At 2 3/4 inches in length (not including the handle), this firestarter out shines others on the market. The longer length means more contact time with the striker and therefore a bigger spark. The thicker diameter means for strikes. You will light thousands of fires with this single tool. Embedded magnesium causes not only a quick flash like flint, but a burning ember lasting several seconds. That extra contact time with the kindling makes starting a flame a breeze. Works in any weather. Fire can save your life. This is a must for campers, backpackers, survivalist, hunters and anyone who must have a reliable method of starting a fire. Strike It is the perfect addition to any emergency survival kit or backpack.