Where to get those steel S-hooks
So I've started making my own hammocks as presents for people, and as such I'm trying to keep the costs down...a pair of whoopie slings for each hammock really adds up, and these aren't for gram counters. I have a feeling if I could find a place to buy a large quantity of those steel S-hooks that come with every Grand Trunk hammock (or most of them) it would wind up being one of the cheapest options for hanging the hammock from the suspension.
So does anybody know of a place to get hooks like that, that are strong enough to bear weight? Also, what kind of cord could I get to tie the hooks to the hammock that would be fairly cheap to buy in large-ish amounts? I don't know anything about climbing and thus nothing about rope...
How about making gifts, instead of buying hooks?
You need 60cm / 2ft of 7/64" Amsteel Blue to make a nacrabiner / soft shackle. That's about $.50 and a breaking strength of 700kg / 1500lb. Not to mention impressing those who see and use for the first time.
Allen Edwards latest variation, a blend of the Kohloff and Coligo Marine style is easier to operate. But, it is the hand-fabrication that is satisfying. Note: This variation is a little hard to find at Edwards L-36.com web page.
Spend more (and need a little greater length too) for larger line, right up to 1/4" / 6mm and you'll wind up with shackles that feel wonderful in the hand, and still cost <$2 each in materials. Climbing carabiner lovers can still claim strength superiority, as the 1/4" Amsteel Blue softie will might break with a load of 2300kg /5000lb.