Multitool manufacturer joins forces with Swiss mountaineer to design new climbing knife
Swiss firm Wenger has joined forces with fellow countryman Ueli Steck to design a new knife for climbers, mountaineers and backcountry skiers.
Steck, who has set world records for speed ascents of the north faces of the Eiger, Matterhorn and Grandes Jorasses, has worked closely with Wenger on the titanium handled knife’s design.
The knife can be opened while using gloves, or with just one hand. It also has a unique system whereby tools can be removed or added to customise its functionality for different situations.
With an SRP of £109.95, the Ueli Steck Knife weighs 100g and features a partially serrated blade offering two cutting options. The wide blade design integrates three hexagonal keys which are ideal for adjusting crampons. The blade securely locks in position but can be easily disengaged by pressing the Wenger cross on the knife or shifting the liner lock.
Tools include large locking flat and Philips head screwdrivers; ¼ inch hex bit integrated into the handle for binding alterations, can opener, cap lifter, wire bender, metal saw and keyring.
Steck said: “Working with Wenger I wanted to create a knife which would be suitable for a range of challenging outdoor activities. Each of these requires a different suite of tools so we’ve designed a knife whereby some tools such as the screwdriver bits can be removed or added depending on whether they’re needed or not.
“Whether I am climbing the north face of the Matterhorn or backcountry skiing in Switzerland, I have a different set of requirements so I wanted a knife which could adapt to different situations.
“This is a knife which I will use and enjoy myself. It’s flexible and will perform all the different functions I need. I’m confident it will offer mountaineers, climbers, hikers and backcountry skiers a lightweight, strong and incredibly versatile and useful tool.”
The knife will be distributed in the UK by Whitby & Co. Garry Woodhouse, sales and marketing director at Whitby & Co, said: “This product is a fantastic collaboration bringing together one of the most respected makers of outdoor knives with one of the world’s greatest climbers.
“By involving Ueli so closely in the design, Wenger has been able to create a knife which will really stand out in the marketplace. We believe this is set to become the knife of choice for mountaineers, climbers and backcountry skiers.”