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Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Scout 3,000 Strike Fire Starter with Emergency Whistle


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  • Durable - Scout 2.0 model lasts 3000 strikes
  • 3000-Degree C (5,500-Degree F) spark and works when wet
  • Smaller lighter stainless steel striker
  • Signal whistle built into handle of striker
  • Ergonomic design increases ease of use
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Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Scout 3,000 Strike Fire Starter with Emergency Whistle

Swedish FireSteel Heritage

First developed for the Swedish Department of Defense, the legendary Swedish FireSteel fire starter is the original magnesium alloy fire starter. The Swedish FireSteel fire starter offered the first viable solution to the challenges of starting fires at high-altitudes and in low temperatures. With its ability to ignite flammable gas or liquid directly, the Swedish FireSteel fire starter is perfect for traditional alcohol and modern gas stoves. This has led to its adoption by numerous military units around the world. Manufactured in Sweden by Light My Fire, the 2.0 Scout fire starter has evolved with design improvements including a precision stainless steel striker, ergonomic handle, and a built-in emergency whistle.

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Light My Fire Scout 2.0 Swedish FireSteel FireStarter
How it Works

The Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Scout fire starter is composed of two basic parts – the rod and the striker. The rod is made from a high-quality pyrophoric alloy containing metals that include iron, magnesium, lanthanum and cerium. The striker is made of stainless steel and has a precise edge grind developed to deliver maximum spark. By scraping the striker against the rod, the friction ignites tiny shavings of metal, converting them to oxides and generating bright, high-temperature sparks.

Ultimate Fire Starters

Two notable differences exist between the Swedish FireSteel fire starter and similar friction-based fire starters, often called Ferro cerium rods. First is the proprietary hardening process of the alloy, which produces a high-grade material that achieves durability without sacrificing consistency. Second is the composition of the alloy itself, which contains a superior mixture of materials that results in a higher temperature spark: 2,980° C (5,400° F). The higher temperature spark is more effective at starting fires and lighting stoves in any weather and at any altitude.

Advantages of the Swedish FireSteel

The primary advantage of a Swedish FireSteel fire starter over other fire starting tools is reliability in any situation. The Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Scout fire starter is robust and requires no flints, lighter fluid, batteries or replacement parts. A Swedish FireSteel fire starter will work in harsh conditions, like extreme cold, where gas does not vaporize easily, making it difficult to light. It also offers predictable performance at any altitude, unlike a butane lighter, which is affected by both dampness and reduced oxygen at altitude. The spark of the Swedish FireSteel fire starter is bright enough to be used as an emergency signal. The striker and rod are tied together with a lanyard to prevent accidental separation and are compact enough to fit in a pocket. The Scout’s bright colors can be easily spotted on the ground or in your kit. The durable construction of the 2.0 Scout model is designed to last approximately 3,000 strikes, providing an outstanding value.

Applications

The Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Scout fire starter can be used in a variety of applications – from essential survival gear to lighting a backyard barbeque grill. Because the 2.0 Scout weighs only 27 grams, it is the ideal tool to have along when hiking, camping, or even in your car in case of emergencies. Alpinists appreciate the reliability of the Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Scout fire starter at any altitude, and outdoor enthusiasts recognize the value of an all-weather, easy to use tool. For an even more durable solution, Light My Fire also offers the more robust Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Army model fire starter, which is designed to last 12,000 strikes.

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At Light My Fire, we develop unique, low-tech, premium quality outdoor products in Sweden with the design, color and function that make them just as attractive to use in the city as in the wild.


Scout 2.0 FireSteel Fire Starter Specs:
  • Produces 2,980° C (5,400° F) spark
  • Lasts for approximately 3,000 strikes
  • Dimensions: 77 x 24 x 14mm
  • Weight: 27g
  • Rod material: Hardened magnesium alloy
  • Striker material: Precision ground stainless steel
  • Striker handle includes emergency whistle
  • Sparks can be used as an emergency signal
  • Works when wet
  • Developed by survival expert Lars Falt for the Swedish Department of Defense

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B004410NYO
  • Item model number: S-SF-8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,449 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Works great even when wet.
Michael Sorrentino
I was surprised as to how easy it was to get a shower of good hot sparks to ignite the tinder.
DJ Millard
It also comes with a whistle where the striker is, and it is pretty loud as well.
Banhammer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

129 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Edward Wilhelm on June 11, 2008
The Firesteel Scout is a great way to start a fire. I taught my Boy Scout troop and my 8yr old daughter how to start a fire with it. My daughter took 2 hours to start her first fire (she was very determined). After a lot of practice, she can now get it in a few minutes.

The secret to great sparks is a steady stroke and a lot of pressure. The stroke is more of a wrist movement than an arm movement. This allows you to keep the firesteel steadily pointed at your tinder and direct the sparks. The adults and older Boy Scouts were able to light a fire in a few strokes. The younger ones had trouble with getting pressure on the striker (like my daughter).

The best tinder I have found is cotton balls soaked in vasoline petroleum jelly (the original, unsented kind). I smash/work the vasoline into the cotton balls and store them in a water-tight 35mm film canister (you can stuff many balls into the canister). When you want to start a fire, take some cotton out and "fluff" it up a lot by pulling it apart a bunch. The little cotton fibers are what catch the sparks and light on fire. The more tiny fibers there are, the easier it is to set it ablaze. The cotton ball then continues to burn the petroleum jelly and cotton like a mini fireball. I routinely start a fire with one or two strokes.

Depending on how wet your kindling and twigs are, you can use more or less of the cotton from the film canister. A large cotton ball will burn for quite a long time and allow damp or wet leaves, twigs and sticks to catch fire.

Another useful tinder is an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Squeeze some onto leaves, dry grass, or small twigs and spark away. The alcohol flames are invisible during daylight, so be careful.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By B. Moore on November 9, 2009
Color Name: Red
Love this little pocket fire-starter. In the movies, or on shows like Survivorman, Les Stroud makes it seem so easy to start a fire. Well he's an expert survival man, but this handy little pocket-sized flint/steel starter makes fire-starting almost a breeze.

If you're in windy conditions, where matches or traditional methods fail, this thing comes through. The key to getting this to work effectively, is applying lots of pressure as you stroke the steel piece against the rod. This creates about 5 to 10 times the amount of sparks, which instead of evaporating into thin air, actually fall down onto your tinder, and light your fire.

I recommend practicing a few times to understand the importance of applying pressure like I mentioned. After all, you can only use it 15 thousand times! Easy 5 stars.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rizal Aliyuddin on June 18, 2008
Color Name: Red
Finally got to try out my firesteel recently and I must say that it definitely works as advertised. Keeps on sparking once you manage to get the protective layer off. My only gripe is that I find the Scout Model a bit too small for my hands. Should have paid a bit more for the larger Army Model...
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By rynn53 on August 24, 2011
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Be wary of the $9.50 free shipping fire steel from SecurityProUSA. It IS NOT the Light My Fire brand fire steel, it is a "MilitaryGear" model from military-gear-sales.com which they are selling for $10 more than securitypro. This steel also has the thumb grooves and whistle with an added button compass. The whistle on the striker handle takes some practice to use, but does work. The button compass on the steel handle seems to be your typical button compass(i.e. average general direction). Also, the box on this fire steel states that it has an approximate 12,000 strikes which is comparable to light my fire army model instead of the stated 3,000 for the scout. The fire steel itself seems to be OK, I lit some lint, but have not put it through full testing. If you go to the militarygear website, they have a youtube video of their fire steel lighting some bundled paper and stuff. All in all, I will keep this one, but will buy a true Light My Fire model soon. Also, as a plus to securitypro they did have fast shipping. Ordered Saturday night and received Wednesday.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Doss on July 5, 2011
Color Name: Pink Verified Purchase
Light my fire continues to improve upon an already quality product. We use these Scouts as color coded keychains for our various car keys. Every keychain in my family has a firesteel, peanut lighter, and AAA led flashlight (and everyone carries an EDC knife), not to mention similar in-car bug out bags and first aid kits.

Model 2.0 has a few improvements...namely, the finger grooves in the striker and the rod...which make it much easier to hold. Also, the striker has a built-in whistle. Which is fantastic, as I can now remove the "emergency whistle" and replace it with this striker. Anytime a tool can have more than one function, that's a bonus....and I believe in having redundant ways to start a fire on you at all times...so, the Scout 2.0 is a definite improvement.

We'll bring an "Army" model and leave that in the glove compartment for specific camping trips. But, for EDC, this smaller Scout model makes a great keychain.

You can pick up the earlier "Scout" model for cheaper now...but the 2.0 is worth picking up, as the improvements are subtle, but smart.

These all ship with a protective lacquer on the rod. A couple of scrapes with the striker or a knife removes the protective coating. Personally, I leave the coating on for those in use with the keychain, and buy an extra "practice" unit for everyone in the family to understand how they work. That way the "new" or "fresh" unit is always at the ready with their keys....
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