Discussion in 'Fire' started by DomC, Jan 22, 2017.
Ive had that little steel box and striker 40 years. They have been worthy companions.
Ok, it's not an HBC tin. It at least looks like brass, it's got a lens, and I'll attach my HBC striker to it.
Cousin @DavidJAFO sent me this beautiful handcrafted lens (6X mag!) and I feel it needs a proper home. Thank you so much, David!!!
I'm going to make a leather pouch for both the lens and the tin + an Altoids tin for charring, but for now, this is what I've come up with. I don't know the history of this tin. I found it at my favourite junk store. It's got a nice rubber seal, so won't be used for charring. I may pound it with a ball-peen hammer, though, to distress it a bit and give it some more character. I've filled up with charred jute & Cedar, Amadou and jute rope. There's also a piece of black English flint at the bottom, kept well away from the lens so I don't crack or scratch it. Quartz is easy to find around here, and I've recently figured out that I can find Chert as well, so I may remove the Flint, but probably not.
Cousin @bacpacjac I'm glad you received the magnifier intact. Sorry I didn't have a pouch to place it within. I'd EDC the magnifier away from anything that could scratch the lens. As for your tobacco tin. Olaf Poulsson E.E.C (E.U) is a Danish blend of tobacco which was first introduced in 1979, made in Denmark.
These boxes (from Ted Cash at least) all have a disclaimer sticker suggesting that they not be used for tobacco without putting the tobacco in a plastic pouch.
Why? Are they made of something that the originals were not, or were our ancestors just living life closer to the edge?
Solar powered ember on a piece of tinder fungus...
Just a guess but maybe the tobacco reacts to the plating/brass...?
I have one, but it's just sitting on my shelf. I haven't quite figured out how to arrange it. I see most folks use theirs as a kit with a bit of everything in it. I have 30 altoid tins for that. I've though about just punkwood and maybe a flint and a stiker, but am worried about getting the lens dirty or scratched
@Lassmanac, some people place a peice of leather or cardboard on top of the stuff in the tin to protect the lens.
GOD Bless you and your family
I really like the old school feel of the HB tins. I haven't bought one yet, but the ability to mostly jam a fire kit into a neat period piece is very tempting.
Just received my new striker from @Red Yeti. Now my HBC tin is complete. Very exciting!
My first attempt at a tinder box in an altoids tin. Steel striker, flint, ferro Rod, ground magnesium, 3 storm matches, char cloth, some paracord innards.
I used coin collector plastic rounds to keep the magnesium and char cloth together. Pretty slick. I need to get a better tin though, the hinges on the altoid tin are about to go.