The Best Swiss Army Knife?
The Swiss Army Knife is that red pocketknife with everything. The amazing variety of blades, can opener, corkscrew, scissors, awl, hook thing, tweezers, toothpick and more — everything but the kitchen sink all in one pocketknife like this one — became the hallmark characteristic of the Swiss Army Knife.
Here’s where the debate begins. The biggest Swiss Army Knife is not going to look good in the pocket of a pair of dress pants (okay it might look good for awhile but lead to disappointment) and the tiniest Swiss Army Knife is not going to hack it on a camping trip.
Choosing the best Swiss Army Knife: it’s a trade off
This is just me, but the corkscrew has always seemed a bit of an extravagance. Unless you are a professional sommelier, what are the odds that you will use a pocket knife to uncork wine on a regular basis? Sure the Swiss Army Knife corkscrew comes in handy for emergency uncorking. In that case, here’s a tip: *Push* the cork into the bottle with a pointy object like a Phillip’s head screwdriver. It just so happens that one Swiss Army knife model, the Tinker, offers a Phillip’s head screwdriver but no corkscrew! And it’s pretty light and slim. Let’s put it this way, a screwdriver does a better job opening wine than a corkscrew does of turning Phillip’s head screws.
That’s why, for me, the Tinker offers a good compromise.
What is the best Swiss Army Knife for you? The combinations can get a little complicated. Here are some favorite models. What Swiss Army Knife design fits your personality, sparse and light, heavy duty, or a compromise?
The Farmer model is a favorite and very “pocketable” Swiss Army knife.
Or you may be interested in a review of the mighty midget that’s always in my pocket : the Leatherman Micra Multi-tool
And here’s a review of the Swiss Army knife the Swiss Army now issues.
Too many choices? Keep it simple with the no-frills Bantam, the Swiss Army knife that ironically says, “Who needs all those extra doohickies, give me a simple, classic, high quality blade and a bottle flipper.”
Speaking of simple, no-frills but still the quality of the Swiss Army knife, take a look at the Secretary, a sleek, lightweight classic with a modern anox handle. (Currently only ships in the U.S.)
Still Haven’t Found the Best Swiss Army Knife?
Here are some very cheap but classic pocket knives from France