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    I was going through my bag checking things out. Like flashlight batteries and found my ferro rod. What the heck happened? It hasnít been hit that I know. 5A5592F8-4D36-4889-8862-5B504341C82E.jpgdo you suppose heat has blown it out?


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    I once had a fire steel that sufferd some time between heat and moisture and it looks very much like yours.

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    They oxidize very quickly. The metal is very unstable, which is why it sparks readily.

    Most come with a thick coating that requires several scrapes to get the first spark.

    I order thin ones about 1/8" thick and keep one in my wallet duck taped to a survival card. I have to change them out every couple of years.
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    Haven't seen one that bad...
    But I can see it happening.
    Like kyrat, I change mine out now and then.

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    They do oxidize. The milder cases are a white, powdery, coating. The more severe are the pitting that you experienced.
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    I didnít know that would happen. Thanks for the responses.

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    Some online claim using carbide scrapers work better; OTOH, I read that on the internet.

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    You want to see some fireworks, hit one with some sharp flint or chert!
    If you didn't bring jerky what did I just eat?

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    I have a ferro rod, I also have some other backup ways to start a fire... but i mostly use my bic ligther.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deimos View Post
    I have a ferro rod, I also have some other backup ways to start a fire... but i mostly use my bic ligther.
    When Bic lighters are a few or so years old, the flame is weak. The fix is remove the shield and rotate the flame control to turn the flame up.

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