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  • Striker handle is 46% bigger than on the original, making it easy to grip; 33% larger ferrocerium rod allows for more than 3,000 strikes, as compared to 1,000 on the original
  • Ferrocerium rod stows inside the knurled body; unscrew the rod, flip it around and screw it back on and it's ready for use
  • Rod works when dry or wet—simply scrape it with the tungsten carbide striker to send sparks flying; provides more than 3,000 strikes and can be replaced
  • NanoStriker XL is 3.6 in. long when stowed and 4.2 in. long when in use
  • O-rings keep moisture from getting inside and onto the striker and the rod
  • Exotac NanoStriker XL™ firestarter includes a split ring for carrying keys, a lanyard, an extra set of O-rings and an instruction manual

Made in USA.

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Best Use Backpacking
Material(s) Aluminum/tungsten carbide
Dimensions 0.4 x 3.6 inches
Weight 0.9 ounce
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High quality American Made product I own three of these and the quality and functionality is top notch. Reliably produces plenty of hot spark, striker stays sharp and all parts are replaceable. Great product.
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings on this little guy... I really want to love this item. On the positive side, it is a solid and beautifully made product. It is comfortable to hold and use in your hand, and the ferro rod is quality material which does produce a sufficient number of sparks. I've found that I have to run a lanyard through the two holes for fear of losing a piece. It holds together tightly when assembled correctly, but if you don't cinch it down (to the point that the gasket is compressed), it will work itself loose. This has happened more than once to me. The threads on the rod itself are very loose, and the rod needs to be tightened before each use. Again, this is not generally a problem in normal use, but I fear dropping a piece in the dark at camp one night. Finally, the included striker is not terribly effective. It does work in a pinch, but I prefer to use the back edge of my knife since it allows me a more secure grip and more pressure. There is NOTHING in this review which makes this a bad product. I've not had any trouble with my NanoStriker, and I do continue to carry it on a routine basis. For what it is (a ferro rod), it is an expensive option which performs moderately well. This is one of four very differently styled ferro rods I've carried over the past ten years. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but my favorite by a large margin has been the Army model of the Swedish Firesteel.
Date published: 2016-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice built quality, but difficult to make sparks I've used this on several trips now for fire starting (before the burn ban started) just to try to get good at using it before it becomes part of my emergency fire kit. It's beautifully made, and I like that you can get replacement parts for it. When it sparks, the sparks are hot and long lasting enough to readily light a petroleum jelly soaked cotton ball the first time almost every time. My major complaint is that it doesn't spark unless you get the angle, force, and speed on the striker exactly right. It typically takes me six to ten strikes to finally get the angle and get it to spark. (Yes, I am using areas on the rod where the coating is scraped off.) I don't see the rods lasting as long as they could due to having to make so many attempts to get a spark. I'll keep it, but I'm not thrilled with it.
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nanostriker xl firestarter the product is very small and lightweight and works very good i would recomend it to anybody looking for a good firestarter
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even my kids can light a fire with the NanoStriker We bought this for the adults to use but my kids (8,10,12) wanted to try. Within minutes each one of them had a fire going! The key to this is to scrape a little of the material off and then light the shavings. We had no problem lighting dry material and only a little problem lighting damp material. The other thing to remember is to pull the handle back towards you and keep the striker still. It creates more sparks than any other we have tried.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product Works great! Took me only a few strikes to get the hang of it and I was cooking in no time. Works great with birch bark.
Date published: 2016-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product...and it's made in the USA!!! An easy add on to my EDC. This product is made very well and throws a ton of sparks!
Date published: 2016-04-02
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The dimensions are vague. I want to know the diameter and length of the actual ferrocium rod as it is a point of comparison with other fire starters. If you could list the dimensions of the tool deployed and collapsed it would help.

Asked by: Scorpion Regent
The ferrocium rod on the NanoStriker will measure 1.69 inches and have a diameter of .25 inches. They deployed length will be 4.17 inches. The folded length will be 3.65 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-16
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