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EXOTAC Fire Starter Products

We ran into newcomer Exotac at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market earlier this month in Salt Lake City. These guys know fire, or at least how to start them and we were lucky enough to get a chance to take a look at a couple of their upcoming products.

They will soon be offering tins of natural fire starter tinder and candles. The tinderTIN fire starter is pinewood that is heavy with sap (fatwood or lighter knot) so it will catch a light and keep going. Two different tinderTINs will be offered including fatwood shavings and splinters. To create the candleTIN, Exotac experimented with an untold number of wick and base material combinations before settling on their current combination which offers 2 different styles of wicks. Additionally, each candleTIN features 3 wicks in the same candle. The hot burn wick is used for drying out tinder and boiling water. The temperature can be controlled somewhat by how many wicks you light at once. The slow wick combined with the large size candle will burn for 30 hours! I haven’t seen tinned candles like these since the old survival candles that came in the multi-place crew kits.

They also developed a new ferocerrium rod called the fireROD specifically for use with the Habilis Bushtools Bush Tool. It fits right in a special slot on the sheath and features a waterproof tinder storage capsule in its shaft. The actual rod is replaceable and burns at nearly 5500 deg f.


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8 Responses to “EXOTAC Fire Starter Products”

  1. J.D says:

    Who makes that bad a$$ blade??

  2. I see what you mean but... says:

    Reading the article, i would say it is a redundantly named, Habilis Bushtools Bush Tool.

  3. Hey guys, I am from habilis bustools. Real glad to see our stuff on here. It does seem a bit redundant. But the company kind of got its name from our 1st knife. Glad to answer any questions. The people at exotac are awesome. We met at the atlanta blade show and just hit it off. Thanks. -andy

  4. J.D says:

    That’s the name of the tool that is next to the knife, not the name of the blade.

  5. J.D says:

    I stand corrected. Didn’t see that post above mine. Thanks for the info.

  6. Administrator says:

    Andy, thanks for stopping by. We ran into you guys as well as Exotac at Blade Show. Very impressed with both companies. We hope to cover some more of your tools soon.

  7. Joel Bragg says:

    Hey Andy, do the sheaths have the firesteels holders built on them now (in stock), is it possible to get one sent out before the Gathering, and what color handles do you have built ready to sell? Thanks!

  8. Reginald E Martin says:

    That is a PERFECT paring if I have ever seen 1,Habilis Bushtool&Exotac Firesteel!!! These 2 Products are the BEST! I own both,and I can tell You there is none better. To do any Serious Dirt-Time,YOU need these products!