The Survival Spark came in a logo stamped envelope shown above. That just shows the attention to the details expressed by Triple Aught Design. The plastic case it came in (similar to a drill bit case) is very tough and branded with the T.A.D. logo. I immediately threw the case in water and it floated. I submerged the case and it finally started taking on water. This can easily be remedied by using electrical tape to seal the case. The case can also be attached by lanyard or carabiner.
The kit also came with 4 Tinder Quik tabs and room to add many more. T.A.D. was spot on with their decision because you really can't ask for better tinder than the Tinder Quik tabs.
I was blown away at the amount of sparks it spit as I flicked the wheel. I was able to light some natural tinder. Made from Solid brass billet and with the ability to replace the flint, this is one fire starting tool that will last a lifetime.
Replacing the flint is easy. Just unscrew the knurled handle at the bottom and remove the guts (spring/buffer) - then just add standard Zippo flint.
The Survival Spark has a special cavity cut into the shaft to hold a sewing needle. (There is a needle in the cavity pictured to the left)
We then used electrical shrink wrap, as suggested, to cover the thread. Heating the shrink wrap with a Bic lighter seemed to be the quickest and easiest method.
I've read a few comments elsewhere saying the sewing kit isn't user friendly on the Survival Spark. Yes, this is true if you need to make minor repairs in a controlled environment. But in a survival situation it's an excellent method of storage. Its secure, out of the way, and it's there when you need it.
The Survival Spark has quickly become one of our favorites here at Black Scout. This is one of the most durable and reliable mechanical fire starters out there. Triple Aught Design continues to impress- purchase yours at: http://www.tripleaughtdesign.com/Equipment/Tools/Survival-Spark