Black Diamond Raven Grip Ice Axe

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Black Diamond Raven Grip Ice Axe
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Black Diamond Raven Grip Ice Axe - What makes the Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe with Grip so special? Can't you see it? Well then we know you have just answered that question for us.The Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe with Grip takes Black Diamond's classic mountaineer's piolet and adds a lower grip and a Slider Leash for increased security and versatility. The aluminum shaft and investment-cast stainless steel head provide durable, classic functionality-whether you're plunging up a snowy chute or traversing a jagged crevasse field. The comfortable dual-density grip increases holding power for icy steps and short steep sections where you need to use the axe like a modern ice tool. Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe Features: Durable, aircraft-grade aluminum shaftInvestment-cast, one-piece stainless steel head with a large hole for a carabinerComfortable, dual-density molded gripPick's curve and teeth engineered for secure self-arrestingEquipped with Slider LeashCEN-B certified Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe Specs: Shaft: AluminumGrip: Dual-densityWeight With Leash: 505 g, 1 lb 2 oz (55 cm)Head: Head, Spike: stainless steel


  • Flat head provides a comfortable hand rest

Traction and Grip:

  • Comfortable, dual-density molded grip


  • CEN-certified
  • Durable, aircraft-grade aluminum shaft
  • Investment-cast, one-piece stainless steel head with a large hole for a carabiner
  • Equipped with Slider Leash
  • Classic design ideal for any mountaineering situation
  • Pick's curve and teeth engineered for secure self-arresting

Redesigned with an up to 50 gram reduction in weight, this classic Raven with Grip by Black Diamond optimizes comfort and ease of use when glacier traveling and mountaineering. Like all of our piolets, the anodized shaft is built from lightweight, aircraft aluminum alloy for high strength. The investment-cast, one-piece stainless steel head is comfortable to wrap your fingers around, and the slim, neutral pick and aggressive teeth are engineered for secure self-arrest. The Raven with Grip is equipped with a Slider Leash and a dual-density, molded grip for when the going gets steep or when you need to chop steps or a bivy platform.

The Raven with Grip by Black Diamond. Traditional mountaineer's piolet for classic alpine climbs.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Raven with Grip.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Raven with Grip.
Improving on one of the more popular ice axes of all time, Black Diamond gave the Raven a rubber bottom grip to increase comfort and security on steep terrain. Not only does the rubber provide better grip when you're swinging the Raven on 60-degree neve, it also insulates your hands from the metal shaft to eliminate chilled fingers. Of course, the Raven still has Black Diamond's ultra-comfortable hourglass-shaped head for more mellow terrain, and it comes with a Slider Leash.


The Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe/Grip is built with a one-piece stainless steel head which offers superb durability and will not rust. Ergonomically sculpted for comfort, the Raven with Grip also comes with a leash to provide better control while climbing or chopping. A bigger adze is great for burly chopping sessions for an all around durable, comfortable tool.

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A traditional mountaineering piolet, the Raven from Black Diamond has an investment cast stainless-steel head that’s wasp-waisted, affording both great comfort and a good grip.
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Best Use:Alpine Climbing, Glacier Travel
Certification:CEN-B certified
Country of Origin:China
Grip:Dual-density molded grip
Head Material:Stainless Steel
Head Style:Adze
Head, Spike:stainless steel
Interchangeable Heads:no
Leash Included:yes
Length:75 cm
Shaft Material:Aluminum
Shaft Rating:B Rated
Weight:1 lb 2 oz / 505 g (55 cm)
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Black Diamond Raven Grip Ice Axe Reviews:


This is a solid axe for trekking and for some reasonable mountaineering as well. It's sturdy as all get out, and though I've never had to use the grip in a self-arrest situation, it is pretty nice if you have to start swinging the axe, as is the leash. They both save some juice on those long pitches of rime. That said, as a tool rather than an axe, it leaves something to be desired, but for most cascade routes, combining one of these with a BD Venom hammer will do you right. The only real downside is that its a few ounces heavier than some other axes, and while it's not that much alone, these things do add up.

The Cascade Kid at on 06/03/2009

i had my last axe stolen and trying to save some money i had to buy low cost axe ,the raven with grip is good for me ,i climb to 4350 metres in tien shan mountains kazak on fairly steep snow and rocky scree ridges,it has good weight balance,grips stays in my hand ,not down the hill and pick cuts steps very well,for self arrest i used it once and stopped me dead solid before going over the cliff,if u looking for a more technical axe go for the more expensive models but if u need general axe for hikking and a little light alpine climbing ,this works i am damn happy with this axe.

taz3121031 at on 07/15/2010

I love my Black Diamond Raven. I've used it for glacier travel in the Cascades as well as winter mountaineering in the White Mountains and the Catskills. Strong, lightweight, and comfortable -- I look forward to many more trips with this tool. Check out the axe and pick protectors from Black Diamond to keep your axe from shredding your belay jacket when packed in your luggage...

jrv at on 11/26/2008

Excellent product. Value for money. I used this ice axe on my Mt. Elbrus climb in July 2010. While Elbrus does not really require ice axe skills, I used this since I went with one ski pole and an ice axe. I found this combo quite effective and was able to use the axe quite efficiently. Great balance and well designed/made product. Highly recommend this.

Shirish Bhide at on 08/21/2010

I purchased the Black Diamond Raven Ice Ax for my advendtures in the backcountry of Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho. I purchased the 75cm ice ax and I have to say for the length, it is very light weight and has a very comfortable balance when swinging into the ice. Great product and I would reccomend this ax to anyone.

erik_votl2400301 at on 11/03/2008

I have the 65.Great feel and very reliable axe. Great in cane and grip is comfy, not that that matters cus you ll more likely have gloves on. Only reason gave it 4 stars is because Black Dimond makes lighter axes. It is a bit heavy. but very very good axe for under 100 bucks

Gerrard Allam at on 12/03/2010

I finally got the chance to use it while climbing Mt. Hood. It was just the right weight that it wasn't too light or too heavy.

simp87552 at on 09/19/2013

I enjoy using this axe for winter hikes. I have no real complaints about it. Like all Black Diamond gear, its all reliable.

Chris Schul at on 12/19/2010

I used this axe for some steep snow, and very very easy mixed climbing up some coulior's. nice and light!

Greg Gavin at on 08/01/2011


A nice ax, good performance, I'm 6'4 and the 75 was a perfect fit.
vosser at Mountain Gear on 02/02/2011