Product Type: Swan in Homeware
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Swan Vestas Matches - ideal for tealights but not the most durable of striking surfaces
Swan Vestas Matches
Member Name: karlsm93
Swan Vestas Matches
Advantages: Fine for tealights
Disadvantages: Poor striking surface, not suitable for all candles or a fire
Most weekends when we are at home, which is a lot more since having a child (!), we put our fire on as soon as the colder Autumn weather begins. Alongside the fire, I like to have candles lit up around the room to create that added warmth and cosiness. My husband has always got me to purchase the longer matches in the supermarket to use in the fire but for quite a while my local Tesco stopped selling these longer matches and the only ones in stock were these Swan Vestas, which currently cost £1.20 for a pack of four, which is very good value. With my husband running out of the longer matches at the time I had no choice but to give these a go even though I knew they were going to be a lot smaller than he needed.
The Swan brand of matches has its origins in Sweden and is linked to the cigarette market, with it supposedly being a popular choice of match for smokers. Neither my husband nor I, nor none of our friends or family smoke so I cannot confirm if this is the case. I didn't purchase these for that purchase. The Swan brand of matches is pretty distinct in terms of the colours of the packaging and the Swan logo.
Like most matchboxes one of the sides of the box has striking surface to allow you to easily light the matches contained in the box. The box itself is pretty well filled with matches, but this is where I found a slight problem. By the time I had went through all the matches in a box, the striking surface had started to wear a bit thin and so when I was getting to the end of a box I had to use the striking surface of a new box which is a bit disappointing. It really isn't made to last the whole box of matches.
These matches aren't the longest in size as you can tell when you hold the box. They are ideal for lighting small candles and tealights and you could light a few before having to blow the match out. However, I found them to be no use when I was getting to the end of my Yankee Candle jar when I really needed a long match again. My husband also moaned everytime he had to use them for the fire, as they simply weren't the right size to encourage the fire to get going, and he had to use more of them.
Eventually my local Tesco started re stocking the longer matches and my husband was content again. To be honest, although these matches are ideal for lighting little candles and tealights around the house they have a poor striking surface that simply doesn't last long enough to get you to the end of all the matches in the box, which in my view is a design flaw. I would purchase these again to have for tealights if there were no other matches available, but when this isn't the case, I wouldn't bother.
Summary: An okay box of matches but design flaws
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