Light a Match Like Clint Eastwood

Any one of you ever watch the ol' Clint Eastwood westerns, and he looks all cool with a cigar in his mouth, but nothing to light it with? Then all of a sudden he pulls out a match from his side, and it mysteriously then and there ignites? I searched on the internet and found only one other way to do this, and this required "auto-striking" matches. I can't find any, and I imagine some of you cant either so I've made a way that you can get the same effect without searching, and paying top dollar for fancy matches! And it's a lot easier too!

Step 1: Materials

You will need;

-a matchbox (bigger- approx. 750 ct)
-scrap cardboard (thin)
-electric tape
-a belt
-matches (big or small)

Step 2: Cut the Matchbox

Cut the strip as wide as possible from the side of the box. If you get the same brand you'll get 2 flints, thus 2 "lighters". One for you and one for a friend!

So anyways... don't cut the piece shorter simply because, as it turns out, when folded in half, it's just the perfect size for a standard width belt. Once cut, fold it exactly in half and make a nice crease.

Step 3: Tape the Flint

After you've cut the flint, and folded it exactly in half, then take some electric tape and tape it on the outside leaving a long opening on either side, and taped at the smaller ends.

Step 4: Add a Belt Loop

Grab some of that scrap cardboard you set aside earlier, and trace the shape of your "lighter" onto it. Make some dotted lines a little thinner than the outline so its not the same width as the "lighter". Cut on the dotted lines and save that piece. Put that on the back and secure it with some more electric tape. Remember to leave the long sides open just like when you taped the flint.

Step 5: Finished!

That's it! All you need to do now is put a match in so that the wooden end is facing the same way you are, and then secure it with the clothespin. This way, when you pull away the match, it will be dragged across the flint . Once you get good enough at it, you'll be able to conceal it, and who knows... Myabe at the next party you'll be lighting cigarettes, and cigars for all of your friends... In style!!!



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    9 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Couldn't you just use true strike anywhere matches and a patch of fine grit sandpaper? (the black kind)

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    Reply 2 years ago

    If it also helps, I put an elastic band around the clothespin so it had a little more grip!

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    try taping the striker pad in the other direction so it has more space to rib against the match head and can act as a carrying pouch as well.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Very slick! I only wonder if you could do without the clothes peg somehow... perhaps put the striker behind the buckle, so when you pull at the right angle the buckle puts enough pressure on the strip to light the match? Alternatively I guess you could double up some elastic bands and put those around the belt loop. Maybe I'll try it :)