Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 24, 2013 - 06:50pm PT
I've got an old ice axe, it's got engraved in it "MacInness Massey / Made in Great Britain / Patent Applied For"
It's got a steel shaft and it's pretty old and beat up. But stil...
I have no idea what it's worth or where I can sell it. Any ideas?
Any help would be much appreciated.
"The need for stronger, more reliable ice axes had existed for many years, since even the strongest wood has its limits in terms of strength, but as techniques advanced and more extreme climbing routes became commonplace as the post-war mountaineering boom continued, a number of incidents occured involving catastrophic wood-shafted axe failure that spurred renewed interest in devising stronger axes. Notably, pioneering work by Scottish climber and mountaineering search and rescue physician Dr. Hamish MacInnes, in cooperation with climbers Ben and Steven Massey, resulted in a wholly metal ice axe that featured a drop-forged head and ferule fitted to an alloy shaft. Thus, the so-called 'MacInnes/Massey' metal axe came into popular use and soon inspired a number of others to design and produce metal axes for climbing."
Seems to be late 60's or early 70's based on this as he goes on to say MSR Thunderbird came from this design.
Steve, thank you very much for your kind wishes. I'm 61...!
61 is also the birth date of the Acorn... Forgive this nut using of numbers ;-)
Marlow, thank you for the information and date. Great!
And... I'm still not a Grandad yet... :-)