Submitted February 1, 2015 by Bill A in Bogota, NJ
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These are superb. I've been using them on all of my straps and axes for many years, and have never had a problem. If you're having a problem with these, it's because you don't know what you're doing, and you are installing them improperly. You don't need thread lock, but you do need to be savvy. The first thing you need to do is alter the strap ends to fit the extra large threads. Once you've properly enlarged those (and if your strap won't take enlarging the holes, stop buying cheap straps), you need to make the nut really tight, using a proper wrench or pliers. The way to tell if you've properly widened the holes is when the strap hole lays perfectly flat against the back of the straplock. If it doesn't do that, then you haven't done it properly. They need to be the same size as the threads: no bigger, and no smaller. Use a sharp razor blade. Not one fo those thin shaving blades, but one made for cutting cardboard and scoring. I prefer FatMax blades, available at your local hardware store. Once you've got that nice and tight, Bob's your Uncle, and they won't come off.
As far as the rating: clearly, these don't make any sound, and the only feature that matters is that they work all the time. The wow factor is that you'll never drop your axe, unless you've not paid proper attention to the fastening procedure. Again, don't blame the product because you didn't know how to properly attach them to you strap. These are the best.
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Progressive rock, jazz, classical
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