A work of art @Burrapeg! Can you tell us more about the end (anchor that hooks the rope) portion of your build? Home welded SS or repurposed from something else?OK, that video above, of using the Bennet Hook, got me excited so some more tinkering in the shop late at night to home brew a version (do not really have the $360. to spare and had a chunk of No.60 stainless roller chain). Slightly different in config from the real item but it seems to handle about the same. The roller chain will always fall over either way around the limb, to line up the hook and also when it is time to pull it off the limb. I played around with it about half an hour and in that time was able to more or less get the knack of quickly grabbing the hanging hook with a horizontal fling of the line. Same thing to unhook afterwards. The neat thing about it, compared to the Captain, is that the Bennet will not slide sideways on an angled or down slanted limb. There is a place for both in my pile; I love using my Captain Hook too. My home brew Bennet is rather heavy just hanging on the saddle, but once you are throwing it the weight is a decided advantage. Raining this week but will try to get some GoPro footage of using it once the weather clears.
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Thanks for the kind words! The hook end is just a piece of steel key stock. I drilled a hole at each end; and on the hook end threaded a bent steel rod thru it, then welded it. I smoothed it up a bit everywhere with an angle grinder and emery flap wheel.
I have been thinking about your suggestion and may try that tomorrow since the rain has quit for a few days. Maybe pull out about four links and see how it goes.I wonder if you could get away with fewer links to lighten it, and still get the advantage of them lining up the hooks for snagging?