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Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 28, 2007 - 08:14pm PT
Not just any hammer and rope, but the ones that belonged to John Salathe. Feast your eyes on these babies!





Ken
Raydog

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Apr 28, 2007 - 11:32pm PT
Ken, do you think he made the hammer from scratch?
David Nelson

climber
San Francisco
Apr 29, 2007 - 12:20am PT
My guess is as good as yours, but the handle looks standard for a ballpeen hammer, which he would have commonly used in his work. The grooves look handmade and I have never seen them on a ballpeen hammer before (and I have quite a few in my collection).
Raydog

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Apr 29, 2007 - 12:34am PT
I was kinda thinking it was a stock hammer he modified, the grooves in the handle and the pick end of the head look unique.
Cosmin

Big Wall climber
Europe/China
Apr 29, 2007 - 04:35am PT
What's the rating for that rope? is it dry or s-dry?
:D

Nice collection items! a visit at some crags in Czech republic or Romania will show you both some techniques and some pins to go along :o)
BJ

climber
Apr 29, 2007 - 10:18am PT
Grooves like that are commonly made by individuals who use hammer and wear gloves, like Ironworkes and Boilermakers.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 29, 2007 - 04:07pm PT
Thanks for posting the relics Ken. Any chance of some original Salathe Arrow shots? You would swear that coiled rope was lifted right off of Ax Nelson's shoulders in the classic Lost Arrow FA photo! Cool stuff.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 29, 2007 - 05:11pm PT
Here you go Steve,









I have some more stuff, if you want.

Ken
jstan

climber
Apr 29, 2007 - 06:50pm PT
Now I have a stupid question to ask. What is a ball peen hammer used for? The convex striking face and the more acute peen would be useful for descaling water boilers. Is that what they were for? Setting rivets? Darn things are everywhere you go but what do you do with them?
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Apr 29, 2007 - 06:53pm PT
That's a cool coil on that rope. Original from John?
scuffy b

climber
The town that Nature forgot to hate
Apr 29, 2007 - 06:58pm PT
jstan, I'm tempted to say setting rivets is their most noble
use. They can do a lot more, of course, but peening things is
where they really get off.
john hansen

climber
Apr 29, 2007 - 08:40pm PT
I'm having a De"ja'vu....
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 29, 2007 - 09:57pm PT
I bet you are John. It was good to meet you.

A picture from 1947.


And the equipment he used.




Ken
Raydog

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Apr 29, 2007 - 10:02pm PT
wow Ken - really neat.

Ok, anyone know what the

diamond P on Salathe's gear stood for?

(Ken you're excluded for obvious reasons.)
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 29, 2007 - 10:10pm PT
I think it's Proud.

Ken
Raydog

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Apr 29, 2007 - 10:28pm PT
so sorry Ken but, that is incorrect :)
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 29, 2007 - 10:30pm PT
Thanks for the shots Ken.

Ray, that would be Peninsula Iron Works.

Sheridan Anderson, as the story goes, drew the logo with a C instead of a P on Yvon's door. And it stuck.
Raydog

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Apr 29, 2007 - 10:31pm PT
Knew you'd get it Steve!
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 29, 2007 - 10:41pm PT
The Diamond is actually a blacksmithing mark for a master blacksmith. My grandfather was a master blacksmith who worked out of Carmel. His mark was a diamond F, his first name was Francis. He knew Salathe and did some ski trips in the Sierras with him.

Ken
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 29, 2007 - 11:03pm PT
Ken, while you're being indulgent, any Chuck Wilts' knifeblades in your collection? I have a set of three very old forged blades that have a shape similar to the oldest Chouinard design.
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