Geek Gifts 2011: Tool Logic Firesteel Knife

Former Boy Scout Edmond Woychowsky has another suggestion for your apocalypse survival kit: ThinkGeek's Tool Logic Firesteel Knife.

Knives were probably mankind's second invention after the club (I'm just guessing because the event took place before my time, although my kids might have something else to say about the timeline). The club is obvious -- it extended man's reach and allowed for bringing down larger game. The knife then came into existence immediately after some great hunter dragged his kill back to camp only to hear the words, "You killed it, you clean it!"

After cleaning, whatever it is needs to be cooked. That's why I like the Tool Logic Firesteel Knife, which is available for $29.99 USD from the fine simians at ThinkGeek. This knife not only features a locking 3-inch blade, it also has a magnesium alloy firestarter, a belt clip, and an emergency whistle, which is great for me because I have a tendency to get lost on my way to the bathroom.

The firestarter is a wand that fits snugly into the knife handle. When the firestarter is removed, the back of the knife can be drawn along it to produce a spark. It might take a couple tries before you get the hang of it and wear through the protective coating. The documentation states the spark temperature produced by the firestarter is around 5,500 degrees Fahrenheit, which should be enough to ignite a number of materials. I recommend that you exercise caution and only use it when you actually want to start a fire. (Tip: I do not recommend using Mountain laurel for starting a fire. Fortunately, eyebrows do grow back.)

Tool Logic Firesteel Knife (Photo: Edmond Woychowsky)

Tool Logic Firesteel Knife (Photo: Edmond Woychowsky)

Geek gift bottom line

While a 3-inch blade might not seem like much of a weapon, the knife's other features make it a useful tool. There's really nothing like it after a hard day of tracking and hunting a bag of marshmallows.

Geek gift score (out of 5)

  • Fun factor: *****
  • Geek factor: *****
  • Value: *****
  • Overall: *****

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