Milton B.wrote a review of Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe with Grip on October 1, 2018
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
What can you say about the Black Diamond Raven with Grip and Leash? Well there is only one word that best describes it....VERSATILITY. This unit will handle any situation on any mountain short of bare ice climbing. The head is the old standard and is made of STEEL not aluminum. A few ounces more in weight than aluminum but oh so much stronger. Reliability counts as much as versatility. The rubber grip and easily adjustable leash is also a nice touch that helps your cold gloved hands hold onto the axe as you cut steps, Overall, this is one very useful, quality legend that won't break the bank but will give you the security you need to traverse those long snowfields or steeper gully ascents.
A plus is that Backcountry shipped it two day air.