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Ice Climbing Axe: Maker?

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by sa1111, Jun 14, 2018.

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  1. sa1111

    sa1111

    3
    Sep 9, 2016
    Picked this old ice climbing axe up at an auction, and I cannot make head or tail of the maker's stamp. Axe is 32 inches long, wood handle. Maker's stamp is oval shaped, with the letters (I think) as follows: SFERAM? [​IMG][/URL][/IM[​IMG] G] [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]



    Thanks all for your kind help
     
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  2. John A. Larsen

    John A. Larsen

    Jan 15, 2001
    A photo of the whole axe might help. For some reason that word "SFERAM" seems French to me. John
     
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  3. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
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  4. sa1111

    sa1111

    3
    Sep 9, 2016
    Here's the whole axe[​IMG]

    Yes it does seem European, possibly French
     
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  5. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Besides that summitpost mention, the only other example I found is an Italian ad for a
    piccozza classica da alpinismo sferam.

    "Sferam" is the Slovenian and Serbian word for "Spheres" (according to Google), so my guess is that it was made by a lesser known manufacturer in that part of Europe.
     
  6. sa1111

    sa1111

    3
    Sep 9, 2016
    Wow! You all are great. Steve, you are a master googler (and I thought I was good at it). Thanks again to all of the members of Blade Forums for their kind assistance
     
  7. NitsaeKram

    NitsaeKram Basic Member Basic Member

    14
    Jun 1, 2018

    Sweet, I picked this one up a few weeks ago.
    Handle is loose.

    [​IMG]
     
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  8. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Not for ice climbing, but it looks like a "Boston Ice Ax":

    [​IMG]

    from Gifford-Wood Co. catalog, 1912
     
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  9. NitsaeKram

    NitsaeKram Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jun 1, 2018

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