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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 16, 2014 - 03:27pm PT
Jaysen- You can find part of your answer here...

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=445546&tn=20

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nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Feb 17, 2014 - 02:15am PT
I am very sorry Banquo, but these nuts do not say anything to me. This time, I am sure that Maestro Grossman will be the man for a genuine expertise. They are not made by SMC.

Steve, I am not sure that the Grivel stacking nut was ever marketed, one more reason to make it so hard to find. The same week I received it from Denis Pivot, there was one sample on eBay.com. It was just incredible, as I had never seen such a nut on eBay before.
I too saw the Laprade Coinceurs Gigogne on eBay recently.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 17, 2014 - 10:20am PT
Bunch of Hype. nuts are easier to place and offer way more protection possibilitys than pins. gaurenteed if nuts did not work so well we would still be pounding iron.....
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 26, 2014 - 03:46pm PT
After Roland Paulick designed RPs the next big splash in nut design IMO came from the folks at Hugh Banner with HBs.



















Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 8, 2014 - 02:13pm PT
Jello Bump...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 5, 2014 - 05:51pm PT
Jello with nuts bump...
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 6, 2014 - 09:48am PT
Jello Bump!!!!

Big time!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 6, 2014 - 10:14am PT
I had some of those bunk SMC nuts, they were gud 'leavers'.
Fear not, I didn't pay for 'em.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 26, 2015 - 04:30pm PT
Here is your Holiday Mystery Nut Challenge.







mcreel

climber
Barcelona
Nov 26, 2015 - 10:39pm PT
Using that coin for reference, one would think that the pro you're presenting is from the 19th century. I'll bet that at least half the readers under 30 (if there are more than 1) don't know if that's a dime or a quarter.
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Nov 27, 2015 - 12:37am PT
Here is your Holiday Mystery Nut Challenge.
So we can suspect that Master Grossman knows what these little wonders are… May we have a clue…? Does the “T” stand for “Tested”…? As I am not very proud not to have any idea of what these single wire nuts could be, I have post a photograph of the Master for the HB New Curve nuts. Unfortunately these HB nuts were never marketed...
Mirror, my beautiful mirror, am I still the “Maestro”…?
The Master for the HB New Curve nuts &#40;2003&#41;
The Master for the HB New Curve nuts (2003)
Credit: nutstory
HB catalog 2003
HB catalog 2003
Credit: nutstory

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 28, 2015 - 12:10pm PT
I actually don't know the source of these nuts but I suspect that they are Black Diamond by the "T" for tested and that the heads appear to be the same material that Steel Nuts are made from. Prototypes by the lack of a stamp which were likely limited by the inability to get sufficient solder penetration into such a relatively large cable cross section. An interesting design to say the least with the offset tapering on the head shapes.

No worries Maestro, your lofty status is never in doubt.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 3, 2016 - 05:03pm PT
LOWE Bump...
karabin museum

Trad climber
phoenix, az
Jul 5, 2016 - 11:41am PT

Steve,

I am not sure if Chouinard or BD made the steel nut set you show. Chouinard and BD soldered both wires into the nut. If this was an early Chouinard prototype the nut material would have been brass. I believe the steel nut set you show is from a unknown manufacturer that copied the BD 1995 set since the nuts appear to be offset as well.

Chouinard and BD Steel nuts
Chouinard and BD Steel nuts
Credit: karabin museum
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