Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ice axe - Himalya-Pickel, Modell, Kuno Rainer

This is a wooden handle ice axe.

Labelled: Himalya-Pickel
Kuno Rainer

On the opposite side is the Manufacturer's marks
F. Ralling
Made in Austria

F. Ralling is Felix Ralling a master Blacksmith
Hammerwerk translates as
Hammer mill or trip hammer


Fulpmes is a village in Tyrolese Stubaital, Austria, with a population of approximately 4000. Fulpmes is considered to be the centre for iron industry in the Stubaital valley and therefore also referred to as the “village of smithy”, which is also shown by the anvil on the emblem of the village. Located on the sunny side of the valley. Iron, gold and silver have been exploited in this area, resulting in the construction of several smitheries which processed the metals directly on site.
Fulpmes is located in Austria
Location within Austria
Felix Ralling named this axe "Kuno Rainer"
Kuno Rainer was a member of the first expedition to climb Nanga Parbat. This was achieved by Hermann Buhl in a supreme solo effort. Kuno Rainer was involved in organising the food, equipment and the retreat. He had the ability to master the most difficult routes. With Buhl he conquered the Walker Spur on the Grandes Jorasses in 1950, and finally tranversed the whole Jorasses ridge to the Col de Grande Jorasses. He was the trainer for the Austrian trainee guides.
This was likely why Ralling named this axe "Kuno Rainer"
The Ice axe
The adz is an improvement being
spoon shaped not merely curved, and it cuts most
There are 5 teeth on the pick end
Metal straps are used to rivet the head to the handle 
There are remnants of plating on the head
The sliding rope handle is on a metal ring.
There is a screw to stop the ring sliding off. Other pictures of this axe also show this screw. It is therefore probably an original feature, not a later addition
The spike is quite straight forward
There are owners marks on the wooden handle
"(H or K) U"
 / 47.15333; 11.349

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Leather working tools

I recently acquired the estate tools from a leather working business.
Some of these I am not familiar with
1) Adjustable creaser
It is used to enhance the edges of plain straps etc. It creates parallel lines inside borders of decorative work. Adjusts from a fine line to heavy lines

The only markings was a "2"

When the thumb screw is screwed in the jaws open


 Makers marks "Irwin, 900, USA"
 3) Trim knife
The curved edge of this trim knife cuts more aggressively than a standard edge. The downward point can get into areas other knives cannot.
 Makers marks
"A (shoe symbol) Geo Barnley & Sons, Sheffield Eng, 1"



 6) Dividers
No makers marks
 A copper washer  is at the base of the wing nut


7) Maun Revolving head punch



9) Footprint wide jaw pliers
Jaws are parrallel when closed
Makers marks are
"(Footprint symbol) Footprint, Made in England"

10) Maun Wad punch