Swiss+Tech Utili-Key for EDC Firesteel Scraper (video update)

The author's keys with the Utili-key

The author’s keys with Utili-key

I have been carrying the Swiss Tech Utili-key for at least six years on my key ring.  It has a serrated knife edge, plain knife edge, eyeglass flat screwdriver, larger flat screw driver, bottle opener and phillips screwdriver engineered to the size of key.  Very handy to say the least.

Swiss+Tech Ultili-key

Swiss+Tech Ultili-key

And when I say I have been carrying the Utili-key — I mean everywhere, and I travel a lot, including international.  As long as it is hanging with my other keys in my backpack when I travel, I have never had anybody question it, anywhere.

For it’s size, most folks would be quite happy with all you can do with the Utili-key.  I am going to share with you one other area this tool excels… as a firesteel scraper.

Scraping Wilderness Solution's FireSteel Pendant with Swiss+Tech's Utili-key.

Scraping Wilderness Solution’s FireSteel Pendant with Swiss+Tech’s Utili-key.  Click to enlarge.

Utili-key is a great firesteel scraper.  Click to enlarge.

Utili-key is a great firesteel scraper. Click to enlarge.

First off, if you prepare your tinder properly, hot sparks from a metal match should ignite most natural tinders easily.  However, there are those times when the weather or your fuel won’t cooperate and you need every advantage you can muster.  A good scraper can be a part of that advantage by creating larger sparks.  Unfortunately, a small firesteel can be difficult to scrape.  I have tried many…

For an EDC, I like to have a small firesteel with me.  Left to Right:  Sparky, Wilderness Solutions Pendant, Aurora Firestarter, Exacto Nanostriker, Firesteel.com Toggle

For an EDC, I like to have a small firesteel with me. Left to Right: Sparky, Wilderness Solutions Pendant, Aurora Firestarter, Exacto Nanostriker, Firesteel.com Toggle

(Top) FireSteel.com, (left to right), SAK Bushcrafter with Wilderness Solutions Pendant in green aluminum and brass, SAK with Light My Fire, Aurora Fire Starter, Exacto Nanostriker, Doan's Mag Bar, (Bottom L to R) FireSteel.com, Sparky, FireSteel.com Toggle, LMF Scout.

(Top) FireSteel.com, (left to right), SAK Bushcrafter with Wilderness Solutions Pendant in green aluminum and brass, SAK with Light My Fire, Aurora Fire Starter, Exacto Nanostriker, Doan’s Mag Bar, (Bottom L to R) FireSteel.com, Sparky, FireSteel.com Toggle, LMF Scout.

Many folks have gravitated to the awl found on Swiss Army Knives (SAK) such as the Farmer or Bushcraft for a firesteel scraper.  The SAK awl is an excellent scraper, and while I find it easy to hold, I have to say that similar chisel grind on the Utili-key is just as good — maybe even better on smaller firesteels.

Swiss Army Knife Bushcrafter with Wilderness Solutions Pendant.  With the pendant being small, the combination with SAK awl is excellent.

Swiss Army Knife Bushcrafter with Wilderness Solutions Pendant. With the pendant being small, the combination with SAK awl is excellent.

That being said, sometimes I am already carrying a fixed blade and don’t want the added weight of a SAK in my pocket just for a scraper.  The Utili-key is an excellent replacement in this case.  The only real disadvantage to the Utili-key is the small grip required.  And you will definitely have to take gloves off and likely use two hands to open.

My favorite EDC Firesteels  are the Wilderness Solutions Pendant combined with a Utilikey and Sparky.  However, nothing beats Sparky -- the opportunity to scrape off Magnesium and ignite is more powerful than any Firesteel alone.

My favorite EDC Firesteels are the Wilderness Solutions Pendant combined with a Utilikey and Sparky. For performance though, nothing beats Sparky — the opportunity to scrape off a pile of Magnesium and ignite is more powerful than any Firesteel alone.

The 420 Stainless Steel of the Utili-key is easy to sharpen and to date I have not had any failures with the joint.  That maybe in part to its small size, you aren’t going to be using it as a pry bar too often.  And speaking of it’s small size, you could probably fit 10+ in an Altoids Tin for those into personal survival kits (PSK).

Here is a video with the Utili-key in action and some more insight on firesteels:

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About Christian Noble

Chris Noble is the founder of MasterWoodsman.com and Woodsmoke Camping Company. A Master Naturalist, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and has worked as a Registered Forester and Certified Burn Manager in several states. Chris is also a Wilderness First Responder and since the late 90’s has been “practicing primitive” skills and taking lessons from numerous Master Woodsmen throughout North America. An advocate for Conservation, teacher of Wilderness Living Skills, and happily married, he enjoys passing what he has learned thus far to others, especially his 2 children, Emerson and Duncan.

2 Responses to Swiss+Tech Utili-Key for EDC Firesteel Scraper (video update)

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    Chad August 27, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Looks great. I am liking that firesteel pendant too!

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