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Step-cutting ice axe
© Only a hill

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This axe started life as a 1940s Swiss mountain troops model (from Stubai). Heavily restored and modified to make it more suitable for one-handed cutting, the finished axe has a better balance than the original and different types of pick and adze.
Only a hill - 13/Sep/10
Nice Job! did you reshape the adze?
deepstar - 13/Sep/10
Thanks =) Yes, the adze has been cut across almost square to reduce its weight. It's still a scalloped shape of course, but now has a different profile--and is actually sharp!
Only a hill - 13/Sep/10
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