Today, we’ll do a Bear Grylls Fire Starter review. While at a local gun dealer a couple weeks ago checking ammo prices, I ran across a Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter. To be honest, I haven’t purchased much of the Bear Grylls line of products except for the Ultimate Survival Knife, so I purchased this fire starter to test it since the price is affordable at around $10.
The fire starter comes in typical Gerber/Bear Gyrlls clam shell packaging. Inside is a 4 and 5/8 inch by approximately 7/8′s inch tube painted up in the usual gray and orange characteristic of these products. On both ends of the tube is a nylon lanyard that connects. When the tube is closed its a one piece and when it opens you have two pieces that stay together with the lanyard. It features an emergency whistle; the whistle isn’t the loudest on the market but it has its place in any survival situation or kit. At the joint where the two parts of the tube come together, there is an orange rubber o ring, much like the ones you will find on a water hose nozzle. This o ring makes for a tight fit that is supposed to keep the joint waterproof. I haven’t had any issues with mine leaking but I have read a report or two online where some have leaked. On the fire steel side of the tube, there is a black cap on the end that the lanyard runs through. The cap actually pulls away from the rest of the tube, and there is a small chamber for tender. The chamber came from the factory with a single cotton ball enclosed.
When the tube is opened or separated, you have 1.5 inches of firesteel exposed and 1 and 3/8 inch of a striker exposed. The firesteel is 5/16 in diameter and the striker is 3/8 inch wide. I have to admit, I am pleased with how much fire rolls off of this firesteel. I have several firesteels and this one ranks up there with one of the best that I own. Not only does it throw a lot of fire, but it’s an extremely hot, long lasting spark. I am truly impressed with the firesteel itself.
The only drawback to this fire starter would have to be its size. This is, by far, the largest fire starter that I have ever encountered. I do like the lanyard, but its more to keep the two pieces together so you don’t lose a piece rather than placing it around your neck to carry. I have learned that the lanyard is the right size to hang off of your rear view mirror, as long as your state law allows items to dangle off your mirror. There are a lot of fire starters out there that are cheaper than this particular model and a lot more out there that are more expensive. The cheaper ones that I have tried in the past usually don’t produce a lot of fire when struck. So, if you can afford to pay more three or four dollars on one, you should. You can find this Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter online for approximately $11.00-$15.00.
I was not compensated in any way for this review. The opinions in this post are my own and I simply enjoy the product.