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CNC EDC Manufactured Firesteel - Exotac Style

CNC EDC Manufactured Firesteel - Exotac Style

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CNC EDC Manufactured Firesteel - Exotac Style

This is not a toy

These Ferrocerium flint rods are approx. 6.5mm by 38mm (Not including the threaded part in the handle). The total maximum length including the part in the handle is approximately 50mm.

Thousands of lights! When you scrape them with a piece of hard steel such as the attached striker or a knife, hacksaw blade, or even a key, these emit long lasting sparks of over 3000 degrees!

CNC EDC Manufactured Firesteel - Exotac Style Features:

Easy for keyring and pocket carry as a backup when driving, walking, hiking, orienteering, scouts, bushcraft, hunting, sailing, survival kit...etc

  • Lightweight aluminium body Water resistant
  • Replaceable ferrocerium rod
  • Ferrocerium rod Length of approximately 50mm (When in place approx. 37mm is exposed for use)

Each ferrocerium rod has a diameter of approximately 6.5mm max

We think this ferrocerium rod thread is cut in an imperial size NOT metric

Each ferrocerium rod is lightweight at approximately 10g

The striker contains a tungsten carbide insert for maximum sparks.

  • Outer length of the whole firesteel is approximately 97mm (Closed and not including keyring/lanyard)
  • Width of the whole firesteel is approximately 11mm max (Not including keyring/lanyard)
  • Lightweight at approximately 22g (Including ferocerium rod and lanyard)

More than 1,000 fire-starting strikes from each ferrocerium rod!

INCLUDED: (See also pictures)

  • Short lanyard for carrying (The colours and lengths WILL vary)
  • Tungsten Carbide Striker with ferrocerium rod, holder & handle
  • Extra set of o-rings Instructions
  • A worn out, or damaged, rod is easily replaced.

Fire Lighting

When the Flresteel is struck against the steel, or vice versa, a spark is thrown. Tinder can be used to catch the spark; it should be shredded up and unravelled and formed into a sort of nest, cotton wool works very well. Put more kindling on top as it catches alight and you can build a fire from there.

What is Ferrocerium?

Ferrocerium itself is a brittle man-made material first patented by Austrian scientist Carl Auer von Welsbach in 1903.

Many brands use a slightly different percentage of each metal as well other added compounds to alter the rods function. For example, some rods are harder than others. Softer rods tend to throw larger sparks in the form of larger pieces of rod and therefore do not last as long.

A Ferrocerium Rod is made from:

Cerium                                 41.8%

Lanthanum                          24.2%

Iron                                     20.8%

Neodymium                          4.4%

Magnesium                           4.4%

How does it work?

When struck, ferrocerium particles rapidly oxidize and spontaneously ignite in the atmosphere, creating hot sparks.

Modern rods use mischmetal which is an alloy of Cerium, Lanthanum, Neodymium and praseodymium. Iron and small amount of magnesium are used to harden the rods.

How do you use it?

Ferro rods come with a black protective coating that must be scraped off before, or during, use. The inside has a bright silver like colour.

A dedicated striker, or the back edge of a knife blade, make good ferrocerium strikers due to being made from a high carbon steel and seems to make the best fire starter sparks.

For beginners we suggest setting up a safe fire area in which to practice striking and fire making. The sparks need to fall onto flammable tinder such as charcloth.


  • It lights quickly.
  • Long lasting (In long term storage clear nail vanish helps).
  • Waterproof
  • Windproof
  • Will still work if snapped.
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