According to the Wiki, the requirement to make the Imcando Pickaxe using Blast Fusion Hammer was removed due to it requiring completion of While Guthix Sleeps. This was presumably done because after completion of Birthright of the Dwarves, you had all the means to get the Dragon Pickaxe (from Chaos Battlefield) and Imcando Fragments (Lava Flow Mine). The Crystal Pickaxe can also be created immediately following the quest which gives access to it and its components (Plague's End). If playing Ironman mode however, the Crystal Pickaxe will inherently require completion of quests in the Dwarven questline. This makes sense as the Pickaxes inherently are bound through a similar set of Quests.
There is no reason for the Pickaxe of Earth and Song, which is a conglomerate of the two Pickaxes, to require an item only offered following While Guthix Sleeps. While Guthix Sleeps has no connection to either the Dwarven or Elven Questline (neither Birthright of the Dwarves nor Plague's End is a requirement for While Guthix Sleeps). The Blast Fusion Hamer was, for years, solely used to forge certain Dragon Items until 5 years later it was proposed to be used for the Imcando Pickaxe. This was scrapped, and 6 years later with the Mining Smithing re-work, it was made an "ingredient" to the Pickaxe of Earth and Song.
The addition of the Hammer as a requirement, and subsequently requiring a unique slew of Quest and Skills to obtain, doesn't make sense. It does not follow the path taken by similar items (i.e. Mattock of Time and Space) that follow a similar construction methodology but have a tertiary ingredient obtainable without an alternate Grandmaster quest (Meteor Shard obtained via the same means as the two components i.e. Archaeology).
Even though this is a really small change and most won't even read the post, it would be really nice to either have the Hammer accessible to people that have completed BotD/Plague's End, or allow us to pay 1,000,000 like with the Imcando Pickaxe. Offering this access offers no advantage to the player aside from potentially being able to craft a piece of Armour that is extremely outdated and often skipped over (aside from the obvious sensible ability to construct Pickaxe of Earth and Song following obtaining it's two components). I am not an Ironman, but thinking from their perspective this seems pretty strange.External link →