We created the perfect fire tool for carry in a knife sheath ferro-loop. The ferrocerium rod is replaceable so you won't need to discard this tool when the rod is worn out. The tool is simple in design and offers plenty of storage for tinder or water purification tablets.
Pair the fireROD™ with one of the Habilis knives and a tinderTIN™ for an unbeatable fire kit. We recommend petroleum jelly coated cotton balls for the ultimate fireROD™ tinder. Use the cotton ball on top of some tinderTIN™ fatwood shavings for the easiest fire you've ever started.
We met the Habilis crew at the 2011 Blade Show and immediately hit it off. We loved their idea and they loved our gear so much so that we've teamed up to bring you the fireROD™: an Exotac version of their Habilis Evolution Fire Tool
- Designed to carry with knife
- Tinder capsule for tinder, iodine tablets or other misc
- Ferrocerium rod works when wet
- Lightweight 6061 aircraft aluminum body
- Replaceable ferrocerium rod
- More than 5000 fire-starting strikes!
- fireRODtm with ferrocerium rod
- Extra set of o-rings
- Instruction Manual
Posted by Member on 2nd Jan 2016
Lots of hype on this product. I have purchased many different types of fire starters, many not so good, some outstanding. This is a good, solid, easily used and attractive version, and in a price range that, although a little higher than I would like, is a perfect example of "you get what you pay for". If you rely on a brand name to guide your buying, Exotac is the standard. One small detraction - it was supposed to ship with an elastic cord to attach to a knife sheath, and shipped with only normal paracord - something that I have a mile of. Overall,an outstanding product.
Posted by Jonathan Zook on 6th Jul 2015
First off the most important. This rod throws exceptional sparks. The handle is comfortable with bare hands or while wearing gloves. The fact I can replace the rod is one of many reasons, I enjoy my other Exotac products. I keep two tinder quick tabs in the cap. Instant fire. The o ring keeps it water tight and reliable. I am a proud owner of a few Exotac ferro rods and will continue to own them. Couldn't ask for a better product.
Posted by John on 27th Nov 2014
Survival is all about the ability to innovate and improve on your gear, and Exotac did that with this firesteel. The rod itself works great, and all of the components are of the highest quality. I have come to appreciate the ability to store tinder in the handle. And it's made in the USA....done deal. I hope Exotac continues to innovate like this.
Posted by Steve Miller on 10th Nov 2014
I love this design! I keep a Vaseline cotton ball in the storage space in the fireROD and started a fire today on the second strike. It fits perfectly in the accessory side pocket of my Leatherman Wave so it's with me all the time. This is a must have!
Posted by Stanislav Dmitriev on 7th Sep 2014
I really like the fireROD design and I'm impressed with the quality of the unit. Now I'm going to buy nanoSTRIKER XL for my EDC.
Posted by Jon on 14th Aug 2014
The Quality of all Exotac products is amazing! I have a Nano striker Xl and the firerod and have yet to be disappointed.
Posted by T. Thomas on 4th Jun 2014
I've never had any fire starting kits as I grew up in the suburbs. when I did go camping someone always had a lighter but I've always had an interest in survival gear. So when I saw the Exotac fireROD I thought I'd give it a go. As soon as I got the package I went into my backyard and started practicing the art of fire making with dryer lint and torn up pieces of paper. I was excited with the results as it lit right away. I then purchased some jute twine (all natural 3 ply) with some fatwood because I literally just wanted excuses to use it (and with the jute twine... wow, there was an audible "woosh" when it lit up after just one try). I know that if I'm ever in a survival bind this will be one of the most important tools I could possibly have... but in the meantime, I'm not gonna lie, I'm truly having fun lighting whatever I'm legally allowed to on fire with this wonderful product. My only complaint was that the color I had originally wanted wasn't in stock but, and this speaks volumes about this company, they sent me an email letting me know about my options (I could wait and reorder or I could choose a different color... I went with the latter). So not only do I love this product but I also like the customer service.
Posted by ProudTex on 28th Apr 2014
I read many reviews, and watched many youtube reviews of a lot of different firestarters. I decided to give Exotac a try. It gives gobs of sparks that I have used to start many fires while camping and testing my new fireRod. It works very well with the fero-notch in my Survive! GSO 4.1, and the 5/16" is the perfect size to attach to the side of my kydex sheath with a leather loop. The capsule end is not too thick to fit against the sheath, but because of the thin aluminum it has enough space inside to be useful for carrying vaseline soaked cotton. I will be ordering more for other knives/sheaths.
Posted by CarolRides on 9th Jan 2014
Great to have emergency tinder stored just in case. The size of the striker rod is great. Weight is minimal and quality is 5 STAR. Am going to order a knife and sheath to hold the firerod and it will go in my bugout bag.
Posted by Unknown on 14th Oct 2013
Nothing short of perfect, the rod works like it should, with gobs of molten sparks. The only reason for a 4 star is the storage could be about half the size it is Bigger. Any larger and it would become cumbersome to use in hand and as of now stores one fire starter, if I could squeeze in two I would be much happier. But like I said that's the only draw back and for what it is worth you can always cut the fire starter in half to produce the two fires. I have never needed my whole fire starter to get a fire going any how.
Posted by Unknown on 4th May 2013
This is the second one I've bought. (this time the green) which is proabably my favorite color among the colors available. Love the small tinder storage compartment. The only thing I might do a bit different is have a screw on casing for the Rod part to slide in like the various nanostrikers. Would also like to see a slightly larger Matchcap than the XL (but smaller than the lifecap where this among other small survival items could be stored such as needles, fishhooks, tweezers...etc. Other than that - love it.
Posted by Unknown on 29th Apr 2013
I bought this after buying the nanostriker XL. The nano is amazing and the thing I like the most is the built in striker. I carry different knives when I'm in the woods and not all have a spine hard enough or sharp enough to get a spark.
I would love to give this 5 stars but I would need a built in striker like the nano. That is Exotac niche. The tinder spot at the end of the rod has been done and in my opinion not worth much. I always carry some kind of tinder in something bigger like a mini altoids tin. I would love to see a striker put in that spot, maybe even sold separately.
Other then this little design modifications these are the best strikers I've found. Love them they start almost all my fires even at home.
Posted by Unknown on 7th Mar 2013
I really like the fireROD, it is an awesome addition to my day hiking kit and rides in the fire steel loop on my knife sheath. I live in a temperate rain forest where the weather can change suddenly. With the tinder compartment packed full of petroleum jelly soaked cotton wool I have enough tinder to easily start two or three fires even under the worse wet conditions here. Great product, thanks for bringing it out!
Posted by Monty Wright on 26th Nov 2012
this is another well thought out multi-use item from a leader in camping, preparedness and Bush-craft technology.This tool is well thought out and designed from start to finish, with it's threaded misch metal striker rod and it's replaceable O-ring weather seal no detail has been overlooked.I plan to build a leather sheath for my field knife and put a fire steel loop on it and this tool will fit nicely and have 100% retention with a shock cord loop through the fire-rod and around the sheath loop.Keep up the good work Team Exo-Tac!
Posted by Unknown on 6th Nov 2012
Very inexpensive for the quality and the larger refills are great
Posted by Rich Hall on 20th Aug 2012
I recently purchased a FireRod to use on my bushcraft knife in order to carry emergency tinder. I really like the design of the FireRod and I am impressed with the quality of the unit. The ferro rod throws good sparks that should start any good tinder bundle. The cavity is large enough to hold a good bit of cotton ball but not a whole one. The only issues I have with it are the cap design/size which for big hands is a little small and the grip when screwing/unscrewing the cap could be improved. I found the later an issue when packing a petrolium jelly soaked cotton ball into the cavity and then trying to screw the cap on. Because it was so small and slick, it was hard to screw tight. I would consider diamond knurling the cap to match the body. The only other suggestion I have is to make a 3/8" diameter replacement ferro rod that could be screwed into the FireRod. Some loops on sheaths are set up for a 3/8" rod and this would be a nice option.