The certainly don't look like modern climbing gaffs, but the safety belt
/ chain isn't like a modern one either. They look like they are
specifically for pole use, probably from telegraph days. Love that
safety catch on the chain too.
I'm not Rob, but take a look at this info from June 14 1927,
patent number 1632688:
The diagram is subtly different from Rob's item but I would
think this design was suppose to be used for pole climbing.
Personally I've used spurs too and this design doesn't look
like something I would want to use. Then again they may work
just slicker-than-snot-on-a-doorknob too (shrug).
Thanks Leon! Good job on finding that, I did some searching on Google
patents but didn't have any luck. I also think that they look a little
cumbersome to be used for climbing poles, but at least they're sort of cool
looking. I would have liked to have a shot of someone wearing them, but it
was a busy day and there wasn't time for it.
I would enjoy giving them a whirl, at least to climb a few
feet from the ground to see how they act/feel :)
I've lived long enough now to understand that things aren't
always like they appear to be. They don't look user friendly
to me, but I would want to try them out some before
condemning them completely. If they worked really though you
would think that we would have seen more of them in use...
1011. We had a similar book press without the lever when from as long
ago as I can remember. After this weeks links I think book press was
short for copy book press and I and probably my parents never realized
the origional use. This could explain the description.
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