Product Type: Swan in Homeware
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A great everyday box of matches from a reputable firm.
Swan Vestas Matches
Member Name: rolandrat
Swan Vestas Matches
Date: 15/02/13, updated on 15/02/13 (69 review reads)
Advantages: Inexpensive and areputable brand
Disadvantages: Not long enough for jar candles
===Why I Got This===
I suppose there are some households these days who do not need or use matches, but most homes need them occasionally for one use or another - even if it is only for when the power is cut off and we have to revert to candles.
The Swan brand began in 1883 and the matches were finally called 'Swan Vestas' in 1906. By the 1930s 'Swan Vestas' had become 'Britain's best selling match'. The brand is now owned by the Swedish Match company.
'The Original' Swan Vestas.
In cardboard box with the matches in a push out tray.
Yellow box with white swan and writing on the front and also red and green logos.
Sandpaper down one side of the box for striking.
By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen.
Average contents per box is 85 matches.
Made in the EU.
The box states that Swan also sell: cigarette papers, filters, lighters, pipe cleaners, rolling machines and lighter gas and fluid.
Matches are 1.5 inches and with a bright pink tip.
WARNINGS - keep away from children and always strike the match away from yourself.
£1.20 for a four pack of boxes at Tesco.
As a family we use matches for various purposes, and although we do have one of those long gas lighters I always like to have a few boxes of matches around the house for ease of use. We have no young children around any more so I do not have to be paranoid about keeping them in high places.
Firstly we have a log burner in the kitchen so this frequently needs relighting and so if the gas lighter is not to hand I always try and keep a box of matches in the kitchen as well.
As some of you may know I love my Yankee candle wax tarts and have a couple of burners around the house so I like to have a box of matches handy for them too. Also in the summer husband will either be having bonfires or else fiddling with his old B.B.Q. in the garden so matches are always being asked for. With the weather we have been having lately you always need matches and candle to hand in case of power cuts.
I tend to buy most of my shopping online with Tesco and buy these matches in packs of four boxes. These tend to last me a good few months then, though my candle burners tend to use them up the most as I mostly light them daily.
With Swan matches you know you are getting a reputable brand and one that will work every time - I have never had a problem with this product - well apart from a self inflicted one by keeping a box in the bathroom for my candles and them getting soggy and damp!
These are reasonably short matches, or as I would say a standard size, and were originally intended to light cigarettes. These days they are not marketed for the cigarette smoker as such as so few people are smoking now and they are now marketed as just 'The Original Swan Vestas. These are not Safety Matches and can be struck on any rough surface and will also burn out of doors.
I find them perfectly adequate for lighting my little tea lights around the house. Being shortish they are obviously not designed for lighting many candles all in one go or for lighting a jar candle once it has started to burn down, and for those purposes I would use either the long gas lighter I have or the specially designed long matches.
Some boxes of cheap matches do not always work or the heads will fly off, but you can trust the Swan matches and they will continue to be a staple product in our home for many years to come.
Apparently named after Vesta - the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family. Her presence was signified by a sacred fire.
===Would I Recommend?===
Summary: Great everyday average sized matches for around the home.