Lighting a match has been done wrong for a long time by most people. The last thing you want to do is come down to a survival situation and be down to your last match, and have it break on you. This is the best method for striking a match that I have found. I combine this method with Stormproof Matches and it makes for a better chance of fire and survival.
A smart survivalist will always have a few methods of starting fire. Personally I always carry a good lighter like this Delta Stormproof Lighter, Stormproof Matches, some Wet fire, and a Ferro Rod/striker.
The proper way to strike a match:
- Hold the match in the traditional way gripped at the end by the thumb and index finger.
- Support the head of the match with your middle finger.
- Strike the match in a forward pushing motion versus the traditional pulling motion.
This method works very well when it’s cold out, and your hands are numb. It’s a very safe way to strike without fear of it breaking on you. It’s the little tips like this when mastered make your time in the bush much more tolerable.
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