Emergency Fire Firesteel, Sporks, and Ice Cream

By Lenny Rudow
BoaterMouth
firesteel emergency fire starter

Run the plate down the shank of the Firesteel, and get instant sparks – wet or dry.

Do you consider fire, sporks, and home-made ice cream among the necessities of life? If not, maybe you should. Industrial Revolution sent me one of their Swedish Firesteel fire starters to test out, since it could come in handy for boaters, fishers, and hunters who become stranded at sea, or in the backcountry – but the sporks and ice cream were a surprise…

The Firesteel is an extremely cool little tool. It consists of a shank and a strike plate, both of which are smaller then a regular house key. Run one down the other, and you get a shower of 5,400 degree sparks. It even works when wet, which could make it a real life saver if you’re soaked in cold weather. The Firesteel also makes an excellent emergency signaling tool, since showers of sparks tend to get noticed in the darkness.

When I started poking through Industrial Revolution’s web site to get info on the Firesteel, however, I discovered that this company makes several lines of products that boaters, fishers, and hunters will be interested in. Their sporks, for example. They have multiple sizes and colors (darn – no camo!) as well as a huge serving spork , a titanium spork, and (I am not making this up) a left-handed spork.  Just when I thought things couldn’t get any weirder, I found the home-made ice cream machines. These big space-age multi-colored plastic domes need just rock salt, ice, and ice cream mix (cream, sugar, and vanilla). Put in the ingredients, roll it around for a while, and boom – instant ice cream. Like they say on TV: BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!! Other wacky outdoors items found in Industrial Revolution include such items as Fireforks, Clipcap bottles, and the Candleier. Check ‘em all out at http://www.industrialrev.com/.



Lenny Rudow
Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including boats.com and YachtWorld. With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, he has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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