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The Large Waxed Ditty Bag

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10.10 oz army duck canvas with a 37 liter capacity.

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Solid brass grommets.

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Hand-spliced and whipped cording.

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Solid bronze 3" spring snap hook.

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The Large Waxed Ditty Bag

We designed this bag to keep personal effects safe: be they tools, camera equipment, a change of clothes, valuables, or general gear. Our ditty is teeming with maritime tradition but built for our customer's exacting demands today.

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We designed this bag to keep personal effects safe: be they tools, camera equipment, a change of clothes, valuables, or general gear. Our ditty is teeming with maritime tradition but built for our customer's exacting demands today.

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Following in the bestselling footsteps of our Waxed Ditty Bag comes a larger edition. Just like the smaller ditty, this 30 liter version is made from reinforced waxed canvas and solid brass grommets, secured by a rope lanyard that has been hand-spliced and whipped with technical control line. Our ditty is teeming with maritime tradition but built for our customer's exacting demands today. We designed this bag to keep personal effects safe: be they tools, camera equipment, a change of clothes, valuables, or general gear. We wanted a bag for camp and travel that could be easily hooked to a branch or a bunk, and at a moment's notice be slung over the shoulder, or tossed in a duffle.

Specs
  • 37 liter capacity
  • 20" tall, 12" diameter, and a 12" opening
  • Strap length: 33.5"
  • Solid bronze 3" spring snap hook
  • Solid brass grommets
  • Hand-spliced and whipped cording
  • Includes a tin of wax
Materials
  • Waxed cotton
  • 10.10 oz army duck canvas
Origin
  • Made in USA of imported materials
Care
  • Brush or wipe clean
In The Field
Large Waxed Ditty

Garzón, Uruguay. Spring, 2017. Photo by Jason Frank Rothenberg.

History
History of the Ditty Bag

“There are two things that you don’t need in the Navy: a wife and a car. If the Navy thought you needed them they would have put them in your Ditty Bag.” - Co. Commander Gunners Mate First Class DeLapp

Through maritime history the item perhaps most familiar to any sailor was his ditty bag. Long stints at sea, and life spent in tight quarters meant that he was constrained to a handful of personal effects and tools, all of which were stored in his ditty. Originally the ditty would have been the first test of an apprentice sailmaker or seaman: before he could be trusted with the fabrication of a sail, he had to prove his mettle by making his own ditty bag out of sailcloth.

Some say the ditty bag got its name from the word “dittis” (a derivation of the Saxon word “dite” meaning “tidy”), others say that because a sailor would spend great lengths at sea he needed two of each item (hence it derived from “the ditto bag”).