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Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Army 12,000 Strike Fire Starter with Emergency Whistle
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- Compact fire starter designed to light fires in any conditions; includes built-in emergency whistle
- Provides 2,980-degree C spark in any weather, at any altitude
- Durable, lasts for approximately 12,000 strikes
- Army 2.0 model features improved stainless steel striker and ergonomic handle
- Bright spark - can be used as emergency signal
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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.
- Developed by survival expert Lars Falt for the Swedish Department of Defense
- Rod material: Hardened magnesium alloy
- Striker material: Precision ground stainless steel
- Dimensions: 95 x 26 x 15mm; Weight: 50g
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Fire Starter
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 Army fire starter has evolved with design improvements including a precision stainless steel striker, ergonomic handle, and a built-in emergency whistle.
- Produces 2,980° C (5,400° F) spark
- Lasts for approximately 12,000 strikes
- Works when wet, at any altitude
- Striker handle includes emergency whistle
How it Works
The Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Army 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.
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 and Applications
The primary advantage of a Swedish FireSteel fire starter over other fire starting tools is reliability in any situation. The Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Army 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 durable construction of the 2.0 Army model is designed to last approximately 12,000 strikes, providing an outstanding value.
The Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Army fire starter can be used in a variety of applications – from essential survival gear to lighting a backyard barbeque grill. Because the 2.0 Army weighs only 50 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 Army fire starter at any altitude, and outdoor enthusiasts recognize the value of an all-weather, easy to use tool. For an even more compact solution, Light My Fire also offers the lighter Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Scout model fire starter, which is designed to last 3,000 strikes.
Originally developed for the Swedish Department of Defense, Swedish FireSteel is a flash of genius. Its 3,000-degree Celsius spark makes fire building easy in any weather, at any altitude. Used by a number of armies around the world, Swedish FireSteel's dependability has already made it a favorite of survival experts, hunters, fishermen, and campers. It has also found its way into cabins and backyards as a fool-proof way to light stoves and gas-barbecues. The Army 2.0 FireSteel has an ergonomic design for increased ease of use, and the striker has an integrated whistle, suited for search and rescue. Lasting for an impressive 12,000 strikes, this tiny device fits in your pocket and delivers the flame you need, anytime, anywhere.
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Works well. Tested it on a paper towel in my kitchen sink and it immediately set on fire. Takes a little practice getting the ideal striking angle and pressure, but no more than a few seconds. I even managed to use it to light a cigarette.
The whistle is all you can expect from one so small. It's fairly audible, but I'm not sure I'd want my life to depend on it. Instead, I attached a replica WWI trench whistle that I own to the rig. Problem solved.
My only real complaint is about the plastic clasp that holds the ends of the cord together. I opened it once (to add my whistle), and was not able to secure it again. Not a deal breaker, but definitely something you want to be aware of. The clasp is useless. I could easily see this being worn on my wrist, snagging on something, and coming undone. In an emergency survival situation, I would not want to lose this tool. I pitched the clasp and tied a firm not in the cord.
Overall, I am very happy with this purchase. I would recommend it to others.
-not terribly expensive
-color options are a bonus
-throws good sparks
-comes with a good striker
-whistle is a bonus
-striker ergonomics only comfortably allows for 1 grip orientation which is bad once one side of the striker begins to dull and you need to start using the other.
-Ferro rod is rather soft and wears out pretty quickly when compared to other fire steels I've owned in the past such as firesteel(dot com) firesteels.
-whistle is rather finicky and not immediately able to be put into action. You have to fiddle to orient it perfect before it will make noise... Certainly not the best design I've ever seen. This feature is more of just a gimmick as far as I'm concerned. It will work just as long as your not in a terrible rush.
This is one of the best fire starters on the market, hands down. It's thick, well made, and even has an integrated whistle on the rod handle. Perfect for emergency signaling.
A word of advice... if you plan to get this for your emergency bag, please practice with it before packing it away. You don't want to learn how to use this when your life depends on it. Get to know your tools before you need them and you greatly increase your chances of survival!
It does take a little practice, but not much. I was able to get a photo of the sparks...it works great !
There are 2 super easy tricks that will make using this so much easier....melt some Vaseline and dip cotton balls into it, or dryer lint. Dryer lint is extremely flammable. You can also use dryer lint with melted wax, some people will use a cardboard egg carton, put the lint in the bottom and pour the melted wax over it, when it is dry you can cut out the individual pieces, instant fuel ! They work great, in my opinion the Vaseline and cotton balls burn longer.