Sootch00 Survival Gear: Exotac nanoSTRIKER XL Fire Starter Review

January 11, 2019

Exotac nanoSTRIKER XL Fire Starter is an excellent tool for your fire kit. It makes adding fire starting to your EDC easy.

Sacrificing neither form nor function, the unique, all-in-one design of this fire starter 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.

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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.


  • 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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Fire Starter User Tip:

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.