Grivel Quantum Tech: CRACKED POMMEL!?!


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Pete Debelius · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2016 · Points: 10

I should start by saying I Dig the Quantum Techs, these Puppies kick a whole lata ass.

I Cracked the Pommel or finger guard on one of my tools. Bought them used so I'm not covered by the warrant.I can't afford a new pare and don't want to go back to my Charlet Moser's Pulsar.
so what I need to know is:
Has this ever happened to anybody else?
have I compromise the integrity of the tool i.e is it unsafe,
Any ideas how to fix it? Time and $ are both factors.

Thanks and happy trails.

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Alex Rogers · · Sydney, Australia · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 40

Drill and screw?

Gunkiemike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 2,740

Drip some superglue in the crack?

Unsafe? Absolutely not. The pommel is there to support your hand and make it easier to hold the tool. Would it suck if the pommel fell off mid pitch? Sure. But I wouldn't call it a safety issue; not compared to something like a pick snapping or the head coming off the shaft - both of which are not unheard of with commercial ice tools.

Erik Harz · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2010 · Points: 20

That same thing happened to me on a Quantum Tech pommel a couple years ago in Ouray. I also bought the tools used. I called Liberty Mountain and one of their employees was driving to Ouray that night and dropped off a new Quantum Tech to me the following morning. Pretty awesome customer service, and I haven't had any issues since.
I agree, those tools are bad ass.

Michael Schneider · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 735

Dip in "Drip n' Grip" Rubberized Tool Coating & Climb on.

Edit:
My pinkies still hurt, (all the time) from using straight shafted tools 30yrs ago.
Hold on to your tool add a loop of cord through the small hole to clip the tool in with.
You will be able to tell If the crack grows, under the Drip 'n Grip; the pinky shield is what is compromised.

Jake wander · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 165
Erik Harz wrote:That same thing happened to me on a Quantum Tech pommel a couple years ago in Ouray. I also bought the tools used. I called Liberty Mountain and one of their employees was driving to Ouray that night and dropped off a new Quantum Tech to me the following morning. Pretty awesome customer service, and I haven't had any issues since. I agree, those tools are bad ass.
I will backup the customer service at liberty mountaineering. They replaced the front half of a fairly used g12 crampon after the strap broke. Give them a try.
axcxnj · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 35

+1 for liberty mountain. This happened to one of my matrix techs last year, so over the summer i contacted Liberty mountain to warranty the tool. They had to ship it back to Grivel. since it was summertime, it was no big deal.

Long story short..the shipment got lost at sea or taken by pirates or something and totally disappeared. Liberty mountain gave me 2 new quantum techs to replace my 1 matrix tech. They are good people.

It looks like the North machine has a reduced pommel to try and make it less bash prone. In the future, try adding a little flick to the end of your swing to avoid knuckle busting on the ice.

Ray Pinpillage · · West Egg · Joined Jul 2010 · Points: 180

I was climbing in Hyalite last year and Liberty was putting on a climbing event with Conrad Anker for veterans. The rep chatted with my wife and I and gave use a pile of demo gloves, hats, swag. The vet group was very well taken care of and had a great time.

Zac St. Jules · · New Hampshire · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 1,133

Not unsafe. If liberty doesn't come through for you, Id cover it in superglue then cover it with concrete puddy.

I suppose the only unsafe thing about it would be if you were trying to make an anchor out of it, but their spikes aren't fully rated like some tools anyway.

Alan Ream · · Lafayette CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 5,170

Carve one out of hickory or some other really strong wood? could be a cool project!

NorCalNomad · · San Francisco · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 105

24hr epoxy in the crack. Don't get anything that has a faster time since it will be more brittle, not bond as well, and be less tolerant of the cold temperatures you get ice climbing.

Goran Lynch · · Oakland, CA · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 8

I think I must be missing something. A genuine question: how is this not a safety issue? If the OP were hanging on the tool with fingers nested in the pommel in a light grasp, and the pommel broke off, wouldn't that likely result in a fall?

djh860 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 110

Glue and screw. I'd use epoxy one that says it's for freezing temps

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