Swedish FireSteel

This fire starter, called the Swedish FireSteel, was originally developed for the Swedish Department of Defense. By moving an attached metal blade across the FireSteel magnesium alloy rod, you create friction and a nearly 5500°F (3000°C) spark to ignite whatever flammable materials you have available (dry grass, leaves or paper). It will still create a spark when wet, and can used in any weather or altitude. Lasts for approximately 12,000 strikes. What's the Treehugger aspect here? It has the potential to save a lot of matches, disposable lighters or lighter fluid.

Available from ThinkGeek for $15.99.

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