Mountaineering is a passion of mine, and I designed and manufactured a set of classic mountaineering ice axes as a final project for one of my design classes, "Design for Manufacture". The Grand Ice Axe is a one of a kind piece, combining old-school mountaineering materials with new-school design and manufacturing. The axes are made from a furniture-grade baltic birch ply inlaid with cocobolo. The pick, adze, and spike are made from hardened tool steel.
They are fully designed for manufacture with Solidworks using CNC milling, waterjet cutting, and welding. I produced a set of them to demonstrate their manufacturability and use.