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 it. 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
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.