The Barrel is a good deal thicker in diameter than the other magnesium striker I bought.
This striker has a 5/16 in diameter with a larger and more sturdy handle than some other starters I've purchased. Very easy to use.
I ordered this on September 10. It was delivered on September 13, and I received it on November 8. MITB estimates 10-20 business days for delivery; this was almost exactly twice that; a lllooooonnnggg wait. However, it did arrive, and arrived in perfect condition.
The one I received is exactly like it's shown on the MITB website. It takes a little while to develop the right technique, but if you scrape the stick hard and fast with the straight edge of the striker, you get a good spark. If you want a really good spark, use the saw edge to shave little filings off the stick, then aim sparks at the filings. When the sparks hit the filings, you get much bigger sparks, and this normally makes it easy to light a fire in a piece of tissue.
Good product, good price. Delivery, although slow, was free, so how could I complain? Thanks, MITB!