With its light weight and refined design, the updated Raven Pro is a joy to handle, says Dan Bailey. Whether you're winter walking, ski touring, or climbing something big but non-technical overseas, this is one satisfyingly ergonomic ice axe.
I can add that although i usually find light axes hard to cut steps with the adze on this seems razor sharp. Great for cutting steps/ledges, less ideal when I leant over one sitting on my downmat. "Puff" and the snow hole filled with feathers
Anecdotally too I had a light person trying unsuccessfully to self arrest with a light axe on firm neve on a course and the moment I gave them my big chunky mountaineering axe they were able to stop successfully. Just another consideration but maybe not the primary one.
> gained a kinked shaft and lost a bit of weight
That's lockdown for you, Dan...
Investment-cast Stainless Steel? Bloody hell... I wonder what type of shell composites and protective cover gas was used...
On a related note, do Black Diamond cast / create their own products internally, or are they made externally and then assembled by Black Diamond?
Just got one of these, what a very lovely thing. I may hang it on the wall...
May as well get some use out of it!