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If there ever was an un-impressive, or arguably uncool name for a knife, it would have to be 'The Waiter'. Nevertheless, Victorinox's 'Waiter' Swiss Army Knife is undoubtedly a useful tool - that's if you work in the hospitality business. I actually received one free with some wine a few years back - but i've never seen an actual waiter with one of these in his / her possession.
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The waiter is the simplest Swiss Army Knife that I own, comprising a corkscrew, large blade, flat screwdriver, toothpick and tweezers. Of course, like most Swiss Army Knives, some of the tools are multi-function - so the screwdriver also doubles up as a bottle opener and wire stripper. Measuring 8.4 centimetres in length, the tool fits into the pocket with ease, and has a small ring attachment so it can be put with your keys.
Practical Use & Price
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Due to the limited amount of attachments, the Waiter isn't a fiddly knife, opening without too much effort. The body is in the traditional Swiss Army maroon, and is made from a tough plastic. The corkscrew actually works very well, and it's arguably as good as one of those uber-fancy cork removers that are commonplace nowadays. If there's a weakness, it probably comes in the form of the tweezers which are a little too bendy and fiddly for anything more than occasional use.
The product's simplicity is reflected in its cost - it's one of Victorinox's cheapest models with a current Amazon price of only £9.62.
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Overall, although i'm not a fan of the overly stuffed (the ones with hundreds of attachments - flamethrowers etc) Swiss Army Knives, the Victorinox is a little too limited for my liking. Yes, it's obviously aimed at those in the service industry, but there are other Swiss Army Knives which have everything the Waiter has plus a few extras for a similar price. It's certainly a well made muliti-tool, but it's just a little lacking for my liking.
Multi-tool pocket knife.