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Simond' ice axe, steel head, wooden shaft, serrated pick with shallow groove along either side, adze. Hole through middle of axe head. Pointed spike on ferrule.



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The Simond brothers were blacksmiths in the Chamonix valley beneath Mont Blanc. In the early 1800's they made agricultural tools, bells and implements for the crystal hunters. They were skilled at working with wood and metal and it was logical that Francois Simond started making ice axes and other equipment for mountaineers around 1860.