Frequently Asked Questions
Yes LittleHammer is always going to be the heavyweight of nut tools as the impact-weight is over half the total weight of the tool. More cut-outs from the body would add to the laser-cutting time (& cost) and only save a few grams, so I've stuck with sturdy.
LittleHammer has gone against the design trend of lighter and lighter nut tools. It's almost like a blind spot that none of this design evolution has addressed the primary function of a nut tool. Some tools have handle covers or shaping to reduce the impact on the palm, or added features, but none really help with supplying the required accurate crisp impact.
Now I'm going to sound old-school (I still use rigid stem cams!) but a rack has lost a lot of weight since I started climbing… wire-gates, sewn slings, hot forging/I-beam... so you've got no excuse! Anyway it's the second who uses the nut tool mostly, and they won't have the full weight of the rack till the end of a long pitch, so quit yer bellyaching and do your second a favour, they'll get up to the belay sooner!Last updated:
It'd be a hard sell being the most expensive and heaviest nut tool if LittleHammer wasn't so effective. In trying to be simple and light, nut tools haven't really got better at what they do. So we offer a more complex product to address this.
Value is a tricky thing with globalised production. In being able to make and ship goods taking advantage of differences in economies, our sense of value is based on what this system offers — the good and the bad.
It could come from living in a small community but the people we have worked with to get LittleHammer this far we'd like to support, as we'll work with them and live with them in the future. This is not an adversarial tender process looking for the lowest price from unknown companies. It is important to us to be part of and contribute to our local economy.
We also believe the makers in our economy are overlooked, be they artisans or production engineers, these skills have real value in a community. This is easy to loose sight off in a global economy and skills are lost too.
So we are trying to do something different with LittleHammer.
Thought the implications of our principled stance is softened a little by the low Australian dollar, speaking of differences in economies!Last updated:
I'm afraid the close-up film half way down the campaign page is the best I've got, you might be able to freeze frame that to see what is going on.
Basically the impact weight has a stainless steel spacer between the two brass parts. This runs in a track cut in the body. In the top of the track there is a notch that catches the corner of this spacer when it rotates up slightly as the weight is pulled back (the relationship of the front hook to the spring means that when hooked the weight rotates up as you pull it backwards griping its front half).
The weight stays in this trigger notch under spring pressure till you position the tool. To release an impact you push up on the back of the weight (I use a pinch grip for this) and it pivots out of the notch and flies forward.
That's probably more confusing!Last updated:
Impact wise yes. I had to increase the weight of the impact-weight during prototyping to get more grunt. I've started to do a bit of aid climbing and with all placements bounce tested and fully weighted I've been able to get them all out with LitttleHammer, especially good on RP's / micro nuts. Even helped me retrieve a well jammed hex from the back of an off-width. Some times it takes a few impacts to find the right angle for the force to unlock a nuts hold, but it's effective, quick, and one-handed.
It is made from 2.6mm (7/64 inch) stainless steel. LittleHammer was always going to be the heavyweight of nut tools so I've left the body pretty much solid. I could loose a few grams with cutouts but thought I'd go for tough and long lasting. Good for aid where carrying weight goes with the gig and every placement is jammed!Last updated:
LittleHammer is fine on the bigger nuts. I've also used it on a jammed hex.
It's the wedge shape of a nut that only needs to be reversed a fraction to release. Same at any scale, though the bigger ones might have a few more actual points of contact. These might take a couple of hits but that is more often about getting the right angle and good contact. You get better at this once you have a feel for the tool.Last updated:
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