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Eddie Bauer First Ascent Belay Knife

rated 3.5 of 5 stars

The First Ascent Belay Knife has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best folding knives for 2023.

photo: Eddie Bauer First Ascent Belay Knife folding knife

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.


Price Paid: $24

Good knife for the price—if you can find it.


  • Bottle opener is hard to open
  • Rivets loosening after about a year of use

Bought this knife new, while Christmas shopping. The colors attracted me :). I like this knife.

It has a few quirks: bottle opener is hard to open. Noticed one of the rivets loosening after about a year of use. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25

I like this knife, but the blade rattles (moves back and forth) when open quite a bit which is a large drawback for me.


  • Sharp
  • Durable


  • Rattles when open

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 30$

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Price MSRP: $24.50
Historic Range: $12.99
Reviewers Paid: $24.00-$30.00
Weight 1.38 oz
Blade length 60.25 mm (includes serrated edge

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