|In Stock|| Adze|
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Hot forging is a method used to form stock metal into complex shapes. For many years aluminium alloys have been the material of choice for climbing equipment as they are lighter and much easier to manipulate than comparable steels. For decades carabiners and many other products were made using a technique called cold forging, which isn't possible with steel. This essentially involves squashing 'cold' (room temperature) pieces of stock aluminium alloy with a mould, known as a die, under very large pressures until it takes the form of the mould.
Recently manufacturers have started to move towards hot forging which involves heating the alloy in a furnace before forging it. This makes it much more malleable and allows substantially more complex and subtle shapes to be moulded under higher pressures. Both of these techniques are known as drop forging, when huge a huge hammer is 'dropped' onto the material to create the pressure.
The major benefit for the end user is that equipment can be formed using the bare minimum amount of metal required, rather than using more primitive shapes, making it lighter (and in some cases stronger aswell). It also makes the application of heat treatments after the forging much easier to control, increasing consistency and, by extension, safety.
A new, radically curved technical tool for hard icefalls and modern mixed climbing. The Apex is a superbly balanced precision tool ready to tackle steep ice, massive mountain routes and mixed test pieces. The curved shaft provides an ergonomic hand position and impressive clearance around bulging ice. Can be used with leashes in traditional climbing mode, but excels without leashes for the more modern approach. The new one piece T rated Ice and Mixed picks cover all bases.
We are selling an Apex Adze and Apex Hammer as a pair for just £315, saving £35! If you want to take advantage of this offer, buy the axes as usual and we will only deduct £315 from your card. Contact us if you have any questions.
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