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Handmade Rustic Wood Slow Match & Spare taper 37" (95cm)

Handmade Rustic Wood Slow Match & Spare taper 37" (95cm)

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Handmade Rustic Wood Slow Match & Spare taper 37" (95cm)

This is not a toy and is not intended for small children (Potential choking hazard). Adult supervision is highly recommended for children and expert advice for the bigger kids!

These jute tapers have been treated so they smoulder rather than produce flames.

This is a Slow Match for fire lighting approximately 55mm long - The taper included is approx 95cm in length (37")

Please bear in mind that each piece of wood is a natural product and, the slow matches are handmade, no two are exactly the same, colours WILL vary.

Each slow match has been hand finished. Each of these slow matches have been machine polished and finished by applying 2 coats of satin varnish on the main body NOT the ends for safety.

Similar to a conventional lighter a spark, from a ferro rod, can ignite the taper or wick; however it smoulders rather than flames. You may find the first light a little tricky but subsequent lighting's will be easier. A good thing to do is to keep the ashes on the cord so that the next fire will be very much easier to light. The rope has been treated so it will smoulder. Slow Match The slow match, slow match or match cord is a slow burning cord. It burns slowly and evenly despite most wind and rain. Burning like a cigarette end it does not produce a flame and does not go out when handled roughly. Similar to a conventional lighter a spark, from a ferro rod, can ignite the taper or wick; however it smoulders rather than flames.

Please follow the instructions below.

Please ensure you have fully extinguished it before putting it away as it can take some putting out, it can be as easy as stubbing out a cigarette, but beware. NEVER leave a slow match unattended as the holder WILL need frequent adjustment and may spit. A slow match is often used to keep a light going and is safely portable; however it smoulders rather than flames. In order to light a smaller and more delicate candle you may find it easier to use a sulphur match or sulphur spill.

Buyers please note that extra tapers, flints, sulphur matches, sulphur spills and other Slow Matches are available in our shops.

THESE SLOW MATCH HOLDERS ARE SUITABLE ONLY FOR OUR MEDIUM DIAMETER JUTE TWISTED TAPERS

Slow Match Uses

Slow match holders have been used throughout history for holding and carrying slow-burning fuses or "slow matches" which were used for lighting cannons, firearms, and fuses for explosives. Here are some examples of slow match holders that have been used:

  1. Matchlocks: Early matchlocks had a slow match holder built into the gun itself, usually located near the touch hole, which was used to ignite the gunpowder charge.
  2. Leather Pouches: Slow match holders were often made from leather and could be carried on a belt or bandolier. The pouch would be lined with metal to prevent the slow match from burning through.
  3. Metal Tubes: Metal tubes were also used as slow match holders. They were often made of brass or copper and could be carried on a bandolier or attached to a belt.
  4. Clay Pipes: Clay pipes were also used as slow match holders. They were cheap and easy to make and could be carried in a pocket or on a bandolier.
  5. Wooden Boxes: Wooden boxes with a lid were also used as slow match holders. The box would be lined with metal, and the lid would have a small hole for the slow match to pass through.
  6. Horns: Horns were another common material for making slow match holders. They could be carved or shaped to hold the slow match and could be carried on a belt or bandolier.
  7. Pouches Made from Animal Bladders: In some cases, animal bladders were used to create a small pouch for holding slow matches.

Overall, slow match holders were important tools for soldiers and artillerymen, and a wide variety of materials were used to make them depend on the time and location.

Today, the slow match is still used in some traditional settings, such as in historical re-enactments, pyrotechnics, and some religious ceremonies. However, it has largely been replaced by modern ignition systems and is now considered a relic of an earlier era.

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