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Victorinox Climber

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Manufacturer: Victorinox / Type: Multitool

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      25.09.2012 11:37
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      A good starter knife

      I have had a Victorinox Climber since I was a 13 year old scout (I am now a twenty something scout leader). The model is one of the simplest in the Victorinox range, containing the core, most used features and leaving out the more obscure (which I rarely need and just take up space and weight). The features it retains include the main blade (less than three inches long and non-locking so can be legally carried in public without a specific reason) which probably sees the most use of all the features. This is fairly thin metal and seems to blunt fairly quickly but can likewise be sharpened quite fast. Because of its thinness the blade does also pick up nicks and burrs if you use it on hard materials but is well suited to lighter tasks such as cutting sisal or rope. If you want to cut anything more heavy duty, you'd want to look at a sheath knife anyway, not a swiss army knife.

      The other blade is smaller and suited to lighter work, cutting fruit or the like. There is also a small pair of scissors which are very handy and cut well. I have found that the small spring in them can pop out of it's socket after a few years of use and whilst easily returned is quite annoying. The screwdriver is mounted with the bottle opener (and apparently a wire stripper that I have never used) and is very robust and easy to use, handy for when you need screws loosening and you haven't got a proper screwdriver (or likewise when there's beer to be drunk and you find yourself without a bottle opener). The can opener is functional, if slow to use, and is mainly a backup if my can opener breaks or is forgotten on camp - the end if it is meant to he a smaller size screw driver but I have never used it. The same can be said for the corkscrew, a good backup but awkward to use full time. There's also some sort of hook and a blunt blade with a hole in (apparently a reamer and sowing eye) that I have we never had the need to use.

      The body of the knife is red plastic, that sits well in the hand and stands up alright to tough handling. The body also houses a set of tweezers and a toothpick. On the whole the knife is easy to use and hard to break. A good starting knife ( I have since switched to the rival Wenger brand as their blades seem to hold their edge better but retain the Victorinox as a back up).

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    "Victorinox Climber Red. 3 1/2"" closed. Features large blade, small blade, corkscrew, can opener with small screwdriver, bottle opener with screwdriver and wire stripper, reamer with sewing eye, hook, scissors, toothpick, tweezers and keyring. Red handles. Weight: 0.2lbs"