23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2013
I have a Victorinox SwissChamp. I have a Leatherman Wave. I carry a Victorinox Pioneer. From cutting up BBQ to drilling holes in lumber, this handsome knife is up for whatever- whenever. Many people don't realize that the small slotted screwdriver blade on the tip of the can opener will also work with Phillips screws. I posted some pics so you can see this beauty in action. The quality of this knife is simply astounding at the sub $30 price point. If you want a simple, lightweight EDC blade with a compliment of tools to cover a wide spread of fundamental tasks, the Pioneer should definitely be on your radar. If scissors are important to you, consider getting a matching Victorinox Classic Alox to complete your loadout.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2008
The Pioneer is basically a Victorinox Soldier model, with the addition of a keyring. It provides the can opener/screwdriver, large flathead screwdriver/bottle opener/prybar, reamer, and large blade. The alox-handle knives like this one have stronger backsprings and thicker tools than the cellidor-handle models. The reamer is semi-sharpened and very effective. Nice sturdy, thin knife.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2011
The Pioneer deserves its reputation as a classic.
Form factor: It's small and light enough to carry comfortably in a pants pocket. Can't say that about my multi-tool.
Durability: The blade and tools are sturdy and well made, and the alox handle seems indestructible.
The blade: First and foremost, a knife is a blade, not a pliers, screwdriver, or can opener. This blade is sharp, sturdy, and sizable enough to actually do useful work. Try slicing an apple with a cutesy little 1.5" blade on a mini-multitool.
The tools: Just what you need, and nothing you don't. The awl, bottle opener and can opener are well-designed and surprisingly effective. I'm continually amazed at the amount of chores that I can handle with just the four tools on this knife.
There are knives that look cooler and have more gee-whiz features. But for day to day utility, the Pioneer is damn near perfect.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2010
I have carried a Pioneer for 35 years. It differs from the current model in two respects. The alox scales were anodized red and the cut liner is brass, not aluminum. Over the years the red has worn off except in the checkering grooves and where it is protected by the awl. The blade takes a good edge and holds it well. Maintenance with a few strokes on a professional steel is all it usually takes to keep it sharp enough to win the occasional bar bet. All of the tools have seen extensive use and show little wear save minor scuffing. Despite the years of use, the joints are tight. A little oil from time to time helps flush out any pocket grit which would cause excess wear.
I can recommend wholeheartedly the Victorinox Pioneer, with the caveat that only years of use will tell if the current production knives are as good as those of the past.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2006
I bought this knife to replace an older one that I "lost" at an airport security check (forgot to empty that pocket at home.)
This one is an absolute gem, has a small variety of tools that are extremely useful and is not overloaded with "fun" stuff that just add to the weight and awkwardness. The metal is hard & sturdy enough that you can really do some prying without damaging the blades, the knife blade is sharp and will hopefully stay that way for a while (good metal), the can-opener works well, the shape of the small screwdriver lets you wriggle it into the smallest of openings to do the pry thing, and the blade remains un-nicked so continues to work well as a screwdriver afterward.
Also, the handle is metal, not plastic, so I can carry it (for years?) in the same pocket with my keys, with no chipping or loosening of the side plates. A very good design! and I'm grateful that the Company continues to make such a useful piece, when they undoubtedly earn a lot more profit from the big, fancy, multi-mega-bladed tools - which may be good in a toolbox, but not in a pocket!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2008
The aluminum handles look good even with wear, and there's nothing on the knife to fall apart (unlike the red plastic SA knives). The high-polish stainless steel blade is easy to sharpen to a shaving edge, although it does require more frequent re-sharpening than a Buck knife for example. The design is clean and sleek and it fits nicely in a front pocket.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2008
The Victorinox Pioneer is one of my favorite pocket knives for the money. The blade on the Pioneer is thicker than the large blade on the red cellidor model. The awl is sharp and makes a nice clean hole. The alox handles on this knife are solid and durable. This knife is easy to clean and maintain because of the solid scales. Through moderate use, I have yet to have to sharpen the blade. Backsprings are heavy duty making the snap on these knives is really good.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2007
The same knife issued to Swiss military. Not bulky in your pocket. Top quality materials and construction.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2014
I've carried Victorinox knives since my teenage years, and that was twenty-five years ago. Started with the monstrous "Champ" 70+ function knife, which rode in a belt pouch and was WAY more than anyone needs for daily carry and use, but it did let me try out most of the functions and find which were my bare necessities.
I've gone through two or three since then, all of a similar size to the Pioneer, and my only issue I've ever had has been the eventual loosening of the trademark red scales. I probably should have investigated warranty replacement, but each time the handle scales came loose I decided to try a slightly different model. With the Alox scales, this one looks to be a lifetime purchase.
The Alox Pioneer does away with the tweezers and toothpick of the red plastic handle versions. I won't miss either of these. The tweezers might have worked to remove the occasional splinter, but for most other fine work they were not, in my opinion, worth the effort of inclusion. The toothpick, after riding in a pocket and collecting whatever gunk the knife was near, could not be a sanitary option for its purpose! The only reason I wouldn't trash these two items out of hand was the unsightly holes left without them.
The blade is typical Victorinox - SHARP out of the box! I mean arm-hair-shaving sharp! I will likely get more use out of the reamer blade than the small blade my other knives offered. And the cap lifter and can opener are old friends - with large and small flathead screwdrivers (and the small can do a good job on most normal-sized Phillips-head screws!) I could, honestly, take or leave the key ring, but it's there.
Lockup on all blades is solid, I no longer have any of my old SAK's for comparison, but the mechanism on this one seems stronger. I can agree with other reviewers who observe the main blade seems thicker on the Alox knife than on the red plastic ones, and this one is definitely slimmer. Good grip with the textured handles.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2013
HELLO AMAZON FANS EVERYWHERE!!
I get a jolt of panic whenever I put my hand in my pocket and don't feel the familiar bulk of my trusty SAK there; you can imagine then what I felt when I snapped the screw driver/can opener off my beloved 1987 vintage Pioneer (my fault, not the knifes).
That knife had not left my side for more than hours in all the years I have had it, and only then if I forgot to switch it to the pocket of a clean pair of pants, or maybe left it on a work bench over night.
I have a number of good quality knives & multi-tools I could have carried in its place but, as soon as I got home, I was online hunting for a replacement Pioneer.
As something to hold me over till the new one arrived I carried a perfectly decent knife with me, but it not only didn't feel 'right' in my pocket, or hand, when I pulled it out to do one particular task, I was reminded how much it was lacking when it couldn't do what my now broken knife would have handled easily.
And that is part of the charm of this knife; in reading the reviews here you will find one universal theme: for such a simple design it has an astonishing number of uses. Add to that the fact that it is also extremely durable and you have a everyday carry knife that is hard to beat. The fact that this great knife is available at such a reasonable price makes it a no brainer.
A knife is like any tool; good quality can not be beat and is always worth what you pay for it. When working in the kitchen I reach for my Kyocera ceramics; anywhere else it is my Swiss Army Pioneer.
Have a Magical Day!