Traditions™ Revolver Nipple Wrench for 1851, 1858, and 1860 Models
After reading some of the reviews I was worried about the durability of this product but decided to give it a try. I have not had any of the problems mentioned in the negative reviews and am glad I bought it.
March 3, 2014
looks good until you try to use it
Jaws stripped on the first nipple I turned with it, barely got the other five out of the cylinder. I took it back for an exchange and the jaws on that one stripped clean off, so I got a refund. Then I bought a 50 cent bolt from the hardware store and made my own.
November 7, 2013
Worst Purchase Ever
Do not waste your money on this substandard product that’s been improperly manufactured in China.
Unlike the product pictured in the online catalog, the actual tool one purchases has radii instead of 90 degree defined corners that will tightly fit a nipple on a black powder cylinder, and with the metal being so soft, it can’t possibly remove a tightly fitting nipple with out stripping.
My new wrench stripped and then started to strip the nipples on my brand new Stainless Steel 1858 replica.
After I managed to extricate at least one nipple, I took it and the tool to work and machined off their bad design, then I measured how wide the flats were on my nipple and used a 1/8 end mill to make a slot with 90 degree defined corners (no radii) a few thousandths over size, and it works.
Purchase a quality product somewhere else, don’t waste your time with this piece of junk; or machine one yourself out of high carbon steel like 1045, or 4140, and flame harden it so that you have a tool that will last, and make the handles a little longer for better leverage, that’s what I’m going to do.
October 6, 2013
Piece of Junk
Don't waste your money on this. The steel is so soft that it breaks on first use, even on new unfired cylinder and nipples. I used one that came with the revolver redi-pack it broke so I bought another. It also broke on first use.
I ended up making a tool from a 3/16 socket that functioned with a great deal of effort.
I did locate a ratcheting nipple wrench from Cash Manufacturing Company that is wonderful.
I emailed Traditions to complain. They never replied.
July 7, 2013