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Another Sten-brush found?!

Believe it or not but this Sunday Fredrik found another Sten brush! Just below the boulder Sockerbiten in Utby. We asked all climbers passing bye but none recognised it. Anyone else missing a brush?

Are the Sten brushes that easy to loose? Should I add a string to them? If you’ve missed the finding of the first brush read it as well :)

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Sten brush searching for owner!

Last weekend a lost Sten boulder brush was found on the Swedish west coast. On a small island called Hönö (chicken island in Swedish). It lay on the beach washed ashore with all the debris from this winter storms.

We have asked around to find it’s rightful owners but none are found. If you are missing your brush write a comment below and tell us where you think you’ve lost it.

We started to plot some potential climbing locations from where it can have traveled through the sea. Please help us share so it can find it’s way back to home!

Here is how it looks :)

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Fix your worn out boulder brush

After intensive usage, sometimes, even your Sten brush looks a bit unevenly worn out. Just cut away the tip and sand the edge round. Almost as good as new. Just a tad shorter.

The image above is from yesterday in Utby (just outside Gothenburg). I’m working on my long time project, Voodoo. I didn’t do it yesterday either. Next time :)

Happy sending!

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Sten boulder bag!

A bag to keep your chalk in when bouldering. Made by reused denim in Sweden.

A bag to keep your chalk in when bouldering. Made by reused denim in Sweden.

I’ve been working so hard for this and finally the Sten boulder bag is DONE! A boulder bag made by old denim jeans, waxed with bees wax and paraffin to keep dirt out and the chalk in. It’s hand made in Sweden.

We believe in reuse. The jeans on the picture here is a pair that I inherited from a friend 17 years ago. You can send your old worn out favorite jeans to me and I’ll make them into a bag. If you are interested in that please contact me. Of course you can also have me select the fabric for you. We’ll probably have other materials available later as well. If you have any preferences in color, wash or fabrics please let me know. We are not totally done with the pricing yet but are guessing on 500 SEK including one Sten boulder brush.

The bags are made by hand in our own studio in Sweden and we are really proud to make that work. Making our own products is new to us so expect delivery times to be a couple of weeks. We’ll work on that and learn to be more efficient as we go, please bear with us for now.

A bag to keep your chalk in when bouldering. Made by reused denim in Sweden.

Sewing the boulder bag was meant to be the first product for Sten. I mean, how hard can it be? Really hard, as it turned out. Luckily the boulder brush was easier. When I started I didn’t know anything about making patterns or producing. It has been a steep learning curve and my attempts have been like a roller coaster. One day I felt like a genius, the next not so much.

Many people have helped make this product possible. Thanks to all you. A special extra mega warmest thanks goes to Sofia, Johanna, Fredrik, Mikaela, Dagny, Ea and Padde. You are the best!

Happy sending!

P.S. We are glad for all feedback so please share with us!

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Boulder brush updates

We are just done producing another batch of Bamboo boulder brushes!

We’ve made some improvements since the first version. Generally we avoid using version numbers for our products as we see it more as they evolve naturally during time.

To clarify we’ll describe the updates that the Bamboo boulder brush has gotten.

As you can see it’s the same brush and bristle with minor improvements. The current version is the more rounded one.

It's rounded! We got some feedback that the edge of the brush sometimes hit the rock when brushing. We fixed it by grinding the four corners off.
We’ve gotten some feedback that the edge of the brush sometimes hit the rock when brushing. We improved it by grinding the corners off.

We've made the edges a bit softer to hold by sanding them of a bit. They also fit easier to a smaller chalk bag now.
We’ve also made the edges a bit softer to hold by sanding them of. They also fit easier to a smaller chalk bag now.

That’s all for now and don’t hesitate to write to us if you have ideas!

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Sten who?

Sten is a climbing brand based in Gothenburg. It started in 2013 when we released our first product – the Bamboo brush – which found it’s way to retailers and users.

We believe that the closer relations you make with factories, retailers and customers, the better products. We strive to make everything minimalistic (including life in general but that’s another story) and smart. We believe that’s better for you when using the products, the environment for saving resources and for us using less materials when producing.

Sten doesn’t own any factories. Instead we make samples, product development and limited series ourselves. Then we develop those ideas and visions together with the pros to make the products. Then we continue to refine the products. Every day – step by step.

We try to be open so if you have any questions, feedback or ideas please write to us. You find the contact information on the information page.