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I acquired my Good Makings, Version A on eBay from Joyce Fabric in 2014.
Version A is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 170 mm. tall, 170 mm. wide, and 16 mm. thick. The rope hole is 63 mm. high and 71 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 14 mm. The shaft length and width are 48 mm. and 41 mm., respectively. The auxiliary hole is 32 mm. high and 16.4 mm. wide. The eye measures 35 mm. by 40 mm. The ears are 35.2 mm. long. My Good Makings (Wholesale) 8 weighs 277 g.
The front of the eight is screened with the a strength (not rigging) icon, "48kN,"1113," the Good Makings logo, and"GM."
This is one of the following family of essentially identical forged aluminum rescue eights with ears:
|Asol, Version B||Fusion Terminal Rappel 8|
|Climb Right, Version A||Good Makings, Version A|
|Climb X Rescue 8 With Ears||Kong Big "8" (805.06)|
|Epic Peak||Mad Rock Rescue 8|
The Climbing Technology Ltd. eight is similar, but the ears are shaped differently. The Climb Right, Version B has a similar design, but it is a milled eight and is significantly smaller. There are several Kong steel eights that also have similar designs, some about the same size as the Kong Big "8" (805.06) in the table, some smaller.
On all of the ones in the table, the eye and ears are larger than they need to be. The belay slot is a reasonable size for a Sticht slot, and insetting part of the slot into the useless portion of the upper rope hole reduces the length of the eight. Still, like all rescue eights, these are too large and heavy for an eight - there are much better devices that are smaller and lighter than these eights but work just as well, if not better.
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I acquired my Good Makings, Version B on eBay from Jenny Box in 2014.
Version B is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 110 mm. tall, 80 mm. wide, and 18 mm. thick. The rope hole is 35 mm. high and 54 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 11 mm. The shaft length and width are 37 mm. and 25 mm., respectively. The eye measures 20 mm. by 25 mm. The ears are 12.1 mm. long. My Good Makings, Version B weighs 93 g.
The concave side of the eight is screened with the Good Makings logo, "GM," a strength (not rigging) icon, "25kN," and "0514." The concave side of the shaft has "kN25" in raised forged letters.
This is one of the following family of essentially identical "mini" size figure eight with ears:
|Ace||Fusion (Good Makings) Compact Bent 8|
|AMP Outdoor 8||Good Makings, Version B|
|Climb X Mini Rescue 8 With Ears||Mad Rock Small Rescue 8|
|Faders Ballet||Proverti CD 302|
These are small eights, and lighter than most figure eights with ears. If these were flat, they would create more friction than most. The bend allows them to be rigged two ways with differing amounts of friction. Even so, the rope hole is shorter than normal, so these eights may provide too much friction on stiff or muddy ropes.
Other small eights have similar bends. Examples are the Chouinard Version B, Faders, Frendo Version B, Kabelwerk Oberspree (perhaps the original design motivating for all of these - and yet not intended to be an eight at all!), and the Trango Penta, but this eight and its equivalents also have ears. Better yet, the ears are placed low where they can function effectively without increasing the size of the eight. For eared eights, I like this design enough to give each example a star.
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