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.
|Item Dimensions||0.75 x 1.1 x 3.74 inches|
|Item Weight||0.44 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.11 pounds|
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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A side note to people using petroleum cotton balls for tinder. They are certainly the best, but you don't want to coat the whole thing. Leave the center or one side dry. You want to have dry cotton for the sparks to catch in. Also, a small piece of foil underneath will make this good tinder great as it will make it burn even longer. Be safe.
Good for lighting up fires anywhere. Doesn't really run out (maybe with ridiculous amount of usage), doesn't matter if it's wet, dirty, hot or cold. Works all the time.
Just like in the picture it comes with this little scraper which is very useful. The scraper is ergonomically shaped for a better grip and feels good in the hand even if it's small. It is also sharpened on the ergonomically correct side so produce a pretty nice amount of sparks that quickly light up fire starting materials. One the other hand if you hold it reverse you will struggle to produce even a minuscule amount of sparks. It even has a rape whistle integrated in it! It doesn't get in the way and it's super loud so why not, right? I'm sure someone somewhere will end up needing it.
The lanyard is nice for keeping it all together so you don't lose the scraper. Although you can use a knife or other sharp tool to make sparks why do so when then there's a perfectly good designated scraper.
I recommend you guys start scrapping from the bottom 1 inch or so, so that once you wear off that part you just go up rather than having wasted the entire tool if you used it whole length.
Good product, recommended.
P.S. It still requires some minimal skill to use this. If you have never used one you may or may not be able to get the hangover it right away, although I'm sure you'll figure it out quite quickly. Just saying. Try it, might not be your style :)
The striker is compact and has a thumb rest handle too. The two items are light weight and water PROOF. It's easy to handle, store and use.
A bit pricey for what you get. A better deal may be had at firesteeldotcom. You can get pure magnesium bars too!
I cut the loop holding it together and strung a two foot length of 550 cord to hold the striker, fire steel and magnesium block together. It all will hang on my neck behind my shirt.
Break off a three inch section of rat tail file and scrape it along the firesteel for a MUCH more effective spark! More edges that scrape off bits of material. Another bit of "kit" but worth it. The fire steel will eventually wear out [be used up] so expect to replace it with heavy frequent use.
The firesteel has a protective coating [paint] that you scrape off before effective use.
Do carry a cigarette lighter if possible. Butane lighters won't work at all at high altitude. I like small magnifying lenses that use the sun to start fires. In some cases a drop of water will work!
Do bear in mind that you MUST have "tender" that will catch fire easily from from a shower of sparks onto a pile of magnesium shavings. Any dry light material that will burn is OK. Bits of pure cotton saturated with a petroleum product [Vasaline] This tender MUST burn long enough and hot enough to make bigger flammable materials burn. Think ignition train. Very small to small to a little larger and then a lot of small sticks that will catch logs on fire. Fire!
Having worked in AvSec for a while I don't think TSA will allow this on a civilian airplane. At least they shouldn't.
Five stars. A tool well worth carrying and storing for a "situation". If you spend time in a remote area or hike forest trails etc. this item should be with you.
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The striker is alright, but found my knife to be better.Read more