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Exotac polySTRIKER XL Ferrocerium Fire Starter
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- Snap-in striking tool
- Ultra sharp tungsten carbide striking tool
- Ferrocerium rod works when wet
- Up to 10,000 fire-starting strikes
- Made in the USA
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Made from recyclable ABS plastic, the polySTRIKER XL fills the minimalist niche without sacrificing design or usability. The polySTRIKER XL line features the same innovative tungsten carbide striker design as the nanoSTRIKER. The tungsten carbide insert is built into an easy-to-use striking tool that snaps into the handle.
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Now, In comes the Exotac Polystriker XL. All I can say is wow, what a great design, the striker stores in the handle (obvious) and the ferrocerium rod is 5/16" W 2" L, the total length is 5 3/8'' and the weight is 1.4 oz (40g). The material is not cheap on this thing, from my experience with plastics if it has the word poly you know it's some tough stuff and it's made in the USA so that's a plus right there.
This fire steel puts out huge sparks so don't try this in the house. Now the striker, what can I say except that it's the best one I have ever used. The Tungsten carbide steel on this striker can be sharpened and if you use the striker on your other fire steels they will work better.
Buy one you won't be disappointed. Thanks for reading my review of the Exotac polyStriker XL.
That said, I don't think i can add to the accolades other reviewers have given this tool. Like many, I have tried just about every fire starter combo there is. Some have been sufficient some have been almost embarrassing. I need to have a yard sale.
I was convinced this was the best yet when yesterday I was able to start a fire in the rain in my fire pit ( at home ). My tender was a combination of lint, Vaseline soaked cotton ball and some magnesium sprinkled on for good measure. I also had some fat lighter laying around. The Exotac produced a couple of humongous sparks that ignited the tinder in no time. Gave the fire some air, added a little fat lighter and slowly built the fire up using semi wet twigs,etc. By this time I figured I was wet enough and let the fire die. I have no doubt I could have continued to build the fire up but being in my backyard saw no reason to do so. Plus, my wife was yelling at me.
Didn't mean to ramble on but I really like this one. In fact, just ordered another one for my wife to pack in. Thanks
I love this thing, great design, storing the striker in the handle was brilliant! This makes storing the XL a snap. Also the striker is in the shape of an "I" beam so you have multiple striking surfaces which is awesome! The handle on the XL is very comfortable to use and very rugged. The rod seems to be attached to the handle quite well, I haven't seen any movement at all (unlike cheaper rods). This thing throws showers of sparks, although it took me a few minutes to get the right angle. I think anyone could light a fire quite easily with this rod. All in all a very well designed, rugged and effective ferro rod.
I could wish that the handle was a little shorter and the rod a little longer. Also the overall length of the XL is too long to fit in most sheath pouches. And because the rod is only 2 inches long it may not fit securely in kydex ferro rod holders. However, it fits great on my Spec-Ops basic modular sheath, I wove the rod into the molle webbing and it's secured in place.
The ferro rod material is first rate. The striker profile is the best one ever included with a rod kit. The handles are huge compared to most.
The lanyard is way too short, but that's true for everyone else. The rod isn't replaceable like the Nanotac, but it's a plastic handle. They don't make a bigger size.
I have carbide sharpeners, knives with perfectly square spines, etc. So I have many strikers that grind rods into a shower of sparks. This is the first included striker that comes close to those.
For me, this is the perfect balance of materials in the rod of this diameter. More magnesium than the Light My Fire, but not as much as the crap rods of the same size. Huge rods with powerful strikers are fine with more magnesium, provided the rest of the mix is well done. Like Fire Steel brand rods.
For the size and use, this is an ergonomic and material dream striker.
Even though it's soft metal, it will still last a good while, longer even than you would need in an extended emergency situation, and if that goes on long enough, it'll give you more than a few weeks to build a good bowdrill set.