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Old 08-27-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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Default Strike Anywhere Matches

Seeing as how the Ohio Blue Tip SA matches aren't available anymore, and seeing as how I cannot bring myself to open the sealed package of 2 boxes of 250 I have, I went on a hunt for some. Recently, we went to Canada, and I wondered if they were available up there. So I went to a supermarket, and sure enough they had them. Not the beloved OBT, but a brand called Redbird. Made by a company (it doesn't say who), in the USA. So I bought most of what they had.

When I opened the box, I was pleased. The quality looked good, most of the matches were similar, and evenly coated. Several of us struck a whole bunch of them, and they worked great. Rusty sheet metal, rocks, non rusty sheet metal, zippers, ect. They do stink like hell, though. My wife put them in the garage because they were stinking up the kitchen.

So, if you go to Canada, I'd recommend buying some. I'll be saving my OBT and lighting the wood stove with these.

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Old 08-28-2012, 12:14 AM   #2
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Diamond still makes strike anywhere matches.

http://www.diamondbrands.com/pages/matches/28.php

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I heard they were crappy. Do you have an opinion ion them?
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I don't know about crappy. They might not be as reliable as Ohio Blues were but they work.

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I don't know about crappy. They might not be as reliable as Ohio Blues were but they work.
I agree. I have several boxes. I have found strike anywhere matches at the local family owned hardware store. I bought a bunch of boxes. They were kind of pricey but I wanted them. I have about 6 boxes now. I just checked, they are all Diamond brand. The newer boxes say "Extra thick, extra long burning".

When we were kids, my brother and I would light them off our teeth.
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In Boy Scouts we used to split them down the middle with

a sheath knife or hand axe. Both halves would light up...

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here's a tip for you. to make waterproof matches, dip the match heads in melted candle wax and let harden. just a light coating is needed. they still work as usual.

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here's a tip for you. to make waterproof matches, dip the match heads in melted candle wax and let harden. just a light coating is needed. they still work as usual.
Good idea. I never thought of that.
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Good idea. I never thought of that.
IIRC, it's an old Boy Scout tip.
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here's a tip for you. to make waterproof matches, dip the match heads in melted candle wax and let harden. just a light coating is needed. they still work as usual.
Clear nail polish works too and is easier because you don't have to melt anything and it just dipping it in the bottle keeps it to a light coat that comes off with easily as you strike it.
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