The origin of our homemade Bashies is uncertain. They were one of the first “odd pieces” of gear in the Vertical Archaeology archives and probably date from sometime in the early 1990s or late 1980s. I believe they were an experiment or a design concept by a climber trying to think through a problem and using available materials to work out their ideas. Both are unused and I’m not sure they would have held anything but body weight at best. The idea is sound but the solder material used to make them would fail under any significant load.
Surprisingly, two bashies almost identical to ours are in the Neptune Mountaineering collection in Boulder, Colorado and are labeled as “Beat Ons”. I don’t think they are related to our examples but they look very similar.This photograph was taken through the glass display case on a recent visit to Neptune’s amazing gear museum. If you’re ever in Boulder stop in and take a look.