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Strike anywhere matches

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by letts, Dec 31, 2010.

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  1. letts

    letts TS Member

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    Has anyone else used strike anywhere matches lately? The only place I have found that they will ignite is on the box or on an already hot stove. Do the people that make these things ever try them in the real world? In the movies John Wayne could always strike a match on any thing handy including his pants leg and it would burst into flame As I remember when I was young so could I. We burned wood at home for heat and matches would ignite anywhere handy every time.


    J.L.
     
  2. ricks1

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    most states banned them you can call or email them and they may be able to ship but you have a haz mat and local law. best to find a friend in a state that they can get them and send to you
     
  3. TOOLMAKER 251

    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    They used to be $.10 cents a box 50 years ago. Us kids would take a thread wooden spool and put a rubber band over the hole on one end, insert a wooden match and shoot it up in the air on macadam roads and most of the time when it landed head first it would ignite.
     
  4. FalconSprint

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    Ace Hardware Store in my area has them, Diamond brand like pictured above. If your Ace store carries anything in the way of wood stove stuff, pipe, etc. they should carry the matches. Not as good as they were 30 years ago, less white stuff on the heads, but they will light drug across a wood board, or cement. I bought 10 boxes in case the governmnt make these illegal too. Who use to break the heads off the match, fill a empty .22 shell with heads, pinch the shell mouth shut and then smash it with a hammer for a firecracker? Boys and their toys in 1956. And happy New Year, ya all.
     
  5. KRE

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    57 of those match heads in a .308 win case will push a 170 gr cast bullet fast enough to kill(DRT)a large Indiana whitetail at 125 yds. The primer mix was home made as well.

    Grandfather's are the best teachers of how to, for young boys.
     
  6. omgb

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    About 20 years ago Diamond became the only SA match maker in the US. Ohio Blue Tip went under. Transportation regs and lawsuits compelled Diamond to downgrade its matchs' strike anywhere capability a great deal. Some states banned them altogether. The result is this wimpy weak match that will fizzle and go out just a often as it will light. Add even a hint of humidity and the whole head goes soft and useless.
     
  7. FalconSprint

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    If you dip the heads in melted candle wax, coat the head and stick 1/2 way down. Then you can fit 20 or so coated matches in a empty 16ga. shot shell "with" a strip of the striking material from the original match box. Then slip a empty 12ga. shell over the 16 ga. shell and seal both with a piece of plastic electrical tape. Now you have matches that will last a gazillion years. Need to use a match, scrape the wax off the white match tip with your thumb nail and strike it. The wax makes that bad boy really flame up. Another Grand Pa taught woods survival trick.
     
  8. Auctioneer

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    You need to keep them from being taken buy nice and or rats. If they get them they will take them in to the walls and if they start to bite the tip they could light upa nd burn the house, camper or what ever up. Keep them in a tin or jar so you know where they all are.

    They are good to have for camping and for hunting.
     
  9. shot410ga

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    The boy scouts taught us to use the wax method on the tip and put them in a screw on pill bottle. They will keep forever. "Be Prepared."
     
  10. Dahaub

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    Those old matches bring back memories.:) A friend of mine would shoot them out of his Red Ryder bb gun. They would ignite when they hit the brick wall of the church across the street from his house. All went well until one of them set a hedge on fire and he had to run across the street with a bucket of water to douse the fire out. No more shooting in that direction. :) When I was a kid everyone used them for all applications. Haven't needed them for years but haven't thought about it much either. I'll check at the local grocery when we go later this morning to see if they still carry them. Dan
     
  11. shelly

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    I buy and use them all the time- get them at Wal-Mart.
     
  12. hoot619

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    you can buy the small 10 pack strike anywhere matches diamonds. I have and won't anymore. A lot of them won't light. The original sized ones are OK but some break off close to the tip. Yes and I know how to strike them too. I'm not only a Finnish genius but a YOOPER too. Ken U
     
  13. BILL GRILL

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    Ken, Finnish genius? There is something wrong with those two words in that order! LOL Bill
     
  14. eightbore

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    I don't think we can buy them in MD any more. We get our supply in West Virginia.
     
  15. Don S

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    I remember years ago when I worked in a grocery store. a case of the strike anywhere matches fell off the conveyor and hit the ground hard enogh to set off the matches. It took a fire extinguisher and a water bath to put out the fire.
     
  16. shelly

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    Can't buy them in MD? That's nuts, but not surprising in the middle of liberal land. Isn't that one of the states that won't let people pump gas too? What is the country coming to?
     
  17. Baron23

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    We prefer to call it the Socialist State of Maryland.

    Used to play with them as a kid and managed to not set myself or anybody/anything else on fire. Of course, we used to all carry pocket knives (and to school also) and managed to not knife anybody.

    I have had the same experience as others...the new ones ain't worth didley compared to the originals from decades past. I'm sure the federal government has some part in that under regulation of interstate commerce. I bet the founding fathers would soil themselves if they knew what this clause has been turned into.

    Cheers and thanks for the trip down memory lane.
     
  18. W.R.Buchanan

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    I just bought 3 boxes for $1.29 ea at my True Value Hardware store today.. They are readily available from Vons and from places like Hardware stores. I was also going to buy a Gallon of Coleman Fuel. But the $12.99 Price tag scared me off. It's about $7.95 at Walmart.

    I ended up buying 2 packages of brass screw eyes for my wife along with the matches.

    Strike anywhere matches don't work that well if they are at all damp or if is particularly humid. They need to bone dry to work right. They will still light off the side of the box even if damp. They were always bone dry around a woodstove or in the kitchen.

    To make water proof Matches you simply dip the head and a little of the stick into some melted wax like in the top of a big candle. Do try to keep the match away from the flame when doing this as the flame will set the match off and it won't be waterproof anymore.

    No need to panic on this purchace yet they haven't been outlawed in CA so the rest of the country is safe for now. Except for maybe Maryland, whats up with Maryland are they more liberal than CA now? I've actually seen people on Ebay selling these matches for $5.00 a box. Just playing on people's fears I guess?

    Randy
     
  19. oskerspap12

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    Hi Shelly.....................

    Wrong.........We pump our own gas............I think you are talking about Jersey

    It sure sucks that four counties can control the politics of a whole state..............oh hell,I'm not even going to step up on my soapbox.
    Don't want to start the day like this.......it will get my blood boiling

    Smoke 'em all

    D.P.Reynolds
     
  20. shot410ga

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    I use to be able to strike them on the leg of my Levies. You weren't cool unless you could light a Marlboro from your leg...
     
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