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A 200-year-old (replica!) Grivel axe

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GRIVEL 200 £200

In the Septem­ber is­sue we poured praise on the retro ruck­sack that Grivel has cre­ated to cel­e­brate its 200th birth­day. But our lust for beau­ti­ful vin­tage-styled gear has been piqued once again with this sim­ply gor­geous ice axe, also crafted by the Ital­ian moun­tain brand to com­mem­o­rate its sec­ond cen­tury. Cre­ated as a gen­eral win­ter walk­ing tool, it evokes the im­age of the orig­i­nal 19th cen­tury Alpen­stock-style ice axes. The ash shaft feels as good as it looks, while the pick has been hot forged for greater strength. Lit­tle de­tails such as the em­bossed logo on the spike and the etched word­ing on the shaft all add to the im­pres­sion of qual­ity ex­ud­ing from the axe, and the leather head cover is the ic­ing on the cake. It’s as much a work of art as a tool, which cre­ates the axe’s only real prob­lem... we’re not sure we’d ac­tu­ally want to soil it by us­ing it out­side!

WE SAY Out­door kit is rarely this beau­ti­ful – truly a thing to be cher­ished. www.griv­elgb.co.uk

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