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Wenger Launches Ueli Steck Climber’s Knife

March 11, 2011

Wenger launches Ueli Steck climber’s knife; one of three knives in new Titanium Line.

  • Multi-functional tool built for climbers, hikers, backcountry skiers and tested at the extremes;
  • Developed with and used by professional mountaineer and speed climber Ueli Steck;
  • Unique and innovative tools including hex keys and bit adapter encased in titanium handles;
  • Perfect ratio of strength/weight/multi-functionality for any outdoor activity;

Wenger and professional mountaineer Ueli Steck have unveiled the Ueli Steck Special Edition Swiss Army Knife with tools designed for climbers, or any outdoor pursuit that requires in-action equipment adjustment.

One of three knives in the new Titanium Line, made from lightweight titanium and thick, high strength steel, it was developed and tested by Steck who holds world-records for speed ascents of the famous North Faces of the Alps: Matterhorn, Eiger and Grandes Jorasses.

“I was really inspired by Wenger because I had to define the essential tools that I need,” said Steck. “You can open the knife with one hand - that’s really important - you can use it with gloves. It’s really a tool to use for any kind of mountaineering. With the bits system and adapter you can take with you exactly what you need. If you go hiking, or climb the Eiger North face, or you go backcountry skiing you need the same tools. It’s minimized to the optimum yet very strong. I use this knife.”

Wenger CEO Peter Hug added: “This product was built for an elite athlete whose extreme challenges would not be attempted by the layperson, yet the knife and the two derivatives from our Titanium Line (Titanium 1 and Titanium 2) are for anyone that challenges themselves in the great outdoors. The range truly has been created for extreme use and is extremely useful for everyday adventurers.”

The locking blade can be opened with a single hand and boasts innovative functions including three hex keys (nut wrenches) that meet standard equipment sizes from 7mm to 13mm (M4, M6 and M8). These crucial tools have been incorporated into a 2.6mm thick locking partially serrated blade - 44% thicker than standard blades – to maximize its strength and multi-functional capabilities. The blade securely locks in position and, even with gloves on, can be disengaged by depressing the Wenger cross or shifting the liner lock.

The Wenger Ueli Steck knife also includes a plateau on the reverse side of the blade to act as a very powerful flat head screwdriver. A ¼ inch bit adapter is built into the handle casing to attach hex, Philips, flat head bits or any other bit that might fit one’s specific equipment. The tool also features a metal saw and file, can opener, locking screwdriver and lightweight pouch.

“During an ascent, if any of the hardware on my climbing axes, crampons or other equipment comes loose I need to have the right tools to make immediate repairs in remote locations,” said Steck. “To have all the things I need in one tool, it’s fantastic.” Wenger CEO Peter Hug added: “We have proudly supported Ueli for some time, and the fact that we have only just released this knife shows the time and effort we have invested to make it perfect and perform flawlessly for the multiple jobs it needs to do. Its combination of multi-functionality, strength and quality make the Wenger Ueli Steck Knife like no other on the market.”

Fact Box – Ueli Steck Special Edition knife

  • Lightweight corrosion-resistant titanium handles with unique striation grip;
  • Partially serrated blade with two cutting options and a 14mm flat screwdriver;
  • Designed for single hand opening with secure safety lock;
  • Hexagonal keys (7mm, 10mm, 13mm) to match M4, M6 and M8 bolts or nuts;
  • Integrated ¼ inch hexagonal bit adapter in handle (Phillips #3 and flat screwdriver 0.6x4.5mm bits provided);
  • “Ueli Steck” branding on handle;
  • Weighs 100 grams;
  • Combination metal saw and file
  • Can opener, combination locking screwdriver, cap lifter and wire bender;
  • Lightweight pouch for knife and three bits (comes with 2);
  • DVD included – Ueli Steck, The North Face Trilogy;

16 Functions

  1. Partially Serrated 65mm Blade
  2. Safety Lock System
  3. Hexagonal Key - 7mm (M4)
  4. Hexagonal Key - 10mm (M6)
  5. Hexagonal Key - 13mm (M8)
  6. Large Flat Screwdriver - 14mm
  7. Metal Saw
  8. Metal File
  9. 1/4 Inch Bit Adapter
  10. Flat head screwdriver bit (0.6mm x 4.5mm, 50mm)
  11. Philips head screwdriver bit (#3, 50mm)
  12. Flat Screwdriver with Safety Lock
  13. Cap Lifter
  14. Wire Stripper/Bender
  15. Can Opener
  16. Key Ring

Fact Box – Titanium 1

  • Lightweight corrosion-resistant titanium handles with unique striation grip;
  • Partially serrated blade with two cutting options and a 14mm flat screwdriver;
  • Designed for single hand opening with secure safety lock;
  • Hexagonal keys (7mm, 10mm, 13mm) to match M4, M6 and M8 screws;
  • Integrated ¼ inch hexagonal bit adapter in handle (Phillips #3 and flat screwdriver 0.6x4.5mm bits provided);
  • Premium “Wenger Titanium” branding on handle;
  • Weighs 70 grams;
  • Lightweight pouch for knife and three bits (comes with 2);

10 Functions

  1. Partially Serrated 65mm Blade
  2. Safety Lock System
  3. Hexagonal Key - 7mm (M4)
  4. Hexagonal Key - 10mm (M6)
  5. Hexagonal Key - 13mm (M8)
  6. Large Flat Screwdriver - 14mm
  7. 1/4 Inch Bit Adapter
  8. Flat head screwdriver bit (0.6mm x 4.5mm, 50mm)
  9. Philips head screwdriver bit (#3, 50mm)
  10. Key Ring

Fact Box – Titanium 2

  • Lightweight corrosion-resistant titanium handles with unique striation grip
  • Partially serrated blade with two cutting options and a 14mm flat screwdriver
  • Designed for single hand opening with secure safety lock
  • Hexagonal keys (7mm, 10mm, 13mm) to match M4, M6 and M8 screws.
  • Integrated ¼ inch hexagonal bit adapter in handle (Phillips #3 and flat screwdriver 0.6x4.5mm bits provided);
  • Wood saw
  • Premium “Wenger Titanium” branding on handle
  • Weighs 82 grams;
  • Lightweight pouch for knife and three bits (comes with 2);

11 Functions

  1. Partially Serrated 65mm Blade
  2. Safety Lock System
  3. Hexagonal Key - 7mm (M4)
  4. Hexagonal Key - 10mm (M6)
  5. Hexagonal Key - 13mm (M8)
  6. Large Flat Screwdriver - 14mm
  7. Double-cut Wood Saw
  8. 1/4 Inch Bit Adapter
  9. Flat head screwdriver bit (0.6mm x 4.5mm, 50mm)
  10. Philips head screwdriver bit (#3, 50mm)
  11. Key Ring

For more information visit: www.wenger.ch/uelisteck.



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