Firesteel comes in a number of lengths and sizes. So the question is which size is the right size?
First of all the firesteel should be just one of the three combustion options you have in a true DR situation. A normal lighter, firesteel and magnifying lens are ideal. You should also know how to build a bow drill and a compression stick.
But choosing the right length, width, use-count, and packaging are all very important.
- the longer and wider the rod the more it costs. You can pay $30 for a bare 6in long 1/2in wide rod.
- some smaller rods are connected on some cordage to keep the striker close to the rod.
- some rods have plastic holders for ease of use and will also have a whistle
- some are just meant to be worn around your neck or attached to you sheath.
- not all rods are the same. They vary in the number of strikes (regardless if there are sparks) 12,000, 10,000, 3000, 1500. I have noticed that the 1500 generates bigger sparks and the rod is softer so I must be shaving off more material per strike,