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Monday 3 March 2014

Look after your Ferro Rod

It's one of your most important bushcraft items, but do you know how easily they degrade in water or if kept in a damp environment?

just seven days in a damp environment produced a ferro rod like this

that's a serious amount of corrosion

however, luckily, if you catch it in time the corrosion tends to be not as bad as it looks and can be scraped off and the rod used as normal, but I wouldn't like to find it after a month of neglect.


  1. I had no idea! I usually keep mine on my key chain, but just in case...

  2. I had one turn to completed powder once. If you have a survival kit that is for long term back up. I would cover it in wax and then leave a strip of gaffa tap over it to exclude the moisture and stop things rubbing the wax off.