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Firefly puts fire-starting power in your Swiss Army knife

The thumb tab is designed to make the Firefly easy to pop out
The thumb tab is designed to make the Firefly easy to pop out
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The Firefly works with a variety of Swiss Army knife models, swapping in for the toothpick
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The Firefly works with a variety of Swiss Army knife models, swapping in for the toothpick
The Firefly seems much more useful than a toothpick
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The Firefly seems much more useful than a toothpick
With its glow-in-the-dark, injection-molded thumb tab, the Firefly is designed to be easy to pull out, day or night
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With its glow-in-the-dark, injection-molded thumb tab, the Firefly is designed to be easy to pull out, day or night
The Firefly comes in two sizes for different size knives
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The Firefly comes in two sizes for different size knives
The Swiss Army knife gets one more useful function
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The Swiss Army knife gets one more useful function
Tortoise Gear is raising money on Kickstarter now
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Tortoise Gear is raising money on Kickstarter now
The Firefly comes in two sizes for different size knives
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The Firefly comes in two sizes for different size knives
At US$14 for a three-pack (Kickstarter pledge pricing), the Firefly should prove both useful and affordable
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At US$14 for a three-pack (Kickstarter pledge pricing), the Firefly should prove both useful and affordable
The Firefly is also compatible with Swiss Army tools that include a toothpick slot
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The Firefly is also compatible with Swiss Army tools that include a toothpick slot
A variety of traditional implements can work to create a spark
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A variety of traditional implements can work to create a spark
Even after it's been well-used, the Firefly will fit securely in the Swiss Army knife or tool
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Even after it's been well-used, the Firefly will fit securely in the Swiss Army knife or tool
The thumb tab is designed to make the Firefly easy to pop out
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The thumb tab is designed to make the Firefly easy to pop out
The glow-in-the-dark tab should make the whole knife easier to see at night
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The glow-in-the-dark tab should make the whole knife easier to see at night
Deploying the Firefly ...
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Deploying the Firefly ...
... and sparking a fire
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... and sparking a fire

Those who have been watching new multi-tools, from electronic survival torches to multipurpose shovels, may be wondering why their trusty Swiss Army knives can't start a fire like some others. Victorinox did have a butane lighter option for a while, and there are some hacks out there for adding fire-starting capabilities, but the average Swiss Army knife won't be of much use in creating a blaze. Tortoise Gear offers an easy solution. Its fire steel swaps in for the possibly never-used Swiss Army toothpick and works with various traditional implements to spark a flame.

Tortoise Gear's idea is extremely simple but rather ingenious: dump the toothpick that will never save your backside, and may very well see little to no use at all, and add something much more useful for wilderness survival. Assuming its Firefly works as easily in novice hands as it does in the videos, it seems like an upgrade that every Swiss Army knife should have.

At US$14 for a three-pack (Kickstarter pledge pricing), the Firefly should prove both useful and affordable
At US$14 for a three-pack (Kickstarter pledge pricing), the Firefly should prove both useful and affordable

The Firefly is a basic fire steel designed to fit snugly in the toothpick slot of knives and other Swiss Army tools. It comes in two sizes to fit both traditional-size knives and small/keychain-size knives. The green-yellow thumbnail grip glows in the dark, making it easier to find when you find yourself searching in complete darkness. A variety of traditional, sharp-edge Swiss Army implements will work as the striker, including the knife blade, saw, file and can opener.

Tortoise Gear claims the material blend it uses makes starting a fire easy by creating large, long-lasting sparks. The Firefly is designed to fit snugly into the Swiss Army toothpick slot even after many uses, and we reckon if and when it doesn't, you'll want to replace it anyway. Based on Kickstarter pricing, you won't have to break the bank to do so.

... and sparking a fire
... and sparking a fire

The Firefly has been in the works since 2009, and after testing production samples and lining up manufacturing partners, Tortoise Gear is hosting a Kickstarter in hopes of getting it into pockets and onto store shelves. A Firefly three-pack can be secured at the US$14 pledge level, with discounts for larger quantities. Deliveries will start early next year if everything runs as planned. The campaign has raised just over $23,000 of its $28K goal, with more than a month left to go.

Watch the Firefly light all kinds of stuff below.

Firefly - The Ultimate Swiss Army Knife Accessory

Source: Tortoise Gear

1 comment
DocB
Actually, I use the toothpick fairly often. It's the tweezers that are useless. I'd replace those with the Firefly.