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nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 25, 2012 - 05:31am PT
In spite of a great deal of research, I have never been able to know if there is (or was) a manufacturer of nuts or cams, that originate in Japan. I have been in touch with more than three hundred persons during the past twenty years but, unfortunately, none of them has been able to supply me with any genuine information. I am fortunate to get hold off an old and heavy “wall hauler” stamped “made in Japan” in my collection (with a lovely little pamphlet circa 70's) but this company, Alpine Top, seems not to be any longer in business.

Alpine Top catalog front cover
Alpine Top catalog front cover
Credit: nutstory


Alpine Top descender
Alpine Top descender
Credit: nutstory

Alpine Top "wall hauler"
Alpine Top "wall hauler"
Credit: nutstory

In 1985, while visiting Chamonix, I also bought a Friend extractor made or marketed by Miyazaki.
I would be most grateful if some supertopians could help me with this specific research.

I have also enclosed a photograph of a tee nut made of steel, and discovered on eBay by Marty Karabin. The seller claimed that it was acquired in Japan… Maybe someone could tell me more about this mysterious nut…

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Missing photo ID#270004
Japanese &#40;?&#41; unknown nut
Japanese (?) unknown nut
Credit: nutstory
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Oct 25, 2012 - 05:47am PT
Hi Stephane! A Japanese take on the Titon - what a great find on Marty's part. It looks heavily influenced by horizontal placements with the bottom edge rolling and the top edge biting.
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 25, 2012 - 05:54am PT
Bonjour Joseph! As always, you never sleep... Your greeting card is ready!
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Oct 25, 2012 - 05:58am PT
Look forward to it as always - wish I had more to contribute this past year, but between hot and heavy work projects and an extended healthcare crisis in the family climbing has been entirely off the agenda. There's always next year, though. Hope all is well with you and yours there in beautiful Ajaccio.

nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 25, 2012 - 06:15am PT
You have contributed so much to the Nuts Museum during all these past years…
And... Ajaccio is even much more beautiful than this photograph…
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Oct 25, 2012 - 08:06am PT
Just have to get over there to see you some time.
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 25, 2012 - 11:50am PT
Has anybody recognized the climber on the front cover of the little Alpine Top (in fact Tokyo Top) pamphlet...?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 25, 2012 - 11:56am PT
Has anybody recognized the climber on the front cover of the little Alpine Top (in fact Tokyo Top) pamphlet...?

Quelle droll! ;-) Peut-être Yvon Konichiwa?
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 25, 2012 - 12:00pm PT
NON!
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Oct 25, 2012 - 12:21pm PT
Howdy from the USofA
That wallhualer looks great! Got any pics of it?
It looks like a better and stronger design then Dueces wallhualer.
If you ever want to come to JTree. Maybe we could do a house swap?

Jus Admire'in
BB
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 26, 2012 - 03:43am PT
TOKYO TOP Climbing Pulley
TOKYO TOP Climbing Pulley
Credit: nutstory
TOKYO TOP Climbing Pulley
TOKYO TOP Climbing Pulley
Credit: nutstory
TOKYO TOP Climbing Pulley
TOKYO TOP Climbing Pulley
Credit: nutstory
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 26, 2012 - 04:24am PT
Has anybody recognized the climber on the front cover of the little Alpine Top (in fact Tokyo Top) pamphlet...?

Judging from the sweater and mountain boots, I'd say it's Gaston Rebuffat.
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 26, 2012 - 04:38am PT
You won!
crasic

climber
Oct 26, 2012 - 05:44am PT
Yeesh, in the left-most drawing on the descender it looks like you are liable to just come off the rope.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 26, 2012 - 06:28am PT
Thanks for the contest and the cool photos and gear, Stephane.
My parents have a copy of Rebufatt's "On Snow and Rock", so those types of sweater photos are in my early memories!

nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 26, 2012 - 07:03am PT
Yeesh, in the left-most drawing on the descender it looks like you are liable to just come off the rope.
I guess you may be right.
ELM !

climber
Near Boston
Oct 26, 2012 - 07:43am PT
Yeesh, in the left-most drawing on the descender it looks like you are liable to just come off the rope.
I guess you are right.

That may be the "Do not do this!" drawing
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 29, 2012 - 01:52pm PT
Would anybody know the meaning of this logo? In spite of a great deal of research on the Internet I have not managed to identify this Asian manufacturer. I tried various combinations with the letters, without any success. I suspect that they made (make?) cams and other climbing gear. Thank you for all your help!
Credit: nutstory
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2013 - 09:34am PT
Bump...
Miyazaki Friend extractor
Miyazaki Friend extractor
Credit: nutstory
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 1, 2014 - 09:57am PT
I bought the Friend extractor above at Snell Sports in Chamonix, in 1985. If I remember well the name that the seller mentioned to me about this device was Miyazaki. I wonder if it would not be Hideo Miyazaki, who did this route on the Grandes Jorasses:
Couloir central ou couloir japonais : Toku Nakano, Hideo Miyazaki, Kazuhide Seito, Yashuo Kato et Yashuo Kande, du 19 au 29 mars 1972 (ED-, 70º, Vº, A1).
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