High Performance Grappling Hook

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Introduction: High Performance Grappling Hook

About: Awesome Gear I've designed myself.

We carry a lot of different things. Sometimes we drop them. Instead of leaving your everyday carry items out of reach, get your grappling hook!

This is the sequel to the original grappling hook I posted. The first one worked great but didn't stow so well. Here's what I'm working on now. It's a cross between a mechanical claw and grappling hook. When it touches down, gravity pushes the jaws open. Lifting it closes the jaws around your prize. Now I feel better about all the quarters I've lost in claw machines.

I sell these at my shop (click here to check it out)

So what makes it high performance?

  • It can be used just as a 2 pronged hook.
  • It "Bites" objects that might slip out of a grapnel.
  • Installing the Cross Hook makes it a 4 pronged grappling hook.
  • Compact enough to be stowed on a back pack strap.
  • Can be dismantled for more compact storage.

Step 1: Cutting Aluminum

Grab a section of 1/8"x3/4" aluminum bar from the hardware store. I think it cost about $7.00 for a 3' section. Cut six sections each 3" long. I used a scroll saw to do this. Once that was done I placed it in my mini mill to square up the edges. Don't forget your safety glasses.

Step 2: Drill and Round Over

After marking the holes with a center punch I placed the pieces back in the mill and drilled out the holes. It's important the holes line up you so may want to clamp the pieces together and drill them all at the same time. To round over the edges to each piece I used a de-burring bit in my mini lathe.

The jaws are cut by moving the x and y axis at the same time. This is where all my etch-a-sketch training came in handy. Once they were cut, I rounded them over too.

Step 3: Add the Hardware

The pieces are stacked in an alternating pattern. For the prototype I used plain old nuts and bolts. The very top joint is held together with paracord. Now that it's all together I tested it out on a few different objects. Off to the computer!

Step 4: AutoCad Design

I love me some AutoCad. I started out with a basic 3" x 3/4" rectangle. Next I rounded over the edges and placed the holes. That made the linkages. The claw part took much more work. Since the parts overlap and mirror each other, the curves had to match up nice. It's hard to imagine on screen but printing out the parts in paper and cutting them out helps. When I was happy with the file I sent it to a local laser cutter.

Step 5: Laser Cutting

I picked up the parts and put them together just like the prototype. I did upgrade to better hardware though. This was cut out of Delrin which is a high strength plastic.

Step 6: Review

It's been fun to make this. I'm still perfecting the design.

Some ideas include:

  • Incorporating a magnet into the design or making a magnetic attachment for magnetic retrieving.
  • Adding a secondary function to the cross hook. Like making it a gear tie or adding a hex tool cut out.
  • Modifying the linkages so a rubber band forces the jaws closed. That way you could tie it to a pole and use it as a "cherry picker".
  • Making an XL version or using titanium.

Thank for reading.

Brent

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87 Discussions

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NicholasW10
NicholasW10

Question 7 months ago

I found a Grappling Hook Blueprint can it be used to make the kind of Grappling hook for a Grappling gun as a Batman Gadget

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GuithiQc
GuithiQc

2 years ago

Can I please have the PDF file please

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GuithiQc
GuithiQc

Question 2 years ago

Can I have the files to build one myself please

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wcgems
wcgems

4 years ago

Every considered making one about half size? Sorta small enough to carry on keychain or belt loop for EDC? This is great but kinda big for small emergency use like dropped key recover and such.

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Mrballeng
Mrballeng

Reply 4 years ago

Actually yes =). This is it. http://awesomeforsale.com/gravity-xs/

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Kafukai
Kafukai

5 years ago on Introduction

This is a very usefull product, and also cool design. I wouldn't mind to use in my hiking tracks, you never know what would happend and it also compact. Good job :-)

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Rottedroots
Rottedroots

Reply 4 years ago

Very cool. The stuff I grapple with is quite heavy. Missing lobster pots, anchor lines and whatever else may end up on the ocean floor. Do you think your grapple will work ok on the things I grapple with or have grappled with in the past?

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elmachinegun
elmachinegun

Reply 4 years ago

I wanted one. Look for it in the internet and found this.
http://s.aliexpress.com/fq2U77nm

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chilihook
chilihook

4 years ago

I made one of these out of wood for the fun of it! Excellent project, wish I was able to get in on the Kickstarter. When will they be available for retail sale?

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ChancreScolex
ChancreScolex

Reply 4 years ago

Were you able to find the CAD files?

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tmfitzhugh
tmfitzhugh

Reply 4 years ago

I was able to just copy the photo above and trace it in CAD. Doesnt take long.

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ChancreScolex
ChancreScolex

4 years ago

Did the CAD files for this ever get released?

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jkennedy26
jkennedy26

4 years ago

The prepper in me needs this !

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jkennedy26
jkennedy26

5 years ago

Sooo will you take a check ? Tasty...Is there a glow in the dark version ? Not trying to be difficult...

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tmfitzhugh
tmfitzhugh

Reply 4 years ago

You could just paint yours with a glow in the dark paint. Would be a great idea for picking things up in the water.

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tmfitzhugh
tmfitzhugh

Reply 4 years ago

You could just paint yours with a glow in the dark paint. Would be a great idea for picking things up in the water.

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mrandle
mrandle

4 years ago

Hey I noticed another company selling your hooks that wasn't the fishbone site. Is this OK? I can provide more details if you need.

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Joey John 9821
Joey John 9821

4 years ago

were you expecting $150,000 in pledges

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mattkp
mattkp

4 years ago

yea could we get the cad files for this it would make things easier ?