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Tale of two knives,
This review is from: Victorinox Swiss Army Tinker Classic SD Combo Knife Set (Sports)
There are several reasons why I always go for the Swiss Army knife these days, and it has been my standard for about 50 years, with one hiatus when I got a two blade Buck knife, famous for their ability to hold an edge. I lost the Buck, probably because it lost its alure when the tip of the high carbon (brittle) steel blade broke off.
My first Swiss Army knife was bought in Switzerland. Got a matching one for my father. I still have it, but it succumbed to some of the ills I will note below. Just before my latest, I had a "Tinker" model, distinguished by its having a Phillips Head Screw Driver blade, but lacking a corkscrew. I believe I had that one for about four years, when it started showing the expected fault of a device which does so many things. The catch which locked the main blade in place began to loosen up, so that I could no longer trust it to stay open under a bit of strain. Upon retiring it, I also checked the scissors, and discovered it had lost its zing as well. It no longer opened when you closed it with the handles. Since there are no finger holes, the spring is essential. This, it seems may be a problem with most Victorinox Swiss Army knives. But I stayed with this brand for one crucial reason. It is one of the few which includes a key chain loop. I looked at Buck and Gerber and Smith and Wesson. Several looked like they were standard gear for the Special Forces, but no key ring loops. So, I stay with good old Swiss, but I never used the Phillips head blade, and I often wished I had the corkscrew. So, I went with the Climber II, which had the corkscrew, and it also had an improved spring on the scissors. My "Tinker" will not be discarded. It will become the fixture on the living room table for opening mail... and packages from Amazon.
There is a reason why there are so many different models of Swiss Army knife. None works for everyone. I almost wish they had a service where you could request which blades you wanted. I would only get the large and small knife, the corkscrew, and the bottle opener.... and the key ring loop. So, for me, no Swiss Army knife is perfect, but the Climber is closer than any other.