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Altoid Tin Alternative

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by ModrnDayMcGyver, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. ModrnDayMcGyver

    ModrnDayMcGyver Loaded Pockets

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    I recently picked up a bad habit of using Camel Snus. I did realize however that the canisters are about the same size as an Altoid Mini. What makes these special is that there is a gasket inside that makes the water proof. I did some mild testing today and took some pictures. I put a magnet under the cup to hold the canister at the bottom. No water inside after 4 hours.

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  2. sk33tr

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    that's actually pretty cool. that'd be a great way to make a small, basic ifak that's waterproof.
     
  3. ModrnDayMcGyver

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    I think it would be great in a variety of applications. FAKs/mini survival kits/etc...


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  4. AK Adventurer

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    Yup, they're great little carry tins! Our own cowsmilk carries a few things in one everyday, and I've been known to use them at times too since he was kind enough to send me a couple of them.

    Thanks for the post, it is Great to know they're that water proof! :cool:
     
  5. cowsmilk

    cowsmilk EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    AK Adventurer was correct, I have used a snus tin for quite some time. The snus tin will hold considerably more than a small Altoids tin though. I don't use tobacco products, but I got quite a few empties from someone who does, and gave most of them out as gifts. I did buy my first one, well worth the $3.50.

    Here is mine, still waterproof after daily carry. It goes with me always. My current contents are in a picture below. That's a maratac copper AAA light that fits in there: for size reference. Nothing much more than about 1/2" in diameter will fit.
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  6. Spade115

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    I really like this, But I have to find someone to get the tins off of lol.
     
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  7. Airborne 1

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    I use them too !...The old style would leak like a chive ...I 've got about 40 of them...if any one wants some ,let me know and we'll work something out !


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  8. cowsmilk

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    You could just go buy one to get started. That's how I got my first one. I just dumped the tobacco pouches in the trash since I don't "chew". I would suggest the blue container as the smell lasts for a while, even if you wash it out. The blue flavor was tolerable.
     
  9. Vinjints

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    If I can find a black mini tin I think I'd be set.


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    There is always paint. A can of black spray paint would work well.
     
  11. Vinjints

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    A sharpie marker on an altoids mini sure doesn't.


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    Nope. I tried that first on one of my snus tins as well. Wears off faster than I thought it would.
     
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    I have one. I still need to use it for something. I like altoids tins for bags but not as much for pockets. I use longer and wider but usually thinner tins for the inside breast pocket of my suit at work. I've used mini cigar tins before but currently I use a christmas ginger bread cookie tin. The cookie that was in it wasn't that great but I like the tin lol
     
  14. kertap75

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    Somewhere around here is a thread about how to remove paint from these tins and repaint them. I think they used a blow torch to burn off most of the paint then steel wool to get the rest. Then they used the type of paint you would use on a grill.
     
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  15. AK Adventurer

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    Yup, I throw tins in the barrel stove over night, then paint, same effect. :)
    But in these tins, either of those processes is going to eat(melt) the rubber seal... As I recall on mine the seal is pretty well stuck in place, not sure if you could take it off, burn/paint, and replace it, and have it still seal..
     
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    Yeah, that seal will burn off for sure. I think there is a liquid gasket product that might work to replace it. I've never worked with the stuff though
     
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    Hmm, yes,I didn't think of that for these tins. :oops:

    A thin bead of a silicone gasket maker could be applied... Its a bit touchy to get a thin enough application to let tins shut as they're soposed to, but still thick enough to compress/seal well(at least for me it was tegious/touchy) been there, done that with other tins. But it is doable.

    These should be easier since they "snap" shut muck tighter than altoids tins, more resistance against the gasket un seating the lid.

    (lol, funny actually that I've had trouble with it... I've used literally gallons of gasket makers over the years. But then again, I'm usually sealing two surfaces together, not making a seal that has to set up, then be pressed to something else after it sets up..)
     
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    A Ranger band around the tin. Works with the mini and the full sized tins.


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    Thats a good idea ...I've got a bunch of the older ones...and they will hold more.


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  20. Stuart Mantel

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    It seals the tin completely, as long as the band is wide enough. It also keeps an over filled tin closed.

    Putting it on a full sized tin is a fight the first few times but it does get easier. I imagine in a stress situation I wouldn't always have the time or patience to seal it back up.

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