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Chief Joseph
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PostTue Nov 10, 2020 9:14 pm 
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Bought this off CL about 12 years ago to use on 3 fingers, did use it to chop some steps in the ice on the first trip there but haven't used it since. Thinking about selling it, but not sure yet.

Maybe someone could help me on which year this model was made and it's approximate value? I looked on Ebay and the prices are all over the place, with the highest prices being vintage wooden handle Stubai models. Pretty sure mine is not worth a lot, just curious.

It has a fiberglass handle, kind of a dull, neon green color, is 27" long and the model number on the head reads "Manaslu". So it is an Austrian made Stubai and als has the inscription on the handle reading, " Messner-Habeler and below that Stubai-GPI.

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PostWed Nov 11, 2020 10:52 am 
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Are you sure the handle is fiberglass and not plastic coated aluminum? (The latter seems more likely.) I did some quick googling and couldn't find specifics, but I would guess it was manufactured sometime between 1978 and now. wink.gif  Really though, probably 90s. The old wooden Stubais are not as old as you might think despite their lack of teeth in the pick - I believe they were making those into the 70s. This Manaslu is surely a solid, classic axe but very functionally similar to much lighter and fancier modern axes, and I wouldn't guess that it by itself is collectible. I would say the "value" of an older axe like that is whatever you can get for it. The best option is probably to find someone who is trying to get into mountaineering but doesn't have a lot of money to spend, and sell it cheap or trade it to them for some beer and a few good stories.

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