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VINTAGE ICE AXE AUSTRIAN WOOD HANDLE 50-70 years old! 24 to 34 inches Signed bv Kurt Diemberger.
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SOME SIGNED BY KURT DIEMBERGER

VINTAGE OLD AUSTRIAN ICE AXE

We have some used, vintage, wood handled ice axes, perfect for display over your mantlepiece. This is a beautiful Austrian (or French) Ice Axe from the 1930s-60s, and is an antique by itself! This look of the axe is old, with usually a wooden shaft, some of which are darkend by oil and use. If you are old enough, you used one of these in the 1960s.
These ice axes are mostly 24 inches to 34 inches long, 60-90 cm.
 
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KURT DIEMBERGER 

Kurt Diemberger born on March 16, 1932 in Austria is a legendary Austrian mountaineer. Kurt Diemberger is a living legend to accomplish first ascents on two mountains over 8,000 meters, Broad Peak and Dhaulagiri. Along with another celebrated mountaineer, Hermann Buhl, Diemberger successfully climbed Broad peak in 1957 and of Dhaulagiri in 1960. He also climbed Makalu (8481 m) in spring and after that he prepared himself for climbing Everest (8848 m) in autumn. He ascended Mount Everest and then he also climbed Gasherbrum II (8035 m). In 1986 he climbed K2, the 2nd highest peak in the world.

  
The above Austrian Ice Axes, from a different angle. The light rust can be removed with a plastic pot scrubber and soap. When we need to remove heavy rust, usually on old pitons, we use this product:
 
 
 
We buy Evapo-Rust from http://www.gemplers.com but I think Harbor Freight also carries it, and perhaps even a Home Depot or Lowes. Great stuff.
  
We live in a time of transition. Some us climbed in the days of wood handled ice axes, and remember the warm feel of the long axe that we used as a walking stick across the flatter sections of the glacier. Perhaps no other object is so symbolic of mountaineering as the ice axe. Many of us have found that  having an old wood handles ice axe on the wall or above the fireplace just looks right.

Ice Axes From Wikipedia:

The antecedent of the ice axe was the alpenstock, a long wooden pole with an iron spike tip, used by shepherds for travel on snowfields and glaciers in the Alps since the Middle Ages. On August 8, 1786, Jacques Balmat and Michel-Gabriel Paccard made the first ascent of Mont Blanc. Balmat, a chamois hunter and crystal collector, had experience with high mountain travel, and Paccard had made previous attempts to climb the peak. Illustrations show Balmat carrying two separate tools that would later be merged into the ice axe an alpenstock (or baton) and a small axe that could be used to chop steps on icy slopes.

According to the earliest manufacturer of ice axes, Grivel, these two tools were merged to create the first true ice axe around 1840. Early ice axes had a vertical adze, with the cutting edge aligned with the direction of the shaft, as in a conventional axe. This design lasted until at least 1860, but eventually the adze was rotated to the current position, perpendicular to the direction of the shaft. The Italian Alpine Club published a book in 1889 entitled Fiorio e Ratti The dangers of mountaineering and rules to avoid them, which recommended ice axes as among 'the inseparable companions of the mountaineer.'

In the late 19th century, the typical ice axe shaft measured 120130 cm (48' to 52') in length. British climber Oscar Eckenstein started the trend toward shorter ice axes with a lighter model measuring 8586 cm (33 inches). Initially, this innovation was criticized by well known climbers of the era, including Martin Conway, a prominent member of the Alpine Club, who was the leader of an early expedition to the Baltoro region near K2 in 1892 of which Eckenstein was a member.

Early ice axes had picks and adzes of about equal lengths. By the beginning of the 20th century, the pick lengthened to about twice the length of the adze. Improvements in crampon design (pioneered by Eckenstein in 1908) and ice climbing technique led to use of shorter, lighter ice axes appropriate to steeper ice climbs in the period between the world wars, especially after WW2.

In 1978, the Safety Commission of the Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme (UIAA) established formal standards for ice axe safety and performance. This led to the replacement of the traditional wooden shaft by metal alloy or fiberglass shafts. Ergonomically curved handles became widespread in 1986. Use of modern aluminum alloys have led to a dramatic reduction in the weight of some ice axes. One model now on the market, the C.A.M.P. Corsa, weighs only 205 grams (8 ounces) with a 50 cm (20 inches) long shaft. One expert rated this lightweight ice axe as 'ideal for low angle glacier travel' but said he 'craved the solid and secure heft of a true steel mountain axe' in more demanding steep alpine conditions.
 
For decades there have been rumors of a book with the history of climbing gear. I even saw a fellow questioning Tom Frost on what certain items were from photos. The Internet may make such a book redundant.







 
 

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