The gentle curve in the shaft gives clearance when swinging without compromising the Raptor’s ability to self arrest.
A full size hammer and adze make light work of cutting steps and ledges and bashing in pegs for security. The spike on the base of the handle rounds out the Raptors mountaineering capability by giving security on snow and ice slopes.
For those wishing to venture into steep terrain the Raptor can be fitted with a Fly pick that improves climbing performance. A leash prevents you accidentally dropping the axe, and allows resting opportunities if climbing steeper ground.