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#1 OFFLINE   Mighty Joe

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 07:13 PM

I would like to officially announce that my Grip Museum is now the Official Grip Museum for

the Grip Board!!!

 

I want to thank Bill (wannagrip) and all the mods for making this happen and I would further

like to add that I will give 100% effort towards making this sub-forum successful as it can be

and to be a great learning tool and resource for all those interested in Grip History!

 

I've had this vision now going on a year and I've really put in a ton of work and spent a lot of money

to have this vision come to reality! The Grip Museum will only grow and get better over time!

 

I'm currently working on a post to act as a Grand Opening of this NEW sub-forum! It will

take me at least 2 weeks minimum to get this done and when I make this post you will instantly

know why it took so long! I'm using every spare minute I have right now to get this done but it will

be worth the time and effort! Please note that this is not to say you have to wait on my post to get started with

a new topic! Please do so if you so desire! 

 

It's my hope that all GB members and staff are pleased with the decision to go with this sub-forum

and giving me the honor of allowing my Grip Museum to represent the BEST Grip Forum on the planet!

 

                               The Grip Board


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#2 OFFLINE   jvance

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 07:20 PM

cool stuff Joe, look forward to watching this sport grow... i appreciate your dedication in documenting these grass roots beginnings



#3 OFFLINE   Mighty Joe

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 05:13 AM

Here's pics of various grippers and grip tools donated and purchased for the Grip Museum:

 

http://www.gripboard...ery&image=11064

 

http://www.gripboard...ery&image=11065

 

http://www.gripboard...ery&image=11066

 

http://www.gripboard...ery&image=11068

 

http://www.gripboard...ery&image=11067

 

http://www.gripboard...ery&image=11069

 

http://www.gripboard...ery&image=11070

 

http://www.gripboard...ery&image=11071

 

http://www.gripboard...ery&image=11072

 

Each time a new tool or gripper is added to the museum I will post it here!

 

ENJOY the pics!

 

If someone could PM me that knows how to post pics within the post would be greatly appreciated

and much easier for others to view!!! Thanks in advance!!!


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#4 OFFLINE   Brett H

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 11:38 AM

Very nice Joe! I especially like those grippers and certificate from Dennis Rogers!!! I know how large your museum is from your videos and I hope you will continue to post close up pics of individual pieces for all to see.



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Posted 18 June 2013 - 12:15 PM

I am not sure how to post the image, Joe.  I tried a couple of things within your post and it would not work for me.



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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:22 PM

Hey Joe,

You can delete my post above. I simply clicked on "more reply options" then I used the advanced photo uploader at the bottom. However with this post I used the basic uploader and it worked the same. Browse the locations and upload your pics and it attaches thumbnails. I don't know if this is what you are looking for or if you prefer the larger pics within the post?
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Posted 19 June 2013 - 04:40 AM

I am not sure how to post the image, Joe.  I tried a couple of things within your post and it would not work for me.

Thank you very much for trying Jedd! I appreciate it buddy!

I think Brett might have nailed it!


Hey Joe,

You can delete my post above. I simply clicked on "more reply options" then I used the advanced photo uploader at the bottom. However with this post I used the basic uploader and it worked the same. Browse the locations and upload your pics and it attaches thumbnails. I don't know if this is what you are looking for or if you prefer the larger pics within the post?
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Thanks Brett!

 

I will post some pics and more history after I get back from Sorinex Summer Strong this weekend!



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:07 AM

One week before the Sorinex Summer Strong event I got a small package in the mail from my

dear friend Richard Sorin. I was perplexed because I wasn't expecting any thing from him and he hadn't mentioned

a thing about this package.

 

When I opened the package it nearly knocked me over when I realized what Richard had given me as a gift for

our long time friendship, commitment, and passion for Grip! Below is several pics of one out of three of Richard's personal

RB World's Toughest grippers personally engraved for him marking his birth date. Richard had 3 RBWT's grippers made by Robert Baraban himself with the numbers of his birth date engraved on each handle and Sorin engraved on the other handle. One had 006 marking the month. Another had 026 marking the day (the one he gave me) and the third one had 050 marking the year he was born.

 

This gripper is without a doubt the most significant gripper ever given to me or purchased by myself for my collection and the museum! I can't think of a more significant gripper than this gripper being it was personally owned by Richard himself and if you'll notice in one of the images he signed the upper part on one of the handles.

 

Because of this amazing gift I'm am planning a slight remodeling of one of my Walls to properly display this gripper along with some pics to go along with the gripper. This gripper will always be the center piece of my collection and the museum. I will post a pic of the new remodel when I'm done!

 

Hope you enjoy the pics!!!

 

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:26 AM

Nice Joe!



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 04:27 PM

Very nice Joe!! That gripper might need a wall of its own. Probably the coolest gripper I have ever seen!!



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:16 PM

Thanks Bill and Bret!

 

This gripper is so meaningful to me and to come from a friend of over

2 decades that basically set modern day grip into motion is everything!

 

This is THE Gripper of all grippers in my view!



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:13 PM

Grippers Contained in Grip Museum owned by Joe Musselwhite (aka, Mighty Joe)
The Official Grip Museum for the Grip Board @ gripboard.com
As of July 4th, 2013
 
Total Grippers = 302
 
Grippers by Type: 11
 
Torsion Spring Grippers = 276
Vulcan Type Grippers = 9
Ivanko Super Grippers = 2
Frame Type Grippers = 2
Compression Spring Type = 3
Grip Spring DB’s = 6
Others = 4
 
Grippers by Brand:  35
 
AtomGripz
BCG
Beef Builders - made by Warren Tetting
Bone Crusher
Emenee
Everlast
FBBC - Fat Bastard Barbell Company
Generation II
GHP - Gillingham High Performance
GNC - General Nutrition Center
Gold’s Gym
Grip Master - Pro Hands
Harbinger
Heavy Grips
Horne, David - Vulcan
Hubert Brown
Iron Mind - Captains of Crush
Iron Grip
Ivanko
Jubinville - Super Gripper
Kool
Manus Grip - Silvis Grip
Python Grip
Robert Baraban - RB Grippers
Samson
Sandow
Sears
Socha - Iron Hand
Spri
Tetting - Thor
Valeo
Voit - AMF
Weider
Whitely
York
 
Hand Grippers by Countries:  16
 
Austria
Canada
China
England
Europe
France
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea
Poland
Russia
S. Korea
Taiwan
Ukraine
United States
 
Handle Materials: 7
 
Wood - 20
Smooth Steel - 43
Knurled Steel - 10
Aluminum - 187
Stainless - 2
Titanium - 1
Plastic - 24
 
Largest Gripper = Hercules made by Warren Tetting, wire diameter of .562”
 
Smallest Gripper = made by Joe Musselwhite, wire diameter of .095”
 
 
Note: The above is grippers of various types not including many other grip tools and implements displayed in the museum. Listed below will be an ongoing list of the many other items in the museum.
 
Other items: with MORE to list as time allows
 
Setting Blocks = 2
Setting Cards = 3
Dynamometers = 3, Baseline Grip Dynamometer and a Baseline Pinch Dynamometer. Also have a Russian
dynamometer from the early 70’s.
Grip Machines = 3
Blobs = 7
Circus DB’s = 2
Revolving DL Handles = 10
Various Hubs = 6
Various Grip Balls = 7, from 3” - 5”
Numerous Pinch Devices
Telegraph Machines for Thumb Training = 2
Anvil Horn Type Trainers = 2
Lever Sticks - 4
Sledge Hammers = 5
Indian Clubs = 2
Maces = 3
Thick Bar Axles = 2, one is 2" diameter and the other is 2.265" diameter.
Thick Handle DB's = 6, 2" - 4"
 
Much MORE to come including pictures and lists of vintage books, magazines, articles,etc...
 
Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoy the Grip Museum!!!
 
Happy 4th of July!!!

Edited by Mighty Joe, 04 July 2013 - 09:17 PM.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 07:35 AM

I thought you guys would get a kick out of some comparison pics of my largest gripper (Hercules)

compared to my smallest gripper (MicroGrip)! :)

 

ENJOY!!!

 

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 07:51 AM

I have to wonder if anyone has a bigger collection? Maybe David Horne?



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 08:32 AM

Another Grip Museum factoid:

 

Currently out of 276 torsion spring grippers, 111 are rated with more to be rated over time.

 

The highest current rating is a T10 @ 263 lbs. and the lowest current rated gripper is a COC Guide

coming in @ 32 lbs.

 

My goal is to have at least 200 of the grippers rated!

 

MORE Soon...



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:22 AM

Where did that microgrip gripper come from? Funny little thing...

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:37 AM

Where did that microgrip gripper come from? Funny little thing...

I made it in the late 80's.

 

I've never seen a smaller gripper!

 

It is really neat! I used to have a chain attached to it and wore it as a necklace!

 

Now it's retired to the Grip Museum!



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:40 AM

UPDATE: There is now 121 rated grippers out of 276 TSG's!

 

Me and Cody rated 17 more grippers today but 7 of them was his own.



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 12:10 PM

Well that's a pretty cool little piece! Made me think of a belt buckle with a tiny little gripper on it. Haha

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 12:25 PM

Bill,
I haven't counted the exact number, but I don't think it rivals the numbers here, or even near.
I probably have a lot more pre WW2 grippers.
I just don't have anywhere near the number of modern torsion grippers.
Joe has quite a collection!

I have to wonder if anyone has a bigger collection? Maybe David Horne?