/ Petzl Light Hammer for Nomic/Ergo/Quark
You're right they don't look as durable as the Petzl light weight hammers. Also only 5g lighter and a couple of quid cheaper. Look a bit homemade as well. Thanks for pointing out though.
i use the ones made by cold thistle and got these imported fron the states. My main reason was that the swing and balance was relatively unafected by the addition of the hammer.
What ever you do, unless you are only ever ice climbing and hand place pro, your axes are going to get bashed up; they are tools. That said i do remember feeling forlorn when my first ever pair of tools looked like they had been run over by a truck after a particually chaaracter building mixed route. I made the mistake of selling them when i upgraded to bent shafted piranhas. I'd love to be re-united which my battered straight shafter pulsars - a woman in sheffield in '96 or '97 bought them off me:(
I'd just go for a standard petzl hammer, granted they may be a little heavier but they offer much more protection, and I suspect are much more effective for smacking in pegs etc.
Jeff Mercier, Korra Pesce, Charly Frizter etc all climb their super hard routes with the standard Petzl hammer - if it's good enough for them it'll certainly be good enough for me.
dunno about the light one but have found the regular one makes no real difference to the swing of a nomic (only have a hammer on one tool and dont notice any difference worth worrying about).
that said, i bashed in dozens of pegs/spectres with no hammer at all. dinged up the alu head a bit but not the end of the world (mind you old picks had a raised bit of steel that helped a little).
get whatever. maybe see if dane has any at coldthistle if you have the time to wait for shipping.
This guy manufactures a 4 mm hammer for the Nomic:
You've got to be a good shot to knock owt in with that, without a lot of practice.
The area on the hammers that you are supposed to hit with is practically the same on both the original Petzl and the CT. I find the curved shaft on modern tools more of a challenge when bashing in stuff.
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