The “Free” Everstryke Match from Survival Life:
The Ultimate Fire Starter? Or Just A Flash In The Pan?”
This matchbox-style fire starter is an upgraded version of the old flint and steel model that has its own self-contained fuel source.
When it comes to a survival situation, you can never have too many ways to make a fire. This one, however, I’m on the fence about… Yes, it’s Free (just pay $4.95 shipping) but you can find better prices elsewhere with a quick search. And the product as a whole is cheaply made.
I would say this is a dud… BUT it does come with a pretty valuable Bonus that more than makes up for the shipping cost.
Keep in mind you’ll be offered a membership plan into the Family Protection Association (FPA) when you claim your Free Everstryke – but you have ZERO obligation to take it (though I do recommend giving it a listen, as there is some incredibly valuable stuff inside).
The fact is, when you need a fire starter the most is when it’s most likely to fail you… so make sure you have backups for your backups.
The Everstryke might not be the best deal… but I’ve found another one that is pretty awesome.
For all the details check out our full, hands on review of the Everstryke below.
From your standard Bic lighter to parabolic lenses – and even weirder things like potassium permanganate and glycerine – there are dozens upon dozens of methods for getting a fire going.
But the truth is… the best fire starter you can possibly have is the one you have on you when you need it.
Your ability to start a fire in a split second could literally mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.
Having a fire provides warmth, shelter, protection, and the ability to cook food and boil water… and it’s one hell of a creature comfort to have in a crisis.
Check out this quick video that shows exactly how the EverStryke works:
My first thought was, “Why not just carry a Bic?”… and honestly… yes, you should carry a Bic ( or any other disposable lighter). But make sure you have backups… and this one is just really cool to carry, and makes a hell of a conversation piece when you’re starting a campfire.
And the only guarantee you have to get a fire going is having multiple options…
I could go on and on about all the different types of fire starters…. But let’s focus on the Everstryke.
Self-Contained Fire Starter: Load it up with fuel and toss it in your pack. As long as it doesn’t get crushed, you won’t have to worry about it running dry.
Strikes Hot, Burns Hot: The Ferro rod strikes at over 3000°F, which is more than enough to ignite dry tinder. But the key is the flame. Survival Life states that the flame burns at over 600°F (this is actually drastically underselling the Everstryke… I’ve measured it at over 1200°F with an infrared thermometer). That’s more than enough to ignite fairly damp tinder and help you get a fire going.
Pulls Double Duty: While not recommended, in a pinch this lighter will work as an old-fashioned flint and steel fire starter. It won’t be nearly as effective without fuel, but in a crisis you’ll have to take the “any port in a storm” approach.
Ultra Light and Compact: The Everstryke match is smaller than a matchbox, and provides way more strikes than your normal box of matches.
Cheaply Made: The Everstryke is made out of a small plastic canister with a cheap metal casing glued to three sides. While it looks OK, odds are it’ll peel right off after extended use.
Dangerous If You’re Not Careful: Make sure you watch the video above to show you how to properly ignite it. Always strike down and away from the open fuel canister.
It’s also a good idea to use your thumb to cover the opening of the fuel canister in order to avoid any mishaps (speaking from personal experience). Also, the corners of the Everstryke are incredibly sharp, and can cut you or rip through gear if it’s improperly placed in your kit.
“Free” Is A Bit Of A Stretch: The Everstryke has been around for quite some time, and its pricing has gone up and down over the last few years.
Initially, you could get your hands on one for $3.00, but understandably shipping prices go up. However, with a bit of research, you can find them for quite a bit cheaper.
The only saving grace is the bonus survival guide that comes with your Everstryke (check below for information on that as well).
Why It’s Free:
Survival Life is giving away the Everstryke match as a way to introduce you to the FPA (Family Protection Association). It’s a large and fairly active community of survivalists and preppers.
Membership runs around $19.95 per month, and comes with a pretty sweet tactical folding knife from Hoffman-Richter. They also offer a ton of discounts to places you probably already shop.
They even have an archive of information that is yours to download, print out, and share. It’s definitely worth taking a look inside.
Remember, the membership is 100% optional – you can say no and it won’t affect your Free Everstryke Match. But, if you’ve got a few minutes, listen to what they have to offer. It might be something you’re interested in.
Shipping & Handling:
Shipping is $4.95 and comes to your door via USPS. The estimated shipping time is 7-14 days, but I’ve seen it take up to 21+ days for some people (based on messages from their Facebook page).
They offer a 60-day return or replacement guarantee.
With your new gear, you’re also going to get the Ultimate Survival Skills handbook. This downloadable Ebook is an incredibly in-depth collection of checklists that will help you either create a plan from scratch, or find the holes in an existing plan that you may have missed. It’s small… but that’s only because it lacks fluff and filler.
This guide alone makes the entire package well-worth the measly $4.95 shipping fee. Get it, read it, download it… you won’t regret having it.
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This one was a bit of a push for me… The product was just OK, but the bonus Survival Guide that it came with more than made up for it. However, in a survival situation, no fire starter is a bad fire starter. It’s more or less “Free,” and could be worth checking out. Ultimately, it’s up to you.
What are your thoughts on the Everstryke Match?