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December 4, 2009

The 12 Days of Prepper Christmas

Day 4

Today makes Day 4 of The 12 Days of Prepper Christmas series and we're going to be switching gears a little bit. There are a lot of great prepper gifts out there and one cheaper gift, yet still very important is a firesteel. A fire steel is something that everyone should have a couple put back. They're great for lighting fires when camping or any other outdoor activity, but also in a survival situation they're worth their weight in gold when trying to get a fire started without matches or a lighter.

Firesteels are very simple. They usually feature a magnesium alloy rod, and an attached metal striker. Rubbing the metal across the magnesium alloy rod will create sparks that can top 3,000°F. They will work in the rain, snow, at high altitudes, and will light any tinder as long as it's dry. These would make a great gift for any friend or family member whether they are a prepper or not.

A quality firesteel can be purchased from a number of vendors. The cheapest I've found has been eBay, getting them shipped straight from Hong Kong. Amazon might be a better route to go, they offer the actual Swedish Firesteel along with generic firesteels for reasonable prices. Amazon's firesteels will run you around $10, but if you're willing to wait a couple extra days and get it from Hong Kong you could get it from eBay for around $5. I do own one of the eBay firesteels and I must say the build quality is just as good as the more expensive ones, and it creates the same spark. Happy shopping!