By Joe Rose
Stein Rescue Knife Review
Well, this is the first time I’ve tried writing a review so I hope it’s of use!
I have recently replaced what I believe is a vital part of any climbers kit, and yet one which is often overlooked – the rescue knife.
After having my Petzl Spatha since buying my first ever climbing kit, and pretty well having it in my pocket since, I decided it was time to retire it and replace. I tend to keep my knife on me at all times, so it needs to serve as a functional pocket knife but also be usable in an emergency quickly and safely.
Browsing Honey Brothers, I decided to try the orange Stein rescue knife. A nice price point, and several key features that set it above the competition for me at least.
Nice and easy one handed opening, far better than my old one due to the thumb toggle thing on top of the blade.
I’m not an expert, but the blade seems reasonably well made and sharp considering the price point. The lock for the blade seems fairly positive, and I don’t have any concerns about this slipping.
Handle is high vis orange, extremely important point to me as you’re more likely to find it when you drop it!
The whistle incorporated in the handle is a brilliant idea and probably the one feature that drew me to this knife above all others. Always there in an emergency, as well as for calling the dog back!
No easy attachment hole suitable for a karabiner, instead it has a wire spring clip. This isn’t an issue for me, but if you’re planning on hanging it on a harness you would need some sort of cable tie or string on the karabiner to clip it into.
Overall, I’m very pleased with it and it has now replaced my old Spatha in the pocket of my chainsaw trousers. Time will tell on how it deals with being generally abused, going through the washing machine and the like, however I’m pretty confident I will still be using it in several years!