Original Vintage Claudius Simond Super D Ice Axe
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 when the 'Golden Age' of mountaineering began. Simond axes were to the French what Stubai was to the Austrians and Germans - almost universal.
The words "CL. SIMOND CHAMONIX Simond Super D'' are staped on the shell surface.
'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.
Shows some signs of use, age, and wear with some scratches and light surface corrosion. Overall in good condition.
Ice axe length: 84,5 cm and 76 cm
Full head length: 29 cm
Made in France Chamonix