Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch
Price Paid: $25
This is the fire starter that you need. It is simple to use, lightweight, and provides a generous amount of large hot sparks.
The other benefit that I would say is key is that it is one handed, letting you hold tinder against it while you strike it.
I bought it as part of the UST survival kit, but also I bought another as a spare, even though I doubt I'll need it any time soon!
Have a look at the videos on youtube and see for yourself how great this thing is!
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The BlastMatch(TM) fire starter from Ultimate Survival Technologies generates three times the heat of a standard match. Designed for all-weather use, the BlastMatch performs well in marine, arctic, desert and jungle environments. Spring-loaded flint bar rotates 360deg to help prevent uneven wear. Tungsten carbide striker is built into the thumb button, allowing simple one-handed operation; user must press button to engage the striker. If the BlastMatch gets wet, simply wipe it off and it's ready for use. Compact size lets you easily pack the BlastMatch on every adventure.
Ultimate Survival Technologies' Blastmatch Firestarter produces a stream of sparks 3 times hotter than a regular match. When you really need to get a fire going, this simple flint device is a life saver and can be easily operated with one hand. The flint bar can be rotated to extend the life to up to 4,000 strikes.
- Mountain Gear
Everyone who goes outside should have a fire starter. Why not carry the one packed by those most at risk of facing extreme conditions? The BlastMatch was Designed for all-weather use, this fire-starting system performs superbly in the most extreme marine, arctic, desert, and jungle environments. This is one of the best flint & steel fire starters on the market. The Ultimate Survival BlastMatch was designed for Air Force fighter pilots at risk of being shot down in rugged terrain, or the mountain climber contending with challenging alpine weather. People like these need a firestarter that is operable with one hand in case of injury, won't surprise you by running out of fuel, and never fails to light in the wind, rain, or snow. It is a perfect addition to your emergency preparedness gear and equipment arsenal. The patented BlastMatch generates a stream of sparks three times the heat of a standard match and easily will light any material (wood, paper, bark, cloth, or man-made fire starting tinders) that a match will ignite. You can accurately aim the sparks to ignite a roaring fire in any weather conditions. If the Blast Match becomes wet, simply wipe it off and it is ready for use. In combination with Ultimate Survival WetFire TinderT, and all weather starting tinder, you can start a fire even in the driving rain. At the heart of the Blast Match is a custom bar of high performance flint material. Spring loaded for compactness, the flint bar also rotates 360 degrees to help prevent uneven wear and tear. A tungsten carbide striker build into the striker button is set at the perfect angle for maximum sparking - taking the guess work out of starting a fire. Incorporated into the BlastMatch is a safety feature to prevent inadvertent ignition when accidentally plunged. The unique design of the Blast Match requires the operator to press the thumb button in order to engage the striker mechanism. U.S. patent # 5,919,037. Blastmatch Specifications: Material, Flint Unit: 0.5-inch (1.3 cm) diameter spring-loaded flint bar in ABS case Length (closed): 4 inches (10.2 cm) Weight: 2.7 oz (76.6g)
- Mountain Hideaway
An innovative design for an all-weather fire starter in a functional, lightweight, compact package. Weighs only 2.7 oz. One handed operation makes it easier to put the spark where you need it every time. Use with natural fire tinder or use the Wet Fire Tinder.
- Vargo Outdoors