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Firefly Fire starter

Discussion in 'MultiTools and Other Pocket Tools' started by SOS24, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. SOS24
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    Tortoise Gear Firefly Fire starters are firesteels that fit in place of the toothpick on a Swiss Army Knife. I saw this Kickstarter a while back and thought I would try it out. It finally arrived today and are available on their website for pre-order. http://tortoisegear.com/product-category/all-products/firefly-fire-starters/

    They actually feel pretty sturdy for such a small item. They are not going to replace your main fire starter on a camping trip, but if you are wanting to carry an emergency means of starting a fire without taking up extra space, these are a good option. I got the 2+2 pack, so I can put one in my keychain Rambler and one in two of my full size SAKs. I will probably order another pack of the full size ones so I can put them in all my non-alox SAKs and have one to practice with.

    I had to test it out immediately, to make sure it works. The recommendation from the site is the back of the saw, but the SAKs I usually carry do not have a saw so I tried a couple different tools. After figuring out which tool I liked best to strike, I was able to light a piece of tinder quick within 2-3 tries. I wasn’t sure how well it would strike so I was pleasantly surprised.

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    Here is a demo video from the company
     
    #1 SOS24, Apr 16, 2018
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    The page you pointed out doesn't exist... (404 error - page not found)
     
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    Didn't this show up on edcf several months ago? Or is my dementia starting to manifest?

    Huh? What d'ya say?

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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    This is really cool!

    It's a shame UK shipping costs as much as the item does. I'd pay $14 for this, I'm not gonna pay $28.

    Maybe if they come up on amazon or ebay
     
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    On a related note, have you seen the SOL bags they have? Solar disinfection in a bag like a whilrpak. Very cool tech and scientifically sound, plus they cite their sources
     
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    EDCF was where I heard it was available as a kickstarter. I ordered on but was a little skeptical. When it arrived the other day and I was able to handle and test it, I thought I would post about it because I was actually pleasantly surprised by it.
     
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    I ordered two of the liter ones, but haven’t had an opportunity to test them yet. I plan on putting them in emergency bags that I already carried 1-liter collapsible bags in with some purification tablets, now I would have another additional option.
     
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    What a clever idea
     
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    I just ordered a 3 pack of the regular size. I hope it fits well in my 91mm SAKs
     
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    They should. I put one in several 91mm SAKs. It was tight in one of the older ones, but still fit.
     
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    Thanks for the advice, I should get them soon.
     
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    Thanks for the heads-up. I just ordered the 8-piece variety pack.


    Sent from my XT1635-01 using Tapatalk
     
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    Any experiential use to report on these? Anyone?
    Im thinking of adding to my Spartan and Walker model SAKS.
     
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    I bought a variety pack, but haven't tried them.

    Sent from my XT1635-01 using Tapatalk
     
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    I bought a pack of the smaller ones for 58mm Vics. they do strike easy, but they require a very light touch. The first rod I tried broke on about the tenth strike. They require very light pressure because they are very thin.
     
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    Thank you...did you strike the flat portion, or the narrower edge ?
     
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    I’ve practiced with it several times. It is what I would classify as “better than nothing, but definitely not what I’d want as primary”. They do not throw out a lot of sparks and not the most durable due to size in order to fit in the toothpick slot. You have to be careful not to strike too hard and support the striker with your finger. But with some good tinder and proper technique, it will light.

    What works best for me is the wire stripper slot on the bottle opener/combo tool and either holding the tinder against knife and behind the slot with the striking hand or putting the tip of the rod in middle of tinder on ground.

    The directions say to striker the narrow edge.
     
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