Cons: Overall Quality, Ease of Use
Decent rod. Junk striker (but can be mod)
The ferrocerium rod itself seems fine. With a good striker it throws a good, not great, but certainly sufficient spark. It remains to be seen how long it will last. Is it solid, or almost solid ferrocerium, or just a thin coating as I've found with some cheaper Chinese products?As others have written the striker is useless junk. It does not look like the simple one pictured on the website. Instead it has a notch in front, which does not come close to matching the size of the rod. So if you attempt to strike a spark there is minimal contact between rod and striker. I broke off the useless part of the striker (bending back and forth with pliers) and then squared off the new front with belt sander. Voila! sparks.Now I have a decent fire rod. But for $12?