Stylish. Sleek. Tactile…or Lumpy. Heavy. Dense. The debate continues to rage over triangle beaters. The principal should be fairly straightforward but there are now multiple variations of triangle beaters with many differing materials and head designs.
Popular materials for triangle beaters include steel, aluminium and brass. The thickness of the rod ranges from 3mm for very light work to much heavier, chunkier and louder 10mm. Some triangle beaters are a simple rod generally with a rubber handle whilst others have tips of brass or other alloys.
In the UK, Chalklin manufacturers several a range of beaters, a pack of three clean rods of 5mm, 6mm and 8mm and a pack of 4 which includes 10mm. Chalklin also offer a set of three with brass tips.
In the USA, Grover offers a pouched set of 5 Alloy 303 triangle beaters of differing thickness. In addition, similar to Chalklin, they manufacture a set of three brass tipped beaters of 1/4”, 5/16” and 3/8” complete in a leather pouch. Grover also offers a value range of triangle beaters, their Alloy 303 range, a set of three that are extra-long at 8.9” and are sold with a storage tube. Mike Balter in the USA has taken the art of triangle beatering one step further and produced their TB triangle beater set which are double ended and uniquely include counter weights.Ultimately, the purpose of a triangle beater is to draw the best quality ting out of the triangle. When I was at college, I wandered around with a 6” nail in my case which seemed to do me fine. Saying that, I was training to be an accountant.