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Review of Aluminium Waterproof Matchbox

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Aluminium Waterproof Matchbox



Material: Anaodized Aluminium
Height: 7cm
Diameter: 2cm
Weight:  29g

This superb little matchbox is tough and waterproof. It's made of anodized olive Aluminium, featuring a tight thread and rubber gasket to make it water tight. Its light and handy with a built on key-ring so you can attach it to your person. It holds around 30 matches and also features a rough bottom to light the matches on.

Its a really handy way to keep a firelighting method on you at all times; so light yet strong, you can attach it to a belt-loop and barely notice its on you, it wouldn't matter if you fell in a river and lost your bag, you'd still have dry, protected matches on your person.

Previously I used a combination of two shotgun cartridges as my matchbox holder and although my matches never did get wet I wouldn't rely on it heavily to have been waterproof, also my shotgun-cartridge case didn't have anywhere to light a match on, I could have filed a rough peice on the metal bottom but just never got round to it I suppose!

I also carry paper-birch bark in this case, rolled around the outside of the matches.

Of course this rugged little case dosen't have to hold just matches! Whilst sitting on my desk infront of me I happened to notice it was exactly the same size as my memory-stick:


Now thats secure data! 

You can pickup one of these superb matchboxes at Ronnie Sunshines:





Comments (2)
2 Saturday, 16 January 2010 17:25
Ashley Cawley
Ideal, I like cheap/free solutions! :) I've had a digital-camera so long that I've not had film canisters in many years, I'll have to get a couple and give them a go.
1 Wednesday, 13 January 2010 23:27
Phillip Middleton
I use kodak 35mm film cannisters for this job, they are freely given wherever 35mm films are developed i.e. Boots etc, because they are thrown away otherwise. Totally waterproof, perfect size for matches (not as tough as your container, or as pretty).
Include some sandpaper if you must, but actually a sulphur match lights against another sulphur match really easily. I use them for salt, cooking oil, 3 in 1 oil, washing up liquid, hand soap etc, just enough for a weekends camping.

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