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Exotac nanoSTRIKER™ And MATCHCAP™ Review

Discussion in 'Product Review' started by DHonovich, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. DHonovich

    DHonovich Founder Staff Member Administrator Sponsor "Philanthropist"

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    Exotac nanoSTRIKER™ Review

    http://www.exotac.com/index.php?main_pa ... d4764cf7c2

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    Our collapsible ferrocerium fire-starter takes all excuses and throws them into the fire! This may possibly be the smallest ferrocerium fire starter on the market today. Attach it to your key chain, throw it into your pocket or tie it to your pack but never again leave home without one.

    There are many ferrocerium fire-starting tools on the market. Some of these are high quality, some are small and some are self-contained. We set out to create a tool that incorporated all of these features and then some. While doing so we discovered that this product not only does the aforementioned, but it does it while being easier to use then tools more than twice the size! At the end of the day, this little tool can be collapsed and returned to key-chain ballast duty.

    Here is a diagram of the nanoSTRIKER™ :
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    Because the nanoSTRIKER™ is so small, we were challenged with developing a new type of ferrocerium rod striking tool. We developed numerous prototypes and spared little expense to develop the most effective striker. This revolutionary striker is constructed of two different grades of stainless steel to offer the best quality finish and excellent durability. The 303 stainless steel component is hand polished then bead blasted for a great looking satin finish. The 440C component is high-precision machined and finished in a heat-treat oven bringing it's hardness to more than 50 Rockwell C (that means really hard for us normal people).

    Here is a diagram of the striker (note: 440C component is black on actual product, not yellow):
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    Great product review from Gear Talk:
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19WZuBePFpc[/youtube]

    Instructional Animation:
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC4q3hkDegU[/youtube]

    Features:

    •Patent Pending Collapsible self-contained fire starter
    •Ultra-portable for keyring and pocket carry
    •Ferrocerium rod works when wet
    •Lightweight 6061 aircraft aluminum body
    •Stainless steel 440C striker hardened to >50HRC
    •Replaceable ferrocerium rod
    •More than 1000 fire-starting strikes!

    Included in box:

    •Split ring for keyring carry
    •nanoSTRIKERtm with ferrocerium rod
    •Extra set of o-rings
    •Instruction Manual

    Specifications:

    •Length: 85mm
    •Diameter: 9.7mm
    •Weight: 14.5g (Titanium version weight: 22g)

    Attached Files:

  2. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Sponsor Moderator

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    Re: Exotac nanoSTRIKER™ Review

    Dude, I love functional gadgets and this is right up my alley!
  3. DHonovich

    DHonovich Founder Staff Member Administrator Sponsor "Philanthropist"

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    I can't wait to get mine in to test out!
  4. DHonovich

    DHonovich Founder Staff Member Administrator Sponsor "Philanthropist"

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    Exotac nanoSTRIKER™ Review

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    First Impressions: From the packaging, very apple-esq, to the actual product you get a feeling that this is a well thought out and quality made product! The fit and finish is second to none and I did not have a single complaint about this product. The ergonomics are great for such a small firestarter and it will fit into virtually any pocket, bag, pouch, container, etc. There is no reason to not have one of these in your hiking/camping/SHTF/bug out bag; they are cheap, extremely well made and fit virtually anywhere.

    Use: Rain, shine, cold, hot this little firestarter will get the spark you need to get a fire going!

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  5. DHonovich

    DHonovich Founder Staff Member Administrator Sponsor "Philanthropist"

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    Exotac MATCHCAP™ Review

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    The MATCHCAP™ can carry all sizes of matches from the standard kitchen strike-on-the-box to NATO lifeboat matches and even the extended length matches sold by REI. With the dual-striker design you can use safety matches, strike-anywhere matches, or a combination of two. An O-ring keeps both the matches and the red phosphorus (strike-on-the-box) striker dry. All of these features keep you focused on the task at hand and not how you're going to start the next fire.


    Features:

    * Patent pending waterproof, safe and redundant match striker design
    * Works with both safety and strike anywhere matches
    * Holds matches up to 72mm in length
    * Square threaded cap for maximum durability
    * Unique lanyard attachment allows for two 550 paracord loops
    * Waterproof to depths >5 meters
    * Lightweight aircraft grade 6061 aluminum construction Anodized and laser engraved for durability
    * Unique knurl for grip and use with strike anywhere matches

    Package Includes:

    * Match case
    * Extra O-rings
    * Extra match strikers
    * Instruction Manual

    Specifications:
    Length: 80mm
    External Diameter: 23mm
    Internal Diameter: 15mm throat tapers to 20mm at base
    Weight: 26g
    Capacity:
    REI Stormproof Matches: 12
    NATO / Lifeboat Matches: 16
    Kitchen Matches: 20

    Caution:
    Do not overfill the MATCHCAP™. Leave approximately ¼ of the volume empty. When using the phosphorus striker on the top of the MATCHCAP™ it is advisable to strike from the top (opening) towards the O-ring. This will prevent any stray sparks from entering the inside of the MATCHCAP™.

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    First Impressions: From the packaging, very apple-esq, to the actual product you get a feeling that this is a well thought out and quality made product! The fit and finish is second to none and I did not have a single complaint about this product. This match holder is very small but holds a good number of matches and it will fit into virtually any pocket, bag, pouch, container, etc. There is no reason to not have one of these in your hiking/camping/SHTF/bug out bag; they are cheap, extremely well made and fit virtually anywhere.

    Use: This container is a perfect way to keep your matches protected from the elements!

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  6. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Sponsor Moderator

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    Awesome man! The match cap is sweet, the striker is sweet and I need to get one!
  7. DHonovich

    DHonovich Founder Staff Member Administrator Sponsor "Philanthropist"

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    You won't regret it!
  8. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 Guest

    Awesome pics and reviews Doc... Thanks for posting !!
  9. DHonovich

    DHonovich Founder Staff Member Administrator Sponsor "Philanthropist"

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