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    Quote Originally Posted by bohnscot View Post
    they also use them as an ingredient in meth so they are regulated in tn. you have to sign for them same with enphedrine ,bunch of damn meth heads ruining it for everybody

    what he said. the government has been pressuring the match makers to stop making strike anywhere matches.

    even the few strike anywhere matches i have seen have reduced amounts of the white tip---the tiny white tip keeps getting smaller and smaller.

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    I haven't seen any for a while around here.
    I bought some survival matches at a gun show recently. They were covered with some sort of a shellac to waterproof them. I was very disappointed when I discovered that even they required a striker to ignite. What the hell good are waterproof matches if the striker material gets wet?
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    We have plenty here. Just about every food store carries them (and they have the big white tips).

    However, I prefer the magnesium block with the striker bar for starting a fire. Just use a kinfe (or other sharp object) to scrap shavings off the block then hit the stiker bar with ferious metal and you have fire. Easy to do, won't go off in your pocket, and for what it does, very inexpensive.

    Of course with the above, you can't do the cool flick the end of the match with your thumb nail trick.

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    [quote=Toten Kopf;528082]We have plenty here. Just about every food store carries them (and they have the big white tips).

    However, I prefer the magnesium block with the striker bar for starting a fire. ...quote]

    Yeah I like those too. I like to have at least a few different ways to start a fire in my kit. The magnesium block, some charcloth, waterproof matches, and a bic. Even had a small magnifying glass in there. All that fits in a tin that I got a wallet in for Christmas.
    Hopefully out of that I should be able to get a flame.
    The one thing that I still want to try is one of those fire pistons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toten Kopf View Post
    Of course with the above, you can't do the cool flick the end of the match with your thumb nail trick.
    Much cooler to use any handy person as a striker, ala' William Holden in Stalag 17.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kernelkrink View Post
    Much cooler to use any handy person as a striker, ala' William Holden in Stalag 17.
    I love that film and remember what you mentioned
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    What movie was it where the tough guy (Bruce Willis?) lit one by scratching it on his beard?
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    Our local grocery store has lots of them, right next to the BBQ stuff.
    I know nothing...........nothing !

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    All you need is any ordinary match. Just strike it on a window pane or windshield and you gots FIRE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toten Kopf View Post

    However, I prefer the magnesium block with the striker bar for starting a fire. Just use a kinfe (or other sharp object) to scrap shavings off the block then hit the stiker bar with ferious metal and you have fire. Easy to do, won't go off in your pocket, and for what it does, very inexpensive.

    Don't forget waterproof.

    Quote Originally Posted by Head Wound View Post
    All you need is any ordinary match. Just strike it on a window pane or windshield and you gots FIRE!
    Dang, now I have to try that, you made me open an MRE accessory packet "d" for some matches...
    EDIT: doesn't work, it just slides on the surface.

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