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ice axe rating

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RWPT · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2011 · Points: 0

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.


  • Pick type: 1
  • Shaft type: 1
  • Material(s): heat-treated steel, aluminum 7075
  • Certification(s): CE, UIAA
  • Ice axe sold with LINKIN leash
Greg Shea · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 10

Type 1= B rating

Type 2= T rating

(This is roughly how it works I don't know how it plays into the CE or UIAA rating system)

Mike Palasek · · Columbus, OH · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 0

Don't know the specs, but the T rating is stronger and more durable. 

Robin S · · OR · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 36

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

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