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Our traditional mountaineer's piolet. READ MORE
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A modern version of Chouinard's original curved-pick mountain axe, the Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is our classic mountaineer's piolet that has been used on classic climbs the world over for decades. The Raven's durable aircraft aluminum shaft and investment-cast stainless steel pick are engineered for secure self-arresting.

  • Durable, aircraft-grade aluminum shaft
  • Investment-cast, one-piece stainless steel head with a large hole for a carabiner
  • Pick's curve and teeth engineered for secure self-arresting
  • CEN-B certified

Tech Specs

Head :   Stainless steel
Shaft :   Aluminum
Weight Without Leash :   [55 cm] 437 g (15 oz)

Pick Comparision



  • The New York Times - Best In Test 2009

  • Backpacker Magazine - 2013 Editor's Choice Gold Award

  • - 2013 Best Buy
Raven Ice Axe is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great protection Bought the Raven for an ascent up Mount Whitney and it certainly provided the safety and protection we needed as we traversed across the west side of the mountain on knife edge trail in the final miles to the peak. Rock Solid Piece of Equipment
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid and basic Not a lot to say about it. I got the 65cm length and it's doing it's job. Helpful when scrambling, and it works well when glissading. I'm very satisfied with it, especially for the price.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ubiquitous for a reason I find the heads on BD axes much more ergonomic than those of other brands. A more comfortable and secure grip means that the axe is always going to be in your hand when you need it. It's not the lightest axe on the market, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value out there.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like me. Compared to the Raven Pro is just isn't as refined and it weighs just a bit more. I looked at them side by side and couldn't see spending the extra $20 for something that was shiny and polished. Plus, I could see myself having a Hairy Dunne moment and try licking the frost off a shiny handle. I think it comes down to personal preference more than performance or even weight.
Date published: 2016-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All around good ice axe Hasn't seen much use with a dry winter, but has held up beautifully on short treks, helped save me after falling through an iced over lake, and worked as a technical to scale a small 15ft waterfall. Not a single scratch or dulled a bit. Good quality for the price. The shaft is just a little hard to keep grip on but can be remedied with a bike inner tube or properly wrapped paracord.
Date published: 2015-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Standard I've had this axe for years and it always delivers. Sure, there is lighter, but you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great value Really comfortable, functional , lightweight piolet. Nicely finished, durable and great for the price.
Date published: 2014-03-29
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