Who needs to bother tearing a match out of the book and lighting it with two hands when all you need is one. This instructable will show you how to light the match using just one hand, taking just about the same amount of time.

Step 1: Preparation

All you need is a matchbook and a capable hand.

Step 2: Open Matchbook

Step 3: Bend One Match Down Past the Bottom of the Matchbook

Step 4: Bend Match Again Over the Striking Surface and Place Thumb Over Match Head

Step 5: Flick Thumb Forward Across Striking Surface

This will light the match.

Step 6: Conclusion

Congratulations your match is now lit.
&nbsp;Of course, you run the risk of lighting ALL of the matches at once and severely burning your hand.<br />
Maybe, but not if you're doing it right. It's how my dad lit all his cigarettes (back before we convinced him to quit, finally).
Ahh this is also a line from Taxi Driver with DeNiro cool instructable!
Just what I was thinking
now, the question is where can you actually get a matchbook these days?
Canadian military IMP's (individual meals, prepared)contain a book of matches in every meal
How is that matchbook prepared? Hard-boiled? Roasted? Grilled? Or maybe sauted with a little garlic and some onions? But seriously, what use is are the matches with the meal. I don't mean to sound insulting, I'm genuinely curious.
there actally used to light the stoves the meals are cooked on. everything is in foil packages, pre-cooked. it just has to be boiled.
Ah, of course. I heard "pre-cooked" and it didn't even occur to me that you'd need to heat them. I assume it'd be the same in most Military branches in many countries.
in cadets the odd times that we do get them and not mre's we heat them, but i have eaten them cold before.
Well...good thing we're all canadian militants, huh?
trust me, once you have tasted american MRE's, you will feel sorry for the US troops. i know i am
Walmart sells them by the box. I'm just guessing here because it's been a long time but I'd say the box contained 50 books and only cost a few bucks. We keep a book near every candle in the house.
unfortunately, no walmart in the UK
I think you ment "fortunately," not "unfortunately."
are you SERIOUS that sucks
wal greens, 1.00 gets you more than you'll ever need!!!!
Where ever you can buy cigarettes. Just ask for matches and they hand some to you for free. Yay free fire to play with.
restaurants, hotels, your friendly neighborhood drugstore...
Aww, nuts! I wanted to try this, but it turns out my match is to short to bend it all the way to the striking surface. Now I'll have to wait till I find a new matchbook. But I really love the idea of doing this one day.
don't forget to put it out or you'll have your very own fireworks!
You gotta be carefull on that step, those matchheads can leave really nasty burns if you cant manage to get your finger away from it ;)
oh so true
I guess I'm fast. Haven't had any problems with it. :.Shrugs:.
the only thing you need to do is to be very fast in flicking the stick. otherwise it will burn you.
Walmart owns Asda, so we do kinda have one.
i would do this but i have too many bad memories of getting burned.
What's a matchbook? ;-)
Pah, try doing it with a <em>box</em> of matches then I'll be impressed.<br/>(it is good though)<br/><br/>L<br/>
LOL, that would be difficult
It's not actually that hard, but it is harder that this technique. Should I do it...? L
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Yea, but I'll have to buy some matches first. L
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OK, <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-strike-matches-with-one-hand/">I've done it</a><br/>Happy now?<br/><br/>L<br/>
why do u always do this? L <- ?
ok lol
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cool trick , i think i was about 11 or 12 when i figured it out . lol
There was light!
and it was good!
and delicious!
yet it needed something...cake?, no....IT WAS WAFFFFFLES! <sup>yayz</sup><br/>
I saw this on The Simpsons!
LOL cool trick (got $5 from a friend for doing it) :D

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