Most people have heard of, or may even have owned a small red package that encases many little tools, such as blades, scissors, toothpicks, saws and much much more. This red package being the good old fashioned, and quite reliable, Swiss Army knife, which is easily recognised by the small white cross on a shield that acts as its logo.
Anyway, Swiss Army knives come in many shapes and sizes, some simply being a knife or two, whilst others have more little tools on them than James May's workshops cupboards.
Over the years I have owned and used many of these knives, with one of my latest being a rather small, yet quite useful one which houses 7 tools and a couple of other items.
Those tools and items being...
* A large blade
* A short blade
* 2 flat head screwdrivers, both with a bottle top removers on the edge
* A 'rough edge' saw
* A bradawl
* A cork screw
* Tweezers and toothpick which slide into the end.
All held in a red tough plastic case with a small key ring type look on the end.
The knife itself, although as it dons more than a knife should it really be called a knife?
Anyway, the knife itself is well built, with each tool as well thought out as any other, designed to perfection and built to last.
Every one of the tools are very strong and are attached firmly into the main body, even with a bit of force added to them, which makes the entire knife sturdy, making you feel more confident when using it.
The blades, or shall we call them the tools as there are only two blades on this knife really. So, the tools are all cleverly housed inside the red handle, with each one being on a single hinge type mechanism, (corrr, that makes me sound technical). With several of the tools on one side, such as the blades, saw and flat headed screwdrivers, and on the other side there are more tools, such as a cork screw for those that like a nice bottle of plonk.
As for the actual tools themselves, well, most of them are pretty well made and all comes in handy for one thing or another, even the toothpick which is almost hidden in the end of the handle, and the tweezers are on the other side, both these tools slide into the end of the handle and, if you don't know they are there, you could miss them for a long time.
The corkscrew isn't the best, but it will get out a cork with a bit of effort put into it, but don't panic, I've used it several times and the cork screw hasn't pulled away from the handle at all, staying steady and firm.
The bradawl pokes holes in things that it should do, the saw can cut through small pieces of wood such as twigs, thin sticks and lollipop sticks don't stand a chance either. But don't go trying to saw through the apple tree at the bottom of your garden as this may take you a few years, if not longer.
Then there's the lovely little ring that is attached to the end. The ring that you can attach a key ring to, or maybe a bit of string so that this can be attached to your side without fear of losing it. Although I don't use this ring but it's there for those that want to and it is strong enough to stay attached.
So what would one use this for?
Well, one, or maybe two and more, can use this for a multiple of things, such as when one or two is camping so that you have a set of useful tools in your pocket. Or then you could use it for general DIY work around the home, office or even the work place.
In fact, depending on what tools you have on yours, this can be used in more things than I dare to mention.
As for the overall construction. This is where the Swiss Army knife gets it reputation and, for me, after owning and using quite a few of them, keeps it's reputation in tact.
It is constructed brilliantly, made to last and very capable of allowing the user to get the tools out over and over again without anything becoming loose or falling off.
Now for the price.
This sells for a measly £10.00, with other knives selling for higher or lower prices, depending on what tools you want on them. Be it a simple knife, £4.00, or more tools that you know what to do with, around £50.00. The choice is up to you.
Victorinox Camper Swiss Army Knife (Red) 1361371 VICCAMP
A Victorinox Swiss Army Knife is a combination of solid hand tool and inventive creativity. A characteristic feature of the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife is its multi-functionality, which makes it indispensible for many of life's situations. All Victorinox Swiss Army Knives are made from first class stainless steel and are guaranteed against any defects in material and workmanship.
The Camper Swiss Army Knife has large and small blades, a corkscrew, a can opener with a small 3 mm screwdriver, a bottle opener with a 6 mm screwdriver and wire stripper, a reamer/punch tool, a keyring, tweezers, a toothpick and a woodsaw.
Size: 91 mm /3.1/2in long.