No, you don’t need a lighter in your survival kit as long as you have other ways of starting fire. If you want to make life easy, though, then it’s only smart to include one, since it should save you a whole lot of striking and rubbing just to get a decent fire going. While Zippo is probably the default brand most people turn to for their lighters, the Numyth Tohil v2 Watertight Light might actually be more useful for those who intend to use it in the outdoors.
Measuring just 2 x 0.75 inches (height x diameter), it’s very compact, making it easy to make room for in any survival kit, whether it’s in a bag, a pouch, or even an Altoid tin can. An attachment point on the cap even allows you to hook it onto your key ring or hang it from a lanyard to minimize the chances you’ll end up losing it during use.
The Numyh Tohil v2 Watertight Lighter uses a standard flint and wick like Zippos, which means the flame will keep going until you put the cap back on. Paired with a flat bottom, that means you can use the lighter as a small candle when the need for emergency illumination comes up. Do note, the body is machined from a Type III hard-anodized aluminum alloy, so it’s going to get hot when used as a candle; as such, you might need something to protect your hands when closing it up.
It comes with an O-ring to seal the opening of the body, ensuring the lighter fluid won’t ever dry out while sitting in a pack unused, with four flat areas on the body to make it easier to grip when removing the cap. Two colors are available: ember brown and black.
Available now, the Numyth Tohil v2 Watertight Lighter is priced at $23.95.