Monday, January 27, 2014

2014 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show: REVIEW- UCO Strike Anywhere Matches (UPDATED)

For 2014, popular stormproof match maker UCO is releasing new Strike Anywhere MatchesHere is the description from UCO's product page:

  • Kitchen-sized strike anywhere matches.
  • Sturdy carbonized match stick for safe and reliable fire starting.
  • Ideal for campfires, fireplaces, stoves, BBQs, lanterns, candles, etc.
  • Contains 250 matches per box.

Survival-Pax recently posted a video review on the new Strike Anywhere Matches. These look promising for bushcrafters who've been waiting for an effective replacement for the long defunct Ohio Blue Tip Strike Anywhere Matches. If you've had a chance to try these matches, please leave a comment below!

UPDATE!- Monica and I just tested the Strike Anywhere Matches. We tested them on a variety of surfaces including a smooth piece of kitchen tile, the side of a metal bucket, a metal pants zipper, the side of a split piece of firewood, and the metal surface of a woodstove. All of these surfaces easily lit the matches. Monica, who had used Ohio Blue Tip Matches for years on her backpacking trips, was skeptical that the UCO matches would perform as well. After the test, she exclaimed "Wow, these seem to be as good as the Ohio Blue Tips!" Needless to say we were both very impressed.

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About the author
Jason Schwartz is the founder and senior editor of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. He is a former Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, and has taught bushcraft and wilderness survival techniques to the Boy Scouts of America, interned with the US Forest Service, and studied wilderness survival, forestry and wildland firefighting at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Jason has also written for magazines such as The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ (without spaces)

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