/ Sharpening Axes

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Blizzard - on 24 Jan 2013
I know there was an article on UKC last year on this subject. I have a pair of DMM axes and am getting them ready for a trip north. What material are they made of?

How sharp can I expect to get them?

NB With the way I have taken my file to them they are customized compired to their original spec.
iksander on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Blizzard: Most picks are made from chromoly steel. Looking at your profile, I guess you know already, but there's no err... point in getting the tips sharper than a ball point pen.

Personal preference - I try and avoid filing tips as much as possible, maybe use a sharpening stone. For hard ice, I find it quite useful to sharpen the top of the blade to make it easier to yank the tool up and cut the ice.
Blizzard - on 25 Jan 2013
In reply to iksander:

How much 'damage' does torquing do to the blade?

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