Eiger history from a Eiger carabiner display being sold on eBay. In the early 1960s, Mike Sturm approached a Pasadena machine shop owned by Stanley Brozek and his son, Peter Brozek. Sturm provided Stanley Brozek Company Inc. with an iconic Raffi Bedayn carabiner and requested fifty copies to be made. Brozek obliged, providing him with fifty carabiners. The following year, Sturm returned to the Brozeks, this time ordering 100 carabiners; requesting them to be stamped with, “Eiger USA” for his new company, Eiger Mountain Sports Corp.
Over time the Eiger company went through a few evolutions becoming Liberty Mountain Sports in the early 1970s, then Advanced Base Camp in the early 1980s, and finally Cypher Climbing in 2003.
The Eiger USA pitons were made in Switzerland in the early 1960s.
Eiger 1965 catalog
Two pitons in the Ashby Robertson collection. Click on photo (right) which links to the Eiger Equipment post on the Vertical Archaeology website.
The Eiger 1970 catalog shows many pitons, but shows no Eiger pitons.