Saturday, April 20, 2013
Wanted to do a blog post on 2 very significant gripper donations from 2 very generous individuals.
Richard Sorin, long time friend, collector, Grip Legend and owner and founder of Sorinex.com donated a rare Ed Jubinville gripper to my Grip Museum several weeks ago and it is pictured here just as I received it in the mail. Ed Jubinville started making grippers I believe in the 70's and his signature characteristic was he welded the handles to the spring. The gripper had solid steel handles with no knurling. The wire diameter is .283" and the strength difficulty is around that of an easy COC #3. The springs on these grippers were known to break during use so one had to be cautious when using these grippers. I bought my very first Jubinville gripper back in the late 80's and several years later it snapped and I threw the gripper away. Little did I know that one day I would become one of the largest hand gripper collectors in the world. By the way, Ed Jubinville was deeply involved in old time physical culture and was very involved in the arm wrestling scenes when Bob O'Leary headed the American Arm Wrestling Association, AAA.
The other donation was from Adam Moyers who is a grip enthusiast, collector and long time Grip Board member. Adam donated a single stamp #3 to my collection also pictured here. He had the gripper rated by Matt Cannon of Cannon PowerWorks and it rated at 142 lbs. I rated the gripper again myself 3 different times and came up with 145 lbs.
I would like to publicly THANK Richard and Adam from the bottom of my heart for donating these grippers to my museum!!! In today's world it's becoming rather rare to find people so generous and willing to contribute to others for a good cause. That cause being that I'm preserving the history of all types and brands of hand grippers for the future generations to come. My collection will not be sold and any gripper donated will stay as part of the collection to never be sold or traded. Those that donate any type of hand gripper will be recognized here on my Blog and often times mentioned in a video on my You Tube channel.
Hope you ENJOY this article and the pictures!!! If you have a hand gripper of any brand or type that you would like to donated to my Grip Museum please feel free to contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make arrangements for you to send me the gripper(s)!
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE GRIP!!!