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The modern world is a busy place, and its easy to forget the little things that might be necessary in between. Especially useful with young children, although obviously don't give it to them(!), before meetings and those situations when you need something that you would never have thought of bringing. Although not a class looking all-in-one kit, I personally prefer a classic penknife, I have had no problems with the device as yet considering its low price.
What I do feel that it should be bought for is those that do hikes, camping or just generally enjoy the outdoors. I feel that the classic penknife has gone out of favour due to the perceived danger associated with it, but although I do not like the look of it particularly, it does feel much more safer and friendly to equip yourself with.
In short I would highly recommend buying this as a gift or for practicalities, even if it is not the best looking!
I concede that the handiest gadget ever created was probably the hand itself, and it took millions of years of evolution to come up with that. The Victorinox Swiss Card must surely run it a close second for handiness, and to its credit it has evolved much more quickly.
Karl Elsener invented the Swiss Army Knife back in 1884 and it took a mere 113 years for Victorinox to come up with the idea of the Swiss Card
The concept of the miniature, portable toolkit is nothing new. I'm sure if we go back far enough we'll find that the stone-age Swiss had a multi-functional flint.
What is so remarkable about the Swiss Card is that it is genuinely the size of a credit card, only about four times the thickness. It would easily slip into a man's wallet, the top pocket of a jacket, and would be equally snug stowed away in a lady's handbag - no doubt in one of those little inside pockets where important items are often secreted and immediately forgotten.
I suppose I think of it more as a "man thing" or, to be honest, a "boy thing". If I had been blessed with a Victorinox Swiss Card as a youngster, it would have taken its place in my dramatic play as the latest device invented by Q Branch, or the boffins at U.N.C.L.E. (with yours truly in the respective roles of James Bond or Napoleon Solo, of course).
International criminal organisations like SPECTRE would have been defeated at a stroke had I been equipped with the Victorinox Swiss Card.
SO WHAT IS IT?
As I say, imagine your credit card in tougher, more rigid plastic and about four times as thick. You might notice that along two edges are rulers, one in inches (three of them) and the other in centimetres (seven and a half of those). It would take you a while to measure out a cricket pitch, but the length of a fuse or the diameter of a bullet, say, - no problem.
Hold the card up to the light and you will realise that this is much more than just a ruler.
One corner can be swivelled to create a protractor (probably for calculating something clever on a plan) and to reveal a pair of scissors that can be slid out. These are useful when you want to cut the wires on a bomb - if only Bond had had these in "Goldfinger", for instance, although I seem to remember there was still the small matter of which wire to cut.
It soon becomes apparent that other tools slide out of the card.
There is a small blade that in the ordinary world would be handy for opening letters, or in my fantasy, for silent killing.
The nail file would doubtless be pretty useless at getting through prison bars, but might impress a glamorous woman if she needed one badly, as indeed might the stainless steel pin; and at the pointy end of the file is a screwdriver blade for dismantling stuff, probably, or if you're of a more constructive frame of mind, mantling it instead.
Then there's a plastic tooth pick. No secret agent wants to go into action with half his dinner stuck between his teeth. Not cool.
A pair of tweezers is supplied for those awkward moments when you've shoved a sliver of microfilm inside your pen top and can't get it out again.
And then of course there's the thing that looks like a two and three-quarter inch nail (I just measured it with my Swiss Card!) but is in fact a ballpoint pen. There's no excuse now for failling to jot down that deciphered message on your crisply starched shirt cuff, is there?
More recently they have developed the Swiss Card Lite which isn't, although the name seems to suggest it, less heavy duty or less functional. In fact they have dropped the tooth pick and the protractor and in their place managed to fit a quadruple screwdriver, magnifying glass and LED light. Fabulous! Needless to say, the magnifying glass and light appealed most to the boyish spook and sleuth in me.
There are now four colours to choose from: anthracite; blue translucent; red translucent and grey with red detail.
COST and VALUE
They typically cost about £14.00, but I have seen them for as little as £8.00 on the net.
It's the sort of thing that you might not use from one month to the next, but there will come a time when you are in a desperate fix and you suddenly remember that you have this little beauty about your person. It's a little like those times when something drops off the car in a remote spot and suddenly you're grateful for breakdown insurance. The tools are not heavy duty but they are well made, and if you recognise that there are limits to what you can do there's no reason why the Swiss Card shouldn't remain a trusty friend for a long time.
So five stars. BUT.....
..... the Victorinox Swiss Card does have a couple of disadvantages when compared to a credit card: It seems that it isn't accepted by most major stores in payment for goods, and it isn't half as good when it comes to opening night latches. Other than that, brill!
Recently I received one of these from a work mate on his return from Canada.I usually carry a Gerber Suspension multi-tool on my belt while at work but find that this makes a handy little back up given it's size.This is certainly not a heavy duty tool but most certainly come in handy for fiddly jobs requiring a little bit of finesse as opposed to brute force.Like most Victorinox products it is made to a high standard and the steel used in all of the tools to my touch appears to be of good quality.
It really is quite a handy little easy to carry kit.Contains a letter opening blade (although I find it very handing for prying open little hatches and the like ).The small scissors are of goodquality also and are ideal for nail trimming or cutting lighting gels.The nail file , scissors and small screw driver are also very helpful and well made and easy to use. I haven't used the pen , rulers or rather driveresque toothpick yet but they also seem to be of a similar quality and well designed.Overall a handy little set all packaged in a very well designed and what appears to be hard wearing case.Very good indeed.
I am not one to be carrying knives and scissors around in my bag with me at all. Rather if I did ever need to cut a tread off my dress or cut something open, i'd simply pull out my nail cutter and it would cut through most things I needed it too. When I turned 19 years old my uncle, who is the most organized person I know gave this Victorinox card tool to me as a birthday gift and now I cant imagine my life without it.
This multi-functional card tool is as small as a debit card but as thick as 4 debit cards put together. Still slim enough to fit in a card holder. It comes in different colors but mine is pink and it allows me to see all the little gadgets that are inside it. It comes with a small knife which isn't killer sharp, but sharp enough to cut through a card board box with a little force, more like a letter opener. It is as small as 2-3 inches, perfect to carry around.
This handy little accessory also features a very thin pen which is very difficult to write with because of the thiness but gets the job done if you happen to need a pen while your out and about. Also a plastic toothpick which is very practical if your out at the restaurant, but remember to clean it with disinfectant before putting it back in the little card.
Also, a small pair of scissors which comes in very handy, much more that you'd think. Again, this is just a tool to get little things cut while your out and about, it isn't the most comfortable to work with and also only has one loop hole to insert your finger in and the other one you simply press down on to get a cut.
It comes with a little sewing pin, which when I use I always forget to put back so luckily I can replace it with another sewing pin. This isn't a necessity, but you will find at some point you will wish you had a little pin and that's when this little card won't let you down.
The card itself has ruler imprints along the length of the card which means it also serves as a ruler. A pair of tweezers is also inserted in this card which believe me, are very sharp and very well made. I only ever use them if I find a stray hair on my eyebrow and they are amazing to use. In fact, you have to be careful not to pinch your skin or else it will hurt!
And last but not least, it has a nail file which to be honest, i think over the years I've probably only ever used once or twice but it satisfys me to know that if ever need be, I can file down my nails while i'm on the go.
This card in no way is to be used for everyday use or to replace bigger blades and scissors etc. But, to keep in your handbag or your pocket, it is such a great way to stay organized and still have everything at hand. The amount of times I have pulled this card out for others as well as myself is countless and I always get complimented when I get seen with it. It makes a great gift, it keeps my bag de-cluttered and I can carry it around me me anywhere I go. I am so thankful to be given this as a gift, it really has helped me stay organised.
The price range varies, depending on where you buy it from, I know boots have it around Christmas time and other than that it is widely available on the internet for anywhere between 10- 15 pounds.
I have had one of thse victorinox card tools for years. I was given it as a freebie from a school physics trip around europe when I visited the Dupont labrotories in france (They make special materials). I believe the trip was in my 1st year of A-levels meaning they were handing knives out to 17 year olds which probably isn;t the done thing now, but this would have been 11 years ago.
Unlike the version pictured mine is matt black and is not translucent. It also has a Dupont logo printed on it for advertising as it was a freebie. It contains the same tools as you can just about make out in the picture which are: A knife, A nail files, scissors, tweezers, a toothpick and a pen.
The card is the same size as a standard credit card although a bit thicker. It just about fits into the card slot in my wallet, but I don't tend to carry it about and prefer to leae it in a draw for when I need to use it.
The plastic is well made and doesn't damage my wallet when it is placed in one of the card slots.
The kife is the most useful part of the card. It is very small and very sharp (even after 11years). It's ideal for cutting small and fidly things and due to the sharpness quite good at cutting shapes out of paper (not as good as a scalpel, but better than a standard penkife.)
----The nail file---
The nail file is fairly useful for general prodding and minor filing of nails. As it is so small it's not ideal for a major manicure. Being male I tend to use it for removing bits of nail when they are hanging off and am perhaps not the best suited person to review nail files.
The scissors are similar to on a standard penkife. They are small and work using a small strip of springy metal to open. They can be a bit fidley and aren;t for major scissor work, but do come in useful for cutting threads or nails.
----Tweezers and toothpick---
The tweezers and toothpick are exacly the same as the ones that fit into the 'proper' victorinox penkives. They are useful on ocassion, but I don't think that re-using the toothpick a lot is particularly hygenic and it has picked up some bite marks over the 11 years I have had it. One plus point is that on my larger swiss army knives I have always lost the toothpick (and/or tweezers) as the fit into the slot is never perfect. On the card I have managed not to loose them yet as they do not fall out so easily.
The pen is probably the most useless of the tools. I'll admit that it came in handy ocassionally when I first got the card and was scrambling around looking for a pen. However, due to it's small size it is difficult to write with and the ink ran out quickly. I haven't tried to refill it and don't see an easy way to do this.
As I said above, I was given this as a freebie. It sells for just over £13 on amazon which is reasonable compard to other victorinox penknifes.
Personallly I think it makes a nice gift for someone practical who appreciates little gadgets and tools but don;t think it can be considered an essential buy for myself. As a freebie I have found it handy to have about, but could easily live without it and would prefer to buy a proper penknife with my own money. 3 stars because it's well made and useful, but not essential.
I had a Victorinox Swiss army knife that I unfortunately left behind on a camping trip that I absolutely loved and thought was so incredibly handy. Unfortunately I'm not so keen on the Victorinox SwissCard which I received a couple of years ago as a present from my aunt. I know why she bought me it as the idea behind it is one that I really like however I just didn't think it matched up to the quality and also the usefulness of the knife and I found it to be too gimmicky and not very useful for actual use.
The Victorinox SwissCard is basically a Swiss army knife that has been taken apart with all the separate components becoming loose and separately stored in a piece of plastic which resembles a credit card.
The flat piece of plastic that holds all the pieces is only marginally thicker than a card and it is easily thin enough to be able to store it in a wallet or in a compartment of a rucksack without too much trouble or without it taking up too much space.
It loses a lot of its appeal in this form at least in my opinion and is nowhere near as cool as an actual Swiss army knife is. I also thought it felt a bit flimsy and not as good a quality as the actual knife did. The plastic flexed a lot and I would be scared of it getting snapped or of it cracking if it happened to get sat on or dropped from any sort of height.
The plastic is coloured and my one was red but it also comes in blue and black and all the colours are see through to the tools underneath it.
What is cool about the SwissCard is that inside this small and thin piece of plastic Victorinox have managed to squeeze so many different tools in it that in theory will make life easier when in the great outdoors. In reality though I found them all to be too fiddly to remove and too small to properly hold that I gave up and ended up barely using it even though I did take it camping and hiking with me a couple of times when owning it.
Inside the card there are a small blade, toothpick, scissors, tweezers, nail file, screw driver and on the outside the card also acts as a ruler. The only one of these tools that I found to be genuinely useful was the blade which did come in handy a couple of times. The rest of the tools were a little bit on the small side to be genuinely useful for me personally. I also found them incredibly fiddly and awkward to remove from the card and with me having no nails from chewing them right down it was down right frustrating at times trying to get one of them out of the card when I needed it.
The scissors were no use for anything other than cutting thread and the screw driver was too small and awkward to hold to actually use. All these tools attached to a knife automatically makes them useful but without the added benefit of them being attached to something like the knife handle I just found them too fiddly to hold which meant that they automatically became less functional for me personally. I am sure that many people will have no problem using them but I just couldn't get the hang of using them with nothing to support them at the same time due to their small size.
I absolutely love the idea behind the Victronox SwissCard and I would love to be able to recommend it as I think that it could have been brilliant but personally for me they were just no good and they lost all the amazing functionality that the Swiss army knives have. I ended up giving mine away to my nephew as he is in the scouts and I thought he might get a bit more use out of it than I would and I used my knife instead. They average about £14 to buy which isn't expensive especially for a top end brand like this but I would definitely recommend that you add a few more pounds to that and invest in one of their knives instead as you will get a lot more use out of it and it will last you a lot longer as it is much better made and more sturdy.
I actually got given this product, a Victorinox Swiss card for free at an event - and I think this is reasonable value, because I wouldn't want to pay for it! Actually, it's not a bad gadget, but it's not really that useful, and I wouldn't think it's worth more than a few pounds really. It would probably be quite a good stocking filler, or a present for someone who's difficult to know what to buy for, but I don't really think it's that great, as it's not especially useful. In this sense, it's more of a novelty than a serious item in my opinion.
So what is it? Well, it's based on the famous Swiss Army knives, which have loads of little tools tucked inside them, but this is in credit card form. The idea is that you can carry it around in your wallet, and you've got all of these tools when you need them. Although there's more on a knife, most people will take their wallets everywhere with them, but you might not think to take a Swiss Army knife until you realise you need it. It's the size of a normal credit card, and only a little thicker, and I have found that it fits quite easily in most wallet slots, although if you have lots in there it can be quite tight.
What's in there? You've got some useful things here - a knife, some scissors, a toothpick and nail file, a needle and a tiny pen. There's also a small ruler on the edge with measurements. It's quite easy to get these things out even though they're really small, as there are little grey tabs that you can use to pull them out. This is one way in which the card is better than the knife, as I find it really difficult to get some things out of the knife, and it's quite painful on your nails.
I like the idea of the product, but in practical reality it's not really that great. Firstly, the knife is so blunt you can't cut anything. The pen doesn't really write and is so small it's hard to control anyway. The other things work okay, although the scissors are really too small to cut anything apart from small pieces of paper. Also, I found it very easy to lose things, and several of the items were gone after a couple of months.
Overall, I don't think this is a bad product, and it's a fun idea that I like, but I wouldn't want to pay too much for it, as I don't think it's great quality.
I will start my review with my Victorinox Swiss card is slightly different to the one above it is pink! It is to support breast cancer. Other than that it is the same. My fiancé brought me this Swiss card a good few years back as a stocking filler. He has a Swiss army knife himself and wanted to buy me something similar but knew I wouldn't be impressed with a knife! So whilst browsing their official website he came across this lovely little card that he thought would be perfect for my handbag. He couldn't have been more right. It has been in my handbag from the day I received it as a present.
The Swiss card is like a credit card and within this small little frame it contains nine miniature tools you might need on the move. The card measures roughly 8cms long by 5.5cms wide and a couple of mm's in depth. The card is made from strong thick plastic and does not bend. This card would be perfect for your purse, wallet (maybe not in pink though!) or your bag. I keep mine in a small inside pocket of my bag.
As mentioned it contains nine tools within it and they are:
Letter opener (blade)
Stainless steel pin
Nail file with
Ruler (cm & inches)
You must bear in mind how small these items are and although they are great quality you can expect them to serve as well as full size tools. All the pieces slot into the strong plastic card or are part of the card itself. The letter opener has a 4cm blade with a small 4cm pink handle to hold it with. The letter opener is sharp and I have had no problem opening the post with ease. The scissors on the other hand are not something you should expect to use to cut something up quickly with. They feel strong and well made with sharp blades to them but they only have one loop to put your finger in. I found it took me a while to get used to them and only use them when I really need to. On lending them to other people they haven't had any problems with them so it must just be me!
All the other tools are made of the same good quality you would expect from Swiss. The pen is great for when you have forgotten to sign something or to scribble some directions down but it can be a little slippery in your hand. It measures a small 6.7cms but is so handy to have. Over some time since I have had it I have used nearly all the tools apart from the stainless steel pin. I have yet to come across a time when I would need it.
The screwdriver is on the end of the nail file. I love this as who would think a screwdriver flat head is the end of a nail file only Swiss would think of that. It is only a small screwdriver head but I have found it useful when at children's birthday parties and the toys are screwed in with a screw. The ruler is the only thing that is part of the card. Along the top edge is the ruler, along one side is cms and it goes up to 7cms and on the other side is inches and that goes up to 3 inches.
This has been a great addition to my handbag and I didn't think I would use it as much as I do. The quality is fantastic and it still looks as great as it did a few years ago when I first unwrapped it. The card came in a lovely presentation case. Even though it was only cardboard it made it look fantastic. The cover sleeve that slides over it was in this case pink with the breast cancer sign on it.
The Swiss card comes in a selection of colours making it perfect for male or female. It would make a wonderful gift. The one I have does support the breast cancer campaign which is something close to my heart as at the end of 2009 my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer and spent the beginning of 2010 having treatment for it. She is on the mend now, thankfully. On buying this particular pink coloured Swiss card item a £1 goes to the Breast cancer campaign.
As with all Swiss items you pay for what you get. You get fantastic quality so you pay for it. On the official Swiss site it was £18 the pink one is now reduced to £15. You can also find it on Amazon and this one and the red are priced about £15 as well. The Swiss card has moved on since I got it and there are different types now so it would be worth looking in to the tools available on the different cards to see which suits you or the person you are buying for best.
This was one of those gadget items that Santa left for me last Christmas after I had been a particularly good person for the year. Looking on the web, they seem to come in a variety of different colours and combinations, but the one I have is the Victorinox Jelly Swiss Card in a blue clear plastic.
It is basically a Swiss Army knife derivative, with loads of useful tools and bits crammed into a small holder. The ingenious bit is that that holder in this case is about the size of a thick credit card, having dimensions of 82 x 54 x 4 mm. With those dimensions the idea is that you can easily fit it into your wallet or purse to have it readily available when needed.
So what's it all about? Well for those of you who have heard of a Swiss Army Knife, you'll understand that anything coming out of that tooling area from Switzerland is going to be precision crafted and well designed to the finest detail - and this Swiss Card exactly fits into that category. Within this little holder, you have a series of useful tools secreted away - 8 tools in total - all made from stainless steel to ensure longevity and quality. Now before you think this is just some cheap gimmick that came out of a Christmas cracker, it does retail for around £12 from Amazon. So with that price and the stainless steel finish, you know that this is going to be something special.
So what are the tools then? Well for starters you have a little pull out blade that acts as a general cutter or a letter opener. Next you have an ingeniously designed fold out pair of scissors. A versatile nail file also doubles up as a flat screwdriver. Then you have a stainless steel pin, a ballpoint pen, tweezers and a separate toothpick. Finally on the outside of the case you have a useful ruler to measure things with - all crammed away in this little holder that you can fit into your wallet or your purse.
In use, the tools are surprisingly functional. They're not so small as to be useless, but are sufficiently sized as to be versatile and useable whilst still retaining the overall small and compact sizing to fit within the holder. The design is light weight, and the tools stay put within the holder when not in use, meaning that the blade is not going to fall out in the bottom of your bag and stab you in the finger the next time you reach in looking for something - that's what happens with the Christmas cracker version of this!!!
Of note, there are various versions of these Swiss Cards which seem to have some slightly different tools between them. For example, other designs may include an LED light, a magnifying glass or a Philips screwdriver. The Quattro version will have 4 screwdrivers on the one tool (2 Philips, 2 flat). Some may forgo the fold out scissors in order to accommodate these other tools. So it is probably best to research what you are buying to ensure that it caters for your expected needs. The version that I have seems to retail at around £12 on Amazon, but depending on the choice of tools etc, the price can vary from about £11 up to £23.
To balance this review, the only issue I've ever had with it is the durability of the holder. Originally I kept it in my wallet, but I found it made my wallet quite fat with all of the other cards and bits that I had in there. But the problem I did have was that I kept my wallet in my back pocket, and over time the wallet sort of curved itself around slightly and did take a little flexing as I sat down. I don't think this Swiss Card holder could take much flexing, and hence, it split and came undone along the edge slightly. In the end, I glued the sides back up with Superglue and now keep the card in my pocket where it seems to be more suited.
In summary, this is a very versatile gadget that I have found to be particularly useful for the occasional lightweight diy need. You'll struggle to put shelves up with it, and you'll probably need some ingenuity in order to wire a plug using it. But for those lightweight jobs such as cutting string, tightening a small screw, opening letters, removing staples or splinters etc, this is the ideal gadget. So a 5 star recommendation for lightweight applications.
Back in the day I used to be a Boy Scout and would carry a Swiss Army Knife around with me when going camping or the like. Nowadays i find that having the Victorinox 'Swiss Card' with me comes in handy sometimes. The first thing you will appreciate about the card over the knife is that it is much easier to carry around. I can carry it around in my wallet along with credit cards etc. and it goes unnoticed even when my wallet is opened up. The Swiss Card has a variety of useful tools, a ballpoint pen, a ruler, and a letter opener. There are also the usual pair of scissors which come in handy all the time. The tools are sturdy as is the card in which they are contained.
The Victorinox Swiss Card is also a lot cheaper than a Swiss Army knife and although it doesn't have quite as many features as the knife, it does come in just as handy during everyday use. Obviously it isn't recommended that you carry a knife around with you to work or wherever, but carrying the Swiss Card is second nature to me now as I don't remember I have it until I need it.
The Swiss Card comes in a variety of colours, and the plastic is the 'jelly' sort which means it is opaque and therefore you can see where each tool is located. I would recommend carrying a Swiss Card with you in your wallet or purse because you never know when you may need a screwdriver, pair of scissors or nail file. At around £12 they are also a bargain of a price.
What do you get if you cross a Swiss Army Knife with a credit card...?
...a 'Swiss Card' of course.
- this flattened multi-tool handily fits into a wallet and comprises seven separate components. Costing £14.99 from Amazon, the item in question is available in a number of different colours including transparent red, purple, black, and grey. Constructed from a sturdy plastic, the Swiss Card measures only 82 x 54 x 4mm, making it ultra-portable, light, and rather cool!
Let's take a look at the tools
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1. Knife - this small and sharp steel wonder features a 4cm blade - it has been useful to me on several occasions, and is perfect for opening stubborn plastic packaging, and for sharpening pencils.
2. Scissors - hidden under the rotating section of the Swiss Card, these spring-loaded cutters aren't especially easy to use, but they cut through paper with ease and have an all-metal construction.
3. Pen - a small biro with blue ink. I've been sporadically using this metal writing implement for years, and it still hasn't run out of ink. Admittedly, writing with this pen can be rather fiddly - but it has come in handy when i've been in the bank or the post office when the pens-on-the-chains have all mysteriously vanished!
4. Tooth Pick - the only tool in the Swiss Card which I can honestly say that i've never used. Made from a bendy beige plastic, it would be good if you're prone to getting spinach between your teeth!
5. Tweezers - not the strongest tweezers in existence by any means, but good for emergency splinter removal.
6. Nail File - I haven't used this to file my nails, but I have used it to open letters. Like the majority of the other tools, this is made from steel with a plastic handle.
7. Stainless Steel Pin - 'what's the point of a stainless steel pin?' you may ask - but it's great for pressing the indented reset buttons that you get on many electronic devices these days.
There's also a bonus tool in the form of a ruler which is printed along one of the card's edges - one side shows centimetres, and the other shows inches.
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I've had a Swiss Card in my wallet for the last five years, and it's been invaluable on a number of occasions. It's an item which you can simply stick in your bag or wallet and forget about it - you never know when you'll need to use it. Actually, don't literally forget about it - I got into trouble when going through a X-Ray machine in Rome with it in my pocket!