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Unique Black Slow Match with spare taper

Unique Black Slow Match with spare taper

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Unique Black Slow Match with spare taper

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!

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.

A slow match is often used to keep light going and is safely portable; however it smolders 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 as pictured.


  • No flame
  • Glows like an ember
  • Resists wind and rain
  • Stays lit if dropped Light with sparks, matches or lighter

Slow Match

The slow match is a type of cord or rope that has been soaked in a solution of saltpetre and other chemicals to make it burn slowly and steadily. It was used for centuries as a reliable method of igniting guns, cannons, and other weapons, as well as for lighting fires.

The history of the slow match dates to ancient times, when it was used in China as early as the 9th century AD. The slow match was later adopted by the Europeans during the Middle Ages, where it was used extensively in warfare and for lighting fires. The use of the slow match continued to be popular throughout the Renaissance and into the modern era, until it was eventually replaced by more advanced ignition systems.

In addition to its military and practical uses, the slow match also had cultural and symbolic significance in many societies. In medieval Europe, for example, the slow match was often associated with the mythical figure of the "wild man" or "green man," and was used in ceremonial settings to represent the forces of nature and fertility.

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 However, it has largely been replaced by modern ignition systems and is now considered a relic of an earlier era.

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