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The Swiss Army Knife is an ingenious product, a product defining practicality, a marketing dream item with potential for sale all over the world. If only Dragon's Den had come along earlier, we would surely have seen an entertaining battle for a stake in this fantastic product. Not only is its use by soldiers befitting, but also is its use by ordinary people - campers, mountain bikers, hikers, climbers, gardeners, and with the introduction of this particular variety, kitchen dwellers. Now lets not get muddled up, this particular variety of the product is not an exact replica of the original Swiss Army Knife handed to the soldiers in 1886, it is a modern-day copy made for the latter of the two groups of people I've mentioned above - ordinary people. However, Wenger's version doesn't 'rip-off' the consumer with cheap materials and cheap manufacturing technique, it opens up the consumer to a fresh, new, cheap alternative to the original, whilst still using the same methods of construction - or rather the same basic components - existent within all models (from the very first knife, to the market-stall copies many of us have bought at sea-side resorts!).
The main body of the product combines a large blade (the largest diameter length and width blade available) with a screw driver head, corkscrew, can opener, and keyring. The only detachable pieces are the tooth-pick and tweezers, which clip into the body. This is not really an outdoor product, it is designed (in my opinion) for use within the confines of the kitchen, where the components it yields can be used to their full potential without risk of damage or loss. the body is made from solid plastic and the adjoining pieces are a stainless-steel, strong enough to resist heavy bending when used ruggedly. Infact, the durability of the metal-plastic connections is excellent, only with very heavy force will they ever come apart or snap. Snapping them would of-course harbour the whole product useless, as repair would be near impossible without industry strength glue or some other means of fix. The process of folding or pulling out the components from the body is difficult without the aid of long nails - and I bite mine, so it can be tricky for me. As you use the product over time, the parts (which are spring loaded) become easier to remove from their positions as they wear down to a more usable level. This isn't the product decaying its self to oblivion , rather it reaching a point of wear where it will remain easy to operate for the rest of its given lifespan - at least that's what mine seems to have done in the past few weeks. I think the shape of the overall product and its individual pieces maximises its usefulness as a multi-purpose device. The parts are evenly spaced when retracted simultaneously, and the ability to use one at a time is probably the most beneficial practical element of the device.
I have found some uses for my Wenger knife and adjoining components beyond those uses the parts were initially intended. The corkscrew however remains a single use item, as a 'waiters' corkscrew it is only mildly effective at removing bottle corks in comparison with a 'winged' corkscrew, and after countless experiments, I have concluded that it has no other notable use. The knife on the other hand (which I have presumed, for the purposes of this review, was included to cut open packaging, dismantle envelopes, slice thread, and complete other such tasks) is very effective at slicing cheese. Yes, cheese. Blue cheese, cheddar, fetter, you name it, this knife has no trouble in procuring even slices from a portion of that tasty yellow stuff. The bottle/can opener is effective at gorging out muck from other kitchen appliances.
The easily losable tweezers and tooth-pick finish off the design of the Swiss Army Knife in dismal disappointment. I've always found these two items of little use, in comparison with other areas of the product, and their tendency to disappear in quick succession of one another only heightens this belief. These items also make the product far more difficult to clean as their little crevices attract layers of dirt which are impossible to remove properly.
Overall I am very pleased with the overall build quality and usefulness of the Wenger Swiss Army Knife (kitchen variety). All of the components have been used multiple times in my household and I am very pleased with their effectiveness on the whole. After I bought this product I went away and bought another one from the range Wenger produce, as I felt impelled to bring this level of practicality into other areas of my life - (this time into my camping adventures). Perhaps the only irritating features of this product are its easily lost removable pieces (tooth-pick and tweezers) which, despite remaining two of the most 'iconic' elements to the design, are almost entirely useless - as other things in the home to their job better. All in all though I have to give this product a 5 star rating for its impeccable other features, and its legendary construction.
RECOMMENDATION: Anyone with a kitchen! *Not for kids*
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The Wenger Swiss Army Knife dates back to 1886 when the Swiss Army decided to equip every soldier with a regulation single-blade folding knife. In 1889 a new rifle was introduced. To take apart the rifle a screwdriver was needed. So the decision was made to create a multi-purpose tool incorporating a knife, screwdriver, reamer and can opener. They've come a long way since then and now manufacture knives for pretty much every sport requiring one. Buy Wenger quality with confidence.