Exotac polySTRIKER Ferrocerium Fire Starter Black ET1600BLK

MANUFACTURER: Exotac Survival Products
MPN: 1600BLK
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Exotac polySTRIKER Fire Starter, Black. The Exotac polySTRIKER is an all-weather, ultralight firesteel, made in the USA. The polyStriker is rated for up to 1500 strikes, works when wet and includes a striker. The striker is integrated into the handle during transport and is attached to the ferro rod with a lanyard.

The polyStriker weighs less than 1 ounce and offers a dependable way to light stoves or start fires. To use, remove the striker from the handle, place the striker on the rod and quickly scrape the striker down the ferro rod with moderate pressure. The resulting 5500 F degree shower of sparks will easliy light your tinder or stove. A must for all outdoorsmen. Made in the USA.


  • Burns at nearly 5500 degF (3000 degC)
  • Ferrocerium rod works when wet
  • Durable, ultra lightweight polymer design
  • Ultra-sharp tungsten carbide striking tool
  • Snap-in striking tool

Exotac Survival Products - 1600BLK Specifications:

  • Ultralight-0.5 oz.
  • Works after submersion, in all weather and at all altitudes
  • Up to 1500 strikes
  • 3/16 X 1 1/2 inch ferro rod
  • Produces 5500 F Degree sparks
  • An essential for all outdoorsmen
  • Integrated carbide striker
  • Lanyard included
  • Will start multiple fires
  • Made in the USA

Included in Package:

  • Lanyard
  • Instructions

About Exotac Outdoor Gear... Exotac, Inc. is what happens when Engineers and guys-who-love-the-outdoors are combined. They are a privately held, family owned small business based out of Buford, Georgia. The company was started by a Purdue Engineering graduate with a passion for all things man and earth made. They combined some aluminum with a little dirt and the rest is history!

Their vision is based upon designing extraordinary, high-quality and unique outdoor products. They spare no expense and make absolutely no compromises when it comes to product design and manufacturing quality. Their products are not mass-manufactured by the lowest bidder. They manufacture each product in smaller quantity runs which allows them to make improvments along the way.

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Charlie Barnhart on 04/09/2014 08:47am
Compared to a firesteel I like the Polystriker because a firesteel sheds sparks and the Polystriker is a "ferro" rod (ferrocerium) and it sheds tiny globs of burning metal. The difference is significant. Starting a fire with a firesteel isn't that hard, but doing so with a Polystriker ferro rod is easy, even when the tinder is less than ideal.

The only downside is that ferro rods need replacing more often than firesteel. A firesteel will give you about 12k strikes compared to about 1.5k from a ferro of similar size. Even though I use fewer strikes of the ferro than I would a firesteel, the firesteel still wins on longevity.

Overall, I'll still take a ferro rod over a firesteel any day -- 1,500 strikes is a lot of fires, and they are still pretty cheap to replace when needed.
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