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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.
|Cpsia Warning||No Warning Applicable|
|Department||ADULTS, UNISEX-ADULT, MENS|
|EU Toys Safety Directive Non-Age-specific warning||No warning applicable|
|EU Toys Safety Directive age warning||No warning applicable|
|Item Dimensions||0.75 x 1.1 x 3.74 inches|
|Item Weight||0.11 pounds|
|Legal Disclaimer||This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.|
|Mfg Warranty Type (i.e. Parts, Labor)||Full Manufactures Warranty Applies.|
|Shipping Weight||0.22 pounds|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
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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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-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.
The striker seems to be directional. By that I mean, there's a proper way to orient it, other than the angle of the strike. Putting your thumb in the indentation and striking at the correct angle with decent force produces a great deal of sparks. If you turn the striker over such that your thumb is on the non-indented side, the sparks are dramatically lessened with the same angle and force. It doesn't look like one edge is optimized and one isn't, but the resulting difference in sparks suggests this. (Putting the striker in the other hand and trying each orientation produced the same results.)
I would not count on the whistle to save my life, but I suppose it could get good and loud if needed. I would actually have put the whistle in the rod handle, since it looks like you could put that on a key ring with your vehicle keys and carry a small knife to replace the striker. That's my only knock and not worth a star. Well, I would also suggest making the striker a bright color, too, in case it is dropped in the woods.
The spark was hot enough to easily ignite dryer lint. I'll be trying other forms of tinder. It's important to strike hard enough to get larger sparks that drop away from the rod. You can create sparks by simply running the striker down the rod, but I noticed on my first attempt or two that nothing was hitting the tinder. Increased the force a bit and presto!
Yes, cotton and dryer lint light up really easily but they don't quite burn as long. Cotton soaked in petroleum jelly of course burns hotter and for longer so that's ideal. Just remember that this striker will not ignite it unless you fluff it up a little to expose loose cotton.
I read that you can use a pencil sharpener to make some tinder so I tried it out. I bought a small aluminum sharpener with two holes, one bigger than the other, went out to my snow covered yard and grabbed some sticks off of some branches laying on the ground. I scraped off all the bark and the outer layer of wood since it was wet. After making small pile of shavings I roughed them up to break them up a little more. Now for the test! Well, if you just strike once, look, strike again, look, it will not work. I had to hold it down next to the tinder then scrape down repeatedly for a good second or two flooding the area with sparks and low and behold, it lit up! It actually burned quite well and for longer than I expected. Yes, that sharpener is in a pack I keep in my car now.
I recently purchased some firesteels from firesteel.com since I heard good things. There are pros and cons to both. The firesteel.com ones are softer and I found you have to strike them much faster otherwise you just throw shavings everywhere. I noticed some wear pretty soon on the bunker stick I bought. The Light My Fire is harder and throws out a lot more sparks even at slower speeds and not once did I get just shavings. The firesteel.com ones however did light a paper grocery bag on fire (accidentally) since when you strike quickly the big shavings catch on fire and burn and burn! I think the firesteel.com ones can light fires more easily but it seems to wear out quicker than the Light My Fire.
My choice is the Light My Fire since I really like that durability and it still works well enough for me.