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!
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.
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.
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"
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.
Now, not Charlet, but there are a couple of old firms in Switzerland that make hand-made axes à 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!