Well worth the price
These ice tools are definitely good as a first pair. The price is really good. They are comfortable to swing, the rock-snake gives a solid second hold and the blade is cheap to replace when you've sharpened them more than you should. Excellent for drytooling. For instance you can stick the into thin cracks because of the thin shaft. In deep snow I tend to use them "upside-down" to increase the hold.