Friday, December 31, 2010

Praxis: Fire Starters and CordLock Lights from

The other day I received two versions of an excellent piece of equipment called the GobSpark produced by Ron Fontaine of

Ron doesn't call it "GobSpark" without reason, for when I opened the box and tried it out, my daughters cried out in alarm as a fountain of sparks shot across the room in the general direction of the Christmas tree.

The larger of the two, pictured above, is the Armageddon FireSteel has an oversize handle designed to use with gloved hands and is priced, with lanyard and striker, at $10.99 each. The Ranger FireSteel, pictured below, has a smaller handle for those who seek to minimize gear weight. It is priced at $4.99.

Here is an independent evaluation I found on YouTube:

Today Matt called me from Germany (yes, he's finally finished his third tour of Iraq) and we were talking about these inexpensive and very nifty instruments when he pulled up this page on the FireSteel website about another product:

The CordLock LED light can attach to any 550 cord lanyard or drawstring, making illumination very handy. No fumbling around for a flashlight in your cargo pocket or pack, the CordLock is always close at hand. The website says:

Pressing the black button on the side of the cord lock turns on the bright LED light. Press the button again to make the light even brighter. Press the button a third time to cause the light to rapidly blink. It is that easy.

These are not cheaply made - composed of rugged plastic with a corrosion proof stainless steel cord lock spring, these cordlocks are designed with the outdoorsman in mind.

Lithium batteries included.


* 3mm Hyper Bright white LED
* Power Source, Lithium CR1220 batteries X2, Shelf Life 5 years
* Weight: 1/4 ounce (8 grams)
* Water Resistant Construction
* 3 Modes Low-High-Flash
* Corrosion Proof Stainless Steel Cord Lock Spring
* Rugged plastic construction


* Three powerful LED Settings: medium intensity light, high intensity light, and flashing light.
* Bright yellow color for easy location.
* Burn times: 12 hours on high, 20 hours on low, 50 hours on flash.
* Comes with two replaceable lithium CR1220 batteries.

The CordLock light from FireSteel is priced at $6.99 each.

"Hey, that's a good idea," Matt said when he saw it. He's going to be getting some of these to try out on his gear and when he evaluates them, I'll let post it here. He would prefer to have them in a more subdued color, but hey, that's what spray paint and camo tape is for.

Here's an independent video evaluation of the CordLock light:

Anyway, if you're looking for a fire starter, you really ought to try one of FireSteel's "GobSparks." I can attest to the fact that they certainly produce gobs of sparks.


PS: And remember boys and girls, don't try it out under the Christmas tree.


Flight-ER-Doc said...

Now that light is a brilliant, er really bright er good idea.

And no, I haven't started celebrations early.

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

And don't forget the hand sanitizer.(65% alcohol). It makes starting a fire with flint & steel real easy.....mthead III

Dennis308 said...

Glad that you were able to enjoy Christmas with your daughters, maybe Matt can be home for next year.

drjim said...

Thanks for posting about the Gobsteel, Mike. It's something I should have bought a long time ago.
Just ordered a few for myself and my son.
Hope you have a Happy and prosperous New Year!

Brock Townsend said...

I have a few of the smaller FireSteels and they work great.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your final photograph; I set it as my wallpaper.

Anonymous said...

Those things are really handy.

I've never seen the CordLocks though.

I may have to try some.

Thanks and happy new year.


Wendy Weinbaum said...

As a Jewess in the US, I say it is time for all REAL Americans to put our 2nd Amendment FIRST!! Remember that America wasn't won with a registered gun!!

John Richardson said...

The only thing I'd add to the kit with the GobSteel is a small ziplocked bag with cotton balls impregnated with vaseline. The two together should get a fire started in any weather - wet or dry.

I'd never seen the cordlock lights so, like your son, I plan to get a few to try out.

Jay Stang said...

That's hot. said...

Thank you for the post, I see quite a few of you have visited the website.

As John R mentions, a cotton ball or dryer lint mixed with a dab of vaseline (petroleum jelly) works very well - as soon as a spark touches this it will burst into flame and burn for several minutes. This should be enough time to get even damp stubborn wood to catch fire.

I very much believe in what everyone on Sipsey Street Irregulars stand for. True FREEDOM for ALL is what it comes down to! Mol┼Źn labe!

Mention Sipsey Street Irregulars and I'll throw in a free GobSpark Ranger firesteel with your order. This makes a good firesteel for a small survival kit or to share with a friend or someone less fortunate :-)

If you have already ordered, shoot me an email at ron[at]firesteel dot com and I'll make sure you get a GobSpark Ranger.

Ron in New Hampshire
"Live Free or Die"