When the Chums Smokey Fire Starter Paracord Bracelet arrived in my mailbox, I had high, high hopes for it.The 16 feet of paracord doubles as a firestarter with a firestone and steel washer clasp.
I watched this video and I was so excited to try it.
But I just couldn’t get it to work for me. Not out in the backcountry, not under the redwoods, not even sitting in the comforts of my own home in a controlled environment, and not in a near-dark room.
Needless to say, I am a little disappointed and all I have to show for my fire-starting efforts are bruises and scrapes from my hands knocking against the ground and against the firestone. The washer and firestone are fairly small and not ergonomically friendly; it seems purpose is to be a bracelet closure first, and fire-starting device second.
I have fairly small hands and I found myself fumbling with them. It seemed that there was no way to comfortably hold them and scrape to my heart’s desire.
At approximately 3 oz, it may be a good tool for you to have in your pack if you can get it to work. If you’re counting ounces and saving space, this bulky bracelet is probably not for you.
All in all, I like the idea, but I struggled with the whole fire-starter aspect which tarnished the product for me. However, your experiences may be different than mine. At $16.99, this won’t set you back by much and at worst, you’ll have a paracord bracelet for your adventures.
This was sent to me for review.
Last updated on June 9, 2014.