Petzl Spatha Knife (Small)


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Sharp, compact and ideally suited for a range of backcountry applications, Petzl's compact Spatha Knife features a straightforward design with a folding blade and a reinforced polycarbonate handle that attaches to a carabineer or other climbing implements. While the simplified configuration hints at easy, single-handed applications, many users recommend using two hands and plenty of caution while opening and closing the stainless steel blade, especially in precarious situations. If you're looking for a practical design without the unwanted clutter of pliers, screwdrivers, cuticle files and corkscrews, Petzl's Spatha Knife is a cut above most hiking, camping and backpacking offerings.


  • Weather-resistant, stainless steel blade with a lightweight polycarbonate handle
  • Sized to clip into a carabineer or other device
  • Folding blade design
  • Closed length: 3.86 in. (98 mm.)
  • Weight: 1.76 oz. (50 g.)

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Review Summary

4 out of 5

23 Reviews

  • Build quality: 2
  • Performance: 2
  • Ease of use: 1
  • Great design: 1

  • could be easier to open with one hand: 1
Function: 4.5 / 5
Quality: 4.5 / 5

23 Ratings & Reviews

Just what I expected
April 26, 2010

Nice and handy knife that I keep handy for those unexpected times. Blade doesn't look, but that is fine by me.

good general knife, would like one hand opening
February 01, 2005

i bought this knife because it was small and light and was able to be fixed to a 'biner for easy atatchment to a harness or gear sling. however, it's a bit impractical as a "climbing knife" because the blade is afixed to the handle in such a way that it requires two hands to open. even just a small ridge on the blade where the thumb could press against to open it would be a great improvement. i marked it down to 3 stars because a company like petzl should know what climbers need and if they are billing it as a knife for use with "climbing impliments" then it should be well suited for the task of climbing and built for climbers. Other than that, it is a good sturdy lightwight knife that should hold up to some abuse.

sharp, seems like decent quality
March 22, 2005

Sharp blade, don't know about long-term; reasonably easy to open one handed if hard, non-delicate surface available, since tip of blade rather close to end of handle, otherwise risky.

Not just for climbing
April 13, 2004

Handy for all outdoor occasions. Makes a great knife for boating, hiking, camping, etc.. The knife is lightweight but has a very usable blade. It takes two hands to open and close the Spatha, but it works easily even with gloves or mittens on. handle color also proved easier to find in the dark.

Function: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from on the cut, CO
45-54 yrs

sharp, snappy, toucan
January 06, 2011

What started as a harness knife for cutting nattty webbing off rap anchors, this little blade stays clipped to my car keys and I find uses for it everyday. While not a lock blade, the action is stiff and stays put, so no need to fear a surprise opening or finger gouging chop. Super light weght. I cut energy bars, tedious packaging and feel some security while night skiing in cougar country ( I am deluding myself) Hard still blade, keeper hole, shaped life a toucan....what more do you want?

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

Sturdy, lightweight and well made.
April 29, 2004

When you're keeping it light - this knife is a great choice.

A handy knife with a unique feature
January 08, 2004

This is a well made knife that has the interesting feature of a carabiner attachment point built in. It attaches conveniently to bakpacks, rigging gear and belt loops.

Everything about this screams cheap
February 03, 2004

I was really disappointed with this knife when I received it. Everything about it seems cheap, the opening mechanism cannot be operated with one hand and remains akward with two. The blade seems very low quality. It seemed like too good a deal; I should have known. Gerber makes a similar product that is much better, but you pay for it.

January 29, 2006


Works Well
November 21, 2004

It is light, simple and economical. The statement that this knife cannot be opened with one hand is not true. Place thumb and forefinger on "doughnut hole" place handle tip against anything and flick open with one hand very quick.

Well Made Knife
February 24, 2004

This Knife is very well mad. It's a great pocket knife and as long as I don't lose it seems like it will last me a very long time. The structure of the knife makes gripping easy, but I only gave it four stars out of five because the blade doesn't lock.


Lightweight and Sharp
November 29, 2005

I am pleasantly surprised with this knife, and have to say that I like it. I was really just looking for something better than a swiss army knife for carrying in my backpack. Compared to other knives, the Spatha is difficult to open. You have to use two hands and hold the blue ring at the axis point, but I would argue that is a good thing. It is also a very sharp backpacking/climbing knife with serations good for cutting your partner loose.

Strong knife
March 13, 2005

it did everything it says and more.its great to have around at all times not just on the trail or on a beaner.

safe and practical
December 09, 2004

This knife is perfect for what it is (mainly) intended for, climbing. It is difficult to open so that it does not open during a fall so you don't stab yourself. I have always wanted a knife to take climbing with me if I ever need to cut hair out of an atc or cut a rope (which it does suprisingly well). If you were in an emergency situation and needed to open it with one hand, you can. But rather than one hand it is one hand and another object. It doesn't lock, but the blade generally doesn't move unless you want it to.

Never a Dull Moment
August 25, 2003

I've had this knife for about 3mos now and it's proven to be more reliable if not more convenient than other expensive knives I've owned. The blade is nice and fat for spreading your favorite peanut butter and the blade very dependable for most camp chores. Very tough knife! But I think what makes this knife so unique is the donut hole ring - which you can attach to your beener and keep close to you when you need it, and light as well. The color also makes it easy to find if misplaced. Definitely FUNCTION and PRACTICALITY is what this knife is all about!

A great tool!
June 26, 2005

I use this knife every where I go. I work at a college theater and a good knife is a nesesity. THe Spatha is the one. the only thing that I have had problems with is getting my fingures used to the one handed opening technique. it is not a position that your hand is used to going. other than that it is just the knife any climber is looking for.

Lightweight, but doesn't lock off
May 01, 2006

This is a great lightweight knife, especially in wet places, but it lacks any safety precautions from opening in your pocket or locking while open. Look to this knife if your looking for a lighweight knife with a great blade, but maybe somewhere else if your looking for multiple uses.

Diverse little implement!!
January 08, 2004

Sort of an all-purpose indoor/outdoor paring knife!!

Function: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Bellingham, WA
25-34 yrs

A whole lota knife for the weight
May 10, 2011

This knife provides great value for the weight. The serrated edge and one hand operability makes it an excellent choice for climbers. At first I was apprehensive about the non-locking bladed and ease of use with one hand. One day on the rocks convinced me that this knife is quite safe and operational with one hand in a pinch. A solid purchase.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Great value

Nice knife
April 24, 2005

Very nice knife. Fits nicely on a small biner but not on larger ones. I personally like the reversed serations on the blade. only downside is that before its broken in it is hard to open onehanded, but when you do get it open it stays open when you want it to.

hiking knife
March 06, 2005

I use this knife for hiking in the Canadian north. It hasn't let me down yet. One down side, the lubrication from the blade tends to leak a bit. Nothing a quick wipe won't resolve. Great weight to performance ratio. There is no blade locking mechanism.

Great Knife!!
November 02, 2003

Although it does easily attach to a carabiner it is by no means a small is actually a lot larger than I expected, nonetheless..... it is an excellent deal and has proven to be a very useful knife..

just right
June 02, 2009

This knife is the perfect little thing to take hiking/climbing-- small, easy, and super cute! I have yet to find any problems.

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