Changing a Pick on a Kronos Ice Tool

The Kronos is a unique ice climbing tool, yet our purpose-designed pick interface is not complicated.

Below are step-by-step instructions describing how to swap out the picks on your tools:


Remove bolts. Take care not to lose the nuts as they may loosen from the opposite side of the tools.


Grab the pick.  Hold the handle and twist the pick to create a small gap.  Insert small screwdriver at the location in the photo.


Repeat twisting motion and insert a second screwdriver on the opposite side if the pick. The pick will now be removable.


Unique to our pick interface, the raised islands of material inside the tool shaft hold the Kronos pick in place.  The islands transfer the energy of pick strikes into the laminate and down the shaft for a soft, sensitive swing.


Insert new pick.  Make sure the tongue of the pick inserts completely into the groove inside the shaft.


Using fingers, gently spread the halves of the Kronos shaft to fully insert and seat the pick.


Reinstall the nuts and bolts. Use Loctite 243 on the threads of the bolts.


Re-install and tighten bolts to 7ft-lbs for the pick bolts, 5 ft-lbs for the spike bolt.


Enjoy climbing with your Kronos!  Remember to oil the shaft at least once a season with Liberon Finishing Oil to maintain the clean look of your tools.