When I was growing up, we always used Redhead matches, made at the Bryant and May factory in Richmond. I don’t honestly know back then if there were any other brand matches available. Manufacturing has gone to Sweden (half-surprised they haven’t been renamed “Blondes”) but I’ve kept buying them.
I think the quality is dropping markedly. I’m sure it used to be easy to strike a match and get a flame. These days half the time I get a spark but nothing else. I’ll try 3-4 times then chuck it away and grab another. Or I get a match that is ludicrously thin and snaps in my fingers. Should I switch to lighting the stove with a lighter, or a different brand of matches?