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Victorinox as a manufacturer are synonymous with these compact pocket knives and tools, known predominantly as 'Swiss Army Knives'. With their distinctive red colour, they are instantly recognisable, but they are also renowned for quality - their reputation definitely precedes them.
...A Knife to Remember...
I've owned my Victorinox 'Huntsman' Swiss Army Knife for 12 years now, having had it bought for me by my dad on a family holiday in Italy when I was about 13. I was fascinated by the various different designs, but the 'Hiker' seemed nice and compact, whilst also having some cool looking tools on it.
I made a good decision that day. I had been tempted by many of the larger Victorinox knives, which were pretty bulky and sometimes had what looked like 100's of different implements attached. The 'Huntsman' has a more modest selection (no magnifying glass, compass, pliers, etc.) but this means it is actually far easier to handle and use on a daily basis. These knives are not just for show, and some of the more expensive models definitely look too cumbersome to hold, which I'm sure will make the tools harder to use.
The 'Huntsman' comprises the following 'attachments':
- Large blade (around 6-7cm long)
- Small blade (around 4-cm long)
- Bottle opener, complete with wire stripper (the tip acts as a large flat-head screwdriver)
- Can opener (the tip acts as a small flat-head screwdriver)
- Saw (around 7cm long)
- Leather needle (small but very sharp!)
- Tweezers (hidden in handle)
- Toothpick (hidden in handle)
This is a really great selection of handy features, and is incredibly useful when walking, camping, travelling, doing DIY, and so on. Although Victorinox knives have a wide selection of other implements on them, the only one I would really consider adding to this knife would be a Philips screwdriver, but this is a minor complaint.
The fact that so many tools are incorporated in such a small package is also a key benefit. For information, the 'Huntsman' is a little longer than a cigarette lighter (about 9-10 cm), around 1.5cm wide and 1.5cm thick, when folded up fully.
All tools (except the toothpick) are made of steel and are incredibly robust, as you would hope. I've owned this knife for 12 years, and in that time, you can expect some deterioration, but this has only meant the slight blunting of the knives, and the joints seizing up slightly after long periods of not being used.
Multi-tool pocket knife.