The Detonation Technology DTGH-2 Grapple is designed specifically for dismounted C-IED operations. The four tines fold flat to be tucked out of the way in a pouch or pocket, then snap open with a twist of the wrist. There are no parts to thread together or lose. We believe this is the best hook on the market for Explosive Ordnance Disposal use.
Conventional climbing grappling hooks aren’t ideal for EOD for a variety of reasons. First is size. A climbing grapple needs to be large enough to hold you, plus a safety margin. An EOD hook only needs to be stronger than you are, since that is all the load that is put on it. Overkill on strength leads to extra size and weight. The difference between this grapple at less than 5/8″ thick and a climbing grapple at 2″ means you can keep this one on the front of your body armor in a pouch or pocket, instead of a climbing grapple stuffed in a pack. This may not seem like much to the uninitiated, but those seconds are a big deal when your hunting IEDs.
Second is geometry. Climbing grapples put the point of the hooks too far down past the center of gravity, so that the hook tends to rock up on it’s end instead of dragging on the ground to catch your target. Third is number of hooks. Three hooks means 120 degrees of separation, four means 90 degrees. The sharper angle keep the hooks pointed at the ground, digging in better and giving you a better shot at snagging something.
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