I just got one myself, the new style is fine but i never had a problem holding the old version, pity they hadn't put the whistle in the handle of the steel and then you would have the option of using without the striker.
There is a review over at amazon on the army 2.0 firesteel in which that buyer says the rod on the 2.0 is thinner than on the previous army version. From what I have read the 2.0 should be 3/8" thick just like the older one, but 2-1/4" long compared to 2 -2/4 (=2-1/2). So shorter but just as thick?
The only LMF firesteel I have got is the first version they sold, a scout with a red plastic handle and a oval-shaped striker metal which is very bad. The ferro rod itself is of good quality though and seems to hold up much better with regular use than other ebay and magnesium-block firesteels I have tried. The LMF scout might actually be good for 3000 uses as they promise. I wonder how it looks after the 3000th use, maybe it breaks in half due to being too thin. The two-part "strike force" is said to be half an inch thick, but it looks like it is very heavy for what it is.
I've seen the army size on ebay.co.uk for GBP 11,95 and the scout for 7,95, anyone knows where to get them cheaper yet? Here in Sweden where the firesteels supposedly are glued together the army version costs about GBP 17 while the scouts costs around half of that.
Ah good to know rapidboy. I guess both versions are good then and unless you feel you need the whistle or somewhat improved striker whichever is cheaper is the one to go for. I think I will get a few more different ones from DX and try also, but those are not much cheaper than the LMF scout so the savings are probably not worth it if you actually want to use the firesteels.
Whenever I stroll in outdoor shops I can't keep myself from buying little must-haves, so I bought this LMF 2.0 also when I saw it.
The striker is excellent in my opinion, the firesteel is just like the old ones. I keep the striker separately with me, to use it as an emergency whistle