/ WW2 Swiss Ice Axe
I picked up a 1942 ice axe recently and was wondering how common these are to find? The wooden shaft is in very good nick and it has the following stamped on the side of the pick:
On one side:
On the other side there is a small square and within it has: + arm (which I guess is the Swiss army mark?)
So I gather it must be from the Saas Almagel region of Switzerland. The only bit of information I cannot find much about is the Gerb. Andenmatten. Any information on this would be much appreciated.
I suspect it's actually Gebr. - "Brothers" - rather than Gerb. Try googling Gebr Andenmatten - they made the Mischabel axe.
They're lovely axes and much rarer than the Stubai Aschenbrenner. I wouldn't like to guess a value, but it's worth holding on to if in reasonable condition. Don't 'restore' it unless you want to decrease the value!
This is my dilemma, would love to take it back into the mountains this winter but that would require giving it a little sharpen. Seems a shame for it just to sit inside. So I think maybe its time to brush off the tweed...
If you're thinking about going down the 'restore and use' line, drop me a line ... I might have a few tips that will be of use.
Of course, you could always keep this one and find a cheap Stubai Aschenbrenner for tweedy adventures =) A 1950s vintage Aschenbrenner can usually be found on Ebay for about £40.
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