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FERRO ROD 6" X 1/2"

This Ferro Rod is one of the best fire starters on the market.  The large 6" x 1/2" Ferro Rod is easy to handle and throws off large sparks. 

Ferrocerium is a man-made metallic material that produces hot sparks at temperatures of about 1,650 °C (3,000 °F) when scraped against a rough surface (pyrophoricity), such as ridged steel. Many high-carbon steels will create a spark but the ferro rod is the most widely used fire-making tool. These sparks can be used to catch all kinds of tinder sources on fire. This is the most bomb-proof modern fire-making tool you can bring with you to create fire.

In extreme conditions, the dexterity in your hands could be detrimental, and gross motor movement skills are diminished.  In some cases, individuals couldn't even spark a lighter, but the simple scraping motion can easily be accomplished in almost every survival situation.  Fire is one of the most important bushcraft skills.

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The Survival Fire Kit offers 6 methods for ensuring that you get that spark! This kit is held in a tactical organizer (Coyote Tan, Black or OD Green) complete with an American flag patch that you can Velcro to the front, various dividers, front mesh pocket, web pull hook for ease in removal, fully modular compatible.

This fire kit carries a full Black Beard Fire Stick, 3 Fire Stix, 4 Wet Cubes, 2 full sized BIC lighters, a 5" x 1/2" ferro rod, 1 pack of Survival Matches and 1 pack of Stormproof Matches.

FEATURES: Fire Stix, Wet Cubes, Ferro Rod, Survival Matches, Stormproof Matches

Total Weight: 0.70 lbs. ; Dimensions: 6 1/2" H, 4 1/4" W

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An innovation that combines primitive technique with present technology, the Bushcraft™ Necklace is inspired by the tried and true method of traditional fire-making. We've adapted traditional “Flint & Steel” methods into a modern-day version in this classy two-part pendant. Combined with rich mahogany brown leather and tied with classic mountaineering knots, it is a weekday accessory that can become a weekend lifesaver.

Necklaces are sold in a one-size-fits-all format. The Double Fisherman's knot allows for adjustability, but please refer to the SPECS chart for complete sizing information.

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This is a one-stop-shop fire kit that includes all the essentials. Just add a lighter and you're all set! Campcraft Outdoors' fire kit bags needs to be multi-use. So, they made theirs with a flat bottom that can be used to carry nearly anything. It has a drawstring and cord lock and is waterproofed with their hand-crafted wax canvas.

  • Aspen-bark tinder bundle; Magnification card (fresnel lens); 5" x 1/2" Ferro Rod with lanyard
  • Slow match with jute insert (hand-made); Fatwood x 4; Waxed Hemp rope (hand-made)
  • Tin of Fire Starters x 6 (hand-made); Reel Striker with a piece of obsidian; Char-Tin and some terry-cloth char material  
  • All in the waxed canvas fire-kit bag

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The UCO Stormproof Match Kit is a waterproof case that includes 25 matches and 3 strikers. The case features an integrated striker on the outside to provide an easy location for lighting matches and can hold up to 40 matches. The ribbed case is easy to grip with cold hands. Unlike other “waterproof” or “windproof” matches, UCO Stormproof Matches are easy to light, and will stay lit for up to 15 seconds, even after being submerged in water! Being able to reliably make a fire is vital for cooking, generating warmth, and in survival situations, making signal fires. UCO Stormproof Matches are perfect for camping, and emergency kits, and should be part of every essentials checklist.


  • Durable, waterproof case floats and keeps contents dry and protected.
  • External, integrated, and replaceable striker for easy lighting.
  • Includes 25 windproof and waterproof matches and 3 strikers. Match case can hold up to 40 matches.
  • Matches are easy to light and will relight after being submerged in water!
  • Weight: 1.7 oz.

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Black Beard understands that one of the most important aspects of being outdoors is being able to get your fire started! That is why they have hand crafted a fully dried material that is both waterproof, windproof, and convenient in size and weight! 

One of the best features of the Black Beard Fire Starter is that they do not have an expiration date opened or unopened. A unique blend will never evaporate, deteriorate or dissipate and is designed to light up every time.  Black Beard Fire Starters are a must have for every backpacker, bug out bag and 72 hour/emergency kit. Throw it in your packs and don't worry about not having a fire again. 

Black Beard starts with fully dried and braided cotton rope and infuses it with their special blend of odorless, non-toxic waxes and oils. This treatment process allows this product to be completely safe to handle while being an extremely efficient and simple fire-starting aid.

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Each BIC Lighter is child-resistant, safe and reliable and 100% quality inspected.  Every BIC lighter undergoes more than 50 separate, automatic quality checks during the manufacturing process.

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A lightweight, versatile personal filtration system, the second-generation Sawyer MINI Water Filter fits in the palm of your hand and has a total field weight of just 2 ounces. Perfect for everything from camping with the kids to traveling abroad where tap and bottle water can't be trusted, the tiny MINI provides 0.1 micron absolute filtration for clean drinking water on the go — filtering out bacteria, protozoa, and microplastics.

Great for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and international travel, and emergency prepping, the Sawyer MINI gives you a number of ways to access clean water. Attach it to the included drinking pouch, use the included straw to drink directly from your water source, connect it to hydration pack tubing (sold separately), or screw it onto standard disposable bottles (28mm thread).

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The NEW Sawyer Squeeze Filter is the most versatile filtration system on the market. It is slightly larger than the Sawyer mini, but it is capable of filtering water at a faster rate.  With a total field weight of 3 ounces and ability to roll up, it takes up virtually no space in your pack. This product includes 3 pouches (12oz, 16oz, and 32oz) that can be reused hundreds of times.

Simply fill up the pouch at a lake, stream or river, screw the filter directly onto the pouch and:

  1. Squeeze the bag and filter water into your water bottle or container of choice.
  2. Drink directly from the filter which has a built-in push-pull cap for on/off functions.
  3. Attach the filter on to most threaded water bottles including 2-liter bottles.

The Squeeze filter is perfect for carrying with you on your bushcraft trip or while out training in survival. 

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The most compact and capable emergency survival hydration kits ever created. These ultra-slim resources give you the ability to carry and purify water anytime, anywhere. Each kit includes two Katadyn Micropur purification tablets capable of purifying one liter of water each and Wazoo's custom Emergency Reservoir™ one liter water container. 

Should you find yourself in a situation that requires more than two liters of water, the Emergency Reservoir™ is made of food-grade plastic, rated up to 400 degrees F, allowing you to boil water over a bed of coals for additional safe drinking water.

The Ranger Bands can be used as flame extenders while starting a fire for boiling, a hang loop for suspending the bag over coals, or as a bag tie to seal the water bag for transport. 

The Adventure Water Kit includes additional supplies for pre-filtering out any larger debris in the water as well as a piece of aluminum sheet metal that can be fashioned into a small windbreak for your fire, a flame guard to protect the bag when boiling over coals, a cup to drink from, or a water scoop, allowing you to fill your bag from puddles and other shallow water sources.

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Unrivaled Ease, Speed & Convenience. No other portable purifier rivals the speed, simplicity and effectiveness of GEOPRESS. In eight seconds, it makes 24 ounces (710 ml) of safe, clean drinking water – anywhere in the world. Effective on all seven continents, you can tap into the world’s water sources and safely drink from sketchy spigots, hotel sinks, murky rivers, wells or lakes. GEOPRESS protects from global waterborne pathogens (virus, bacteria, protozoan cysts), pesticides, chemicals, heavy metals, and even microplastics.

  • Capacity: 24 oz. (710 ml)
  • Weight: 15.9 oz. (450 g)
  • Height: 10.4" (26.5 cm)
  • Diameter (at base): 3.4" (8.6 cm)
  • Active Technology: ion exchange, ultra-powdered activated carbon
  • Fast Flow Rate: 8 seconds per 24oz (5 liters/minute)

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