Ask any outdoorsman what's the most important element of surviving the wilderness, and odds are, he'll say redundancy in all things - if one tool fails, it's essential to always have some sort of backup (and maybe even a backup for your backup). And that's exactly what makes Flint Laces so vital: they give you an alternative means of making fire when your matches get wet and your lighter won't spark.
+ Slim diameter Ferro tips fit in a wide range of hiking boots, hunting boots, tactical boots and more.
+ Each pair comes with (2) serrated striker knives designed for maximum spark production and tinder shaving.
+ Quick access flints - No need to cut your laces.
+ Minimalist - Everything you need to keep your boots tied and start a fire, nothing more.
+ Ideal for anyone that ventures into the backcountry or likes to be prepared for anything.
+ Inspired by celebrity survivalists.
On our first version of Flint Laces, each ferrocerium rod was inserted into the tip of the paracord nylon sheath. The ferro rods needed to be cut out with a knife for use. We wanted to make them more accessible and increase the length for easier use, so we set them in a metal end cap and secured them to the outside. This also made the diameter slimmer for use in a wider range of boots. Adding the serrated blade was another major upgrade, making the laces a complete fire system.
Note: Fire making with these tools is the same as using any other flint and steel system. Starting a fire with them is a skill and should be researched and practiced to proficiency. Striker knives are sharp and should be handled with caution.
"You get two ways to light a fire. Use the lace to make a fire bow (hard), or remove the thin, 1-inch ferro rod from the aglet (the hard tip at the end of the laces) and scrape it to create sparks (easier). Duct tape the ferro rod back in place when you’re done, and walk on."
"On a recent backpacking trip, the weather turned, and we ended up chillier than expected. We gathered some dry leaves and pine and fir needles. By striking our shoelace with the back of the steel blade of our pocketknife, we were able to light a campfire. RattlerStrap designed the laces so the rubber cap pulls off when you're ready to use the striker, and slips back on when you're done. And the shoelaces are extra strong and tough to wear out. You could even use them to hang a bear bag, splint an injury, or repair a pack strap. "
"Not to be pessimistic, but head off in the wilderness often enough and one day something’s bound to go wrong. And when it comes to making fire, whether you lost your lighter or wet your matches, Rattlerstrap’s Flint Laces have your back. These paracord laces look and feel like rugged, run-of-the-mill boot laces, until you desperately need some warmth or a flame to cook over. Underneath each aglet lies a 1-inch ferro rod, more than enough to produce some serious sparks using a steel edge, i.e. a knife."
"Housing a section of rubber-encased ferro rod at the end of the bootlace, all you need to do is expose it and strike it with steel to make a spark."
Shoelaces are measured according to how many hole pairs there are on your boots. Count the number of pairs and order according to the chart below:
**Diameter of the tips are 4mm at the widest point. Measure shoelace hole to make sure they will fit.
|Hole Pairs||Shoelace Length|
|5 - 6||45"|
|7 - 8||63"|
|9 - 10||84"|
|11 - 12||108"|