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  • Scrape the tungsten carbide striker down the ferrocerium rod to spray sparks on your tinder; temperature reaches nearly 5,500°F
  • Ferrocerium rod works even when it is wet
  • Tungsten carbide striker snaps into the ABS plastic handle when it's not in use; simply push the striker out from the back of the handle when you need to use it
  • Provides up to 1,000 strikes
  • Tungsten carbide striker and the handle/rod are connected by a lanyard to ensure you don't lose either one
  • Exotac PolyStriker™ firestarter comes with instructions

Made in USA.

Before starting a fire outdoors, review Leave No Trace principles and safe extinguishing practices. Always check the land manager’s current regulations for information on where to build a fire, appropriate wood to use and potential burn bans.

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Best Use Backpacking
Material(s) ABS plastic/tungsten carbide
Dimensions 0.5 x 4 inches
Weight 0.5 ounce
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great spark. Fragile construction. Being a minimalist backpacker, I loved the Exotac firestarters size and weight. It took up very little space in my pack when stored away and produced a nice, hot spark when needed. My only issue with the firestarter was that the rod snapped off of it's handle with very little (accidental) effort on my part. I know that for "lightwieght" you sometimes have to sacrifice quality, but in my opinion, this firestarter could stand to be slightly more durable. I'm needing a replacement firestarter and will probably not spend the money to buy this same one.
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, lightweight Ferro Rod Just picked this up as a small, lightweight ferro rod. I keep it in my knife sheath. Tried it out this weekend in a few inches of snow in PA. Lit a tinder bundle of (mostly) dry grass and birch bark on one strike. The design is great. The striking steel nests into the handle of the rod, so it's super compact.
Date published: 2013-03-18
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