Doan Magnesium Fire Starter

In survival situations, you'll want this simple, compact magnesium fire starter with you at all times to get a fire going even in damp weather. First issued in military survival kits during WWII, the magnesium fire starter is compact, waterproof, and fireproof in its solid form. Scrape some shavings and then strike the firesteel built into the starter to ignite the shavings. The fire generated is extremely hot and will ignite even damp kindling. Magnesium is flammable, burning at a temperature of approximately 3,100°C (3,370 K; 5,610°F).

  • Compact size fits in a pocket
  • Built-in firesteel for sparking
  • Comes with a striker


Delta Gear tested several magnesium fire starters, including one made in China, and we would like to confirm that the brand made in China was more difficult to shave magnesium off of, as stated in this video, which could dull your knife. The made in China magnesium tended to powder/flake off, while the Doan bar yielded small spiral shreddings. We did not personally experience any of the lighting issues or ferro-rod delamination issues like what is shown in this video, but they do seem possible. In order to support a superior, domestically made product Delta Gear exclusively carries the Doan Magnesium Fire Starter.


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