Ericwrote a review of Grivel G1 Ice Axe on December 26, 2012
Familiarity: I've used it several times
There's not much to say about this axe beyond the fact that it will get you across the mountains safely if you use it right. Grivel doesn't make junk, and you can take this anywhere.
The trouble is with the uncomfortable head, which makes you less likely to carry it in those times when you aren't quite sure if you need it or not. If you want a better axe, go with the barely more expensive Raven or the even better Raven Pro.