Basic Description: This is a lightweight fire starter that features a Ferrocerium rod that works when soaking wet. It is encased in a lightweight 6062 aluminum body that stores the tungsten carbide striker and the Ferrocerium rod. When in use it unscrews and then you re-screw the rod in the end, thus giving you a handle to hold onto. This thing does not throw sparks, it throws gobs or fire! It is the best strike rod I have ever come across.
Just the Facts:
-3.34 inches long
-last up to 1000 strikes
-Lightweight 6061 aircraft aluminum body
I normally carry a bic lighter that I use for all my fire lighting needs. I use it for lighting my stoves; I use it for starting a fire etc… But I always carry either some sort of striker and or waterproof matches as well. To me and the situations I have been in all other strikers I have carried are useless. The lighter has always worked and so have the matches. But this thing is almost quicker than the matches and lights my stove and Vaseline soaked cotton balls with ease. When I say this thing throws gobs of fire I mean it throws molten lava!! The difference between this Ferrocerium rod and other rods out there is it maintains the spark after it hits the ground. So the sparks don’t just fizzle away quickly. I actually burned my hand because an ember landed and I didn’t notice it. You can be standing up and strike the nanoSTRIKER and the sparks will still be burning once they hit the ground and stay burning for awhile.
This makes starting fires in wet weather a little easier, and with a dedicated fire starter like cotton balls, or fire paste it is a synch. At a half an ounce this will always be with me and the matches may be staying home. I am really impressed with this set-up and the quality is second to none. If you are looking for a durable and quality striker for fire starting, you won’t be disappointed in the nanoSTRIKER from exotac.
What they could do better:
Nothing they could do better, but the price is a little steep. In my opinion the nanoStriker is still totally worth it.
Exotac nanoSTRIKER Review