Traditions™ Revolver Nipple Wrench for 1851, 1858, and 1860 Models
Positively don't purchase (really).
I rarely comment on purchased items, but I feel compelled to inform others; in fact, I actually called Bass Pro shop. I'm not doing this because I'm mad, I'm leaving a comment and I contacted Bass Pro shop in order that the product be immediately removed. Really, it's that bad.
The problem is that the metal is WAY too soft. I removed 5 out of 6 nipples, but the 6th gave just a little resistance and the soft metal on the wrench rounded and that was that...done. I very carefully tried to work with the tool and remove the last one, but to no avail...it just got worse.
This item either needs to be removed from their product line or replaced with the proper metal immediately. There is no other option. DO NOT purchase this. I can't stress this enough. Not even maybe.
September 19, 2012
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
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