The Role of Your Grip: A Brief History of Hand Grips
Hand grips have been used since ancient times. They were first developed in the late 19th century by John Boyd Dunlop (1877 – 1967) a British engineer and inventor. His invention was called “Gripper” which was a device that could be attached to any object such as a knife or fork. The grippers allowed one to hold objects with their hands without having to use tools. In the early 20th century, they became popular among soldiers during World War I.
The grips were made from rubber and had metal parts so that they would not rust.
In the 1950’s, when the military began using them less frequently, many manufacturers stopped making them because of cost reasons. However, some individuals continued producing them under different names including Eureka Rubber Company (USA), Klyton Industries (UK), and Noreen Manufacturing Co. Ltd (Japan). These companies produced the grips until the 1980’s when most of them went out of business.
During the 1990’s, there was a resurgence in interest in hand grips again due to the rise of martial arts and self defense techniques. Many people wanted to improve their skills and develop new ones. Some people started training themselves with these devices and others bought them off store shelves. The demand for these devices increased greatly, but it wasn’t long before they became very expensive due to their scarcity. Companies began to produce them again but they were not the same as before.
They were designed with more convenient handles and used plastic instead of metal. They also came in different colors and designs for variety, but had the same basic mechanism.
In the late 1990’s a new type of hand grip was introduced called the Battle Grips Forearm Blaster. The way it works is similar to the original grippers, but it uses strong magnets to improve grip strength. It was invented by a company called TechCraft Inc. The magnets are arranged in “poles” on each side (north and south) of the handle. When the handle is squeezed, the magnetic force pushes against each other which in turn applies pressure on the user’s wrist.
While this product has become popular among children and teenagers, some people prefer it for training as well because it makes their hands stronger.
These days, you can buy hand grips readily in most sporting goods and department stores. They come in different designs, colors, and types. Some are made of plastic or rubber while others are made of metal. You can choose from a variety of brands like Harbinger, Grip4orce, Everlast, Century Martial Arts, and Combat Handles to name a few. So if you want to improve your grip strength then this is the perfect equipment to help you achieve your goal.
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