When I was a kid, my grandfather had this cool little device, and I have never been able to figure out what it was! No one else in my family remembers this thing, but as a young boy I was a bit of a pyro, and the memory of it has stuck in my brain. I've Googled all sorts of terms over the years. but could never find anything similar...
Then tonight something reminded me of it, and I thought to myself: "Self, the HubPages forum is filled with knowledgeable, and they seem to be able to pull facts from the ether at a moment's notice! Use that to your benefit and ask them!"
So, here goes: The thing I have in mind was a small, metal, cube-shaped box. It had a metal matchstick-shaped insert. You would insert the metal matchstick-thingy into a receptacle on the top of the square base and remove it, and, voila! Fire! It was like a match made of metal, and it was "activated" by placing it into the base...
So, either I have had another instance of a "self-manufactured memory", or this thing was real and someone else must remember such a device!
Based on my grandpa's age, I would guess this was made in the 1940-1960 era.
Anyone know what I'm talking about???
Upon reading the description back before posting, it seems like a double entendre "Three's Company"-style joke! But it isn't! So, please, take your mind out of the gutter and don't go there in your response!
This was a real device, and it is driving me crazy that I have never been able to track down another like it...
I had one too! when you unscwer the top ,then you struck the metal tip on a long piece of flint.That was glued in a special noch the full lenght of the match.I drop mine to many times ,and cracked it.It wouldn't hold fluid then!No I have not ever found one ever again,and yes I loved mine also!Would have been around middel 60,s. Thanks norman
My Grandfather used to sell them(way before my day) It was filled w/ some type of spirit (Not a ghost) Mineral spirits or some such. I think it was actually called a "spirit lighter" "Eternal match" or something like that. He was from PA, and I think that was where he sold them. He had cartons full of them. All gone.
This seemed more like a flint-based item - like a Zippo would use. But in the form of a stick. Maybe the stick held the lighter fluid and the inserting the stick caused a spark, and then the stick held a flame?
I believe the item is also called a "Striker Match." I've owned something similar to what you've described, Edweirdo - and it looked very much like the silver-metallic item in Misha's posted pic.
I had a box of Striker matches that I ordered through the mail - my purpose for them was to pack them up in camping kits/survival kits...they worked awesome and you could even get dumped in the river while canoeing or rafting - and still start a fire immediately afterward - with the striker-match.