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    But is the head made from 303 or 316 stainless steel? And does the overall construction meet UIAA standards? I note the head is only attached to the handle with one rivet, which is an obvious failure point.

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    It is MSR after all remember.......so Might Survive Riveting!
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    Looked all over this morning to find answers to some of Guy's questions to no avail. Not even their own website is any help here I found. Likely the cheapest mass production Stainless steel they could get. Not a lightweight item!
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    If only they did one in titanium, it would be the next must-have accessory.


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    Yes it would! Then everyone would want one. Titanium shaft and head, with inset stainless steel striking surface maybe.
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    My thought with the above there Ed, was that if it were of totally titanium construction then would it be too light overall therefore to use as a hammer to drive in pegs or stakes on hard ground? Without having to have steel comprising the striking surface.
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    Who needs a mallet....even a rock is overkill 99.99% of the time...use your foot FFS

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    Ha ha ha! Yeah, not always a suitable tock around though is there when you need one. Driving a peg in with your boot is ok ninety percent of the time maybe. My pal was very unlucky in winter on hard ground, doing just that, and the steel peg going right through the boot sole and into his foot! Lucky I carry quite a bit of FAK with me. So much blood coming out of one foot. I said he would have been better off leaving the peg in there really at least till got to hospital. Would have controlled the bleeding and stopped a lot of blood loss.
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    Incompetent is not the same as unlucky....

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    Dismantle the nearest drystone wall and use a piece of that. There's far too many walls blocking paths as it is.

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    As much as I love MSR Groundhogs I too use a rock on the hill or an ex-Arny steel reinforced wooded mallet the rest of the time. Doesn't require such an accurate aim & likely longer lasting on the hard ground of French campsites.

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    Blimey, it's Kelvin! Hullo stranger


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvin View Post

    Dismantle the nearest drystone wall and use a piece of that. There's far too many walls blocking paths as it is.
    Good plan, I'd never thought of that, I've been trying to dismantle all the bloody 'cairns' thar crop up every 50 yards.


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    Stainless steel, no rivet, dimpled striking surface. Recommended by English Heritage.

    http://www.cooklands.com/kitchen-craft-heavy-duty-metal-meat-tenderiser-3864-p.asp

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    Yeah, but it doesn't have the peg extractor or crucial bottle-opening functions... The rivet, by the way, appears to be backed up with some sort of heavy duty adhesive, there are small traces around the join between the shaft and the head

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    metal - winter - sticky fingers

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    Gloves?

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    Aye but some of us don't learn the easy way

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    MSR Tent Stake Gloves... maybe, for winter camping use. Said the man who once heated a titanium fork in an MSR XGK flame, then absent-mindedly picked it up. Ouch... to be fair, I was bored and alone somewhere in the Peruvian Andes which not much else to do. a

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