Stephane- Did that come from a European source or North America?
Steve- I am sorry, I am not sure of the origin of this little nut. Maybe it was found somewhere in North America. It has a rather similar shape as an old Chouinard Stopper, but it is mounted on a thinner wire.
And... as you mention the Abalakov cam, I am very proud to show you the full set of Grivel Bikov. It took me a long long time to complete the set...
Rick A- Thank you for sharing the fascinating story of the Banana Nut.
Tansofun (my friend) was over in Nepal and bought some souvenirs for us like the one he posted above.
My box of fun just arrived - only took 2 months to get here due a stop by Home Land Security. Here is one item. The Sherpa told him it was an old ice screw.....what do you think it was used for? - Maybe anchoring ladders?