belt knife or other edge. - As such, this tool is one of the most valuable companions in the wilderness, as it will still work when wet, in combination with all weather handles. - Having been in hypothermic situations myself I can tell you first hand that fine motorics aren't possible anymore and even sparking a lighter can be unmanageable. Because of that and my experience canoeing and hunting the backcountry of Northern Ontario, I started making my ferro rods with big, grippy, or even knife handle style grips. - They always feature colored shock cord for securing the rod in any loop or belt by lashing the cord over the protruding tip. - Last but not least I'd like to tell you about the ferro metal itself, which is made in a factory in Austria, my home, and widely regarded as the best ferro metal in the world. That can be seen by the amount and heat of the sparks, usually resulting in success on the first strike, while providing up to 10000 strikes per 1cm/3/8" rod. - Shop by picture to find your favorite, handled using Austrian roe deer, mulberry or a carved birch dogleg handle in red milk paint.
Austrian Ferro Rod