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This very popular tinderbox is an exact replica of the traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox as used by the old-time early pioneers of Canada and America. These tough European settlers’ would have needed a fire lighting method that was reliable, robust and compact enough to be carried with them when weight was at a premium. The traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox is a complete fire starting kit in one small compact and beautifully crafted unit and its ergonomic construction was designed for easy and reliable fire making.
This Hudson Bay Tinderbox is made from solid brass, which is completely rust proof, the heavy duty construction protects the fire lighting contents from loss or damage, it is small, and light, enough to be kept in a pocket. The tinderbox includes a built-in Magnifying/Burning Lens and solid brass Lens Cap, a traditional Flint & Steel strike-a-light (an authentic and well proportioned hand forged Steel striker and large piece of Natural American Flint), Char Cloth and Jute all contained in a solid brass Hudson Bay Tobacco/Tinderbox Box. This tinderbox is all that is required to make reliable fires in a traditional way.
This great little kit enables the making of fires in almost any weather conditions; during sunny days sunlight would have been used to create the initial ember by focussing the sunlight, through, the burning lens onto the char cloth, thereby saving the Flint & Steel, both of which were valuable resources in those days. On cloudy days when the weather did not allow the use of the burning lens, the Flint & Steel would have been deftly used to create a fire in mere seconds.
This nicely made, high quality, solid brass reproduction, Hudson Bay tinderbox, was a very popular trade item that was carried at the Hudson Bay Company and Northwest Company during the early 1700's in the American fur trade era. Made in the U.S.A and copied from a museum original by Tedd Cash, the solid brass box has a friction-fit lid and a high quality 35mm (1 3/8”), 6x magnification, built-in, burning glass lens, which is mounted in the lid and protected by a brass lens cap. The polished Brass oval box measures 112 x 80 x 28mm (4 5/16" x 3" x 1 3/16") and weighs 85 grams, without the fire starting kit, and approximately 150 grams, with the fire starting kit.
OPTIONAL EXTRA: This Hudson Bay Tinderbox can now be purchased with, or without, the custom made Hudson Bay Tinderbox Suede Leather Pouch.