Looking into a piolet and wandering if anyone can tell me what they meant by a pick and shaft type of 1 is? I know about B and T ratings but not sure if one of these translates to a 1 type? Couldn't find anything on the net about this.
Type 1 (formerly B) is strength rated length wise and across the shaft (so it can be used as a deadman). Type 2 (formerly T) is rated for strength and torque.
Most alpine axes will have a type 1 rated pick and shaft, while technical tools will have a type 2 pick and shaft. Some tools out there will be rated type 1 and 2 meaning they are rated for torque and lateral pressure, and some (like the BD swift) will have a 1 rated shaft and a 2 rated pick