IronMind® Red Nail™ Roster

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The IronMind Red Nail sets the standard for excellence in short steel bending. In 1995, grip-great John Brookfield started the challenge as the first person recognized as having bent the infamous Red Nail, and it wasn't until 2003, when Gavin Holle did it “with disarming ease,” that John's challenge was met. Since then, the Red Nail Roster has grown with the names of others who have successfully stepped up to the fearsome Red Nail and walked away the victor.

Want to get certified?  See our Rules for Bending and Certification page for more details.

 

 

Official list of those certified as bending an IronMind Red Nail: Red Nail™ Roster

1995

  • John Brookfield

2003

  • Gavin Holle
  • James Smith
  • Craig Holle
  • Jay Holle

2004

  • Eric Milfeld
  • Steven Weiner
  • Eli Thomas
  • Clayton Edgin
  • Jeff Peterson
  • Brett Jones
  • David Morton
  • Greg Amidon
  • Zach Passman
  • John O'Brien
  • Tommy Heslep
  • Pat Povilaitis

2005

  • Michael Grutto
  • Brett Kerby
  • Devin Annis
  • Kevin Bussi
  • Sean Sparandero
  • Lyle Barron
  • Martin Kotte
  • Malcolm Noland
  • Anson Castelvecchi
  • Scott George
  • Gary "The Brick Man" Brown
  • Ron Wright Jr.

2006

  • Jason Deane
  • Sean Prince
  • John Beatty
  • Michael Hadland
  • Thomas Becker

2007

  • Aaron Corcorran
  • William McCaslin
  • Adam Demnowicz
  • Jedd Johnson
  • Wes Peart
  • Clifford Riggs

2008

  • Yoshiyuki Takahashi
  • Teddy Kranis
  • Adam Glass
  • David Wigren
  • Stefan Falke
  • Paul Knight
  • Dave Johnson
  • Rex Hubbard
  • Mark Vogels
  • Chad Woodall
  • Chris Rider

2009

  • Henrik Nyström
  • Jim Ricchezza
  • Mike Krahling
  • John Retkowski
  • Darin Heltemes
  • Dan Cenidoza

2010

  • Chad P. Rickicki
  • Chris Child
  • Carl Donati Jr.
  • Justin Straussner
  • Andy Thomas

2011

  • Trevor Laing
  • Richard A. Bean
  • Chris Mason
  • Sean Cashman
  • Alex Roberts
  • EJ Livesey
  • Alex Graves
  • Dmitriy Hunkin
  • Hannes Kainz
  • John McGrath

2012

  • Wes Inman
  • Sergiy Sholom
  • Tommy Jennings, Jr.
  • Branden Green
  • William Johnson
  • Bader Samir Tayeb
  • Vadim Leles
  • Isaiah Hubert
  • Carl-August Mertz
  • Jae Uk Mun

2013

  • Nathaniel Brous
  • Daniel Reinard
  • Larson Graff
  • Sun-gil Gwon
  • Dae Woong Lee
  • Mike Sharkey
  • Tom Scibelli
  • Delmar L. Carter, Jr.
  • Dmitriy Lusin
  • John Wojciechowski
  • Brian Burgos
  • Cesare Ricchezza
  • Robert Miller
  • Cho Jae-Hun
  • Tyler Miller
  • David Whitley
  • Ruben Piliposyan
  • Vladimir Abrikosov
  • Pavel Khatuntsev
  • Alexander Yuzvik
  • Alexey Pritula
  • Woo-seop Lee
  • Josh O'Dell

2014

  • John Manna
  • Brian Geisler
  • Adam Moyers
  • Paul McIlroy
  • Ivan Beritashvili
  • Aldo Alberico
  • Rick Giese
  • Lucas Raymond
  • Kim Sang-Min
  • Daniel Splendoria
  • Durry Becker
  • Sergey Kulikov
  • Juha Lehtimäki
  • Konstantin Filatov

2015

  • Robert Spindler
  • Frank Pizzo
  • Daniel Strauss
  • Nick Rosendaul
  • Sergey Sankov
  • Alexey Vydrin
  • Daniel Ottlinger
  • Kirill Vankovich

2016

  • Anthony Clarino
  • Mattia Crispino
  • Arpad Nagy
  • Aaron Baumann
  • Brian McShane
  • Jan Heller

 


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 Print a copy here of John Brookfield's article on how to bend a Red Nail.


For additional training information, see:

The Grip Master's Manual by John Brookfield: This book contains an excellent chapter on John's specialty, short steel bending.

"Progressions in Steel" by Tom Black, MILO: A Journal for Serious Strength Athletes, June 1999, Vol. 7, No. 1.: This article takes you to bending a 60-penny nail and beyond.

IronMind's Gold Nail Roster.

You'll find IronMind's Bag of Nails and extra challenge Level 5 Red Nails and Level G Gold Nails in our on-line store.