The Black 3° was created specifically to for alpine and waterfall climbers that require a short, light, and more manageable tool to drive pitons and old-style (Snarg or Wart Hog) ice screws. As an emergency tool, it offers a huge margin of security relative to its weight. The spike was designed to place into the eye of most ice screws to gain leverage when placing them in hard, black ice. Compact Black's head is forged from chromolly steel, with a Neo-Classical pick. A natural rubber grip covers roughly half of the Ergal shaft.