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samanddusti


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What kind of knives do you all use for climbing and or other outdoor activities ie: swiss army, buck, leatherman...?


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i have a gerber scout...cool....but i never bring it climbing (i don't pack it in other words)...the nature of it would lead to a drop and a pissed off belayer....but i never require to cut anything while climbing...


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S.O.G. is my favorite maker so far...They make (or made, mine is older) some "Autoclip" models...you can tighten the clip down. I've lost an expensive Spiderco because it unclipped from my pocket...I've carried the SOG for at least five or six years now and have never had this problem with it. It's stayed super sharp, too...

Leatherman makes cool tools, but not if you're carrying them all the time(the big ones, anyway)...I don't like the bulk/weight and they're not very good for one hand use. When are you really gonna use half the stuff on one anyway? Good to keep in the car...


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i have a leatherman juice on me or in my pack at all times. the orange one.

still looking for one to keep on my harness though. was thinking of the trango piranha but i would like to play with it before buying but i cant find it at any stores.


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wusthof cutlery is superior. i can filet one meeeeeeaaaan steak.


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Spyderco Clip-It, has a clip that can clip to your harness, biner, etc. Serrated edge is great! :D


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My ordnance collection includes more knives than anything but I still have yet to find the perfect climbing knife.

So I designed one.

I showed my design to Peter Metcalf almost exactly 2 years ago. He then showed me a remarkably similar blade but on a folder with a wide (carabiner hole) hinge by Petzl. I don't like folders because on a climb they clog with dirt and often lose one hand utility. The wider hinge only amplified the resistance in a jam.
My design was a small fixed blade with a posiloc composite sheath (with can opener and tweezers) that could be mounted on a racking sling. We talked to Columbia River and got an estimate on a run of 20,000.

Peter figured the market wasn't there so he passed. I'm still mulling it over but have too many irons in the fire as is.


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I actually carry a gerber sport compact multi-tool that i clip on a locking biner in its holster.


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I EDC a Benchmade Griptilian and have found it to be the best knife I've ever owned.


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Benchmade makes phenomenal knives- my favorites. Ive had a few, but prefer the benchmite for climbing- small, lightweight and locks in both closed and open positions.


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I use a foldable buck. Locks and unlocks easy. Good for one hand usage cutting old slings and emergency rope repair.

Alan


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CRKT makes the best knifes I have seen to date. The steel and heat treatment seem great. None of the clip to a biner, but accessory cord can fix that.


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I have a Buck Long Approach Folder. Nice big hole (unlike Petzl's) so I can clip any biner to it.


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I carry the Leatherman Squirt with the pliers. The blade doesn't compare to my Spyderco, Gerber, or Kershaw, but the pliers, wire cutter and screwdrivers make up for it, and the weight is comparable.


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CRKT makes the best knifes I have seen to date. The steel and heat treatment seem great. None of the clip to a biner, but accessory cord can fix that.

damn straight. CRKT knives roooooool.


do a search for CRKT, you'll find a good bit of knife posts, many of which i've made comments in about my love for my crawford/casper.


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I use the petzl knife and keep in on an extra biner, to which I attach a few other "just in case" extras.

Plus: easy to clip to a biner, no chance of it coming open
negative: not sharp at all. supposed to be one-handed but isn't.

But - it fits my bill - it's light, unobtrusive, gauranteed to stay put and stay shut, and sharp enough to cut rope.


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Maybe I should approach them again and see if they want to explore the climbing market themselves.


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I carry a Spyderco Ladybug sheepsfoot (serrated).

It is perfect for climbing, very light weight and easy to hang off the harness. It isn't quite as easy to manipulate one handed or with gloves as larger models, but is manageable. The sheepsfoot blade is a superior design for climbing applications. It is stronger than a clip point, and much safer for sliding between a person a whatever is getting cut (clothes, webbing...) The serrations are great for cutting webbing and require less maintenance than plain edges.

A Leatherman Squirt might be a good tool as well. The pliers can be used to untie knots and loosen frozen 'biner locks. I carry a full size LM tool in my pocket, but it is unreasonably heavy for climbing. I think I will get a Squirt to supplement my Ladybug.

Will


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For multi-tools, the Swiss tool is the shizzle. Followed by the Leatherman Wave.

Most of the knives mentioned here are made of really crappy steel, especially the junk from CRKT. A Camillus Arc-Lite, in D2, BK&T Kneck Peck are good, small fixed blade knives that are affordable. The Spyderco folders are a good value. The Buck Strider is a stout folder.

If you want a real knife, something like a Pack Rat or a Mongoose from Mad Dog Knives: http://www.mdenterprise.com/maddog.htm

Larry Harley at Lonesome Pine Knives is an 'art' knive maker, but he made me a simple, small (3.5 inch) fixed blade for camping for around 100 bucks: http://lonesomepineknives.com/

Avoid the air hardening steels, like AU8, etc. It doesn't hold an edge. The 420J2 junk that CRKT uses is even worse. It's only attribute is that it is easy to machine and harden.


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I have a gerber in my frist aid kit and a small (2") folding blade on my harness. Funny, unless you did a lot of making your own rap stations I doubt that this thread would be as long if Touching the Void hadent come out. :)


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I have a Kershaw with the cool spring loaded blade thingy. I don't carry it while climbing since I'm a sporto and I only need a few draws and a rope, but I use it all the time for work. It cuts ANYthing (drywall, wire, coax), and stays wicked sharp.


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but i never require to cut anything while climbing...

If you don't carry a knife, let's hope it stays that way. For single pitch routes, having a knife in your pack is often sufficient. On multipitch routes, I like to have one with me. You never know if you'll have to back up a rappel station, make your own, etc.

I carry a Spyderco Endura on my "in case" biner on the back of my harness.


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I carry a Spyderco Endura on my "in case" biner on the back of my harness.

Spyderco is the way to go. Their knifes are sexy, super strong, and sharp. This is the knife I would want if I was attacked by a bear or mountain lion. They can be kind of pricey, not too bad, I spent 100 for my 4 inch pocket knife.
Here's a photo of my baby:
http://www.tradrack.com/rockforum/spyder.jpg
As far as climbing goes:
My trango shark nut tool is practical because I need it anyway and it comes with a knife that works well if you have to cut rope or webbing.

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