Unsatisfied by what he saw on the market, creator and mechanical engineer Erick Davidson decided to create a wide piece of gear for both his wife and himself to use on burly off-widths. The goal was simple: maximum range, maximum weight, and an easy-to-use trigger lock.
“The Merlins were never intended to be sold, but a photo was leaked on Supertopo,” Davidson explained. “That created enough demand that I agreed to start making them for other climbers.”
The Merlin cams have a patented control horn activation mechanism. The control horn mechanism eliminates the geometrical constraints placed on other large cams and allows for a larger camming range, resistance to buckling, and lower weight. This cam is almost double the strength over the Black Diamond new number 8.
The Merlin cams also have a patent pending trigger lock mechanism that allows the cams to be locked in the retracted position and easily deployed with one hand while climbing.
The company name Merlin comes from their cat named “Merlin.” Located in California, USA