Primus Ignition Steel Review 2011/05/08
I thought firesteels were pretty much the same, I guess I was wrong.
Some are great and others are totally useless. Let's find out how
the Primus Ignition Steel does in this full review.
Having used a number of different firesteels I know what I am looking
for in a good one. Firstly features like a good handle that doesn’t slip
or is too small to grasp. Secondly a sensible length in the lanyard and
lastly a striker that is able to scrape a decent amount of sparks off.
On the surface the Primus Ignition Steel seems to have all these
With my experience the main thing that
varies between brands is the striker design and chemistry of the steel
The Primus Ignition Steel has got an alloy rod, handle and striker with
an elasticised lanyard. Consequently this is where my issues start, the
lanyard is too short to allow a good strike and resists your movement
while you try to produce sparks. You can solve this by replacing the
lanyard if you want. The problems continue into what is the most
important. The firesteel does not produce a good shower of sparks easily
when used with the supplied striker. I thought I was doing something
wrong at first but having passed it around to my work colleagues and
compared it with a Light My Fire one, found that the Primus was easily
the worst. Only when used with a carbon based bushcraft knife does the
Primus produce a good spark shower. This is still not a good sign as you
would expect it to work with the supplied striker. I would recommend the
Light My Fire steels, the Scout or better yet the Army version will
serve you well. The Primus Ignition Steel on the other hand I found to
be a poor product. Perhaps other people have different opinions but
above all I know I will be sticking to other brands.