Charlie Hutchens is the maker of these. His dad and him started selling firestarters at the Portland Saturday Market in 1981. Gun shows, survival expos, and sportsman's shows were all worked up until Charlie's dad passed in 1995. Charlie now strictly does the Saturday market, and a small handful of sportsman's shows.
They come in 3 sizes. I used the mid-sized one, and I am going to give away the other 2.
I was used to using the magnesium on the Doans bar. That is about a miserable experience. I was very surprised at how easily the mag shaved. Now here is my problem with magnesium, I feel it makes people think they can use marginal tinders. This is a very bad practice to adopt. I tested some wet dead grass with the mag.
It smoked like crazy then went out.
I also used some damp Cedar bark.
I had a much better result. Bottom line is that marginal tinders should not be used when a fire counts. Just my opinion.
I really love the firesteels on these units. They are not mishmetal. They are just like the Light My Fire type, which is my favorite. It works great on shavings.
You can also scrape the African hardwood handle to produce a ready to light tinder. You can also see that the scraper which is provided is not a piece of crappy hacksaw blade. It is thicker and ground to a 90 degree angle which scrapes well.
I also used this to light my new MSR Universal.
Bottom line, if you like using magnesium you will love this product. For ordering and pricing check out this thread at Bushcraft USA.
Now for the giveaway. just post a comment on this entry. This is what I will send you.
If you are a member of Bushcraft USA, post your screen name and I will enter you twice. Good luck.