/ The Definitive Ice Axe Project Thread
Ice axes manufacturers include:
Most are manufacured using alloy, though carbon has been used. The exception is Only a Hill's bamboo "Kletterstickumpthingy" supplied by messrs Wolfblatter and Gripeson, purveyors of fine gentlemen's perambulation equipment.
Whilst an axe can be fettled in a school metal work class, the concept of stress and metal fatigue will be a short, interesting and most likely terminal lesson
Here is a useful link for all things ice axe related.
Assuming you're around 14, you're gonna hit paydirt when you get to the bit about handling a stiff shaft.
I hope that helps
Is this the thread for helpful advice on future axe modifications?
I was thinking of replacing the spike on the bottom of the axe with a CO2 powered spike with a carrot head on the back for when you really need an anchor fast.
Maybe a heater in the pick like those gas powered soldering irons so you can make precise placements in brittle ice?
I still see the odd wood handled walking axe around. Grivel even sell them new.
I wouldn't climb with one though.
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