We were kindly sent a lovely handforged fire steel/strike-a-light by a gentleman on BCUK whos username is Milius2 to review,as he was aware that flint and steel is our favourite method of fire lighting
It's about 2 and 3/4 inches in length and weighs about an ounce, and it's a beautifully handcrafted double swan neck, light and easy to use
But the important question is how does it perform?
Answer: Very well indeed !
Char cloth is easy to light with any steel, but a good test is to light dried unprepped amadou,it takes a decent steel to get that to light. Normally it would take me 6 or 7 attempts to light amadou,but this time it took light on the second attempt! The sparks are not highly numerous but there are a decent amount of them, however were this steel really excells is in the quality of sparks, huge big blobs of molten metal that you can guarantee will light any suitable tinder, I was left very impressed and I am fussy about my steels!
So I'd just like to say a thankyou to Andy for letting me have the opportunity to try out one of his lovely steels and if you are in the market for one you should look in his direction,prices are good and it comes in a little leather tinder pouch with some extra little bits to get you started.
Check him out on BCUK - Milius2