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Strike Anywhere Matches

Strike Anywhere Matches

Postby smix » Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:28 pm

Strike Anywhere Matches

URL: http://kissurvival.com/strike-anywhere-matches/
Category: Retail
Published: February 26, 2013

“The Sorry State of Strike Anywhere Matches”.
There are two general types of matches, Safety Matches (strike on the box or booklet) and Strike Anywhere Matches (strike on most abrasive surfaces). The difference is that each Strike Anywhere Match is tipped with phosphorous so that it will light when struck on an abrasive surface and a Safety Match has to be struck on a phosphorous striking strip that is on the side of the box or booklet. So what’s the big deal about Strike Anywhere Matches? If I need to start a fire, my preference is 1) a Butane Lighter, 2) Matches, and 3) a Ferro Rod . If I’m at home, I think Safety Matches are just fine. If I am going hiking, camping, or preparing a Bug Out Bag, I want Strike Anywhere Matches because you can light them on almost any hard surface. With Safety Matches, if the striking strip is damaged by rain or anything else, you are out of luck. Tried to buy “Strike Anywhere Matches” lately? Please, don’t even bring up the new Diamond Green Tip Strike Anywhere Matches. They are the match equivalent of a neutered animal. It looks the same but it just doesn’t work the same.
Ohio Blue Tip Matches
About 9 months ago, I started looking for some Ohio Blue Tip matches to buy to add to my supplies. Ohio Blue Tips are/were the king of Strike Anywhere Matches (they were tipped with a very generous blob of light blue phosphorous that made them light on about anything). I remember doing all kinds of fun things with them as a kid. I would drop a match down the barrel of my cocked and empty Daisy Red-Rider BB gun, aim it at a brick wall or asphalt road and pull the trigger. Watching the match come flying out the barrel and lighting when it hit a hard surface provided me with hours of entertainment. I was sorry to learn that the Ohio Match Co. closed in 1987 and Ohio Blue Tip Matches are no longer available except on eBay for $30 – $50 for a box of 250 Kitchen Matches.
Diamond Matches
Next I started searching for Diamond Strike Anywhere Matches and found that what Diamond produces now and calls a Strike Anywhere Match is only a sissified, neutered shell of what a real Strike Anywhere Match used to be. After some research, I found that Diamond quit producing the Strike Anywhere red match with the white tip in January 2010. It seems the government classified them as dangerous products, band them from all commercial and cargo flights and restricted their ability to be trucked across country by requiring them to be shipped as hazardous material with special handling fees and red tape. Diamond sissified the match makeup to be able to ship them around the country. The new Green Tip matches barely light on the box let alone anywhere else. My tests showed that maybe 50%-60% will light on a surface that is slightly abrasive. They are really only a bit better than a safety match. I did find some of the older red matches with the white tip on eBay. They were $5 for a box of 250 Kitchen Matches and I bought a few because I was happy to find them at a somewhat reasonable price. Just an aside, when the matches arrived, I compared them to some older Diamond Strike Anywhere Matches. I found that over time Diamond used a smaller blob of phosphorous on the tip of the match. They are way better that the newer Green Tip matches but they are not as good as the ones from the old days. I found that they lit well on surfaces as smooth as a cardboard box and as rough as concrete or a semi-rough rock. I found that there are a couple other possibilities. Red Bird matches from Canada and Penley Matches from Chile. I read that both of these brands were close to the old Ohio Blue Tip matches.
Red Bird Matches
I learned that Red Bird Matches are actually a product of the USA that is trucked into Ontario for distribution across Canada. Crazy huh. I found someone on eBay who lives on the Canadian border and has created a small business by making trips over the border, buying Red Bird Matches and selling them on eBay to preppers and pipe smokers for about $5 for a box of 250 kitchen matches. When my little stash arrived, I was both a little happy and a little disappointed. Disappointed because they did not come close to the old Ohio Blue Tip quality but happy because they were a little better than the Diamond red match with a white tip. If I need a few more boxes of Strike Anywhere Matches and had my choice between Red Bird and Diamond for $5 a box, I would buy the Red Bird Matches.
Penley Matches
Penley Matches are made in Chile and shipped to Maine for distribution throughout the US. Someone on the web said that Diamond bought Penley Matches in October 2012 to stop the competition with Diamond’s green tip matches. There are some Penley Matches still available but they are getting scarce. Some buyers say they have found them at Dollar Stores, Kroger Markets, Cal-Ranch Stores and other rural type farm and feed stores. I found a case on eBay that was well priced and bought it because I figured there would not be a better deal for a supply. Someone is selling them on Amazon but they are $125 for a case of 36 boxes ($3.47 a box) with free shipping. The Penley Matches were a pleasant surprise. They are a red match tipped with an adequate amount of white phosphorous. I was pleased with their quality. They lit on mild to moderate abrasive surfaces and even lit on my pant’s zipper. I rate them below Ohio Blue Tip Matches but better than any other “strike anywhere” match out there now right now. If Diamond did indeed buy Penley Matches to neuter and sissify them, my suggestion is to buy them while you can.
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What's Inside Diamond Strike-Anywhere Matches?

Postby smix » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:53 pm

What's Inside Diamond Strike-Anywhere Matches?

URL: https://www.wired.com/2009/06/st-whatsinside-4/
Category: Science
Published: June 22, 2009



* Aspen
This soft white wood is easy to cultivate: Clusters of aspen trees are often single organisms connected at the root, which sprouts new growth after harvesting. Aspen isn't very flammable, making for a slow-burning, non-fingertip-singeing matchstick.
* Potassium Dichromate
This strong oxidizer in the match head is highly combustible. Diamond Brands, the sole US manufacturer of strike-anywhere matches, won't say what it does, preferring to keep the role of K2Cr2O7 a secret. Our bet: It accelerates burn rate.
* Potassium Chlorate
It's a source of emergency air on planes, submarines, and spacecraft that releases oxygen when heated. When mixed with wax, it makes a plastic explosive. When mixed with sulfur, phosphorus, and the kind of heat you get from, say, friction, it's very unstable.
* Phosphorus Sesquisulfide
P4S3 also ignites easily by friction. It burns itself out instantly after the match is lit but generates enough heat to ignite the aspen shank. Diamond released its patent for P4S3 matches in 1911 so competitors could stop using an extremely dangerous alternative: white phosphorous.
* MonoAmmonium Phosphate
A compound found in some dry chemical fire extinguishers, MAP melts at 374 degrees Fahrenheit. Match makers soak the wood with a solution of this stuff to make sure that when you blow the match out, melted MAP smothers any afterglow.
* Ground or Powdered Glass
First, it roughens the texture of the match head, helping to create friction wherever you strike it. Second, it melts under fire but cools and fuses quickly when you blow the flame out, keeping ash from falling.

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Waterproofing Strike Anywhere Matches

Postby survival » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:34 pm

Waterproofing Strike Anywhere Matches

As you probably found out by now, it is no easy feat to obtain a bunch of decent strike anywhere matches, other than the green "neutered" kind. You don't have to be a diehard "prepper" to understand why the quality of stored emergency supplies is important when disaster strikes.

If you were lucky enough to find some of the now extinct and highly valued brands that actually work as intended on eBay or in grandma's kitchen, you should seriously consider preserving them by protecting the matches against moisture.


Nowadays, there are no waterproof strike anywhere matches commercially produced. Ohio Blue Tip Strike Anywhere Kitchen Matches were once advertised as "damp proof". UCO produces excellent stormproof matches, but they are strike on the box. The UCO strike anywhere matches from Chile are not waterproof, and they stopped producing them. The UCO large strike anywhere kitchen matches have completely vanished from stores a while ago, and their small (compact) red and white tip matches are almost gone too.


As a first step, store your matches in a waterproof, sealed container or wrap. This is especially important in high-humidity environments. Beyond that, there are two main methods of permanently waterproofing the match itself on your own: nail polish and wax. Each method has advantages and drawbacks. Nail polish makes the match burn too fast if you coat the entire match stem. While wax melts with the flame and adds fuel to the burn, it needs to be peeled off the match head before striking.

Here is a better way to waterproof matches, using both nail polish and wax. Start by coating only the match head with clear nail polish. Using the brush applicator from the bottle, apply a coat around the match tip and a small portion (about 1/8") of the bare wood, then allow it to dry.

For the wax coating on the match stem, melt a mixture of 100% pure paraffin and filtered beeswax in a 4:1 ratio (4 oz paraffin to 1 oz beeswax). Do not heat the container directly on an open flame. Always use a double boiler (hot water bath) to melt and control the temperature of the wax.

Chemically, white paraffin (candle wax) and yellow beeswax are not the same, but mix well when melted together and provide excellent waterproofing. "Greenland Wax" is a formula consisting of 90% paraffin and 10% beeswax, used to waterproof fabrics.

Holding the match by the head with tweezers, dip the stem in the molten wax bath, coating only the exposed wood, but not the match head. Shake off excess wax after dipping.

After the wax has cured, you now have a waterproof match that does not look much different than what you started with. The clear nail polish protective coating on the match head is completely transparent, and the paraffin-beeswax waterproof dip on the stem is a pale yellow, close to the natural wood color.

The strike anywhere matches waterproofed with this method can be struck in the same manner as untreated matches, will burn better, and the wax will not gum up your strike strip if you use one.
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