Exotac nanoStriker

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nanoStriker is a miniature fire striker produced by the American company Exotac. It is characterized by a small size, aesthetic design and exchangeable rod. Unfortunately, due to several factors, it is not such a good option as it would seem.

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Design

nanoStriker consists of 4 parts: the rod, a “smaller handle” (which holds the rod), main handle and striker. It was made of aircraft grade aluminum, making it a durable and lightweight. All of the threads, have been equipped with silicone O rings to provide as high water resistance as possible.

Handle

The metal handle was equipped with a set of perforations which improve the quality of grip (of course as far as the small size allows). The ending of handle has a small hole suitable for attaching a keyring (or some extremely thin cord) to protect nanoStriker from being lost. It is important to point out that a hole in the strikers ending suits this role better, the one on handle is simply too small.

Rod

The rod itself has a length of 5 cm (3.8 cm is available when attached) and diameter of 5 mm. Like all ferrocerium rods from Exotac it is quite soft – it gives a lot of sparks, but it also uses up at higher rate. According to the manufacturer it should withstand thousand strikes, but such a score would require use of a very efficient technique, making this number of uses hardly real. Another feature of the nanoStriker’s construction is the possibility to exchange the rod, unfortunately, it’s impossible to buy a replacement kit in Poland.

Striker

Similarly to polyStriker XL the tungsten carbide striker has a shape of ‘H’. According to the manufacturer it is to be extremely durable, although 3 of the 4 edges in my piece have become jagged. It is still possible to use them, but they aren’t as efficient as they used to be.

Summary

WARNING! This article is available in the same form as it was originally published on our old website, wanderer.net.pl. We havent, yet, updated it to our current standards shown by other content on GI. As a result, the quality of text and photos might be different than the level of our other reviews, and at the end there is currently no mark.

nanoStriker is aesthetically designed, it uses interesting technical solutions (the whole construction), and thanks to its small size it can be carried everywhere – even attached to the keys. However, it has a quite important flaw – the price. In conjunction with easily damaged striker, the nanoStiker is rather a gadget than a full-fledged tool. If someone is nevertheless looking for a compact fire striker, nanoStiker XL appears as a much better choice because of the bigger rod and thicker striker.

~ Jawor

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Jawor

Hikes since he learnt to walk. Happy to spend hours discussing jackets, backpacks and other gear. Caver, diver and a leader of the Gear Insider project.

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