Survive one-armed flint, a copy of the Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch Fire Starter flint, review, test and experience.

A feature of one-armed flints, such as the Survive flint, is the ability to use them with one hand, as well as the lack of the need for a chair as a separate element. In such flints, it is built into the body. 

Survive One-armed Flint, a copy of the Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch Fire Starter Flint, review, test and experience.

This Survive one-armed flint is a replica of the BlastMatch Fire Starter manufactured by Ultimate Survival Technologies. Structurally, the Survive flint consists of a plastic case with a built-in chair located inside the case of a spring-loaded rod made of ferrocerium and moving in the grooves of the U-shaped cover. Key Features of this Flint

Folded length 100 mm.
Thickness (largest) 35 mm.
Unfolded length 135 mm.
Rod diameter 12 mm.
Rod Length 45 mm.
Weight 70 g.

Survive one-armed flint, a copy of the Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch Fire Starter flint, review, test and experience.
flint, presumably 1 mm, it will stop working normally. This became clearly visible even with less wear, the resulting backlash will either completely destroy the flint or the giving hand will be injured.
4. As a result of the gradually arising transverse play, the performance of the flint decreases. Every time you have to look for the optimal point of application of effort, to get a good sheaf of sparks is becoming increasingly difficult.

Survive one-armed flint, a copy of the Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch Fire Starter flint, review, test and experience.
tinder, which happened several times in our case (shavings of birch bark).

The advantages of flint and its design.

1. A thick ferro-cerium rod and a large armchair give out many powerful sparks, which makes it possible to ignite almost any tinder or flammable material.
2. In the photo below, the chips from the birch bark are set on fire and burn, air temperature minus 8 degrees Celsius.

Survive one-armed flint, a copy of the Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch Fire Starter flint, review, test and experience.

3. If from the first or second time it was not possible to obtain sparks, then it does not matter. A powerful armchair during these times sets up a good large chip from the rod on the ignited tinder, which will facilitate the ignition process in the future. However, on the other hand, this gives intense wear to the rod itself.

General conclusion after Survive flint test.

Despite the large overall dimensions and weight of the Survive flint, the need to glue the case during operation, some inconvenience and unpredictability in operation, this is quite a worthy tool, its main function is to set fire to the tinder, it will perform perfectly. However, it should be recognized that this is more the merit of a thick rod (the thicker the rod the larger and more powerful the spark) than the structure itself.

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