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Clinker type boot nail.
© Slipnot, Sep 2010
Camera used: Fuji S5000

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Numbers of this type of nail were driven through the welt edge of an all leather climbing boot from the sole up, then the spike was bent over the edge of the welt to prevent the nail from coming out. Finally the clover leaf shaped plate was hammered over the point to cover it and to protect the edge of the boot welt. The nails were placed around the sole and heel edges and the remaining flat areas of sole and heel would have been nailed with simple hob nails. These came with either triple or single heads.
Slipnot - 21/Sep/10
Amazing! Where did you find this in such good condition? I have a bunch I wrenched out of the sole of an old boot, but even after some care and attention I doubt they are reusable.
Only a hill - 22/Sep/10
Used to be able to buy these at the local cobblers workshop back in the late 50's and this has been lying around since then after it's siblings were used by one of the old school,Scots climbers Jim Simpson to nail his new boots.
Slipnot - 22/Sep/10
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