Unlike many fire starters, the BlastMatch from Ultimate Survival Technologies allows you to start fires using only one hand. You might not think this is an important feature until you’re alone in the wilderness with an injured hand.
Designed for extreme survival situations, the BlastMatch produces sparks three times hotter than a match in all weather conditions. The BlastMatch lasts 1,000 strikes, and just so you don’t accidentally waste any of those strikes inside your pocket, you also have to depress a thumb button in order to engage the striker.
The BlastMatch contains a spring-loaded bar of high-performance flint material that rotates to prevent uneven wear. Ultimate Survival Technologies also sets the carbide striker at what they consider the perfect angle to get the maximum amount of sparking.
Pricing starts at $18, which if you start looking at weatherproof lighters isn’t that outrageous.