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Offline Danish

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Using old Lowe Hummingbird as Aid Hammer
« on: February 04, 2014, 12:53:45 am »
Maybe I'm over-thinking this. When BD charges $100 for a piton hammer and I want to get adequate/good gear...but I still have trouble justifying spending that much for a wall hammer...a hammer. What do I do?
We're looking at several more advanced routes in the valley this season and we're going to need one.

Anyway, I live at a sort of gear co-op/club house where members (we have 1500) donate old things from time to time. Someone dropped off two pretty looking vintage ice hammers recently, and I got excited. They're both Lowe Camp Interalp-Salewa. They're quite modular. The picks come out and they can both be used as flat hammers with the other side pointed; I'm guessing good for copperheads?
Which of the two pictured do you think would be better for basic aid (mostly clean/fixed gear routes up to C3F)? Neither? Wall-art? Spend $100?
We're not talking about hammering all day, so I'm not super concerned about having the more comfortable grip on the steel one. More about weight and basic aid functionality.





Also gurus, I want to know this: As a vintage bike enthusiast, I see kids riding fixed gear conversion bikes and cringe when it is their Dad's 1980's Colnago Super that they stripped, cut bullhorns, and rattle-can-ruined. So that being said...I'm thinking about cutting about 6"-8" off the base of the blue one to save weight (it's lighter than the other one) and because I like the sharper rear head on it. Am I basically doing the same thing? Is this a vintage climbing gear sin? haha

Thanks in advance,
Dane

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Re: Using old Lowe Hummingbird as Aid Hammer
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014, 08:31:54 am »
Oh man, I wouldn't want to fuck those up. The hummingbirds are such cool tools. If you keep your eyes open you can score a wall hammer for $40-60. Hang onto the hummingbirds and put them on your wall or something. At least that's what I'd do. If you want a really cheap wall hammer use what you can get from your local hardwear store.

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Re: Using old Lowe Hummingbird as Aid Hammer
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 08:56:48 am »
They great looking hummingbird's. They collector items!

No need to pay full piece for a BD hammer, as you can pick them up easily second hand. If all you want is a hammer for removing stuck wires, etc., by tapping a nut took against them or placing the odd pin, then just buy a 8oz ball pein hammer from a hardware store and attach a sling to it. Should cost about 10 dollars.

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Re: Using old Lowe Hummingbird as Aid Hammer
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2014, 10:09:23 am »
Nice Pieces!

I can say with certainty that using one of those as a piton hammer would suck.  I have tried it with the new version on the right.  I have also used a forrest hammer (fiberglass shaft) and hate it even more.  My wrist has never been the same since drilling with the forrest.

I have about 6 different hammers, and the workhorse is the BD.  Mostly bolting and nailing with it.

If I want a light duty pin hammer for the occasional hammered placement, I would get the kong light model designed by bridwell.

Look on Ebay, you will find all types of hammers there for a price.

I just sold my hummingbird (same as your model on the right) for $50 on ebay.

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Re: Using old Lowe Hummingbird as Aid Hammer
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2014, 10:20:43 am »
It is cool to see this come up.

A few years ago I climbed a route with a buddy who brought his Dad's Hummingbird hammer along to clean with. It actually worked pretty well because it seemed to be gentler on the rock and lighter to carry than a standard wall hammer.

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Re: Using old Lowe Hummingbird as Aid Hammer
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2014, 06:14:37 pm »
Thanks for the feedback!
I put them to good use:

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Re: Using old Lowe Hummingbird as Aid Hammer
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2014, 08:26:17 pm »
I give that a two thumbs up. Proud and attractive.

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Re: Using old Lowe Hummingbird as Aid Hammer
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2014, 10:56:32 am »
honestly I don't think it'd make a great wall hammer. not enough weight in the head for solid hits or cleaning pins. plus the long handle will be awkward.

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Re: Using old Lowe Hummingbird as Aid Hammer
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2014, 03:46:50 pm »
I feel ya Danish!

One of my goals for Yosemitebigwall.com is to have a lending library of essential bigwall gear that doesn't get messed up--hammers, pins, big cams, etc.

I agree that you can probably make some friends in the Valley and borrow one for a sixpack.