Making a Bright Colored Ferro Rod Handle

ferro rod handle custom bright color

I bought a 6″ by 1/2″ ferro rod for my long term survival bag; this super thick ferro rod is awesome and will last forever, but it could get lost easily because it’s dark and doesn’t stand out. I wanted to make a bright handle that could also be useful in other ways, and not just buy a ferro rod with an orange handle.

After checking many options and seeing what other people had used as handles I came up with my own idea. Others have used acrylic or epoxy to make their custom color handles, but those can’t be used for anything else.¬†Painting the ferro rod wasn’t the best solution either, because the paint would eventually get scraped off.

Why not use hot glue mixed with bright paint to make a handle?

The neat thing about hot glue is that it is easy to use, cheap, and can be reused. I can use the glue anytime by cutting a portion and using a small flame to melt it.

I always keep some hot glue in my repair kit.

reusing hot glue from ferro rod handle

Making a custom colored ferro rod handle

You’ll need hot glue, fluorescent acrylic paint, an empty can (tuna can would be best), and a toothpick (if your ferro rod has a lanyard hole).

ferro rod custom color handle

Heat up the hot glue bars inside the can at medium to low heat. The melting hot glue gives off a nasty plastic smell so do this over a fire or stove, in a well vented area.

As soon as the hot glue melts, pour the acrylic paint into it, until you’re satisfied with the color. I used a stick to mix the paint in.

While the glue is hot, spread it over the ferro rod. I placed a tooth pick inside the ferro rod hole so that I could drill the hole again after the handle hardened.

I rotated the ferro rod while applying the hot glue. After applying various layers I left it to cool. I also shaved off the outer layer of glue to make it smoother.

The ferro rod handle feels nice; the glue adds good grip. I bet this would also work well with glow in the dark acrylic paint, but it might not be as bright during the day.

bright custom ferro rod handle

1 Comment on "Making a Bright Colored Ferro Rod Handle"

  1. Very good idea – might want to add a loop of paracord or other cordage inside handle to be able to hang or tie off with lanyard to your person too. I also keep glue sticks around too, the liquid container can be pierced or suffer air leakage and its ruined without you knowing it.

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