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Hudson Bay Tinderbox
‘Possibles’ Pouch

front view of the Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch in Chocolate Brown Photo shows the front view of the Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch in Chocolate Brown that has been Saddle Stitched, with the Sam Browne fastening stud option.
Hudson Bay Tinderbox 'Possibles' Pouch - Sinew Cross Stitched Photo shows the front view of the Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch in Chocolate Brown that has been Sinew Cross Stitched, with the Sam Browne fastening stud option.
Back view of the Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch in Chocolate Brown Photo shows the Back view of the Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch in Chocolate Brown that has been Sinew Cross Stitched.
Back view of the Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch Photo shows the Back view of the Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch in Chocolate Brown that has been Saddle Stitched.
Sinew Cross Stitched, open, Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch Photo shows a Sinew Cross Stitched, open, Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch with a Hudson Bay Tinderbox inside.
(Hudson Bay Tinderbox is not included in this sale).
Saddle Stitched Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch Photo shows a Saddle Stitched, open, Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch with a Hudson Bay Tinderbox inside.
(Hudson Bay Tinderbox is not included in this sale).
Saddle Stitched Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch Photo shows a Saddle Stitched Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch with a Hudson Bay Tinderbox inside.
(Hudson Bay Tinderbox is not included in this sale).
  • Best Quality Leather
  • All Hand-Made
  • Choice of Fastenings
  • Belt Loop Fits All Belts Up To 1-3/4 Inches
  • Internal Size (Approx): 100mm (4 inches) wide by 80mm (3-1/8 inches) across by 35mm (1-1/4 inch) deep
  • Will House a Standard 1oz Tobacco Tin
  • Weight (Approx): 100g

This handmade leather Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch was originally designed to accommodate, any one of our full range of Hudson Bay Tinderboxes the base of the pouch being curved to the same dimensions as the Hudson Bay Tinderbox itself. It is also well suited to be used with our 1700 ‘Trappers’ Tinderbox and our 1790 ‘ English’ Tinderbox. The originally pouch was commissioned, by one of our clients, to be used with his own Hudson Bay Tinderbox and since then many of our other customers have shown an interest and asked us to make one for them as well.

Each of these high quality Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouches is carefully made from best quality vegetable tanned 3.5mm (+/-) thick, soft, supple leather that has been fitted with a high quality Press Stud as Standard (Photos shows Sam Browne Studs) that can be opened and then securely closed with just one-hand. A strong full-belt-loop has been Hand-Stitched to the rear of the pouch so that it can be fitted to any belt that is up to 1-3/4 Inches wide. The approximate dimensions of each Pouch 100mm (4 inches) wide by 80mm (3 inches) across by 35mm (1-1/4 inch) deep, and weighs just under 130 grams.

The soft subtle leather used in these pouch will protect a Hudson Bay Tinderbox from scratching and other damage that so easily befalls valuable items of this nature, allowing it to be safely secured to a belt. And whilst the Hudson Bay Tinderbox ‘Possibles’ Pouch was originally designed to house a Hudson Bay Tinderbox, the Pouch itself is perfect for just about anyone – Bushcraft & Survival Enthusiasts, Campers and Hikers etc - who wants a small Hand-Made ‘Possibles’ Pouch that can be used with, or without, a Hudson Bay Tinderbox. It is also ideal for Mobile Phones, Keys and other small objects that would normally be carried in a pocket.

This high quality ‘Possibles’ Pouch is available in either a Hand Saddle Stitched or Sinew Cross Stitched format as standard, with the additional leather optional colour choice in either Chocolate Brown or Russet, again as standard. Also fitted as standard is a choice of four Press Stud finishes, which are Nickel Plate (Chrome), Brass Plate, Gun Metal Black or Matt Black. However, The choices don't stop there, because when all of the choices are added up there are over 300 variations that this pouch can be made into, thus enabling you to create a pouch that will be in all probability be completely unique to you, a ‘One off!’ you might say.

What are Hudson Bay Tinderboxes?

Hudson Bay Tinderboxes are beautifully crafted traditional tinderboxes that were used by our forebears during the 18th and 19th as a trades good in the wilderness territories of North America and Canada. Commissioned by the famous Hudson Bay Company during this time these fantastic little tinderboxes were a much-prized item that could be used, in deft hands, to light fire just about anywhere, in mere seconds.

PLEASE NOTE: None of the Hudson Bay Tinderboxes shown on this page are included in this sale. However, if you would like to purchase one of them, just follow one of these hyperlinks to find out more:
Hudson Bay Tinderbox (Standard)
Hudson Bay Tinderbox (Deluxe)
Hudson Bay Tinderbox (Copper)
Hudson Bay Tinderbox (German Silver)
Hudson Bay Tinderbox (Tin Plate)

Options and Optional Extras
(PLEASE NOTE: All of the Options for this item (see below) should be carefully considered at the time of ordering. If no Options are chosen at the time of ordering it will be left to the maker of this item to choose how it is made at the time of manufacture based upon what Standard Options are available at the time.)

Standard Press Stud Fastening
(See below for Optional Extra - Fastening options)

standard black Press Stud Fastening
Photo shows a standard black Press Stud Fastening as it appears from the outside

The Press Stud is a traditional fast and secure way to fix two items together, it is also super-fast, very simple and can be done with just one hand.

Here are a selection of Press Studs that you can choose from as Standard. They are shown on various colours of leather to give you some idea of how they will look with a Pouch colour you may choose from.

Press Studs Photo Shows three strips of leather: - Black (Top), Chocolate Brown (Middle) and Russet (Bottom). Each leather strip has four Press Stud examples: - Nickel (Chrome) Plate (Far Left), Brass Plate (Left), Gun Metal Black (Right) and Matt Black (Far Right).
Press Studs
Photo shows Nickel (Chrome) Plate (Far Left), Brass Plate (Left), Gun Metal Black (Right) and Matt Black (Far Right) on Natural Russet Leather.

Standard Stitching Options

1oz Tobacco Tin Pouch with Running-Loop Stitch Back View
Photo shows Standard Traditional Saddle Stitching
1oz Tobacco Tin Pouch with Running-Loop Stitch Back View
Photo shows Standard Artificial Sinew Cross Stitching

There are two Standard stitching options to choose from for this item, which are:

  1. Saddle Stitching: Traditional Saddle Stitching gives the most outstanding seam strength there, is by far, far greater than could be achieved with any modern sewing machine.

  2. Cross Stitching: The case is Cross Stitched in Artificial Sinew to give it a more rustic decorative feel. Artificial Sinew is incredibly strong and very resistant to wear, so it will last longer than the leather itself.

Sam Browne Stud Fastening Option

Sam Brown Fastening Stud
Photo shows close-up of a Sam Brown Fastening Stud
Sam Brown Fastening Stud fastened

Photo shows close-up of a Sam Brown Fastening Stud fastened.

The Sam Browne Stud is one of the most secure forms of fastening there is, when you take into account the ease and the speed that it can be opened and closed with just one hand. It is made from a high quality solid brass Sam Browne Stud that is Double-Padded Leather Backed on the inside of the pouch so that it will not damage the contents of your pouch when fastening the Sam Browne. The Sam Browne Stud was invented by a General Sir Samuel Browne back in the 19th century and is still used in many military uniforms to this day as a secure, reliable and fast – one handed- way of securing straps and pouch flaps.

Leather Toggle Fastening Option

leather Toggle fastening option
Photo shows close-up of the leather Toggle fastening option

The very traditional leather Toggle method of fastening together two items of leather together has been in use for hundreds of thousands of years, so you can be sure that it works, and works well! The technology is so low that should anything go wrong with the Toggle a new one can be fashioned from some old lace and a bit of leather of bone in just a few minutes. The Toggle will always be made in the same colour as the item, so that it blends in and does not look out of place. The Toggle method of fastening can easily be secured, reliably and quickly with just one hand.

FireSteel Loop Option

FireSteel Loop
Photo shows FireSteel Loop option on a pouch

With a FireSteel Loop incorporated into this item you will be able to stow any Army sized FireSteel, such as the Light-My-Fire - ‘Army’ FireSteels or our PyroFlint™ - Army sized FireSteel. If you would like another size of FireSteel Loop attaching to this item, instead of the standard Army size, then please ‘Contact Us’ when you make your purchase and we will be happy to alter the size for you.

Please Note: The FireSteel is not included in this option.

Leather Colour Options

  • Russet.
    Russet - Blond or Natural as it sometimes known - is leather that has been left in its natural colour state as it leaves the Tannery (i.e. the leather has not been dyed). Once this item has been made it is simply oiled with natural Neats Foot Oil, and whilst natural Russet coloured leather initially has a very slight beige/pink look to it, it very quickly Patinas to a beautiful deep and luxurious Tan colour that is reminiscent of lighter coloured traditional leather goods.

  • Untreated Drum Dyed Natural Brown.
    Untreated Drum Dyed Natural Brown leather is leather that remains in its natural ‘Tannery Finished’ subtle pastel brown. Normally, once an article has been made it is then finished with some kind of surface coating, such as Tan Kote or Polish, which is designed to even out all of the leathers inherent imperfections thus producing a consistent finish to the surface of the leather. Whilst finishing leather in this way adds a beautiful quality to all leather items, we thought that leaving the leather in its natural state would add a rustic more natural feel, allowing the natural inherent variances and imperfections of the hide to speak for itself. Since we do not finish the leather in any way once the item is finally made, we carefully select those parts of the hide that will offer the most character to the finished article.

  • Tan.
    This luxurious deep rich golden sand colour shows off the opulence of the leather, giving it a naturally warm and rich patina often associated with classic leather goods.

  • Light Brown.
    A much deeper colour than the Tan, Light Brown still has the opulence that is associated with high quality Tan leather goods that have become darker through exposure to the elements over the decades.

  • Chocolate Brown.
    This colour has a deep luxury Milk Chocolate hue with a natural lustre that is very easy to maintain with ordinary brown shoe polish and will patina over time to give the case a beautiful luxury finish.

  • Black.
    There is a true sense of luxury and class that is associated with leather that has been dyed Black and then buffed to a silky gloss lustre. A true Black dye should have the appearance of being very slightly blue in the depths of its hue, otherwise it could be considered to be a very dark brown instead.

  • Burgundy.
    A luxuriously warm deep rich red-brown that always adds a touch of majestic regality to any quality leather item.

Please Note: All colours shown are approximations of actual colours, and may vary according to the display screen through which you are seeing them..

More information about our complete range of handmade classic leather belts can be found on our Bushcraft Articles and Tips section.

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