Product Type: Cooks in Homeware
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The Original Cook's Matches
Member Name: louisechackett
The Original Cook's Matches
Advantages: cheap, good quality
Disadvantages: box is easily damaged
When I was growing up we had a traditional looking gas fire which was lit by a match as the ignition broke on it and despite my Dad being a gas engineer it never got fixed (and is still going now despite being at least 32 years old!) My parents always used Cooks matches to light the fire and there was pretty much always a box of them sitting on the mantle piece but my siblings and I knew not to mess with them. When I moved out I only really needed matches to light candles and things but the brand I always used was Cooks as to me they stood for reliability.
The matches come in a large yellowy coloured cardboard box which has the Cooks name and logo on. It tells us that they are the original matches and there is something which seems very traditional and proper about them. The box is wipe clean which is quite handy I suppose if you use them for lighting a cooker or something and spill on it.
Inside the box there are plenty of matches and these are split in to two separate halves of the box and so you can always grab a match no matter which side you open the box. There are plenty of matches in the box and I am not really sure how many you get to be honest but a box would last me twelve months easily with these.
On the side of the box is the rough surface which you use for striking the matches. The matches are a good size and don't burn down too quickly but I am a bit of a baby when it comes to matches and like to get my candles lit and then the match blown out as quickly as possible. These matches do light pretty easily and I don't often have to strike them across the rough section on the side of the box more than once to get them to light. This tends to be the same no matter how many matches I have lit and so the rough section must be of an adequate size.
The only issue I have had with these matches is the last box that I had and I kept it in one of my kitchen cupboards and the steam from cooking must have gradually damaged both the matches and the rough section where I should light them and so they just would not light anymore and I had to throw them away. I would say that it is best to keep them somewhere air tight for this reason, or certainly away from any steam etc.
A box of these matches costs around 70-80p from the supermarkets and they are also available in some smaller shops too. I think they are great value for the money and would certainly purchase them again should I need matches. I have actually purchased a long candle lighter but when that runs out I will probably go back to these ones.
Thank you for reading my review!
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