Match Striker Use & Care

The A WAYS AWAY match holder and striker is handbuilt from stoneware by Clare McGibbon in Los Angeles, CA. Its unglazed surface allows you to light strike-anywhere matches with a simple flick of the wrist. Use it on your mantle to light a fire, on a table to light a candle, or in your bathroom to get rid of the evidence.

How to light a match:

Grasp the match firmly at its midpoint with your index finger and thumb. Place the match head onto the raw clay and confidently apply swift and firm outward pressure. Once the flame is out, flip the match over and place it back into the holder. 

Always use caution and respect when working with fire. The match striker and matches are not a toy, keep them away from children at all times.

How to care for your match striker:

Over time, the match striker will show leftover marks from where matches have been struck. To clean, place it in the dishwasher, although hand-washing with soap and warm water can be more effective. 

For optimal strikability, store matches away from humidity. 

Where to find matches:

Strike-anywhere matches can be found online or at some major grocery and hardware stores. If you're planning on buying in-person, I recommend calling your local store ahead of time to see if they're available.

  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • Whole Foods
  • Walmart
  • Sears
  • Smart & Final
  • Albertsons
  • Ralphs
  • Stater Bros
  • Food4Less
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • and more...

Note: Only strike-anywhere matches are compatible with your match striker, not "safety" matches or "strike-on-box" matches. Look for matches with a white, phosphorous tip (I personally prefer the Diamond Strike-Anywhere Matches).


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