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A must-have piece of gear for trad climbers.
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Still in one piece, no rust. Perfect.
Basic... that's all you need!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is the only nut tool I've ever owned, and is likely the only one I will ever own in the future. It is simple, lightweight, and it works. It sure is noisy while it klanks around on a carabiner. This is an essential piece of gear for all you new climbers out there, following routes day after day.
Works, but outdated.
I had a BD Nut tool for many years. It was good at plucking out stuck cams and stoppers. Did the job. EXCEPT when I needed to give a piece a good smack to get it out. Without tape on the back, you can't smack too hard because it's just a stamped piece of chromoly and it's fairly narrow. It was annoying.
Enter the Wild Country nut tool... This piece of art has a wide ass end that you can really smack without any risk of injuring your hand. It may be a little heavy, but I think it does a much better job than the BD nut tool. And, if you're worried about not having a bottle opener, just use a carabiner.
Bottom line: It'll do the job, just as it has since Chouinard forged the first one in his back yard in 1970-something. There are just better designs available now, such as the Wild Country nut tool. It's time for BD to design something better...
It's a nut tool.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
It's a nut tool. Basic and gets the job done. I will agree with the fact that it's uncomfortable to bang on with your hand. Just wrap a little tape around the end, you can use any other part of it as a bottle opener if you're a real man, or just use your teeth. Stands the test of time.
This makes everything a lot easier and less frustrating. Does a good job. I am very glad I bought it.
No Real Complaints
Does the job. Wish for the $, they included a string or bungee cord for easy use.
I don"t know were I would be without this Nut-tool. Me and my buddy were out playing in the crags and we stumbled upon a runnout sport climb. we set a #1 stopper and finished the climb. Cleaning that nut was a lost cause (pretty bomber placment if I do say so myself). The next saturday we grabbed one of these and headed back to avenge our the nut we recovered the nut thanks to this fantasic tool. You should never climb without one, even if you aren't a trad kind of guy. Who knows? You to may stumble across some treasure in the cracks.
Dig em out
I've been able to use this tool a bit over the last few weeks and it performs like a nut tool. I think it could use a rounded end to make it more comfortable to bang on with my hand, but if you're really that worried, take a dead carabiner or an old hex or just something to use as a hammer and our problem is solved.
Does The Job
This is a good tool that does what it's designed to do, but the edges are pretty squared so it hurts to hit it with your palm and it is lacking a built in carabiner/leash. This is a great minimalist/cheap nut tool but there are better ones out there. I prefer the Wild Country Pro-Key Nut Tool.
As other reviewers said, this will open a beer, which is important, because having beer after your route is a critical step in successful trad climbing.
What many don't know is that the holes in the handle can be used as a wrench to tighten loose bolts, or to exchange dated hangers. The bottle opener fits on 1/2" bolts, and the largest cutaway fits on 3/8". Pretty crafty BD.
For cleaning buried cams, The hook fits nicely in the notches in the Camalot triggers, or , you can hook one side of the trigger with the nut tool, and the other side with the cable loop of a stopper.
Other reviewers have commented on the painful nature of banging on this tool with the palm of your hand. Most nuts will come out with a simple push, but for those that won't, my solution is to remove my climbing shoe, and put my hand inside it - the rubber sole protects the palm nicely, allowing you me really wail on that piece.
I rack mine on a small piece of cord that is secured to a carabiner and immobilized by a rubber band. This assures that I can't drop the tool while cleaning.
My setup - a small piece of cord is retained with an "Xed" rubber band
Worked perfectly to free stuck nuts while following. Put some tape on the back per the other reviewer's suggestion, worked great. Was able to pound the back comfortably.
What else to say?
Simple, functional, half the price of Metolius nut tool. Kind of a no-brainer.
Others have noted that it hurts banging on this with your hand...a hex makes a great improvised hammer for those really stuck placements, if you're carrying them.
I keep mine on a locking biner clipped to a sling, simply to have another locker to spare in case things go awry.
It's cheap. It works. I put a leash on it 10 years ago and it's still serving its purpose. It sure won't win any awards for pretty. And whacking the end with my palm hurts enough that I grab for a loose rock, biner, or a hex before getting vigorous.
It does the job, but can be a little rough around the edges, but i guesse if you are worried about scratched hands, climbing might not be for you...lol.
simple, lightweight, a necessary component of any rack, hurts the palm a little for a nut thats really stuck but part of the game is not being a whiney little b!+(h
Works but hurts sometimes
I prefer the palm guard found on some other nut tools. This certainly works though.
simple.. cant g o wrong
A Tool For Many Occasions
Great for cleaning before placement. Easy to use & remove hardware. Functional design. Many other non-climbing uses.
This is the standard nut tool, lightweight and works pretty well. I usually end up hitting the end with a carabiner to get more force than using this with finesse though.