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The Black Diamond Micro Hammer is a replacement ice tool head for mixed climbers who find themselves pounding the occasional pin on gear-protected pitches. This head is compatible with all Black Diamond ice tools, so you can use the Micro Hammer whether you're climbing with leashes or swinging sans dragonnes.

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The smallest smasher

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Whacked these on my Cobras before a recent trip to Ouray and I have to say I liked them. It's much less nerve-wracking that staring at two adzes during your climb, and I personally like the lower swing weight.

Head blanks would as well for reducing head weight, but I like having the functionality of a hammer, even if it is a small one.


Unconventional use but like it!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got tired of looking for a rock to hammer in my backpacking tent spikes. At only 3 oz I decided to throw this little hammer in my backpack for overnight hikes. This thing is the perfect size for gently pounding in those lightweight tent spikes without hurting your hand. Okay, this is not the intended purpose of this hammer but it works PERFECT fror me just to have a super lightweight mini hammer in my ultra light backpack.

BD Micro hammer

    Unless you are swinging picks in a comp, you don't need this. Buy the standard hammer, it provides better balance and will help you more. This is only a part that should be used by people who only climb mixed routes and never swing the pick into ice.

    That's silly. Balance in a tool is all a matter of taste - personally I prefer two head blanks for ice/mixed cragging: it puts the weight into the front of the tool.

    This hammer is a full 2oz. lighter than the big one. If you aren't going to be banging in a lot of stuff, go with this one and you'll be carrying (and swinging) a quarter pound less.