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Today someone searched Google with the question: “Do food mills peel and seed tomatoes”

This individual was directed by Google to BlogsNewsReviews directly to a review of the Oxo Food Mill.  Then the miracle occurred: the person clicked through to Amazon to look more closely at the food mill.  This is exactly how everything is supposed to work.  Since this blog is an affiliate of Amazon, had the visitor ordered a food mill, and perhaps they have, Amazon sends BlogsNewsReviews a small piece of the sale.

Another person typed “best swiss army knife”

and was directed to an article that addresses just that topic.  This has happened a few times now since the article asks just that question, has search “tags” about the various Swiss Army Knife tools, and specifically questions the value of getting the corkscrew when you can get a Phillips head screwdriver instead.

Organic Traffic

These visitors directed by search engines based on their own searches matching article contents are called “organic” traffic.  Organic traffic has not been referred here by another website or an ad (ad?  who has money for ads!).  The value of organic traffic is that it is a true connection between a person searching and a blog that has that information.  This is particularly exciting in the case of the food mill question — whether a food mill removes peels and seeds — since the article answers the question.  Whether the person buys a food mill or not, he or she got the right answer.  That’s organic and that’s exciting!

The Great Swiss Army Knife Debate

Fathers and other men (and women) need Swiss Army Knives, always have, always will. The choice of the best Swiss Army Knife comes down to personality.

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?