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Black Diamond Venom Adze
  • Black Diamond Venom Adze
  • Black Diamond Venom Adze Head
  • Black Diamond Venom Adze Bottom
  • Black Diamond Venom Pommel



My vote: None ( 4.5 avg )


A technical mountain tool designed for weight conscious alpinists and ski mountaineers, the Venom features a fully interchangeable pick, sliding FlickLock pommel and an ergonomiccally shaped, angled shaft.

Combining the technical precision of an ice tool with the classic alpine functionality of a piolet, the Black Diamond Venom ice axe is the one tool to have for technical ski mountaineering missions, classic glacier routes and moderate snow climbs with short cruxes. The Venom’s stainless steel head features a fully interchangeable pick design that is compatible with any Black Diamond pick. The integrated grip and asymmetrical angled shaft provide security and easy handling when swinging it like an ice tool, and a sliding FlickLock pommel offers an adjustable second grip for choking up on steep snow.

  • Stainless steel head with integrated adze or hammer
  • Interchangeable pick construction is compatible with all BD picks
  • Asymmetrical angled shaft with integrated grip for ergonomic handling
  • Hammer comes with Mountain Tech pick, Adze comes with Mountain Classic pick
  • Adjustable FlickLock pommel

Retail price

US$ 179.95

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Weight (g / oz)

Weight (g / oz)

In grams and ounces, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.

The weight is the packaged weight. If there are differences in weight (due to optional accessories) we'll note them here.

514 g / 18.13 oz

50 cm: 514 g / 18.1 oz 57 cm: 545 g / 19.2 oz 64 cm: 574 g / 20.2 oz

Length (cm) 50 cm, 57 cm, 64 cm
Head Details Adze (pair: Venom Hammer )
1 Screw adjustment
Ice Rating Pick: B / Type 1
Shaft: B / Type 1
Picks ­­
Pommel & Grip

Pommel & Grip

Upper Pommel

Fixed: An upper pommel that is fixed in place (it cannot move up/down the shaft nor can it be taken off).

Adjustable: An upper pommel that can move up and down the shaft.

Removable & Adjustable: An upper pommel that is completely removable and also adjustable.

Removeable: An upper pommel that is either on or off (it cannot move up/down the shaft).

None: If there is no upper pommel that comes standard (there may or may not be options to buy separately).

Lower Pommel

Fixed: A lower pommel that is fixed in place (the angle cannot be changed nor can it be taken off).

Adjustable: A lower pommel that can change angle or location on the tool.

Removable: When the lower pommel can be removed but not adjusted.

None: If there is no lower pommel that comes standard (there may or may not be options to buy separately).

Upper Pommel: Adjustable
Lower Pommel: Adjustable
Grip Size: 1 size fits all (not adjustable)
Materials Pick: Steel
Head: Stainless Steel
Shaft: Aluminum
Grip: Dual-Density


The main climbing gear certifications are CE and UIAA--and normally the UIAA creates the rules that the CE body also supports. When possible, we try to list all the certifications the product carries.

To sell a climbing product in Europe, the device must be CE certified. There are no official requirements to sell climbing gear in the US. The UIAA certification is a voluntary process.

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Outdoor Gear Lab Gear Review rating 4.5/5

The Black Diamond Venom is a capable model that excels at a broad spectrum of mountaineering objectives. This high-performing all-arounder is most at home on moderate waterfall ice, steep snow routes, and complex glacier climbs, where most of its design will truly shine. It will still perform well for moderate routes but is a bit on the heavy side. It's also friendly on the wallet, and provides similar performance to our favorite modular tool, the Petzl Sum'tec, but for a lower price (and is only one ounce heavier).

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