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Simply a bitchin' knife.

Perhaps the most useful tool you can have in the backcountry is a utility knife. Petzl's Spatha Knife is a lightweight, single blade, emergency knife perfect for cutting cord, webbing, and an array of materials you use in the backcountry. Designed specifically for guide climbing, the Spatha can be opened with a single hand and has a clever hole in the handle that fits a carabiner to a tee. Attach it to your harness or bag, and you're all set. Should you ever need to escape from a belay or cut a partner loose, the Spatha will save the day. The small version has a serrated blade great for cutting webbing and rope; while the large sports a smooth blade ideal for cutting bread and sausages. Get a pair for all your cutting needs. (Check options pull down menu for availability.)

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5 5

Awesome camping knife

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

While the big Spatha (blue handle) isn't a great harness knife, it is an awesome camp chefs knife, and cuts almost any food item. Blade is nice and thick, and its not a swiss army knife or a walmart camo knife, so friends generally won't take it as their own. I'd recommend the trango piranha if you actually want a knife that just lives on your harness.

4 5

Light and use full

These knife is very nice, its light and can be clipped on almost any carabiner.

3 5

Alright knife.

This knife is alright, couple problems I have with it is that it does not lock. On the plus size it is pretty hard to open so I don't think it would open on you by accident. Another problem is it doesn't fit nicely on all carabiners.

3 5

A decent knife

This is a good option if you're trying to keep your rack light. It's somewhat difficult to open one handed, though it can be done. I find it tends to get caught on your opening surface (i.e. your leg) if you don't properly catch just the tip when opening.

5 5

A trusted friend

I have the small version and it lives on my harness. It's great for cutting out and replacing manky tat as well as cutting up salami. I have had no issues with the blade opening up when I didn't want it to (I have had this issue with different models of knives). The opening action is still stiff after 4 years of use. I view that aspect of the knife as a positive because I don't want it opening up and exposing an edge to things that are not supposed to be cut. If you are looking for a locking blade look somewhere else. It is a solid light weight performer.

2 5

Don't get for climbing.

This is a decent knife but not for what it's designed for. It's sharp, light, and seems strong. However it doesn't lock, hard to open (with one hand), and the loop is very limited to biner size. Personally I want a knife that will fit most biners on my harness and will open with one hand. Check out the link below to a great climbing knife that I personally use. It's lighter, locks, serrated, indestructible, fit's most biners, and is great for absolutely anything!

2 5

Look elsewhere

It's a good sharp knife, but any real climbing knife should have a locking blade and SERRATION. The wavy blade on the larger model just doesn't ....cut it.

1 5

Junker knife

It is lightweight, and it is sharp. However, a knife without a lock has no place. It's too easy to have that blade fold back on you.

I think it's BS that Petzl even puts one out like this.

Opening with one hand.

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How to easily open the knife one-handed.

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Good demo, thanks!

4 5

Nice Knife!

This is a handy knife to have hanging off of your harness on a carabiner and is super sharp! My only complaint is that it doesn't have a locking blade, but that is just my personal preference. Great climbing knife non the less!

4 5

Petzl Spatha Knife

The Petzl Spatha Knife is a good climbing knife. It fits easily on a binner so you can keep it on your harness for quick access. I highly recommend to purchase serrated blade because it’s easier to use to cut webbing, cord, rope, etc.

1 5

Not impressed

Generally, I like petzl stuff, but i thought this knife was straight up awful. The 1 star saying straight up sucks basically sums it up. may other better choices.

Useful hole for a carabiner

Useful hole for a carabiner

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This Knife is great is small and super sharp, great for camping or just in case you need it when going out to climb!!

4 5

Sharp and Light

Sharp and light, makes a good camping knife. Also it as stated in other reviews it can be opened with one hand.

What is the blade length, folded length,...

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What is the blade length, folded length, and over all length?

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Closed length for the Small is 3.9".

4 5

Yes, it can be opened with one hand

I've read a lot of reviews complaining about how the Spatha can't be opened with one hand. I almost didn't buy it because of these reviews. But, I found a good deal and bought it anyway. Happily I discovered that you can, in fact, open it with one hand quite easily. You hold the center ring, where the carabiner fits, and catch the bottom against anything, your thigh for example, and it opens right up. You can't grip the blade with your fingers and wrench it open, as you might with other knives. But once you figure out how it is supposed to be opened, things make a lot more sense. All in all its a great little knife and I'm glad I bought it.

4 5

Great Knife

I've found this knife to come in handy quite a few times. It's super light weight makes it easy to carry and doesn't weigh you down. It is also easy to open one handed which is a plus. Great bang for your buck.

4 5

Great Multi-use Knife

I use this knife for backpacking and i bought the large cause i hate sharpening serrated blades. without the carabiner in the middle of it the knife and as long as its clean it's really simple to open with one hand if you have strong fingers and the knife doesn't lock in the open position so its even easier to close. if you tie a piece or cord through it instead of using a carbiner you can secure it to yourself and still open and use it easily. great multi-use knife i would recommended adding it to you gear collection.

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