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Old 09-06-2019, 06:50 PM
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Wish I could attach pics of the real deal, but I'll describe it. The SAK toothpicks, well I never use them. But I found I could easily modify the scales so the toothpick space could accomodate a small ferro rod.

This is my EDC SAK...it's light and of a practical size...

https://www.swissarmy.com/us/en/Prod...aiter/p/0.3303

This is a 3/32" diameter by 2" long ferro rod, sold by Firesteel.com

https://firesteel.com/firesteel-micro/

After I removed the scale (easy to do) I simply deepened the slot until the ferro rod was flush with the bottom of the scale. At first I tried filing it in the usual way but soon found it was much faster and easier to use the file end as a scraper.

The length of the rod was just right...I finished by gently filing a small notch into one end of the rod to help in pulling it out.

It's just for emergency use but I'm certain it would start dozens of fires with care. Mine fit snug enough, but if you were deepen the scale slot a bit too deep it could be shimmed.

BTW I like firesteels.com a lot, the quality seems fine and the owner ships right away. The micro rod cost a whopping .58 cents.

The Swiss, they are very smart, so you'd think they would offer something like this from the factory.
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More expensive,but...

https://tortoisegear.com/product/fir...ack-pre-order/

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https://tortoisegear.com/product/fir...ack-pre-order/

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Very cool. But...if they are the size of the SAK toothpick they wouldn't be nearly as sturdy as the 3/32" rod, which is small enough as is. They do say the material is stronger than your typical ferro rod.... I'd have see if it sparks as well....not all ferro rods are equal in composition.

But I might buy a pack. 3 at less than $15, not too bad!
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With the "square" fire steels they're offering now, I wonder if you could put on in place of the "striker" carbon steel backing?





I'm still old school and simply attach a slightly larger ferro rod to a lanyard attached to my SAK. Your version would be much more svelte...

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