The Great Swiss Army Knife Debate

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.

But hold on a minute. There are quite a few different models of the Swiss Army Knife, ranging from the very tiny Classic up to the gigantic Champ XAVT.

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

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15 Responses to The Great Swiss Army Knife Debate

  1. Jerrys Health says:

    I keep it in my car for emergencies. And it has been quite handy so far.
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  2. Dave, that photo is clickable and you can buy one for several hundred dollars! Agree it’s more of a curiosity and collector’s item, rather than a usable tool. The comments on Amazon make fun of it!
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  3. Hamish says:

    I like the small ones. I used to go everywhere with a tiny little Swiss Army knife – scissors, small knife blade, nail file, tweezers and toothpick type plastic thing. Anyway, one day – a few years ago, I forgot it was in my pocket going through airport security which was not good. Very handy tool, but not likely to help me cause havoc on the flight from Edinburgh to London.

    I still use these – but I keep one in my desk drawer at work – one of the credit card ones – and a small knife in my bedside cabinet. They are very handy – plus I get them for free as corporate gifts usually.
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  4. Jeff says:

    C’mon… That’s a backpack knife, not a “pocket” knife.
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  5. Jon says:

    Lol, is that monster Swiss army knife for real? Surely it would be easier to carry a tool box! They can be useful, clever idea, but probably not that many people ever use half the gadgets on them.
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  6. Jason says:

    The tiny Swiss Army Knife is my favorite. It always become my safer when i needed help.

  7. Becca says:

    XD that pocket knife is HUGE!!!!!

  8. thorn says:

    o.o

    …and i thought MY pocketknife did everything…

  9. Becca says:

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