The Grivel Tech Machine

Thomas Bubendorfer in Cogne, IT, 172 kb
Grivel, metal specialists since 1818, initially launched the Tech Machine axe last winter and it has since gone on to be the axe of choice for some of the country’s top climbers. 

The Grivel Tech Machine is a strong and technical axe for alpine, hard Scottish mixed or steep ice climbing. Lightweight and functional, it features the Grivel T-rated ice blade which is tapered down to 3mm at the final point to ensure an excellent ice penetration, even in brittle ice.

The handle design ensure a continually comfortable hold allowing you to use the Tech Machine for long periods, it’s also really well insulated.

Grivel - The Tech Machine, 116 kb
Grivel - The Tech Machine
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For mixed climbing an optional Mix blade 4.2 mm is available as a direct replacement, as well as a hammer and an adze.
The balance of The Tech Machine is quite neutral, rather than being head heavy, which makes it a great all-round technical tool but this can be adapted with the addition of the optional hammer (Mix pick required), making the balance a bit more top heavy meaning a more efficient place on longer routes and ice that's hard to penetrate.

A pretty helpful detail is the spike on the base which can be used to keep your tools safely attached to it and for topping out.

The new carbon version will be available from this winter, weighing 100 grams less than its big brother.

Thomas Bubendorfer in Cogne, IT 2, 197 kb

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