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Extremely THIN and Elegant Swiss Army Knife!
on April 11, 2008
At the time of this review, I currently own the following Victorinox Swiss Army Knives and can review the Alox Bantam with the perspective of being familiar with these knives:
Champ XLT (91mm)
CyberTool 41 (91mm)
Midnite Manager (58mm)
Alox Classic (58mm)
Alox Farmer (93mm)
Alox Pioneer (93mm)
Alox Soldier (93mm)
Alox Solo (93mm)
Alox Bantam (84mm)
When compared to the above SAKs, the 84mm Alox Bantam is extremely thin. In the hand, it feels surprisingly thin because it is almost as broad and long as the 93mm Solo, Soldier, Pioneer, and Farmer while being only as thick as the miniscule 58mm Alox Classic! It feels extremely "flat" and almost disappears in my pocket. Alox aluminum scales are significantly thinner than the cellidor (i.e. plastic) versions.
In deciding among the above listed Swiss Army knives which niche the Bantam would best fit, it seems that I prefer it over the other knives when I am going to a formal event requiring me to wear a suit or nice slacks because of it is thin, light, and would not be apparent in my pocket or suit top.
I also prefer it to my 58mm Midnite Manager for those formal events that I need to be carry a minimalist knife because the Bantam is less than half the thickness of my Midnite Manager. The Bantam is also quite a bit dressier because of its Alox aluminum scales when compared to the cellidor scales of the Midnite Manager. If you happen to need to actually pull the knife out at these more formal occasions, the Bantam looks much more "masculine" and elegant. The Manager and other Vic 58mm knives are really great for keychains, but as a standalone, elegant, knife, the Bantam just looks gorgeous and appropriate for more formal events.
The Alox Pioneer and Soldier models are only another layer thicker, but subjectively, noticably heavier in the pocket. The Alox Farmer has 2 more layers than the Bantam and feels much heavier and bulkier in the pocket than the Bantam. All my Alox models, however, get quite a bit more actual pocket carry than the larger Champion, SwissChamp, or the monstrously large Champ XLT.
Please note that the Alox Bantam does NOT have a lanyard hole for keychain duty. The Alox Bantam like other Alox models also do not have the toothpick and tweezers that you would find in the cellidor (i.e. plastic) scale models.