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Topic - Ice Axe Sharpening / Shaping

neuromancer - on 14 Nov 2012
I've seen the UKC article on what to use for sharpening, and how to hold the axe e.t.c. but I couldn't find anything on shaping the end of the blade.

I bought a pair of secondhand flys (see other thread), and the blades look like this:

http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/6828/dsc05669vf.jpg

I want them to look like this:

http://www.cotswoldoutdoor-static.com/productimages/large/E71200160000.jpg

But I can't do that as the end piece of metal that acts as the pick rest is gone and only a spike remains. Should I sharpen two of the end teeth off? Three? This would result in a flat piece that is above the level of the prior teeth. Should I make new teeth? Is this axe blade done for - retire it to drytooling and buy another?

Or should I just sharpen the teeth and top and allow the axe blade to use its front few teeth as a stop in the ice?
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