A couple of years ago, at the UK Bushmoot I set myself a little project to make myself a new ditty bag.
I had seen one on an American web site that had a few nice ideas on it but was stupidly over priced and had lots of pointless decoration on it.
I decided I could make something more suited to my needs for a fraction of the price.
In fact it ended up being less than 1% of the price by my reckoning.
One of the things I did like about their design was the incorporation of a zip into the side which allowed better access into the bottom of the bag.
So, a couple of years further on and I’m getting a lot of enquiries about the bag and particularly what I carry in it.
The first part is easy to answer. I still have it, I love it, I will never part with it and I will not make another one because I don’t make stuff commercially.
The second part is more difficult to pin down because the contents change day to day according to my requirements.
I suppose I would define it as a portable craft bag, carrying the tools and equipment I need for whatever job is at hand.
That was part of the thinking behind the flexible division system inside. An idea that I replicated later on my “Boazu Bag”.
I wanted to be able to put large or small things in it with some protection from rattling around.
One fairly consistent item that is often carried is an old collar box that fits nicely above the divisions and holds a collection of smaller items.
I also usually carry a collection of fids and marlin spikes for rope working.
Always useful around camp.
A knife and sharpening steel are also pretty essential for a craft bag and I often carry a selection of brass hardware attached to the sides as well for use on all sorts of projects.
And of course, no ditty bag would be complete without that most useful of tools, a bottle opener.