Product Type: Wenger Outdoor Tool / Knife
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Member Name: bilbobaginz
Advantages: A combination of good devices, well built, long-lasting, and iconic!
Disadvantages: Tooth pick and Tweezers are unfortunately too easily lost.
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*
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A fine multi-purpose device for the kitchen environment!