A few weeks ago we got contacted via our facebook page by Front Range Survival about their products. http://www.frontrangesurvival.com/
A few days later I got an item from them to test out and review. As you can see in the picture of above it is is a fire starting fire rod. The handle/lanyard if 14 feet of military grade parachute chord in hunter orange for ease of locating it once you drop it in the grass. Or, if you need to make a shelter, signal help or first aid use in case of things turning really bad.
I and a friend spent the last few weeks working with this thing and it is the best one of these we have ever used. We have looked at fire starting rods and kits over the years and had a lot of frustration and failure with kits that are supposed to be the best. Not with this one. It sparks immediately and the sparks are large and hot. The first time we went to use it I crumpled up some dry leaves and some very lightly damp grass. It took three swipes of the knife on this thing and we had a very good flame going that we turned into a fire in no time. It was a cool damp day with a little wind, but the sparks from this thing got the job done. It is really impressive.
I use the tool with the USGI knife I also threaded with a lanyard. The flat screw driver “blade” made it fast and easy and the two can be wrapped up together.
the Front Range tool is seen here with the utter failure that is the Bear Grylls fire starting tool kit. I have seen Mr. Grylls use this kit on TV many times and make it look easy. But I will tell you right now, we spent many hours in the best conditions trying to get something going with it to no avail. It just does not compare, The sparks are tiny and pathetic. It looks good and is a great idea in theory but it just does not hold up to the FRS piece.
On the website, the company describes their thinking and the tools as follows.
“We set out to make the best survival gear on earth. Everything we carry has been field tested by us.Its our gear… and now it can be yours.
Our flagship products are Fire Starters.”
They had a real winner with this tool. I am by no means and expert survivalist, but I know quality when I had it in my hands. And when some one as clumsy as we are, can work something so fast you know it is good. As my friend says. this is the kind of quality tool that makes a person get excited and want to practice their field and bush craft more often. I agree with that statement absolutely. Everyone who tried the fire starter was instantly impressed and wanted one, Not many people I personally know has tried one of these that works as well.
After talking about the tool for a while we determined a nice little kit to put together with it for signaling and making fire while on a hike or for whatever reason.
We gathered some things together and found a spare MOLLE GP pouch it would all fit in and leave room for more as we deemed might be needed and of course we can remove or add to as the situation may dictate. The idea being to have one on you, in a pack or left in your vehicle. The pouch as seen above comes with the knife with lanyard. The FRS fire started and some cotton and dryer lint ( which with the FRS tool makes fire as fast as a lighter) A signal mirror and a Military pilots cloth signal panel. Some medical gear and of course a lighter or two will be added as well as some other odds and ends. But this is a good starts so far in our minds.
The Front Range Survival fire rod is heavy duty and the pictures don’t seem to show just how big it is. It is not huge or unhandy but you get enough to do the job. It will last a long time.
I wrapped it up in a sealed bag with some material to help with the fire and cinched it with a rubber band. This will let it easily fit in a single AR15 mag pouch and still have some room left over. You can store one about anywhere.
A lot of people are always looking for more effective survival and outdoors tools. This is certainly a winner in my opinion, If you do anything or go anywhere you may find you need a fire, this thing is worth having. I would not go on an over night hunt without one of these now. If you want one, the link to the amazon page is below. You can also read the reviews from buyers there as well.