Now that the holidays are over, and I have gift cards and return credits burning a hole in my pocket, I should spend that extra cash on something cool, right? No, I should spend it on something useful. How about something that is cool and useful?

What could possibly be better than a Swiss Army knife? I’ll tell you: A Swedish FireSteel: FireSteel V 2.0.

Not that I’m ever likely to be lost in the woods or anything. Truth is that if I’m walking and there is something other than concrete or asphalt under my feet I git skeered. But if I ever needed to build a fire out in the woods this would be the perfect thing for it.

This fire starter definitely comes under the heading of “I would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.”

Pick up your own Swedish FireSteel by clicking any of the images in this post, or by following this link : Swedish FireSteel: FireSteel V 2.0.

Specs:
•Lights campfires, gas-stoves, gas-barbecues
•Lasts for approximately 12,000 strikes
•Produces a 5,400°F (2,980°C) degree spark
•Works equally well when wet
•Predictable performance at all altitudes
•Bright spark – can be used as emergency signal
•Striker handle includes an emergency whistle
•Materials: Magnesium alloy (of 7 different metals@) + stainless steel striker
•Dimensions: 3.7″ x 1″ x .6″
•Weight: 1.7 oz.

Available at thinkgeek.com