Attaching a lanyard to your favorite pocket knife can add some multi-functionality to an already valuable tool. 550 paracord seems to be the most popular material for lanyards, but you can’t really utilize that for much due to the limited amount you can store in the form of a lanyard. Why not take it to the next level and use an Exotac tinderZIP zipper pull as your lanyard. Not only does this give you the benefit of a lanyard, but it also gives you a tinder source for fire starting.

Loadout Room tip of the day | Use an Exotac tinderZIP as a knife lanyard


From the Exotac website:

MISSION – Having fire starting tinder is crucial in any survival situation. Our goal for the tinderZIP™ was to create something that you wouldn’t have to remember to pack for every outing.  The tinderZIP™ can be added to all of your gear including jackets, backpacks, tents, and day bags so you will be prepared for any situation you find yourself in.

ESSENTIALS – The tinderZIP™ is a zipper pull that, in an emergency, can be used as tinder. Each pull has an inner core that is a highly flammable, waterproof, and easy to ignite tinder that will allow you to start a fire in any environment.

TIPS – The more you fluff the end that you will be lighting, the easier it will be to ignite. Add a tinderZIP™ to every zipper for easy tinder.


  • Flammable core
  • 60s burn time per zipper pull
  • Orange tinderZIP™ has retro-reflective strand
  • Made in the USA