The mithril pickaxe is a pickaxe stronger than the steel pickaxe. It requires level 30 Attack to wield, and level 21 Mining to mine with. It can be used in combat or in Mining to mine rocks. It is one of the fastest pickaxes to mine with, and it takes a minimum of 1.8 seconds to gather ore from rocks with this pickaxe. Since the 7 May2008 update, players can make mithril pickaxes using Smithing, after completion of the Perils of Ice Mountain quest. Level 55 or higher Smithing, 2 mithril bars are required to do so, granting 100 Smithing experience. Players can purchase this pickaxe from Nurmof's Pickaxe Shop in the Dwarven Mine.
Some people prefer using them while Runecrafting at the Abyss, claiming they are nearly as good as a rune Pickaxe, yet weigh less. This is a minor trade-off as players will have greater run energy due to the lower weight, and mid to high level miners will not notice the slight difference in time it takes to use the pickaxe for activities in the Abyss.