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Nico B

help with chouinard hammer/pick ice tool

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That is a Chouninard X tool - actually the first pair of ice tools I owned. I thought I was cool because Alan Kearney had an identical pair.

 

As a working ice tool it maybe worth $40? As a collector's item maybe $100 to an avid collector who is missing that exact tool from his/her collection.

 

I know Second Ascent collects classic Chouinard tools, but those are the laminated bamboo or hickory shafted ones. Maybe shoot them an email and see if they would be interested in paying collector's prices for it.

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The bamboo ones go for crazy money on EBAY. 750+ bucks.

 

I don't think you will be so lucky though. Dans 40-100 seems about right. I'd guess on the lower end of that.

 

Seems like there is a pretty active group of Chouinard collectors on Ebay. You might just sell it there for whatever you can get. You can always put a minimum bid amount on it.

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Someone here on cc.com shortend the shaft of an X-15 and hacked off the pick to make a nifty alpine rock hammer with a built in nut tool/pick. If gear mods are your bag this hammer might be a good candidate.

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