What’s the advantage of virgin metal in kettlebells

Discussion in 'Other' started by fractal, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. fractal

    fractal Triple-Digit Post Count

    I see some manufacturers indicating their products are superior because they don’t use recycled metals. How exactly does this make them better?
     
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  2. Antti

    Antti Strong, Powerful, Explosively Athletic Member of the Forum

    It doesn't.
     
  3. fractal

    fractal Triple-Digit Post Count

    This was my suspicion. The virgin metal bells I’ve handled feel more balanced than the cheaper recycled ones, but I attribute that to better casting processes - not the material
     
  4. HUNTER1313

    HUNTER1313 Strong Member of the Forum

    Everyone knows when you sacrifice a virgin to the kettlebell god the bells come with Pavel like attributes.
     
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  5. Snowman

    Snowman Strong Member of the Forum

    No such thing as virgin metal. It's all been melted and cooled quite a bit, just not by humans ;)

    This is probably true. A company willing to charge extra for "virgin metal" is probably also willing to charge extra for a better casting process, which might actually make a difference in quality. Maybe someday, when I grow up, I'll be able to tell the difference between a good kettlbell and a great kettlebell. And maybe someday, when I grow up, I'll be able to afford a great kettlebell...
     
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  6. offwidth

    offwidth Strong, Powerful, Explosively Athletic Member of the Forum

    And some people get strong by lifting concrete blocks and found objects.
    At the end of the day it's the work we put in that counts, not the tools we use.

    (That being said... it is nice to have good stuff...)
     
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  7. Oscar

    Oscar Strong, Powerful Member of the Forum

    Like @Snowman said, there is no such thing as virgin metal. Even the most specialized steels might use scrap in the process. I would just by a kettlebell that doesn't hurt my hands/forearms and that's it.
     
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  8. Bret S.

    Bret S. Strong, Powerful Member of the Forum Certified Instructor

    My bells are made in China with welded handles, they're modeled after Rouges. I saw a 24 somebody dropped on the handle and broke, the break was not at the handle welds.

    The full set cost under $1400.00 total I believe..
    2 x 12k
    2 x 16k
    2 x 20k
    2 x 24k
    2 x 28k
    2 x 32k
    2 x 36k
    2 x 40k
    2 x 44k
    2 x 48k
    I know the owner of the supply company and got them for .99 cents/lb with no tax or shipping. Local supplier

    There are 'nicer' bells around but I don't care, they will last my lifetime and many others if taken care of. (y)
     
  9. fractal

    fractal Triple-Digit Post Count

    What a set! You don’t do things by halves
    I’m glad to see my scepticism was warranted.

    Since I’m going to have to miss this week of training, I’m spending a bit of time planning my next snatch bell when I’m ready to progress from the 24 (by the end of the year I hope).

    I’ve got that 30kg (definitely melted down railroad spikes and car parts), which will probably be okay if I put some time into the handle. I’d rather not buy both a 28 and a 32 if it’s possible to avoid it.
     
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  10. Bret S.

    Bret S. Strong, Powerful Member of the Forum Certified Instructor

    Thanks fractal, I think if you want virgin iron you'd have to harvest it directly from the supernova that created it:cool:
     
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  11. WhatWouldHulkDo

    WhatWouldHulkDo Strong Member of the Forum

    I prefer seasoned metal myself. It's already played all the silly games, and it's had enough of that scene. It just wants to someone who's ready to commit and put in work.
     

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