Black Diamond Raven
Price Paid: way too much
The only positive with this product is the price, which although low for an ice ax not even worth it.
The pick is narrow and rather annoying, it reminds me of a pencil. The adze is cut out in the center and is horrible for cutting steps (if you ever have to). The shaft offers no grip whatsoever.
The only reason you should ever buy this ax is if you are ONLY going to be using it on very very easy slopes and want a cheap ax "just in case". Otherwise cough up some dough and go with a Grivel or Petzl.
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The Raven Ice Axe from Black Diamond is built from lightweight, aircraft aluminum alloy for high strength and durability.
The popular Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe blends the classic and the modern. Investment-grade stainless steel components inspire confidence when you start to perspire, while a lightweight aluminum shaft keeps weight competitive. Ideal for glacier travel, mountaineering, and ski mountaineering Investment-cast stainless steel head and spike One-piece stainless steel head with a large hole for a carabiner Cleverly designed molded head offers a comfortable, confident grip Durable, aircraft-grade aluminum shaft The curve of the pick and its aggressive teeth are engineered for secure self-arrest CEN-B certified Don't forget an Axe or Pick protector to protect your delicate nylon gear and keep your pick sharp
Redesigned with an up to 50 gram reduction in weight, the 2008 Black Diamond Raven ice axe optimizes comfort and ease of use when glacier traveling and mountaineering.
A traditional axe for classic alpine ascents, the trusty Black Diamond Raven delivers quality you can feel. Aluminum shaft keeps weight down without sacrificing strength. Investment-cast, stainless-steel head and spike are great for self-arresting, glissading and chopping steps. Pick's curve and teeth securely bite into snow and ice. Comfortable, ergonomic hand platform provides a secure grip. Black Diamond Raven ice axe is CEN-B certified.