I have a few different flint and steel fire starters. Not all are good in my opinion. This is my favorite. It sparks almost every time and has the wood handle so I can scrape some wood off to help start a fire plus it has the magnesium to help ignite things. This is a good flint and steel. Basic and dependable. Sparks easy, cheap no complaints. Fits in a pocket easily. Has the metal chain that you can clip onto the outside of your bag. This one is junk. I forgot where I bought it from but I cannot get a spark. I have practiced over and over and nothing. I have no clue why it will not work. I was thinking of taking some sand paper and rubbing it down. It makes no sense. Anyone had an issue of a fire starter not working?