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Hardware Question: Ice Tool

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 Richard Carter 28 Jan 2022

Hello,

 Just wondered if anyone knew what brand this was...

https://imgur.com/a/FvNk9Qf

The pick attachment looked unusual and it's bugging me that I don't know 🤣

Richard

Post edited at 22:57
 Marek 28 Jan 2022
In reply to Richard Carter:

Looks like an HB Tornado. I think I have a pair in the garage, but they've not been out to play for a while!

In reply to Marek:

Yep HB for sure.

 wee jamie 29 Jan 2022
In reply to Richard Carter:

Aha, did you buy it?  I saw it on Ebay, and noticed the carbon shaft.  I was wondering what it was myself!

In reply to wee jamie:

Yeah bought it - out of curiosity mainly 😋

HB Black Lightning apparently.

 DaveHK 29 Jan 2022
In reply to Richard Carter:

Proper adze on that!

In reply to Richard Carter:

> HB Black Lightning apparently.

Oh yeah - I remember them, but pretty certain BD were making carbon shaft tools quite some time before that, Black Prophet I think was the model. I remember looking at them in catalogues in the mid 90s and lusting after them!

HeMa (Henrikki) of this parish, who I used to climb with in Finland, I think had HB tools back in the day!

 Marek 29 Jan 2022
In reply to TobyA:

> HeMa (Henrikki) of this parish, who I used to climb with in Finland, I think had HB tools back in the day!

The similar HB Tornados still are my current tools (for a given definition of 'current'), albeit modified with a pinkie-hook. Might not be the best today, but a world better than the home-made tools I used before them!

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 HeMa 29 Jan 2022
In reply to TobyA:

Yeah, had the purple Tornados some eons ago.

and indeed the head is HB one.

btw. Sold to the a meen boulderer… nowadays they are used to pry of loose flakes and such for future boulders.

In reply to TobyA:

I remember visiting HB during my dissertation and seeing a prototype of the Lightening and also the Dyneema helmet - this would have been around 1999. Can't be many of those lightenings around as not long after Hugh Banner that an accident and times got tough for HB...


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