Product Type: Victorinox gadgets
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Victorinox Swiss Card
Member Name: chrisheels
Victorinox Swiss Card
Advantages: compact, well made
Disadvantages: pen runs out quickly
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.
Summary: well made and useful, but not essential
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