What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Knife-Bladed Pocket Wrench Edition.

Image: Wenger

Professional speed-climber Ueli Steck designed this multi-tool for Wenger (before they were absorbed by Victorinox) and his Titanium-bodied kletternmesser looks like it’s got all the right moves except for maybe one little problem.

What is it with the Swiss and weird knives these days?

Swiss Army Knives are usually cool. Titanium is always cool. Mountain climbing is really cool, and speed-climbing is on the cutting edge of subzero cool. With so many cool things going on, why is this knife less cool than live-action roleplaying?

I’d have to say that serrated, sharpened wrench blade is probably the culprit. Nothing would complicate your solo attempt on the Eiger or the Matterhorn like amputating your own fingers. I’ve skinned too many knuckles with wrenches to even use a fixed knife blade as a wrench, unless my life depended on it.

This edged oddity costs $159, which would buy a hell of a fancy Leatherman tool.


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