/ Is this axe FUBAR'd?
yeah totally - send it to me for safe disposal :-)
Looks like fairly standard wear and tear for mixed climbing. You should see the state of my vipers. It was heartbreaking the first couple of times I torqued on the shafts but I'm over it now.
I would not worry from what I can see in the photo.
Not remotely. It's an axe not a fechin' Mont Blanc fountain pen......
You mention torquing on the shafts. How do you think an axe with a carbon fibre shaft, like the cobra, would hold up to this
You laugh but I snapped my fusion half way up a pitch - I see the funny side now...
Climbing the remainder of the pitch with one and a half tools cause you've left suspect gear and a traverse you can't reverse in your wake, not so funny at the time!!
the metal in the head of most other axes (eg flys) doesnt seem too brittle but doesnt get damaged like this. I think the metal petzl are using is a bit soft for mixed climbing.
No it is not FUBAR, I can quite easily identify it so it isn't "...Beyond All Recognition".
A number of people have broken the old Fusions as I remember. I think Ian Parnell might have IIRC. Whoever it was got a nasty face bash as a result. A friend of friend broke both his Cobras in two days, but my mate said he was bizarrely hard on his gear because he borrowed my friends Quarks for the rest of the holiday and they came back all mangled looking!
My quarks are looking well bashed up but they are getting on to be 8 years old and they were my first tools, so I guess I'd have been more clumsey.
Toby is right Parnell has defo snapped an axe and I personally have bent the head of a fusion2.
If it is T rated I suppose you should be able to trust it but I have visions of carbon fibre shafts getting mashed up fairly easily. I think that is the only reason I have vipers rather than the "nicer" cobras.
I've had Cobras for a few years and they've held up pretty well, though I've never done any powerful torquing on the shaft. While dry tooling today I fell off and dropped one of them onto rocks from about 6 - 8 metres up and it was fine. Wouldn't want to do that too often though (think it's the first time I've dropped a tool).
good call - thanks
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