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This product is proudly made in the United States of America.

About our nanoSTRIKER XL™


We set out to create a product that is high quality, ultra-small in size and completely self-contained. The nanoSTRIKER XL™ is the result. Sacrificing neither form nor function, its unique all-in-one design puts all the tools you need to start a fire into one tiny package. At the end of the day, this little tool can be collapsed and returned to key-chain ballast duty. 


The striker handle is 46% bigger, making it easier to grip.  The XL version also sports a 33% larger ferrocerium rod, which improves the durability and lifespan of the rod even beyond that of the original nanoSTRIKER’s.


The rod has a protective coating from the factory, remove with a few scrapes of the striking tool before striking. When striking use moderate pressure and high speed when scraping rod. 


  • Burns at nearly 5500°F (3000°C)
  • 1/4" waterproof ferrocerium & magnesium rod
  • Ferrocerium rod works when wet
  • Lightweight anodized aluminum body
  • Ultra-sharp tungsten carbide striking tool
  • More than 3000 fire-starting strikes per rod
  • Replaceable ferrocerium rod 
  • Made in the USA



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Product Reviews

  1. Nanostriker XL is GREAT 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Jun 2019

    This little guy is awesome. High quality construction that i've already put to the test and it remains in great shape. threading and o-ring are unaffected after a beating to the outershell. Works when wet if you need it in the rain. I got the gunmetal option and it looks great. Buy one of these, put it on your keychain or hiking pack! You won't regret it. Easily the best, compact ferrorod on market and it really is impressive.

  2. Excellent Fire Starter 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2019

    I have used many fire starting devices over the years and this is one of the best. It works great even in wet conditions and the best part is that it is the most compact striker system I have ever had.

  3. Really Impressed 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Mar 2018

    this is very well made and the fit and finish is top Notch. striker is easy to use even with my big hands. took it outside in the rain when it arrived with a tinder tab two strikes to clear coating on rod and we had fire. it fits perfectly in my small tin fire kit. what I really like is its small compact and rod and striker are protected. with that said I have since ordered a second nanostriker xl, an extra striker, a 3 extra ferro rod replacements. This piece of quality kit and I will be friends for a very long time.

  4. Hot Striker 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Jun 2016

    Nice compact steel and ferrous rod. Throws a mass of sparks and very capable of starting a fire with lint or cotton balls. Highly recommend for a small survival kit or just regular camp use

  5. Awsome 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd May 2016

    This little tool is awsome wish I would have order other rod I have use this time a few time to test and practice with this little tool it is awsome it's a must have it a bug out bag or a edc pocket tool

  6. Fire Starters 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Dec 2015

    The nanoSTRIKER XL and MATCHCAP XL are perfect companions for bug-out bags and other adventure gear. I find the quality of EXOTAC products are without equal. Rest assured you will get what you pay for and then some. They have definitely exceeded my expectations!

  7. Great! and made in the USA 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Aug 2015

    I was really impressed with the quality of this tool. After about one minute of practice, the sparks were flying. Ultra light - perfect for backpackers. The best part is that the ferrocerium rod is replaceable.

  8. best ferro rod ever 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jul 2015

    May be a little pricey, but you very what you pay for. Best ferro rod ever. Water proof, light weight, replaceable rod, super sharp striker... what more do you need. One strike lit some fatwood shavings instantly. Excellent.

  9. Made in USA 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jun 2015

    Works well I just wish it was a little bigger its pretty small if you have big hands.

  10. Compact but super striker 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Apr 2015

    This is a great little striker that proves good things come in small packages. It works great and I leave it on my keychain as an EDC option. Used it twice to start a fire and it's worth every penny...

  11. Exotac Has One Of The BEST Products On The Market ! 100% 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Mar 2015

    Exotac is Absolutely The Best in Their Class! I have owned many different brands of Fire Starting Rods and Out Of All The Brands and styles I have owned Exotac is # 1
    Everything they make is Top Notch, Very High Quality, and Made In The USA,
    I Would Recommend Exotac To Everyone. I have been using Exotac for years because they
    Work every time I need them, they are very reliable and the nanoSTRIKERS and the
    nanoSTRIKER XLs are waterproof, just keep the o-rings on them and the threaded area closed
    and you won't have to worry about any water getting on the rods. I also own several their FIRERODS and Keep them Piggy Backed on My ESEE Izula and My ESEE 4. I also wanted to Rate Their Customer Service, I have Spoken With Several People with Exotac and they are the Nicest, Most Helpful, Down to Earth People You Could Ever Talk To. If I could I would rate Exotac and their customer service a 10 out of 10. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK EXOTAC!

  12. Nice piece of kit! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Feb 2015

    Nice, portable and convenient, easy to use but requires many strokes to get a spark.
    Solid case and very well designed.

  13. Carried everyday 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Feb 2015

    Small enough for a keychain, big enough for an efficient spark. Been carrying it in my pocket everyday for a few weeks now and just tried it today. Easily lit a cottonball/petroleum jelly "tinder" in 10 degree weather. The Nano XL is built pretty solidly and has rubberized seals to prevent unwanted unthreading of the parts. A very well thought out design backed by a great company.

  14. insufficient size :( 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Nov 2014

    Well despite the 2 star review it's a nifty little tool, I'll give it that. It's nice and compact which is fantastic. however the most important piece being the striker is terrible. i have large hands and when using this striker, it's comparable to using a push pin to spark this fire steel. not only is the striker to short so is the handle. In my opinion Both the striker and the striker handle could be at least 2x as long. unfortunate considering I paid almost $33.00 for this thing

  15. Great product 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Oct 2014

    Great product. Light weight with rigged design. Customer services is extremely friendly and help full in selecting a product.

  16. Perfect fit 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Apr 2014

    The perfect blend of size and function.

  17. Great Product! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Mar 2014

    The StrikerXL is way more efficient and easier to use than the mgnesium strikers we were issued in survival school. Very high quality product, I am quite pleased with my purchase!

  18. Best there is. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Feb 2014

    I'm really happy with this. It's the perfect size for me.

  19. Met my expectations of American quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jan 2014

    When I received the StrikerXL, I looked over it with a fine tooth comb. I was very impressed with the quality of craftsmanship. After using the striker several times on different kindling, I was impressed. It's nice to know someone still cares to build a quality product that performs as advertised.

  20. Good Work Exotac 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Dec 2013

    It's not every day I purchase something this well made. I'm really impressed with the quality of the manufacturing, design, and how well it works. One thing I noticed after using this is that the ferrocerium rod does not pull out from the handle as other ferro rods did that I've purchased. This one is threaded in and holds well. With the option to purchase any replacement parts for this ferro rod I'm sure this will be with me for many years to come.

  21. Best firestarter 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Oct 2013

    This is by far my favorite firestarter, I carry it daily for emergencys and it perfect in size for any situation you may run into. Don't look anywhere else this is exactly what you need for a firestarter. Plus it's made in the good ole u,s of a

  22. excellent craftsmanship and quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Sep 2013

    The storage case is solid, well threaded, and the o-ring will keep the rod pristine for a long time. That's a major concern out here, since I'm out and about the ocean every day, and the salt water makes metals deteriorate quickly. This thing sits in my leatherman case, and is with me always.

  23. Pretty Nice but... 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th May 2013

    I have ordered tons of products from Exotac and I like them all. This nanoXL is also nice HOWEVER, I would much rather this be combined with the fireROD with a tinder storage case. It simply would make more sense since this is really not that much different than a regular nano. It just doesn't offer much more. If you need something larger than the regular nano - get the fireROd - you'll like it more. ALSO - the green color this came in is much darker than the green reg nano/fireROd/ and matchcase...etc

  24. An Improvement to an Already GREAT Firestarter 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Apr 2013

    I like the heft of the nanoSTRIKER XL. More room to hold the striker with older fingers.
    Would have given a 5 STAR rating except I have concerns there is not enough material left above the hole made for the small keyring and am not sure how long this will hold up to lots of carry before it wears through. The regular nanoSTRIKER I have has more material left above top of the hole.

  25. great tool 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Apr 2013

    I was a little disappointed at the time of ordering that I couldn't get an orange nanoSTRIKER XL, all that was in stock at the time was the olive drab or gun metal. That disappointment was quickly over come when the package arrived. The fit and finish of the product is great. The quality is top notch. The amount of spark that comes off is amazing. when combined with a char cloth or petroleum cotton ball, it's an amazing fire starter. Even just a regular cotton ball catches the sparks and ignites instantly.

    I'm extremely happy with the product, and will be buying more in the future for other packs.

  26. Fire When You Need It! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2013

    I like the extra heft of the XL. Older hands and fingers appreciate the little bit of extra room on the Striker and the heavier diameter rod gives me more assurance against breaking it. The only reason I gave 4 STARS is the area where split ring attaches. There is less metal left at top than with the regular nanoSTRIKER. Am afraid carrying the striker long term may cause it to wear thru. Suggest this be fixed on future runs. Will attach paracord thru hole on striker and wear around my neck to keep it safe from loss.

  27. compact and well made 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Apr 2013

    A quality product. This will be a back up firestarter. They will reside on my two packs-one for day treks, the other for extended treks.

  28. great outdoor tool. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Mar 2013

    i got my exotac xl about three weeks ago, tried starting some fires in our backyard firepit with it it works just great. I put some paracord on the loop hole so i can wear it around my kneck when camping love this thing! the only drawback was that it was just a tad small otherwise great!

  29. Perfect 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Mar 2013

    So I don't do reviews, but I DO buy a lot of outdoor equipment, and I have a thing for trying to buy good quality stuff. The problem is everything is made cheap these days and without the 'practical' thought in mind.

    I also like nice looking things. They have to be practical first above everything else, but something with a little style makes you feel good about owning it too.

    Exotac are really pushing the bar for extremely practical and high build quality in the realm of outdoors equipment. Light, waterproof, exceptionally easy on the eyes, and with a feel like when I pulled my Katadyn Pocket water filter out of the box. Solid. Made to last.

    If you're looking at buying anything in the way of fire-starting equipment and take a pride in the equipment you own and depend on, you really don't need to look anywhere else.

    Hopefully Exotac will continue the great work and expand their product base. With work like this, you have a lifetime customer with me.

  30. Great Product 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Mar 2013

    Wonderful design, compact, and a great addition to anyone's EDC or Outdoor gear. Keep it up Exotac, love you guys.

  31. Just the right thing in the woods... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jan 2013

    Great design,and works well. Rather small striker for someone with large paws, but mine are small, so I like it.

  32. This is really cool 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Jan 2013

    From the packaging to the performance this is a top notch fire starter. This nanoSTRIKER XL is light weight but performs with ease. I like the weight of the item and the feel. Striking the bar is simple at fits in my hands easily. Buy one and you wont regret it.

  33. Great gift 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Dec 2012

    My son-in-law was very happy to receive it.

  34. Great protected ferro rod, portable, reliable. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Dec 2012

    I was attracted to this item because the rod itself and striker screw into a compartment which becomes the handle, protecting both from being broken. I have broken a LMF Firesteel on a key ring before rendering it useless. The blaze orange aluminum makes this ferro kit more visible than just a brightly colored plastic handle which some ferro rods have. Plus you can't go wrong with being able to order a replacement parts for under 8 bucks making this tool essentially brand new again. Overall top-shelf quality, bulletproof and exceptionally well thought-out. Love it.

  35. Awesome tool! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Dec 2012

    I ordered the nano XL and it works great and the fit and finish it top notch.

  36. Greatest fire steel ever 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Dec 2012

    I have been carrying a Nano Striker XL on my key chain for the past 11 months. I've started several fires with it. It's by far my favorite fire steel and striker. The best I own and I've tried most of them out there. Since then I've bought 2 more. They are the perfect size. They don't take up too much room in your pocket but are large enough to easily use

  37. Dependable fire maker 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Nov 2012

    This unit works I tell you! I showed my younger brother and he bought one too!! Dependable, waterproof, and sparks everytime.

  38. Great Fire Rod!!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Nov 2012

    The best fire steel I have used to date. It throws bigger, better, and more spark than ones I have used twice it's size. The fact that it comes in such a small foot print is great, you can put this thing anywhere and still have it handy. The bigger thumd hold on the XL striker is great, I have good sized hands and this works out for me. Due to the size it is also great at aiming the sparks as well and the refills for the rod it a asset. i can carry the nanoSTRIKER XL and a rod refill and I am still under the weight of my former fire steel. Great job EXOTAC.

    O'yeah MADE IN THE USA......


  39. Hi praise for the XL 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Oct 2012

    This is actually my second one. My original one was taken by a friend who liked it so much he asked to borrow it permanently. Using this for about a year now the XL is really nice because of the larger rod and striker. Still small enough to fit in a pocket with keychain. Ultimately reliable. Highly recommend

  40. Best survival piece 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Oct 2012

    this thing is built like a tank. keep it in my pack at all times.
    wouldn't go out without it. strikes every time.
    exotac as a whole is amazing.

  41. Top notch for application - but 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Oct 2012

    I tested the striker lighting a gas bar b que. Got the thing lit on the first try.

  42. great ferro 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Oct 2012

    Had this for two weeks and already started four fire s with ease. Puts out lots of sparks and burns long enough to get a good flame going

  43. Every serious Bushcrafter,Hiker,Camper,Prepper,Survivalists,Fisherman and Hunter must have one. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Oct 2012

    Let see..One for my EDC (Everyday Carry) One for my BOB (BugOutBag), one for my INCH (I'm Never Coming Home) EEK Emergency Evacuation Kit,One for the OSK Operation Survival Kit, Another for 72 Hr Bag.Oh yeah my WCS (Worse Case Scenario) G&G Grab&Go bag, GHB Get home bag, and lastly a few for the GOD (Get outta Danger Car Kit) Every kit,bag,pouch needs one.

  44. Bring it everywhere you go... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Sep 2012

    Small, lightweight, attach it to keys, and most important you can buy a couple of replacement striker rods and pretty much never run out.

  45. Excellent product 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Aug 2012

    Look forward to using it in the field

  46. Great tool 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Aug 2012

    I love this tool as it is well designed and the craftmanship is top notch. Perfect for your bug out bag or just in your pocket. Never leave home without it.

  47. nanoSTRIKER XL works well... 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Jul 2012

    The nanoSTRIKER XL works as well as the nanoSTRIKER but its not that XL, not much bigger then the original. I do like that it fits on a regular sized keychain where the original doesn't. I think they both work very well but I will stick with the nanoSTRIKER rather then the nanoSTRIKER XL. Unless you make it about 1/4" longer :-)


  48. Beautiful Design and Quality Work. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Jul 2012

    I like all about this item but the striker is a tad small, it does work though. And the sparks are not as plentiful as my other rods. But, it is a smaller rod also. Overall, quality is first rate and it will start a fire.

  49. fit and finish are over the top 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jul 2012

    This striker throws some sparks it will get included on all my outdoor trips

  50. Excellent every day carry item! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th May 2012

    Simply put... ...this is a must have for any outdoor enthusiast or prepper.

  51. Super Easy To Use and Very Effective 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th May 2012

    This is hands down one of the easiest fire-steel to use. I was packing for a trip and wanted to test it out new, and had a fire going with the packaging it came in, in less that 3 minutes. This is going into my camping pack for every trip from now on!

  52. EXCELENTE PRODUCTO 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Jan 2012

    Una gran opción como iniciador de fuego, mucha atención y calidad en sus acabados!!
    me llego en color verde, se ve de lujo.

  53. Ultimate Firesteel! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Dec 2011

    This will replace any fire steel you might have already. Easy to use, produces showers of hot flaming bits of metal, ignites tinder super quickly. Weighs very little, takes up almost NO space. Beautifully made, watertight, rugged. Just the ultimate fire starter - the last one you may ever buy. Although you might want two, they are so nice! If you love fine gear, this is a must have.

  54. Unsurpassed fit & finish 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Dec 2011

    Hardcore product, with excellent attention to detail. The increased diameter is an excellent upgrade over the original nanoSTRIKER.

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