A totally new generation for technical climbing on all of the world's mountains. The balance of this tool is fantastic. Efficient swings will place this pick solid and with forgiving control of strikes. For the first time we present a shaft and head hot forged in a single piece! An unbelievable masterpiece possible only for people who hot forge metal since 1818! This handle has a great setup for matching or moving hands up the shaft for lower angle climbing. This tool is quite responsive. Interchangeable ICE pick is tapered at the tip 3 mm for easy penetration, even in cold ice. The stout Mix blade, 4.2 mm, will accept your normal abuse hooking on both ice and rock.