ROCK CLIMBING GUIDES
Rock climbing guides have a lot of climbing gear- the perks of the job! But having loads of climbing equipment requires a special place to store it. This is the story of our gear closet, and the gear that comes and goes through it.
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Rock Climbing Gear Reviews
Trango Piranha Micro Knife
04 Jan. 2016
On my hand for size reference
I generally don't carry a knife on my harness, but many multi-pitch climbers do. However, as a guide I carry a small backpack on multi-pitch climbs, and I always carry a first aid kit in the backpack. This little knife is a perfect, lightweight addition to my multi-pitch first aid kit! Check back soon for a write-up about my lightweight first aid kit that I carry with me at all times while rock climbing (bouldering, single-pitch and multi-pitch).
The Trango Piranha Micro Knife in it's original packaging
The knife opened
The Gear Closet Chronicles
My client and friend, Evan D. from Southern California, sent me this awesome knife as a holiday/thank you gift! Needless to say, I was very excited to open the package and find this lightweight, stainless steel knife. Killer! I don't have any piece of equipment quite like this, so it is a very welcome addition to my collection!
Trango claims that this micro knife weighs in at only 20 grams, which is pretty impressive as this knife feels thick and solid. It doesn't bend at all when pushed sideways, and the hinge rivet doesn't flex or slip at all. It is quite small- the blade is about 1 inch long- and very sharp. The serrated blade and deadly tip enhance the sharpness. Although the blade is very sharp, there is no protective cover for the blade. Trango designed it in such a way that the blade fits so snugly against the handle that it doesn't catch on anything. I tried rubbing my fingers across the blade while the knife was closed, and I couldn't get the knife to catch on my skin at all. So, well done on the design Trango!
There are a couple of cool extra features that this knife has as well. Trango claims that this knife also works as a screwdriver, but I sure don't see any feature like that on the knife... What I do see (and I am wondering if someone at Trango goofed on the website) is a bottle opener. That is a bonus for any climber! Another cool feature of this knife is that it cannot open while clipped to a carabiner, because the tip of the knife extends too far past the carabiner hole. It's nice to know that it can't open accidently on your harness! Trango also claims that the knife can be opened with one hand, although I find it difficult to do so. Maybe I need to oil the knife. The knife does have a locking mechanism, so when the knife is open, it stays open.
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