If you’re not familiar, a ferro rod (Ferrocerium), is a man-made metallic rod designed to produce extremely hot sparks (up to 5,430°F) when scraped against a hard surface. Commonly, a scraper is provided, such as steel, to create a spark although you can use other items such as your survival knife in emergency situations if necessary.
But in today’s world of cheap, reliable lighters, such as a Bic, is a ferro rod still your best option for building fires in survival situations?
This guy covers the pro and cons of the ferro rod while raising some good questions. Check it out: