Fire Steel Spark Rating

Fire Steel Ease of Use Star Rating

All of our Traditional 'Flint & Steel' Fire Steels have been given a Star Rating the ranges from 'One' to 'Five' based on their ease of use. One being the hardest to use and Five being the easiest to use.


5 Star - Fire Steel Ease of Use Star Rating

 

 

Beginner

This style of Fire Steel is ideally suited for Beginners to the Expert Traditional Flint & Steel Fire Lighting Master, and anyone in between who wants a Fire Steel that is exceptionally easy to use and that produces a very high yield of sparks with absolutely no effort.

This style of Fire Steel is ideally suited for instructors to use when teaching children Traditional 'Flint& Steel' Fire Lighting, or anyone who wants a more challenging spark based fire lighting methodology other than using a Ferrocerium Rod Striker. The balance, weight and shape of this style of Fire Steel make it an absolute doddle to use, giving off a high yield of sparks with no experience required. An exceptional Fire Steel at any level of experience. Experienced users should get sparks on each and every strike.


4 Star - Fire Steel Ease of Use Star Rating

 

 

Novice

This style of Fire Steel should be easily mastered even by a complete beginner who is under the tutelage of an experienced instructor, but may prove to be a bit challenging to use by children.

The balance, weight and shape of this type of Fire Steel make it easy to use with just a modicum of experience, making it an exceptional Fire Steel for beginners who are after a bit of a challenge, sice it may need a few strikes to obtain sparks, on the other hand experienced users should get sparks on each and every strike.


3 Star - Fire Steel Ease of Use Star Rating

 

 

Intermediate

This style of Fire Steel is not the easiest to use, as it requires a modicum of experience and a more refined striking technique to be used without smashing the flint’s cutting edge to bits and for it to spark on the first strike.

May not spark on every strike unless the flint’s cutting edge is new and the user has some experience with this technique.


2 Star - Fire Steel Ease of Use Star Rating

 

 

Advanced

A high level of experience is required to use this style of Fire Steel.

The balance, weight and or its shape make it quite difficult to use unless you really know what you are doing. It is suggested that the user has developed a more refined technique if the Fire Steel is to be mastered: once mastered, however, the Fire Steel can be used to make an abundance of sparks with relative ease.

Beginners should avoid the level of Fire Steel until a good striking technique has been established.


 

1 Star - Fire Steel Ease of Use Star Rating

 

 

 

Expert

With a highly refined technique, an experienced Traditional Flint & Steel Instructor or Enthusiast will be able to master this style of striker with ease, however, due to the steel’s weight, size and or shape it may be difficult to use if your hands are cold, injured and or you are tired and have a poor striking technique.

It is advised that this style of Fire Steel be avoided by anyone who is not an expert or who is not willing to put the time in to mastering its use.