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So simple - I found this photo on another forum, but can't seem to find the maker...
The entry said ABI, but I don't see it on the net. I believe the product line went to "Taylor Made", but I understand it is discontinued.
Personally, I would make the slot 2-3 times longer (so that it would hold, like a hook, with only one leg shackled) and I would add a latch plate (connecting the shackles) so that the chain could not jump. The latch would also greatly increase strength, just as a carabiner is ~4x stronger when the gate is closed than when it is open. It appears stout, so that is not at issue.
Looks simple though - a drill press, port-a-band, grinder, and a bit of scrap.
I see an answer I like; with a deeper slot it could be used as a chain hook, with two shackles as shown, or even latched. I can even see, as illustrated, that one could easily hook the chain rode simply by pulling it up from underneath and then slacking the rode.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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