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eco-g

Social climber
Lyons, CO
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.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Mar 24, 2013 - 06:58pm PT


A photo is generally a GUD idea...

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 24, 2013 - 07:01pm PT
Depends a lot on the condition it is in.

Post some photos.

If it is in passable shape, I would love to work out a trade.
eco-g

Social climber
Lyons, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 24, 2013 - 07:44pm PT
Not gonna be able to post pix until Wed... But will begin again then... Thanks!
eco-g

Social climber
Lyons, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 27, 2013 - 02:04pm PT
Okay, here's the photos. The shaft is not rusty, that coloring is the leftovers from the tape glue... The other side is fine.
Credit: eco-g
eco-g

Social climber
Lyons, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 27, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
Credit: eco-g
Woody the Beaver

Trad climber
Soldier, Idaho
Mar 27, 2013 - 03:40pm PT
The pick angle is a little retro, but the bowel spike is pretty advanced.
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Mar 27, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
A quick search provided this:

"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.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 27, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
I always assumed the MSR Thunderbird design was as a result of too much bottled Thunderbird.
eco-g

Social climber
Lyons, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 27, 2013 - 05:47pm PT
Thanks for that last observation... UGH!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 27, 2013 - 06:25pm PT

nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Aug 31, 2016 - 06:17am PT
A [good] photo is generally a GUD idea...
Hamish MacInnes Massey
Hamish MacInnes Massey
Credit: nutstory
An awesome birthday's present from Denis & David ;-)
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 31, 2016 - 10:06am PT
I recently picked one up too but not as pristine as yours maestro.

Happy birthday indeed!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 31, 2016 - 10:52am PT

The MacInnes Massey "Patent Applied For" is an older model than the MacInnes Massey "British & Foreign Patent".

Here's another example of the later one. It has possibly been in military use (see signs on the head) and it was made in 1971.

MacInnes Massey - British & Foreign Patent
MacInnes Massey - British & Foreign Patent
Credit: Marlow
MacInnes Massey - British & Foreign Patent
MacInnes Massey - British & Foreign Patent
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow

More 1971:


nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Sep 1, 2016 - 12:21am PT
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... :-)
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 1, 2016 - 09:06am PT
Many happy returns maestro!

I'm sure that your little grandnuts will be showing up soon enough.

I have an early version of this axe to share shortly.
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