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Camel Vacuum Flask

More than half-century-old vacuum flask brand in Hong Kong.

Words / Phaedrus Lam
Illustration / Furze Chan
Translation / Ian Tsang

如果要我挑一樣日常用品,去跟老香港生活文化作串連的話,最佳解答肯定是始創於1940年的駱駝牌暖水壺。

在港產老電影裡,常常看見這種外形笨重,顏色花花綠綠的暖水壺,其大部分都是駱駝牌的出品。源於老一輩華人認為紅色有吉祥的寓意,所以這種水壺通常都是紅色襯底的,並繪上了菊花、牡丹花等裝飾作點綴。誠然過度繽紛的配色,對現代人而言太過老派,不過駱駝牌其實也有推出過單色烤漆的款式,像上頭這兩隻小型暖水壺就是一例。

這兩隻小型暖水壺,左邊的是老款,擁有無銘刻的單色外表,一派的乾淨純粹;右邊的是近年的新款,保留了舊年代常見的的坑紋細節。品質上,駱駝牌至今仍採用雙層玻璃內膽,其相較於今日常見的不鏽鋼,儘管技術略嫌古老,而玻璃內膽又可能因過度搖晃、撞擊而有爆裂之虞,可論到保溫程度卻優於不鏽鋼內膽,壽命也較後者來得久。而其實還有一個隱藏的好處,就是玻璃較之於不鏽鋼,更有利於保留飲料的風味;其足有450毫升容量,剛好泡得到一杯茶或咖啡,冬天時捧在手上邊走邊喝最適合不過。

黑地
石硤尾偉智街38號福田大廈地下19-20號鋪

If I have to choose one daily product which I can associate with Hong Kong life and culture, the best answer I have certainly is Camel’s vacuum flask, which first came into being in 1940.

In old Hong Kong movies, you can often spot insulated water bottles which are bulky and colorful with floral patterns. In fact, most of them are Camel’s products. As Chinese’s older generation regard red as an auspicious color, these water bottles usually feature red as their base color, and are decorated with pictures of chrysanthemums and peonies. It is true that such overly flashy colorful combinations are too old-fashioned for the taste of the modern-age population. But in fact, Camel has also released products finished with single-color baking paint, such as these two small-sized vacuum flask shown above.

The flask on the left is an old model featuring a clean and pure style using just one color and without any inscriptions. The one on the right is a model released in recent years, which has preserved the raised grain detail common in the olden days. In terms of quality, Camel still uses double-layered glass to form the inner core of their bottles. Such technology may appear a bit dated compared with its stainless steel counterparts more commonly seen nowadays, and the glass inner core might shatter due to excessive shaking or collision. However, when it comes to insulation and durability, it performs better than its stainless steel counterpart. And in fact, it has one more hidden advantage. Glass is better than stainless steel in preserving the original flavors of drinks. Its 400 ml capacity is just enough for making a cup of tea or coffee, making it your perfect companion when you are outdoors on a winter day, walking while holding it in your hand and taking a sip from time to time.

黑地
Shop 19-20 ,G/F Fook Tin Building, 38 Wai Chi St, Shek Kip Mei