One-piece forged Chromolly steel head, hand-polished, with teeth along the entire length of the Neo-Classical pick. The modified reverse-curve inclination means the blade can be swung naturally, providing superb placement in varied types of ice. The Ergal 7075 light alloy shaft corresponds to CE and UIAA norms. The technical wristleash (included) should be attached directly to the shaft rather than the head. Jorasses is a well-balanced ice axe with a very efficient and economic swing. It is solidly built, sturdy enough for professional users; a modern guide's right hand. Or if you prefer French: "Le vrai piolet du Guide."