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Traditional Hudson Bay Tinderboxes


  • Traditional Flint & Steel Tinderboxes each with
  • Built-in 6 X Glass Burning Len for
  • Spark Based Fire Lighting
The traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox The traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox (Standard).
All Brass construction.
The traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox The traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox and (Deluxe).
All Brass construction.

The traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox The traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox (Copper).
All Copper construction.
The traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox The traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox (German Sliver).
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The traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox The Traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox Leather Pouch. A high quality Leather Pouch that is designed to protect your Hudson Bay Tinderbox. Green suede leather with the Hudson Bay Tinderbox - Brass.
The traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox The Traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox Leather Pouch. A high quality Leather Pouch that is designed to protect your Hudson Bay Tinderbox. Brown suede leather with the Hudson Bay Tinderbox - Copper.

Photo shows Traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox (Standard) with contents listed in clockwise order: - Natural Flint, 3 pieces of Jute (for use as a tinder bundle), Char Cloth in the solid brass tinderbox, Tinderbox lid with built-in Burning Lens, Brass Lens Cap and Hand Forged Steel Striker.

Photo shows Traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox (Deluxe) with contents listed in clockwise order: - Solid brass tinderbox with Char Cloth, Tinderbox lid with built-in Burning Lens, Brass Lens Cap, 3 pieces of Jute (for use as a tinder bundle), Hand Forged 'Oval' Steel Striker, Natural Flint and Amadou Tinder Fungus.

Photo shows Traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox (Copper) with contents listed in clockwise order: - Solid brass tinderbox with Char Cloth, Tinderbox lid with built-in Burning Lens, Brass Lens Cap, 3 pieces of Jute (for use as a tinder bundle), Hand Forged 'Oval' Steel Striker, Natural Flint and Amadou Tinder Fungus.
Photo shows Traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox (German Silver) with contents listed in clockwise order: - Solid brass tinderbox with Char Cloth, Tinderbox lid with built-in Burning Lens, Brass Lens Cap, 3 pieces of Jute (for use as a tinder bundle), Hand Forged 'Oval' Steel Striker, Natural Flint and Amadou Tinder Fungus.

Using the Hudson Bay Tinderbox.

The traditional Hudson Bay Tinderbox is great little pocket tinderbox has two distinct ways that can be used to make fire. The first method is by traditional Flint & Steel and the second method is using the sturdy glass 6 X burning or magnifying lens.

Using the Hudson Bay Tinderbox


This video shows the various methods that are used to create fire with the Hudson Bay Tinderbox.

Method 1: Traditional Flint & Steel

You can use the traditional Flint & Steel in several ways:

a. The Tinderbox Strike.

Tinderbox strike The Tinderbox strike

The first way is to directly strike the sparks into the open tinderbox and onto the mass of char cloth. An ember can easily be created in this way because the char cloth in the tin covers a large area and can therefore more readily catch any stray sparks (Photo "Tinderbox Strike"). To do this, sharply strike one of the sharp edges of the flint down the steel at about a 45° angle, as if you were trying to shave off a small piece of steel, the steel is held a couple of inches above the char cloth, so that all sparks are directed downwards and into the tinderbox. Once a spark has caught you can carefully tease the burning char cloth away from the main mass of char cloth and place it in a previously prepared tinder bundle nest.

It should be pointed out that this method may well produce several embers as many sparks are generated upon each strike, each of which can create its own ember; if this happens you can use the Steel, or flint, to extinguish the unwanted glowing embers, by pressing on them to eliminate the air and rapidly remove the heat, via conduction.

Photo shows several areas that have caught a spark. If left unattended, for just a few seconds, the whole of the Char Cloth would become a massive ember, which would be difficult to extinguish without replacing the lid and be a waste of resources. The tin will get very hot very quickly.

Replacing the lid should also extinguish any unwanted embers, however, this relies on the fact the any unwanted embers will burn up all of the oxygen in the tin which may take a few minutes to do so and will be burning the char cloth in the process. If the tin lid is not airtight the embers will continue to burn the remaining char cloth until it is all burned out, the tin will become very hot. On the whole I do not like this method and I only demonstrated it here for the purposes of this article. It is potentially very destructive and a waste of a precious resources.

b. The Tinder Bundle Strike.

The second way is to tease out a two finger pinch of char cloth and place it in a tinder bundle nest that has previously being prepared. Place the tinder bundle nest on the ground and strike the Flint against the Steel as described in the method described above. Once the char cloth has caught a spark and begins to glow you can blow the tinder bundle nest into a flame and then place it in your fire pit.

c. The Two Finger Strike.

The third way is to tease out a two finger pinch of char cloth or Amadou and place it onto the natural flint shard; about 1 to 2mm from one of the edges, making sure that the edge of the flint is sharp. Whilst holding the char cloth firmly against the flint, but without crushing it, with your thumb and forefinger, you should sharply strike the Steel down against the flint edge as if trying to shave off the thinnest sliver of steel. The sparks that are produced will be directed at the edge of the char cloth. Once a spark has caught the char cloth and begins to glow, place newly formed ember in the previously prepared tinder bundle nest and gently blow into a flame.

Placing the char on the flint Placing the tinder about 1 to 2mm from the edge of the natural flint.
Striking the flint With the tinder in place the steel can be struck against the flint.

Striking the flint Photo shows a piece of Amadou tinder fungus that has caught a spark and is nicely glowing.

Method 2: Solar Ignition

On sunny days you can use the Burning/Magnifying lens to focus sunlight directly onto the char cloth, which has been place directly into a tinder bundle nest as in The Tinder Bundle Strike above, this will save you wearing out your Steel striker and using up the Natural Flint shard.

Prepared tinder bundle This simple tinder bundle is made from dried grass, some Kapok and a little Char Cloth.
Tinderbox burning lens on tinder bundle Using the built-in burning lens in the Hudson Bay Tinderbox lid, sunlight is focused onto the Char Cloth.

Smoking tinder bundle The top right of this photo shows the smoke that is produced as the tinder bundle is being gently blown on.
Tinderbox burning lens on tinder bundle The tinder bundle is blown into a flame.

Using the Jute Tinder Cord

You can prepare a quick, simple and reliable tinder bundle nest by unravelling the strands from a piece Jute Tinder Cord and then moulding it into a small nest shape. Once you have produced an ember it can be carefully placed into the cupped part of the tinder bundle and gently blown into a flame.

Jute rope Using a piece of Jute Tinder Cord for a tinder bundle.
Jute rope teased apart The jute has been teased apart and formed into a tinder bundle.

Char cloth placed on flint A small piece of Char Cloth has been placed about 1 to 2mm from the edge of the natural flint. A small piece of Amadou Tinder Fungus or Chaga Tinder Fungus could just as easily been used.
Ready to strike the Steel on the flint Practice aiming the Steel on the flint before the strike is made.

The strike with sparks Sparks will fly! Notice that the Char Cloth has caught one of the sparks and is glowing.
Ember placed in Jute tinder bundle The Char Cloth is placed in the tinder bundle. You can just see that it is still glowing.

Gently lowing on the tinder bundle The tinder bundle is gathered around the glowing ember. By gently blowing on the ember it is encouraged to grow.
We have fire The tinder bundle is hot enough to reach ignition point, so we have fire.

This video shows my son Jamie, who was 6-years old at the time, lighting a fire using a standard Ferrocerium Fire Flint, Char Cloth, a piece of Jute Tinder Cord and a piece of Natural Flint (the Natural flint was not very sharp so it took him a few attempts to achieve a spark). Although he is not using the Traditional Flint & Steel to create the initial sparks the rest of this demo is principally the same as the method described above.

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