Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: Emberlit "Strike-A-Light" Carbon Steel Flint Strikers

One of the coolest products I found at the Winter 2014 Outdoor Retailer Show last January was Emberlit's new "Strike-A-Light" Carbon Steel Flint Strikers. The strikers are constructed of high carbon steel and are heat treat optimized for throwing maximum sparks from Flint, Chert and Quartz.

Not only are they effective (I tried them with both Flint and some native Quartzite I found on the trail), they come in cool patterns like the Arrowhead, Dragon, and Buffalo shown in the photos. I especially like the Dragon striker, as it reminds me of something Bilbo Baggins might have carried during his perilous journeys through the Misty Mountains in The Hobbit.

The strikers also come with a tough 200lb bank line lanyard so they can be attached to a pack, key fob, or zipper or worn as a necklace:

With a retail price of $19.99, the strikers are a little pricey, but considering they are made in the USA, built of high quality carbon steel, and come in super cool patterns, they are definitely worth adding to your fire kit. They also make great conversation pieces should you run across other wayward bushcrafters making their way through the Misty Mountains.

5 out of 5 Stars (Highly Recommended)

Emberlit Strike-A-Lights are available directly from Emberlit's website at

About the author
Jason Schwartz is the founder and senior editor of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. He is a former Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, and has taught bushcraft and wilderness survival techniques to the Boy Scouts of America, interned with the US Forest Service, and studied wilderness survival, forestry and wildland firefighting at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Jason has also written for magazines such as The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ (without spaces)

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