How to Make a Handle for a Ferrocerium Rod: Easy DIY Guide

One of my favorite tools for starting a fire is a ferrocerium rod. They are completely waterproof, dependable, effective, affordable, and last a long time. How could they be any better?

Well, they could have a handle. I know, you are probably thinking, “why not just buy a ferro rod that already has a handle?”

I have done that in the past and some of those rods, such as the ones from Purefire Tactical, have great handles while other brands not so much. 

I primarily use bare ferro rods from because they are some of the best on the market and they are super affordable. While they do sell rods with handles, I tend to purchase their bare rods because they are cheaper, and a bare rod provides more storage options.

But sometimes I do wish to have a handle on my ferrocerium rod and here are a few more reasons why I like to make my own.

3 Reasons Why I Make My Own Handle


Handles on tools are not universally comfortable because everyone’s hands are different in size and shape. By making a handle you can customize it to fit your hand perfectly. 

Multiple Uses

Depending on the design and materials you choose, a homemade handle has the potential of serving multiple purposes. 

For example, some of the handles made by Purefire Tactical are quite large and hollow so they can be used to store extra gear. 


A homemade handle can give a level of personalization that cannot be obtained elsewhere. Do you like more traditional materials and prefer a handle made from wood, bone, or antler? Or do you like a more modern look that can be achieved through using plastics, metals, and other materials? When it comes to the handle material, the sky is the limit, and the choice is yours. 

Choosing the Handle 

While I enjoy both traditional and modern materials, I tend to lean towards a more traditional look with some of my tools. For this article, I am going to be using wood.

This is because wood is an easy material to make a handle out of and I just so happen to have a surplus of cedar laying around. Cedar also happens to be one of my favorites types of wood but there is another specific reason I will be using it for this project. 

Cedar takes a flame exceptionally well and, in an emergency, a cedar handle will provide a source of dry tinder to help get a fire going. 

Making the Handle

What You Will Need 

  • Power Drill
  • Drill Bits 
  • Sharp outdoor knife
  • Tape (any kind that you have)
  • Wood
  • Bare ferrocerium rod
  • Measuring tape 
  • Rubber mallet

Many months ago I set aside a few pieces of cedar to dry out so that I could use them for future projects. I am now ready to make a handle for one of my ferro rods so the first order of business is to shave off the outer bark with a sharp knife.

I should start by saying I do not care about the exact dimensions of the wood as long as it is large enough to fit my hand. A large piece of wood can always be shaved down until you find the right fit. 


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