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The Flint & Steel Fire Starter Kit Review

The Flint & Steel Fire Starter Kit Review

The Flint & Steel Fire Starter Kit Review

The knowledge of primitive fire-making skills is something every outdoorsman or bushcrafter should know. Having the right tools to facilitate this process is a must. This is where the Flint and Steel come in handy. Each one of these kits is handmade and forged. The team at Flint-and-Steel Ltd. (www.flint-and-steel.com) has done a great job making these kits. Having this compact kit in your pack is a great way to have a ready-made fire source in just about any condition. There is nothing like making a fire with your own two hands.


My first impression of the Flint & Steel Fire Starter Kit is it is well made and crafted. The kit consists of a small tin box in which each component fits snug. It has a nice size piece of flint and a good amount of Jute Twine. The firesteel or striker can be easily grasped by the fingers. It has a good weight to it. The char cloth container is compact and has a good supply inside. It also contains a useful color illustrated instruction insert that explains how to use the kit to make a fire. There are fire starter kits also available in a variety of custom-made leather pouches.

Kit Contains:

  • A firesteel, 2.36″ (60mm) in length
  • A small tin container of linen char cloth tinder
  • A small piece of flintstone
  • A bundle of Jute Twine
  • English language instructions for beginners

Field Test

I took my Flint & Steel Fire Starter Kit to my favorite spot on the lake to test it out. It unpacked quite easily. The instructions included in the kit were easy to follow. I decided to try it out with my Vargo Wood Burning Stove and make a cup of tea.


My first step was to make a twine bundle for my ember to catch. I cut 5 pieces of twine into 4-inch strips. Then I unwound each thread to separate fibers. I created a bundle of fibers that my charcloth could sit in. It is important to gather, cut, and stage all of your wood before you start a fire. This will allow you to get your fire up and running quickly.


I took a piece of char cloth from the tin and placed it above the flat side of the flint. It took 5 or 6 strikes to get a spark to land on the char cloth. It did not take much of a spark to get the cloth to light. I was very surprised at how quickly it took. I would recommend doing a few practice strikes without the char cloth first to get a feel of how hard you should strike to get a spark.

Flint and steel ready to strike

Having Things Prepared


Once I landed a spark on the char cloth, I placed it into my twine bundle and began to gently blow into it. It did not take much blowing on the bundle before it erupted into flames.

Flint and steel twine bundle smoke


We Have Fire

I have to say this may be my go-to method and kit to make a fire. The whole process is a great way to get connected with the basics of starting a fire. It also makes you connect with nature in a primitive way. The whole process was very easy, enjoyable, and relaxing.

Where to Buy:

These fire starter kits are available for sale in their Etsy store or website:

Website: www.flint-and-steel.com

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrimitiveFireMaking

Here is a video explaining the product:


The Flint & Steel Fire Starter Kit is a very well-made kit. This kit is a great gift for anyone who hikes, backpacks, or loves the outdoors. It should be a mainstay in anyone’s pack.

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