My husband is a gadget person, and I always know that type of item will please him when his birthday rolls around. And I wasn’t wrong when I chose to buy him a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife, in the Huntsman model, last year. This knife is so much more than just a knife, it is a toolbox! He has used this so many times, and just last week he used the saw portion to cut some bushes we were transplanting. The roots had gotten really tangled and overgrown, but this cut right through them in no time, and they were almost an inch thick!
Accessories On this Knife
Bottle cap remover
Large knife blade (2 3/8″ long)
Small knife blade
Large screwdriver (6mm)
Small screwdriver (3mm, will work with Phillips head)
Wood saw (3″ long)
Does It Work Well?
Indeed it does! Some of the tools, like the can opener, are a bit primitive, but they get the job done, and that’s what this is for. The knife blades are extremely sharp, so I would recommend only adults use this knife. They lock in place too, which is nice. That helps when doing any serious cutting like trying to fillet a fish, cut through rope, or any other such job where the knife would be needed. You don’t want it slipping on you, and with the lock down feature it certainly won’t.
Only two of the accessories, the toothpick and pin, are removeable. The scissors get used a fair amount, and work great and haven’t dulled in a year. They have a nice spring action and work relatively easy despite their small size. We’ve used the corkscrew when we were out camping and someone in our party brought a bottle of wine and assumed we had a corkscrew in our motorhome – well we did, on this Swiss Army Knife! It has bailed us out more than once in the past year, read more from here.
The total length of this Victorinox Swiss Army Knife is 91 mm. It’s about 3 1/2″ long when closed and 3/4″ wide, so this is the perfect size to carry with you when you are out hiking, fishing or hunting. It only weighs 3.4 ounces (according to my postage scale). We live in Alaska, and my husband gets many opportunities to use this knife. He works on computers at work, and it has come in handy many times when he is in the middle of a job. I can’t tell you how valuable this set of tools has been to him.
I have tried to open the blades before, but I always struggle with them, although when I hand it to my husband to open, he gets it done in seconds. I guess this tool scares me a little, because I truly am afraid of cutting myself on those sharp knife blades. After using this for one year, I can attest to the fact that these knife blades are still sharp and hold their edges well! The steel blades work well for sharpening sticks for roasting marshmallows or hotdogs.
The bottle opener rarely gets used, since most bottle caps these days twist off. It seems like the company could have included another tool in it’s place, or omitted it all together. I’ve heard others say that a small magnifying glass would be a great help in starting fires – especially if you are stranded in the woods for any length of time. I don’t know if it’s possible to add a magnifying glass to a Swiss Army Knife, but it’s a thought.
This is a little bigger and fatter than a regular pocket knife, but is a nice size for a muli-function tool/knife combo. If you are an outdoorsman, this would be a perfect tool for you. If you are a wife looking for a gift for your husband, it would be hard to go wrong with this set of mini tools. I have seen this for sale all over the internet, and the price ranges are quite versatile, from $25 to $65, so shop around if you are looking to make a purchase.