Swiss Army Fieldmaster Knife and Why You Should Never Give a Knife

 

The Swiss Army Fieldmaster knife offers the classic Swiss Army knife functionality, without loading up the knife, and your pocket, with tools you don’t need.

Everyone who has used a Swiss Army Knife is impressed by the sheer cleverness of the seemingly countless tools.

BUT, which outdoor experience – camping, fishing, hiking — or indoor home and shop applications, which combination of tools makes the perfect Swiss Army knife is a matter of debate. 

But before we begin:

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A tip on giving knives: Don’t give anyone a knife.

According to the Irish, or the English — actually it was someone who told me who has a lot of Irish in them — it’s BAD LUCK to give someone a knife.

Instead you should always sell a gift knife for a penny.

This ensures that the person buying the knife will not cut themselves.

Well, that’s the legend, anyway.

At least they won’t cut themselves on your account.

The friend or loved one who receives a Swiss Army knife from you may still cut themselves, of course. Sharp knives do that.

But it’s their knife. They bought it from you. For a penny. So never give anyone a knife, sell it to them. And may they have the luck of the Irish.

The combination of tools in the Swiss Army Fieldmaster knife includes several classic tools. BUT,

The main reason to get the Swiss Army Fieldmaster knife is the saw.

Swiss Army Fieldmaster knife

A bit of History:  The Swiss Army knife saw was the precursor to the modern pruning saw. Aggressive teeth, pointed backwards so that you pull through the cut not push, defined the modern pruning saw decades before they became available.

The modern pull-action pruning saw really is a marvel of manufacturing. Anyone remember the old one-handed bow saw? The first time I tried the pull action of a modern, shark-toothed saw, I could not believe the cutting power. The Swiss Army knife was the first to offer an aggressive pull action saw, although I hear tell that Asian saws have pulled backward for centuries.

Here’s a modern pruning saw. Buy this, do not accept as a gift. See above for Irish reasoning on the subject.

Although it has the saw, CAVEAT, the Fieldmaster Swiss Army knife, although the father of the modern pruning saw, can no longer compete with an actual pruning saw.

Still, the Fieldmaster is a pocket knife. It can compete due to lack of competition, unless you happened bring a modern pruning saw on your fishing or hiking trip.

Hikers, especially hiker campers, are obsessive about weight, as they must be.

The Fieldmaster may not be for these payload freaks because it has some luxury tools that would be better exchanged for other payload. Like food!

Still, with the proper skills in the right terrain, a Fieldmaster’s tiny but effective saw could turn a light Space Blanket into a shelter made of leaning saplings.

Yes, you can cut down a tree with the Fieldmaster Swiss Army knife saw. I’ve done it. Another tree quickly took its place.

My opinion is that the Fieldmaster is an awesome set of tools for the wilderness and that includes the ocean. Take a look at the awl for sewing, and the hook, which I still have to figure out all the uses.

Now you might argue with this claim and say, “Wilderness? What’s with the three kinds of screwdrivers? I’m sure I will find lots of screws on a tree! The Fieldmaster is a city knife.”

Agreed. You would have a good point. There are no screws in nature.

Still,

  • Most of us who venture out into nature take some gear. And some of that gear DOES have screws, of all sizes, and including Phillips head.
  • Hikers do move through populated areas and may also need to deal with civilization.
  • But touche’, the Fieldmaster has to sell you on the other tools that come with the saw.

This is going to sound like I’m abandoning you.

But the real case for the Fieldmaster is made by those who have tried one. Check out the reviews below and see where you come down on the great Swiss Army Knife debate.


Demonstration of the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Rescue Tool

Photo of rescue toolLearn How to Use a Swiss Army Knife Rescue Tool

Imagine coming upon an accident after having seen this video, but without a rescue tool?

Yes there are other tools that can get the job done and you might be able to find them in time.

But are they packaged into a single tool that fits into your glove compartment?

The Boy Scouts have a saying, “Be Prepared.”

I have a saying, “Be prepared and hope to hell you don’t need it.”

Product Features

  • Winner of IWA Knife of the Year 2007
  • Developed in close collaboration with rescue and safety services
  • Can be operated with gloves and has luminescent handles
  • Includes large locking blade, screwdriver/crate opener, wire stripper
  • Luminescent grip shells and sturdy nylon case

The Victorinox Rescue Tool was developed and perfected in conjunction with emergency medical and rescue services in a five-year project.

All parts have been subject to stringent tests, particularly the new window breaker and disc saw tools.

The Rescue Tool includes the most essential functions for freeing a person from a disabled vehicle, including a rounded belt cutter which can be used to safely cut through a seat belt.

All critical tools can be opened wearing gloves and are suitable for both right-handed and left-handed users.

The one-handed blade and strong screwdriver (crate opener) are fixed in position when open thanks to the liner lock mechanism.

The Rescue Tool stands out with a luminescent yellow grip and bright red and yellow nylon case.

The Victorinox Rescue Tool was selected among 77 other knives and awarded the title of “Knife of the Year” 2007 during the IWA, the largest knife exhibition in the world. 

Features:

  • One-handed blade
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Window breaker
  • Strong 6mm screwdriver
  • Cap lifter
  • Wire stripper
  • Punch and reamer
  • Belt cutter
  • Key ring
  • Tweezers
  • Toothpick
  • Disc saw
  • Luminescent grip shells
  • Nylon cord
  • Nylon case

 Manufacturer’s Warranty  Lifetime warranty against defects

Ships for free

 

SPG Top Sellers from The Guide

Opinel Versus Laguiole Corkscrew Knives

Opinel French corkscrew knife with oak handle

 

Opinel versus Languiole, which is the best corkscrew knife?

The Swiss may prepare for every eventuality. 

Just look at the Swiss Army knife.

But the French prepare (in style) for the essentials.  Food and wine!  

For the perfect “pique-nique,” all you need “a loaf of bread and jug of wine and thou.”  

Just don’t forget your Opinel (or Laguiole) corkscrew.

Which is the best corkscrew knife?

This Opinel corkscrew knife offers economy, simple operation, elegant design, and a nice cardboard gift box.

If you know Opinel knives, you know about the clever locking ring that locks the blade open and closed with just a twist.

You may know the classic Opinel folding knife design has been celebrated and ensconced in museums.

But you may not know about the Opinel Corkscrew Knife.

I just bought one of these Opinel corkscrew knives and gave it a try.  It’s a beautiful tool.  

Opinel is known for its carbon steel knives, which rust.  The Corkscrew Knife is stainless. 

Amazon says the handle is beechwood, but the #10 Corkscrew Knife has an oak handle.

Pros:

  • Oak handle
  • Stainless steel
  • Large #10 Opinel knife (9 15/16 inches open; 3 15/16″ (10 cm) blade)
  • Made in France 
Cons:  
Lacks a lever.  Like a regular corkscrew, no muss or fuss, but takes more strength.
 

Two features surpised me: 

Surprise #1:  The corkscrew snaps into the open position with a satisfying click.  The mechanism is strong.

Surprise #2:  The display carton  makes a nice gift presentation.  Has labeling  in French and instructions in 5 other languages.

I don’t usually even notice cardboard boxes.  Maybe this is just me, but when an item is made in France, it’s cool when the package shows it. 

I love the beautiful French language.  The box says this, “Exigez l’indispensable couteau fermant Opinel muni de son veritable tire-bouchon ideal pour pique-nique bivouac, plein air.”  The French word for corkscrew is “tire-bouchon.”

My impressions:

The Opinel Corkscrew knife design is aesthetically pleasing and functional.  The corkscrew in the handle does not interfere with handling.  The size, feel, and appearance reflect thoughtful design and careful craftsmanship.  

For the campsite kitchen, picnics, and wine drinking outdoors (en plein air), this is a great knife that just happens to open wine.

The biggest surprise?

The corkscrew mechanism used on this Opinel model is the same model / part number found on the world renowned Chateau Laguiole corkscrews.  (see below).

The Opinel Corkscrew knife offers value. Click below to check the deep discount offered here for a limited time.

My opinion:  Highly recommended.

Are you English?  Want to make sure you get a look, too.

 If you are a professional waiter or sommelier, or just want more leverage, you may want to consider a corkscrew that offers less knife and more cork screw (with a lever).

The Laguiole corkscrews are a well known French brand.  Top-end models in rare materials are quite expensive

BE CAREFUL IF YOU WANT A FRENCH-MADE LAGUIOLE  Laguiole licences its brand to manufacturers in China.  You can get some nice Chinese variants, just make sure you are getting what you want.

Here are some nice French-made Laguioles you may want to consider.  I haven’t tried them but they are beautiful, luxurious, and premium priced.

The Opinel corkscrew knife or the dedicated Laguiole corkscrew, which is the best?

Whichever corkscrew you pick, you can count on these classic French designs to serve for many years.  Act now to get that sweet Opinel price!