Is it safe to drink from Swiss canteen?

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  1. CraftKat

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    I recently purchased a m32 Swiss canteen and cup. The cup is fine, but the canteen has some issues. The cork is completely broken in half, and the inside coating is missing in many large patches inside. I really wanted to use this. So, I was wondering if it is safe to drink out of the 1940 version if the coating is coming off?
     
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    I'm pretty fussy about what I stuff into my mouth, and just as fussy about anything that touches my food or drink, as a past reenactor and lover of old gear I can appreciate a persons being drawn to that stuff, but with so many other fine, safe, and inexpensive options for carrying water today I can't imagine why someone would take the time and risk getting sick by using gear that is clearly past it's prime.
    There are reproductions of all manner of canteens and cook sets going all the way back to the mid evil times that are safe to carry water in and store or cook your food in, Sig offers a new canteen and cup combo based on the M-32 and M-81 Swiss design.
    Personally, I wouldn't carry water or drink out of any canteen that wasn't clean and free of any kind of questionable coatings, but like I said, I'm pretty fussy about my food and my gear. :44:
     
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    I personally wouldn't drink out of itas is. If it were mine, and the canteen was made out of a material like stainless or aluminum, I would probably try and strip whatever coating is inside (ALL of the coating would need to be removed), clean it extra good, replace the cork, and then use it as is. The important thing is knowing why the coating was there to begin with: some materials don't react well with certain fluids, and could damage the canteen or make you sick. Now, this is just what I would do, but the easiest method is to just but a replica. Sure, it's not an original, but once you factor in the time you would spend, it's probably the cheaper option.
     
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    Are you talking about these?

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    Cause they are discontinued, hard to find and expensive now. I bought mine a month ago for $90, first one I saw in a year. One just sold on here for $125 or so. At those prices I would go heavy cover. With the enamel lining breaking out I wouldn’t use it. When I was a red actor I would re enamel the big water cans but it’s not worth the effort or price if you don’t have to.

    @Spork turned me into this photo;

    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/swiss-m32-canteen.253557/#post-4476246

    The jagermeister flasks are all over eBay for $8 and the repro cup he links is $13
     
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    Thanks everyone. I was afraid this was the case. I just thought I’d check before I decided to find something else. I guess I just bought a cool antique to look at. Lol. Thank you all for your replacement option suggestions.
     
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    Your best bet is to get one of those Jaegermeister flasks to replace the canteen.

    When they were plentiful and cheap, I made several into brewkit/PSK containers.

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    I also figured out how to replace the corks. Interesting bit of information...corks were used because they would not freeze up in Winter like metal threads.

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    Stormtooper canteen set! I’m in! Nice finds.
     
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    hope it helps. i originally found them on amazon for almost 9$ for one then found the double pack for less than 2$ more
     
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    This thread is a keeper lol
     
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    I know metal and cork is cool and more traditional and all that but the M84 set is a better design and better material.
    I get why you would want the M32 but really, just give the M84 a try....some day it will be vintage too and you can say you had it back before it was cool.
     
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    hello,
    @Spork you beat me to it. :8: I bumped your original thread from 2014 for @CraftKat
    Regards
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    Very cool! :)
     
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    Cool! Do these fit together?
     
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    Thanks for all the information everyone! I will probably do one of the more modern replacements. I’m glad I asked. Y’all are full of helpful information! :)
     
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    not sure just ordered it yesterday. When it arrives i will update
     
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    I really like the M84 canteen and cup. They are 1L and have a better designed cup which snaps into place and stays put. I haven’t noticed any odd plastic taste imparted to the water.

    I use two of them with my Pygmy Falcon as part of an integrated brew kit

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    I made a stove out of another cup that makes a good brew kit system that all fits together as well.
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    You guys are very handy! :) I love all the homemade stoves and kits!
     
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    I wouldn’t worry about it. Boil some water and sterilize it then drink away. As long as you aren’t getting flakes of stuff in the water I would use it.
     
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    Well flask fits in the cup. A bit loose. No big deal to me. Cup seems pretty poor quailty imo. Honestly thibk i will strip the coating/paint of of them.
     

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    I agree.
     
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