Black Diamond Raven Ice-Axe

Priced: $79.95 - $79.99 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 38 reviews.
Black Diamond Raven Ice-Axe
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The Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is a traditional mountneer's piolet that is built from innovative lightweight, aircraft aluminum alloy for high strength and reliable performance. This Black Diamond axe also features a one-piece stainless steel head with a large hole for a carbiner, and a pick engineered with a curve and teeth for secure self-arresting. Classic design and modern materials - a magical combination. Yukon Cornelius will for sure be trading up to the Black Diamond Raven.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Raven Axe.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Raven Axe.


  • Don't forget an Axe or Pick protector to protect your delicate nylon gear and keep your pick sharp


  • 7075 aluminum shaft keeps weight down without sacrificing strength

Weather and Wind:

  • Pick's curve and teeth securely bite into snow and ice


  • Flat head makes a more comfortable hand rest

Traction and Grip:

  • Comfortable, ergonomic hand platform provides a secure grip
  • Cleverly designed molded head offers a comfortable, confident grip
  • Dual-density, molded grip


  • Slim, neutral pick with aggressive teeth
  • Investment-cast, one-piece stainless steel head with a large hole for a carabiner
  • Pick's curve and teeth engineered for secure self-arresting
  • Lightweight, aircraft aluminum alloy
  • Durable, aircraft-grade aluminum shaft
  • Adze head
  • CEN-certified
  • Ideal for glacier travel, mountaineering, and ski mountaineering
  • Classic design idea for any mountaineering situation
  • Straight shaft
  • 17-4 investment cast stainless-steel head and spike are great for self-arresting, glissading and chopping steps
  • Slider leash
The Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is a lightweight yet fully capably ice axe in a traditional mountaineer style.
Aircraft aluminum alloy shaft saves weight without compromising strength.
Investment-cast, one-piece stainless teel head penetrates hard ice better, chops steps better, and lasts longer than ultralight aluminum axe heads.
Pick curve and teeth designed for secure self arrests.
Head fits comfortably in the hand while walking.
Large whole in head fits a carabiner.
CEN-B certified.
Stainless steel spike plunges better and lasts longer than angled aluminum spikes.
The gold standard of mountaineering ice axes and gear award winner, the Black Diamond Raven should be part of every mountain lover's gear list.
The Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is designed to give you the greatest comfort and ease of use possible. The ergonomic, stainless steel head has a flat top and hourglass shape at its connection to the shaft. This creates a shape that's comfortable to hang onto and allows fast transition to self-arrest. The Raven's pick shape is very secure in self-arrest, and the large adze makes the dismal job of chopping a belay ledge a little more bearable. You're going to be walking for days with your ice axe. The Raven's comfortable head will make all the difference.

Oregon Mountain Community
The popular Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe blends the classic and the modern. Investment-grade stainless steel components inspire confidence when you start to perspire, while a lightweight aluminum shaft keeps weight competitive.


A traditional axe for legendary ascents, the trusty Black Diamond Raven delivers quality you can feel.


The Raven is a traditional piolet (ice-axe) with a great price and quality. The head and spike are investment cast from stainless-steel for durability. The shaft is smooth 7075 aluminum for light weight and easy plunging. The pick's curve and teeth are designed for secure self-arresting.

The one piece investment cast stainless steel head of the Raven is formed for function and will not rust. Easy to hold and switch to self arrest mode, the Raven's strong design also includes a slightly larger adze than the Raven Pro for chopping steps in hard snow and ice. The Raven and uses a dual density grip that is flush with the shaft providing a better grip when ascending couloirs and allowing the shaft to penetrate hard snow easily. Both models come in five different sizes for custom fit.
Redesigned with an up to 50 gram reduction in weight, this classic piolet 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.
Raven: Built from lightweight, aircraft aluminum alloy for high strength, the Raven is a traditional mountaineer`s piolet.

• Pick`s curve and teeth engineered for secure self-arresting.
• Head: Head, Spike: stainless steel.
• Shaft: Aluminum.
• Weight Without Leash: 437 g, 15 oz (55 cm)

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The award wining Raven Ice Axe is durable and reliable for even the most harsh conditions.
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Available Color(s):Envy Green, Gray
Awards:Past Award Winners
Best Use:Glacier Travel
Head, Spike:stainless steel
Length:90 cm
Material:Stainless steel(Head, Spike); Aluminum (Shaft)
Materials:Head: Stainless steel
Pick shape:Mountaineering
Shaft shape:Mountaineering
Weight:Stainless-steel head/aluminum shaft
Weight Without Leash:437 g, 15 oz (55 cm)
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Black Diamond Raven Ice-Axe Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Heck of a tool

I Purchased one of these before my last deployment. I used it as an every day tool. It was light so i could carry it with my gear everywhere I went. It held up to some pretty incredible abuse. I used it for anything and everything including opening stuck ammo cans, and helping prying a car door open. The weight to strength of this tool was pretty impressive. I did wrap the handle with 550 cord to improve the grip as the aluminum is smooth and i have pretty big hands, so the extra width of the wrap really made it more comfortable and easy to grip. It did add a little weight but nothing that was too much for what I was doing.
When I first brought this ice axe to the unit and showed it to some of the other guys they were a little skeptical, so we did a little torture test on it, one of my buddies went to town on a dead pine tree, really tried to beat the hell out of the axe, it held up great. it had three hundred pound guys using it to help scale walls, and act as a hook to help get to ledges and several other very unorthodox tests. since then it has been to three different continents and over ten countries. I can't sing enough praise about this ice axe. I wish I could tell all the stories of what mine has been through, but this is not the place. let me just say that it is a hell of a good piece of kit.
Hydrovelocity at REI on 12/12/2013

This is a great axe. The Black Diamond ice axe head design is the best for comfortable carrying. Blows the Grivel G1 out of the water in that regard. Besides that, what more is there really to discuss? It's strong, it's sturdy, it gets the job done. Don't let anyone fool you - this is an expedition axe that you could take on K2 if you wanted.
Why four stars and not five? Because for twenty dollars more you can move from a great axe to an elite one. The Raven Pro is great in all the same ways as the Raven, but significantly lighter. Some prefer a heftier axe, but I say get used to the lighter feel and appreciate the long-term advantages of a lighter axe
You will find the Raven and Raven Pro anywhere you find mountaineers doing their thing. You can't go wrong with the Raven, but you can do better.

Eric at on 12/26/2012

Solid Product

Really solid, very impressed with durability, especially during heavy use on mixed ice/rock terrain, I would have expected it to need several sharpenings at this point, but it has maintained its edges. To those who say it has poor balance: consider the use, it should have a heavier head, making for easier swinging, allowing the head weight to do the work, not your arm, and to help in self arrest: for times you need balance, like use as an anchor, you can attach weight to the other end, that's the way it was designed.

One thought on quality: depending on your use, there may have been a slight over-sacrificing of handle strength to save weight, not an issue for my uses, but could be of concern for those who really make heavy use of their axes
Adventure Matt at REI on 11/11/2010

Plenty good for not much money

Brought this axe up with me on a trip to Mt Washington NH, took her up the Huntington Ravine. And have to say both my partner and I had to rely on it heavily on the last of the snow on the mountain. At one point this axe even stopped both of us after I had to dive after her from sliding back down the ravine into some jagged rocks after a 75ft slide. For my money, well worth it, and it will be a mainstay in my mountaineering set up from now on. Not as light as the pro, but I think that adds a bit more confidence to it. Attached is a pic of the bottom of the ravine, it got too steep after this picture for either of us to think about a camera.
RustyCoyote at REI on 05/05/2010

I went round and round. 60cm or 65cm? I hate it when I am right between sizes. I was getting one for Rainier, so I went towards the longer. I have to say I am glad I went for the 65cm. I could see if was climbing steeper ascents I would have gone shorter. I couldn't see spending the extra for the Raven Pro. I think the biggest reason for not getting the Pro was the polished axe head. I could see myself getting a little light headed, seeing some frost on the shiny surface and having a Dumb and Dumber moment like Harry did on the ski lift.. "Oh look.. frost.." Then having to ask for a cup of warm water from passing climbers.. No thanks.

greg at on 03/28/2013

None better for alpine travel

I have both the Raven and Raven Pro. I actually prefer the Raven, it just feels more solid,and safer. The Raven has a longer pick, and a wider grip area, making more comfortable to carry and more secure in my hand. Even though it is a couple ounces heavier I just feel safer with this solid piece of gear in my hand. Works great on steep snow fields and glacier travel. I've used mine on Rainier, St Helens and many other peaks in the Cascade mountains. I'm somewhat of a gear hound so I am always looking at new stuff, but right now there is no other axe on the market that I would own over this one.
JP18 at REI on 03/03/2011

I guide out at a volunteer organization called TEAM Ascend Trek, and we take youth groups up mountains in Colorado, mostly the Sawatch Range, but we'll go anywhere the group wants to go. We have a set of 12 of these that have been around for over 5 years of hard use, and they still perform great. They work fine as a general ice axe, but are also sturdy enough that we carry them well into the summer when the snow is mostly gone to be used as a splint or cane if one of our campers gets hurt. Couldn't ask for more.

Fisher Martin at on 08/04/2013

Solid Tool

This is a great ax. I already had shorter axe for steep couloirs and the like, so I got this one a bit longer. Unlike my shorter ax, this one is very comfortable to use all day in either hand. It works great for lower angle terrain, traverses, and glissading. It has a pretty good swing for chopping steps and such, but I wouldn't recommend this tool if you plan on swinging it a lot. I like my shorter tool with a more aggressive and heavier head for that.
Big or Home at REI on 05/05/2013

Good Axe and Great Price

This axe is great for its price. I've used some others axes that were just not of the same quality as this one, and they were more expensive. It has a very ergonomic head and adze, and I really like the slight heaviness to it, it kind of adds a better sense of security. I don't plan on ever having to replace it in the future.
CLIMBitSKIit at REI on 02/02/2011

Great Glacier Tool

Use this for its intended purpose (glacier hikes or moderate climbs on sublimated snow) and you will be very well-equipped. If you're tall -- over 6'2" -- the 90cm version may be right for your height: my eldest son is almost 6'4" and the 90cm axe fits him perfectly for glacier hikes.
Note: this axe is NOT an ice-climbing tool, nor intended to be one!
Pravihrvat at Campmor on 07/07/2013

Neutral Reviews:

The axe is nothing special, its not super light or anything like that but it definitely works and is a perfect affordable option for mountaineering in many different situations. My next axe will probably be something like the Venom that is a little more technical and you can get a hammer on the back of it.

Bill Porreca at on 01/29/2013

This is a great all around axe for glacier and snow/ice travel. I'd go with a more specialized tool for technical ice, but that's another story.

Patrick Mulligan at on 11/15/2013