Disclaimer: We want to make it abundantly clear to everyone that we are not affiliated with or endorsed in any way by Victorinox AG or their trademarked name Swiss Army. The Firefly is a patent pending aftermarket accessory designed by us for use with the Swiss Army knife.
What is the Firefly?
The Firefly is a custom sparking-steel fire starting tool designed to work seamlessly with a large variety of Swiss Army knives.
The Firefly is tailor made to replace the toothpick in a Swiss Army knife or tool, it is plug-and-play, and no knife modifications are required.
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The Firefly comes in two sizes:
The regular Firefly - for medium and large sized Swiss Army knives.
And the Firefly Mini - for smaller and Classic key chain style knives.
The Firefly is hard to lose:
The thumbnail grip on the end of the Firefly is a bright neon yellow-green, and it glows in the dark. It is highly visible both day and night.
The Firefly won't fall out. Even after many uses when much of it has been scraped away it still fits snugly.
The Firefly is easy to use:
The Firefly fits easily into any Swiss Army Knife toothpick slot.
It also fits in Swiss Army tools with toothpicks.
The injection molded thumb grip makes the Firefly easy to remove for use.
The Firefly is easy to spark. It's custom mixed sparking material is about twice as easy to spark as a typical firesteel / ferrocerium rod.
The Firefly is designed to be a soft sparking steel, so it can be easily used with any sharp edged tool on the Swiss Army Knife.
Any of these tools can be used to start a fire.
The Firefly throws large, long-lasting sparks so it is easy to light a variety of tinders or fuel.
The Firefly is a tested design and its stronger:
As well as being easier to spark, it is also stronger.
We've been able to carefully tailor the sparking material mix to double the break strength of a typical ferrocerrium/firesteel mix.
On our testing rig the custom firefly sparking material measured twice as strong as conventional firesteel sparking material mixes, which means less breaking and more sparking.
The Firefly is a very capable fire starter, able to light many different types of tinder and fuel.
Light weight and takes up no space:
Using the toothpick slot as a holder for the Firefly means that no extra pocket bulk is added, and the Firefly weighs almost nothing.
Pledge With Confidence.
We will ALWAYS Deliver!
We don't just create projects on kickstarter, we help fund them too, and we know how frustrating it is to pledge for a project that never delivers. We will never do that to our valued backers.
If you help us reach our funding goal we WILL deliver PERIOD.
Just click on the reward you want from the column at the left, enter the pledge amount and hit continue.
If you want more you can add that to your pledge amount.
For example: If you want the Firefly 8 Pack Early Bird reward, but you also want a Firefly Mini 3 Pack, just select the Firefly 8 Pack Early Bird reward and add in the additional amount of the Firefly Mini 3 Pack. You can tell us exactly what you pledged for once we send out your backer survey.
How many should I get? We recommend at least two per Swiss Army knife; one for practice and use, and one for a backup.
$60,000 UNLOCKED! : Optional Ivory / Glow Top (original SAK toothpick color)
Backers who pledged for the $10, $14, $18 levels will be able to choose all of one color or all of the other, no mix and match will be available for these pledge levels.
Backers who pledge $30 and $35 will have a choice between all of one color or half one color and half the other color. No custom mix and match at this level.
Backers who pledge $55 or more can mix and match the colors and sizes they want.
- 2009 - Idea, early prototypes.
- 2012 - Stronger materials testing and development begins.
- 2015 - Discussions begin with suppliers.
- 2016 - Special tooling ordered to produce sparking steels.
- June 2017 - Production samples of Firefly arrived and tested
- August 2017 - Discussions with US production manufacturers for injection molding.
- September 2017 - Manufacturer chosen. Kickstarter project begins. Plastic injection molds designed.
- October 2017 - Kickstarter funding period.
- November 2017 - Production begins on Firefly tooling
- December 2017 - Production starts on first run of the Firefly.
- January 2018 - Rewards shipment begins.
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Risks and challenges
We are well aware of the challenges that manufacturing can present and we are ready, willing, and equipped to meet those challenges. We've got grit!
SOL Water, our previous project, was a success, and it taught us a great deal more about manufacturing than we knew before we started that campaign.
SOL Water was a very complex project. We were able to develop and produce a new kind of plastic, make 3 different complex production lines of tooling, design and manufacture several injection molded parts, ship all of our product to our warehouse from overseas, and deliver all of the rewards to our backers, all on a very tight budget.
So, we've been around the block. You can check out the amazing SOL Water project and a link to purchase the product here:
And our website here: www.tortoisegear.com
The Firefly is a less complex project and we've done our homework. We are working with much more communicative suppliers, so there will not be long silent times. Our chosen final production manufacturer is in the USA within easy travel distance from our office if face to face communication is needed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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