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Tom,

       you being the Uri Geller of the grip world,

I read that J.C.Tolson could bend simultaneously four

6 inch long 1/4 inch nails. I was wondering if you or

anybody else had tried multiple bends,and also if you

think you could duplicate this feat of grip strength.

  woody.                                                                                                                                                    

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supersqueeze

I've heard of several people bending two at a time, but four seems a bit much. That's an inch of steel in thickness, but only six inches long.

MCM

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Tom Black

I've tried multiple bends, but concluded that cutting off small bits at a time is better because:

  • The progression jumps can be made very fine. (I've cut off 1/8 more each week on particular bars).
  • It's cheaper!

My best double bend is 2 Ironmind Whites about a year ago, I think I could do a little better now (I braced my hand for this on my leg).  I've heard David Horne can bend two at once.  In "The Black Log #5" I mentioned that I tried two 60-penny nails together, but only bent them 1/4-inch. I have done recent tests with these nails (article upcoming) and they take 250-pounds of force to bend them 1/4-inch, so I guess a 1/4-inch bend isn't too bad (these nails are probably "Mediums." )  I seriously doubt Tolson could have bent 4 of these nails (1000 pounds of force, maybe if he was an elephant!).  My best guess is that the nails he used were easier, if so,  I can believe that Tolson did perform this feat.  I think Tolson's feat is mentioned in "The Super Athletes." Brookfield mentions some 60-penny nails taking only 150 pounds to bend, but I've never encountered any.  If you had 4 of these it would be 600-pounds to bend.  This would be on the edge of human possibilities so maybe Tolson could have done it.

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