Best for vertical situations.
Sometimes your arms are so pumped out that it takes you five minutes to untie your figure-eight knot. Opening an energy-bar wrapper is out of the question unless you use the handy scissors on the Victorinox Climber Swiss Army Knife. If your climbing buddy makes fun of you, flip out the reamer and make a few threatening stab gestures. Snag a refreshment bottle out of its cooling spot in the river and use the Climber Knife's bottle opener to gain swift and merciless access to the relaxing liquid. A large and small blade, corkscrew, and small hook also fold into this sleek Swiss Army Knife.
- Handy Swiss Army Knife designed for climbers and hikers
- Contains over a dozen different tools in a compact package
- Q & A
It's a Swiss army knife!
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
It's a Swiss army knife! It's awesome! They do the job and you've got to love these things! I bought it for my son. He loves it! Cool colors too!
Getting more and more rare...
Swiss Army Knives in Blue, that is. That's the main appeal for me. I purchased this to match the color of a day pack I bought. (Yeah, I'm a real rugged outdoorsman...). For Victorinox, and for my usage, this model has close to the optimal combination of tools (corkscrew and scissors a must). However, I still lament the passing of Wenger brand SAK's, which featured scissors with a lever rather than a flimsy spring which can get lost, and a simple, small screwdriver/lever blade which had on the surface of one of its sides a file. You wouldn't believe how many times I've used that file blade (no, not to file my nails). If Victorinox absorbed or just ran Wenger out of business, I wish it had been the other way around. The Blue is unique to a degree. Why the Blue model and only the Blue is translucent, I have no guess. Again, it's a matter of taste, and usage needs.
The mysterious hook in use...
The parcel carrier is actually very nice for carrying 5 gal. buckets. While that may not be an everyday task and most will never do so... if you do have to ...and you do have a Swiss Army with the hook ...you're in business.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
A Swiss army knife is a classic. Good to have one or two or three around. The knives themselves are quality made and come from a great company with a decent warranty. The steel is high grade.
However, I carry a lightweight Gerber with serrated edge when climbing, backpacking, camping or anything else in the outdoors.
Victoinox Swiss army knives are loaded with nostalgia. Having a good knife around is a must. The Climber has plenty of features without being too big to actually handle.
Victorinox Climber Swiss Army Knife
Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Climber
Awesome, just not for climbing
This knife is awesome, I only wish it had a saw. Also, I have yet to ever use the little hook thing on the back.
That said, despite the name, THIS IS NOT A CLIMBING KNIFE. Please do not use it as one; it is an excellent knife, but simply awful for climbing.
A good climbing knife should have:
A serrated blade
A locking blade
Good attachment point
Buy it, but don't take it up the wall with you.
If I lost it today, I'd buy another one tomorrow.
I use this thing probably ten times a day. Cutting bread, spreading cheese, trimming my fingernails with the scissors (they work great for this purpose, by the way), opening packages, opening bottles of wine or beer. For me the size is ideal because it slides in perfectly next to my wallet in my back pocket. It's always with me when I'm climbing or hiking. Or awake, for that matter. A larger, high-quality single-blade knife might be more ideal and probably more durable for serious tasks (what are you doing out there, anyway?) but I've rarely needed anything burlier. And sure, you can open anything with a stick, a rock and some determination, but if you're bringing the bottle of Bordeaux you might as well open it with class. The red color has helped me find it in the snow a million times. I still don't know what the hell the hook is for.
One For The Times!
A classic's classic! It still has a cork screw!
I've owned this knife on and off over the last 30 years (Lost the first one, traded the second one). A great city knife/daily pocket knife.
HOWEVER, I wouldn't take it on an expedition or even a backcountry trek. Everything about the army knife is too small, especially when you have gloves on.
Functional, Somewhat Limited
Swiss army knives are great. They are reliable, and if maintained perform well for many years. This knife has some of the most essential tools, such as the straight blade, scissors, and file. It does basic, all-around jobs. It is very useful for keeping in the trunk, in a weekend-bag, or the like. I would recommend one of the more specific and detailed camping knifes for longer trips, or trips where you might need access to more tools.