Eddie Bauer First Ascent Belay Knife
Price Paid: $24
I thought it was interesting when I saw First Ascent named this knife the "Belay" knife. I wasn't quite sure if my climbing partner would like the thought of the image of me standing on a belay stance wielding the First Ascent "Belay" knife. Sort of a "Touching the Void" thought process going on at Eddie Bauer, I guess.
Anyway, this is a pretty cool knife. They claim it's the lightest knife and I believe them. It's got a very light plastic handle, and a nice high quality blade. There's an eyelet at the top of the knife to hang it on your rack and it opens and closes quite easily. This is a knife I carry with me all the time - -it carries well in my thigh pocket or in a pocket on my pack.
Two things about it keep it from being great. FA claims it's a one hand flip open, even with gloves. In theory that's true with the way the knife is designed. In practice, with gloves on, it's hard to open the knife with a thumb flick.
Second thing is they like to promote that it has a bottle opener. I don't know about you, but I don't carry bottles up to the "Belay". I do carry cans of food sometime and would prefer they have a can opener on the knife. Or better yet, just skip the idea that a knife designed to cut rope and work around camp, needs to be a multi-tool of some sort.
So buy this knife if you want a good quality, very light, very useful KNIFE and forget about flicking, can opening, or "Belay" use.
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We believe it's the lightest belay knife out there. It accommodates a carabiner, and clips easily to your harness for use in emergencies. (Our guides have also been known to use it to reach the bottom of a peanut butter jar.) Its one-handed operation is made even easier with the thumb stud—you can open and close the locking blade with your gloves on. Includes bottle opener.
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Eddie Bauer Belay Knife - We believe it's the lightest belay knife out there. It accommodates a carabiner, and clips easily to your harness for use in emergencies. (Our guides have also been known to use it to reach the bottom of a peanut butter jar.) Its one-handed operation is made even easier with the thumb stud?you can open and close the locking blade with your gloves on. Includes bottle opener. .
- Eddie Bauer