Everything about the Grivel Nepal S.A. Ice Axe has been designed to make self-arresting easier, quicker, and more secure. Not a bad thing considering that providing a solid self-arrest is the one thing that your axe absolutely must do.
Slight curve in the upper shaft forces more weight onto the pick for a more secure self-arrest
Steel pick penetrates and holds well in hard neve snow
Drop-pick design bites in gradually instead of snagging and pulling the axe from your hands