The Swiss Army Knife has always meant that red pocketknife with everything. The amazing collection 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.”
While we are talking 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.)
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