Gear Review: Swedish FireKnife

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Aren’t we all looking for that go-to knife to carry with us when we’re hunting, fishing and recreating outdoors? I know I am, and thanks to Light My Fire and Mora of Sweden, I might have it. They sent me one of their new Swedish FireKnife to do what else – make fire! And that I did.

On my three-day camping/fishing trip to a small lake in the Seeley Swan Valley in western Montana, I vowed to only use this knife (come rain or shine) to make fire and keep myself and my family warm. And, thankfully, I did and it did.

Seeley Swan Valley
A secret lake has no name…

But before I go further into the fire side of this knife, let’s talk design. With its hard case, which securely holds the knife in place, I feel I could stow this thing anywhere – in my tackle box, on my belt, in my backpack, and it will be protected from dings and hits of any type. And whether it’s for hunting or fishing, or both, the rubber grip keeps the blade securely in my hand – dry or wet.

The hardened Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel comes razor sharp, and the clippoint blade (my favorite style) works for cleaning fish or caping deer and elk. This knife feels sturdy in the hand, enough so that I could chop some small branches for the fires, even though it weighs a mere 3.31 ounces (94 g).

Now the neat part. In the hilt of the Swedish FireKnife is a length of Swedish FireSteel, accessed easily with a twisting motion. Using the backside of the knife, and after giving a few preliminary strokes to remove the paint from the FireSteel, I was sparking in no time. Without much practice, my first fire came in about a dozen strokes.

My second fire, even after a night of rain, only took about 4-5 strokes. Each stroke is capable of producing a 5,400 F spark, so even at high altitudes when those spendy and fancy lighters seem to wimp out, this blade and FireSteel combo is there to work. Without a doubt, this knife was reliable all weekend long.

When you are outdoors, you cannot afford to leave fire up to luck. And with the Swedish FireKnife, there is no such thing as luck. Look for this knife at your major outdoor retailers (or request it if they don’t carry it). It retails for less than $30.

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