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- Item model number: 001140-OD-Parent
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
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Exotac nanoSTRIKER XL Ferrocerium Fire Starter
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- Ultra-portable for key ring, pocket and neck carry
- Replaceable 1/4" Ferrocerium rod works when wet
- Up to 3000 fire-starting strikes
- Collapsible self-contained waterproof fire starter
- Machined in the USA from 6061 aluminum
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|Item Dimensions||0.43 x 0.43 x 3.65 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.1 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.05 pounds|
The nanoSTRIKER XL is a high quality, ultra-small and completely self-contained waterproof fire starter. Sacrificing neither form nor function, its unique all-in-one design puts all the tools you need to start a fire into one tiny package. To top it off, the rods are replaceable and the striker is ultra-sharp tungsten carbide. Ferrocerium fire starters work best with tinder materials that contain large surface areas: dry grasses, wood shavings, cotton balls, dry leaves, clothing lint, etc. Using a tinder material of your choosing, create a loose tinder bundle to catch the sparks from the ferro rod. Wrap the included lanyard around a few fingers to secure the striker handle. Holding the striking tool at an angle, use moderate pressure to quickly scrape the rod. The striker should be carving material off the ferrocerium rod.
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When looking at ferro rods I came across forum posts detailing peoples' experiences with bare rods that start corroding and eventually turn to dust. When you use a ferro rod, the shavings you scrape off undergo an extreme exothermic oxidization process - so intense that they burn at 3000 degrees Celsius. This same reaction occurs very slowly when any ferro rod is exposed to air, and the long-term result is a useless, brittle fire starter. This is the reason that all rods are sold coated with a black oxidation inhibitor that must be scraped off before using them.
By having the rod stored in an airtight container, the oxidation process is prevented.
Ferro rods are already brittle to begin with, so the case will also ensure that it doesn't break while being kept in my pocket or backpack.
When unpacked and assembled, the case doubles as an extremely comfortable non-slip handle. The ferro rod is long enough to get really nice sparks. I made the mistake of testing it in my bedroom, from a standing height, and the sparks burned all the way to the carpet! The striker is also very comfortable to hold and I like that it's not a separate piece that's going to be dangling around on a lanyard when stored.
Overall, I'm really happy that I invested in something that will last for a long time.
One comment on size... The XL is the same length as the regular Nanostriker, just wider. I've read that the smaller Nanostrikers might have a problem with the rods snapping while in use. This thicker one seems very sturdy, so I'm not concerned about malfunctions.
There's so much of the ferro rod that simply goes to waste, it's a shame. What's also a shame is how the ultimate user's use and needs took a back seat to the manufactuer's profit motives. By keeping the size of the ferro rod extra small ("XS"), the manufacturer saved money not just on the ferro rod, but also on the length of the male aluminum screw cap. Further, the design on the female aluminum screw cap is either so poorly designed (in terms of utility, not quality), or intentionally designed so that the ferro rod's use is cut short by a few millimeters. The result is that you can maybe get 2000 strikes from the rod until you need to replace it. Oh, and guess how many companies offer replacement rods for this exact product. Yup, you guessed it.
So, this is basically the Gillette razor or ferro rods. Sexy in appearance and great quality, but if you're looking for value and utility, don't even take a chance on this product.
The only issue I have with this is a cosmetic one. The finish is not as sturdy as the product, it's just paint, and it will scratch and chip heavily unless you baby the thing. My advice if you care about its appearance is to get the gunmetal version, the olive one I bought has large portions of silver showing after only two weeks and it wouldn't be so obvious on the other color.
I didn't buy this as a fashion accessory, so it doesn't bother me, but if you're picking this up because it looks nice the quality of the paint is something you should keep in mind.