Charlet And Moser Make An Ice Axe- Chamonix 1960

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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2010 - 10:17pm PT
Tom- If you were standing on the tip of your mountain boot and directly over the shaft then the adze of the inverted retieval axe would act as a spacer and stabilize the whole show. Hopefully the stack is tied together somehow.

A nice portable foothold at counter height could come in handy!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 19, 2010 - 12:14am PT
Some classic hardware shots from Gaston's On Ice Snow and Rock, 1971. Some Charlet items ten years forward.







Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 16, 2010 - 12:51pm PT
Classic hardware Bump!

The Universal design is pure Charlet-Moser! The first new piton design in quite a while and still a beauty!





Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 30, 2010 - 08:12pm PT
Universal Bump!
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Oct 30, 2010 - 08:49pm PT
There is a great stylistic elegance to those pins.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 16, 2011 - 09:58pm PT
A winter's bump!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 5, 2011 - 03:25pm PT
Charlet Bump...
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
SoCal
Mar 5, 2011 - 05:32pm PT
Great craftsmanship in hardware. I look forward to a point in the future when that comes around again.

Thanks for keeping this thread up. It's a gudun.
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Mar 5, 2011 - 07:41pm PT
Thanks Steve.You always post great stuff. Do you have any articles on the Simond brothers?
local

Social climber
eldorado springs
Mar 6, 2011 - 12:05pm PT
A Simond axe and hammer that survived the 'curved pick phase' of modif...
A Simond axe and hammer that survived the 'curved pick phase' of modifying everything with a straight pick.
Credit: local

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 6, 2011 - 12:50pm PT
The Super D has to be the prettiest of the older style axes. Matching North Wall hammer? Nice quiver local!
local

Social climber
eldorado springs
Mar 6, 2011 - 01:09pm PT
The axe has a 'blood groove'. The hammer doesn't, but I always thought of them as a pair. By the time I acquired them, it seemed silly to climb with anything other than curved picks, so they've languished in the locker for 30+ years.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 20, 2013 - 03:49pm PT
An interesting variation with duplex teeth.



Screams Piolet-Ancre at you.

Any idea what the deep notch near the adze is supposed to accomplish other than giving the wrist loop a place to hide while wrapped?

I assume that the hole in the adze is to allow the axe to be retrieved from above using the pick rather than the curved adze cut out. Seems like a great way to drop an axe.
bachelarno

Social climber
Chamonix France
Aug 3, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
Hello from Chamonix, France.
Do you know if this is possible to get this magazine somewhere ?
This is all my childhood, as Gérard Moser was my great uncle and Germain Charlet is my great cousin. The factory is no more in Chamonix, and that magazine is a good way to have nice memories of that.
Thanks for all your informations.
Arnaud Bachelard
The people at Charlet Moser. Gérard Moser first at left, then Germain ...
The people at Charlet Moser. Gérard Moser first at left, then Germain Charlet, and n°5 was my grandfather, René Masino, father of Yvon Masino, who helped to create the "Masino Leader"
Credit: bachelarno
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 4, 2013 - 11:11am PT
http://www.chesslerbooks.com/item/10882-summit-magazine-back-issues-1955-1989.asp
jaaan

Trad climber
Chamonix, France
Aug 4, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
Charlet Moser used to make a step cutting axe as recently as the 90s. It was basically destined for Swiss aspirant guides who had to use a step cutter as part of their assessment, and was sold in Switzerland by Mammut. I bought one just over 20 years ago. It's a good workhorse at the end of the season when the glaciers are very dry and icy.

Credit: jaaan

Now, not Charlet, but there are a couple of old firms in Switzerland that make hand-made axes ŕ l'ancienne. There's Willitsch in Täsch, just down from Zermatt and there's Bhend in Grindelwald. Bhend now makes a very limited number every year. Mine came from the first batch to be produced after a quite long lay-off after 'old man Bhend' died. It's so beautiful that I can't bear to use it - despite knowing that Bhend can return it to its former glory very easily!

Credit: jaaan

Credit: jaaan
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