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Topic - Dodgy climbing axe bought on ebay

Gerry_Doncaster - on 25 Jan 2013
I bought a Mountain Technology Vertige Glencoe axe from ebay a while ago. Yesterday when I was using it for only the second time I whacked it into a patch of hard ice and this happened:

http://www.roxcalibur.com/pix/dodgyaxe.JPG

I've never had an axe fail like this before so I'm thinking the pick can't have been a genuine. I get the impression now that someone has replaced a worn pick by cutting one out of a piece of tin or something. Is this what has likely happened or is there a problem with Mountain Technology picks? I'd be interested to hear from anyone who can shed some light on this.

In fairness I've bought loads of climbing equipment off ebay over the years and this is the first time I've ever had a problem with anything.
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