The StrikeForce fire starter by UST is a unique piece of kit. Not only does it offer a very robust striker and ferro rod, but it also provides a small compartment to store sure-fire tinder. The case is designed to give you a very strong and secure grip, which comes in handy during inclement weather. This all-in-one fire starter is ideal for those that want to travel with a minimalist loadout, but still have a 100-percent-guaranteed way of making a fire.

On my personal StrikeForce, I wrapped both ends with several feet of 1″-wide Gorilla Duct Tape. It’s an excellent flame extender when working with damp or marginal firewood, and can be used for first aid: Use it to secure bandages, secure sticks for a field-expedient splint, as improvised moleskin for hot spots on your feet, or as improvised Band-Aids.

I also replaced the factory lanyard with a longer piece of #36 blankline. This gives me the option of attaching other survival items, such as a small piece of FatWood.

UST StrikeForce
UST StrikeForce

For the compartment, I chose to keep two Micro Inferno Sticks as my sure-fire tinder. These combined with the StrikeForce itself will give me a guaranteed fire in any condition.