Product Type: Victorinox Outdoor Tool / Knife
Newest Review: ... a little oil, or some WD40 sprayed onto the hinge, and this will loosen up the situation. Final Word - - - - - - - Overall, the Victorin... more
Not of bayonet proportions, but an army knife nevertheless
Member Name: JJJJ
Date: 11/10/11, updated on 13/10/11 (121 review reads)
Advantages: robust and handy
There probably are other makes of army knife out there, but Victorinox's Swiss Army variety is by far the best known. I've actually got around four of the buggers - it's not been my intention to collect them, it's just that I seem to have accumulated them over the years from gifts etc. Personally, I prefer the simpler Swiss Army knives (the ones with less bits and pieces on them) - and this is a category which the 'Hiker' variety fits into. In terms of the price, the Hiker can currently be bought for £17.63 from amazon.
What tools are present?
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Measuring roughly nine centimetres in length, the Hiker features tweezers, a toothpick, a large blade and small blade, a can opener with a small flat screwdriver head, a bottle opener comprising a large screwdriver and wire stripper, a reamer (not sure if I know what that is!), a saw, a philips screwdriver, and a thing for getting boy scouts out of horses hooves.
The product in use
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Using the tool is a completely non-frustrating experience - all attachments open with little effort. The flimsiest item is the toothpick with its plastic construction, but to be honest it's not something that I really use - still, I suppose it's potentially handy for those spinach-in-teeth moments. In regard to the rest of the tools, the build quality is impressive - this is an item which will survive being dropped onto all manner of hard surfaces. It should be pointed out that If you leave your Swiss Army Knife in a drawer for an extended period of time it will begin to seize up, making the tools difficult to open. The remedy is a little oil, or some WD40 sprayed onto the hinge, and this will loosen up the situation.
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Overall, the Victorinox Hiker Swiss Army Knife is a really handy tool which has helped me out of a number of sticky situations (all legal) over the years. The build quality means that in theory the tool should last a lifetime (with minimal maintenance), and the price represents good value for money.
Summary: Great little multi-tool