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Seattle Manufacturing recalls ice axes

The spike and/or head of the ice axe can detach from the handle

Photo source: CPSC
Seattle Manufacturing Corporation (SMC) of Ferndale, Wash., is recalling about 165 Kobah ice axes.

The spike and/or head of the ice axe can detach from the handle during use, posing serious injury and fall hazards to the climber.

The firm has received one report of the axe’s spike detaching from the handle. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Kobah ice axes of lengths 60, 65, 70 and 75 centimeters.

The axes each have a steel pick and adze joined at the top of an orange aluminum handle shaft by a black polyamide resin head. There is a steel spike in the bottom of the handle shaft.

“Kobah,” “SMC” and Manufacturer’s Lot Number (MLN) 10864 are printed on the handle shaft.

The ice axes, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at specialty climbing shops along the West coast and online at from March 2019, through June 2019, for about $100.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ice axes and return them to SMC for a full refund. SMC is contacting all known purchasers directly.

Consumers may contact SMC at (800) 426-6251 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday, by email at or online at and click on “Recall Notifications” at the bottom of the page for more information.

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