Shopping for Match Strikers – The New York Times


The decline of smoking has largely eliminated a once-common accessory from many homes: the match striker. But candles and firewood still need to be lit, so a new wave of small manufacturers has been giving the tool renewed attention.

Sure, you could use a paper matchbox. But a well-designed match holder with a rough surface for lighting strike-anywhere matches is “so much prettier,” said Michelle Nussbaumer, an interior designer in Dallas. “I love them on a cocktail table.”

Ms. Nussbaumer collects vintage spherical strikers, made of crystal or wood with a silver ring at the top, and covets those made by Asprey. “You see them at flea markets all the time,” she said. “Almost every room in my house has one or two.”

Of course, not everyone knows how to use them.

“I don’t think the younger generation even knows what a match striker is,” she said. “They might take a match out and not realize you can strike it on the side.”

Cast-iron match striker by Josh Owen

$30 at Areaware: 800-783-5683 or


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