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#125871 - 03/01/08 02:15 PM Re: Check those matches [Re: SwampDonkey]
sotto Offline

Registered: 06/04/03
Posts: 450
A little off-topic, but hey, I feel like typin'.

Once I was playing with one of those metal matchsafes, you know the old cylindrical Marble brand ones with the rough striking surface on the outside. I had it full of strike-anywhere matches. I pulled a match out and didn't screw the end back on the matchsafe completely. I struck the match, and somehow a bit of the burning head went flying back inside the matchsafe. Before I knew it, I had a little mini-bomb in my hand that I quickly got rid of.

Morale: Screw the lid back on the matchsafe before striking.

#125877 - 03/01/08 05:15 PM Re: Check those matches [Re: sotto]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
I did that many years ago with a box of wooden matches... the burning tip flipped into the open box. Talk about a 'fire starter'!


#125891 - 03/01/08 07:38 PM Re: Check those matches [Re: Doug_Ritter]
Leigh_Ratcliffe Offline

Registered: 03/31/06
Posts: 1355
Loc: United Kingdom.
Originally Posted By: Doug_Ritter
First off, I have no idea how you tried lighting the matches. So this isn't addressed at you. But, this seems as good a place as any to comment that I am noticing that many folks today, especially younger people, have no clue how to light a match, other than an abstract sort of theoretical knowledge. They never have had to! Things many of us take for granted, are no longer "normal."

When I watch them try, they inevitably hold the match at the end (got to avoid that flame) and are surprised when it snaps. Eventually they figure out that won't work. They are totally flumoxed by book matches.

Just FWIW....

Show them this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsbSMplJ6g4
Ray at his best. smile
I don't do dumb & helpless.

#125898 - 03/01/08 08:16 PM Re: Check those matches [Re: SwampDonkey]
BillLiptak Offline

Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 259
To revitalize the matches try bundling them up with a rubber band, putting a little water in a cup, then place the matches butt end down in the cup. Let it sit there a day and slowly absorb the water into the wood. This "should" make them as good as new.

-Bill Liptak

#125955 - 03/02/08 02:16 AM Re: Check those matches [Re: sotto]
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
You are a better man than I. I have owned (still have one somewhere) of those pieces of junk over the years, and never could get a match to light from the knurling on the case. I always used a rock, or my Levis. Never had the guts to use a tooth...

#125975 - 03/02/08 04:28 AM Re: Check those matches [Re: BillLiptak]
REDDOG79 Offline

Registered: 12/21/04
Posts: 115
For some reason this makes absolutely no sense to me. Matches are supposed to be kept from water I can not see how this would revitalize them.

That Mears video was good I may have to get this set. It reminds me a lot of my grandfather teaching me things like that in the Maine woods.

Edited by REDDOG79 (03/02/08 04:29 AM)
Edit Reason: spelling of course

#126047 - 03/02/08 11:32 PM Re: Check those matches [Re: OldBaldGuy]
sotto Offline

Registered: 06/04/03
Posts: 450
I always deepen those grooves a bit with the sharp corner of a small file. Then, they work fine as long as your strike-anywheres are fresh. Really, though, if the matchsafe is wet, there's almost no way to prevent a drop or two of water from getting inside when you open it. It should be wiped as dry as possible, and sheltered as well as possible, before opening it. Frankly, I would rather bank on a fresh Cricket butane lighter and a candle as a firestarter. I have had stellar experience with those even at 8000 feet or so.

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