A ice axe with a metal head and base with a hard wood shaft. The head of the axe has a rounded, flat section, with a sharp pointed edge on the other side. The shaft is made of hickory and is scratched and marked, with white flecks throughout its surface. The end of the handle has a metal tip with a small rounded point. There are 31 notches in the handle which represent the number of times the ice axe was taken to the summit of Mt Taranaki.
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