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As Promised: The FireSteel.com GobSpark Armageddon Review

The FireSteel.com GobSpark Armageddon is a 3-inch long x 3/8ths inch thick piece of Ferrocerium.   This man-made metallic material gives off a large number of hot sparks when scraped against a rough surface.  These hot sparks are actually gobs of moltent metal.  Hot (5,500 degrees fareinheit) but short lived.  A bit of tender and technique are used to capture the little fire-flies and nurture them to their full potiential as a usable fire.  Firesteels will create usable sparks no matter how wet or cold the environment.

The GobSpark Armageddon is replacing a worn Coghlan’s ferrocerium rod mounted in a magnesium block.  They both cost about the same but the GobSpark Armageddon is a lot more substantial and throws a greater number of larger, longer living sparks.  With a sturdy handle, the Armageddon is more comfortable to use and will allow me to rotate the rod for even wear.  A “super scraper” comes as part of the package (unlike the Coghlan) and is attached with a lanyard made from two-feet of 550 parachute cord.

The GobSpark Armageddon is a tremendous value and is a sure way to light a stove or campfire.  Lighters and matches fail.  With the proper technique, this will not.  And given the size of this thing, it should last years.

Jack     (this was a totally unsolicited review…I just like it)

  1. OregonTom
    July 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I just received my GobSpark Armegedeon in the mail. I crushed up a baseball sized wad of dry grass. It ignited on the first try. Plenty of sparks with the GobSpark!

  2. The Velo Hobo
    July 10, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Thanks for the comment. Yes the GobSpark throws a wicked amount of sparks! Jack

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