A brother posted a little plug about Bob Farrell of Fire Hooks Unlimited about when Bob bought his first Halligan out of the Chief's closet for $32! I found the above info out after reading about the IAF bar and the information about the company he got from Bob off the WA State F.O.O.L.S. page. Iowa American
I read that the IAF was forged and not machined according to the post on the F.O.O.L.S. page. Thanks for the indepth history on Bob's little predicament! Sounds like something a fireman/innovator ahead of their time would do and get in trouble for. Too bad they couldn't see the future but it's awesome to relive the past with stories like this!
Stay safe Brother!
I believe the IAF halligan was machined from a block of stainless steel as opposed to the drop forging method utilized for the alloy-steel Pro Bar. The Vitels (IAF) were inovators and offered truely custom options on their bars for the end user. It is too bad they are no longer in business.