Looks like the disposable lighter has pretty much killed off the good old fashion strike anywhere match. Iím a part of the problem as I have used lighters for years.
Recently I wanted some strike anywheres and discovered in short order that they are a little hard to find (Wally world and REI have them). Once I got them, they were a very sad imitation of the good old Ohio blue tips of my youth. The match heads were significantly smaller and the tiny spot of strike anywhere material on the tip would only light reliably off the box (as opposed to your zipper, teeth, seat of pants, nearest board etc.) A little internet searching revealed that Diamond had closed the original factory and moved production.
One ray of hope is that Canada has its own brand, ďRed BirdĒ strike anywheres. You canít get a box short of driving to Canada to buy one and Iím not headed there this year so I have no idea how good they are. Anyone here have any experience with them? If youíre coming through this year bring a box by Eagle River and we can find out. J
While I guess we can get along without them it just seems like another piece of reliable low tech gear is gone. (Not to mention various youthful mayhem such as the strike anywhere aluminum foil rocket)