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Another beautiful Silver Alox...with a few minor issues
on December 8, 2015
Love these Alox knives, especially the silver ones. In general, I love the farmer, but it does have a few issues, at least this copy that I received. The can opener has so much tension on it that I almost tore my thumbnail trying to open it the first time. (all the Alox knives are heavy duty, but this was ridiculous.) It is also a bit hard to get into the main blade, over the top of the saw, but that is more of a nit-pick, because you get used to it. The movement of the awl/reamer is a little rough, and it does not close with a strong "snap" like the other tools. The split ring is a pro and a con. I love the ability to hang it from a bungee or a quick release in my pocket, suspending it at a comfortable, easily accessible height. The downsides of the ring, are that it protrudes upward from the back of the knife and can dig into your hand while using the main blade, saw, or can opener. It also, arguably, detracts from clean lines of the models without the ring. Over time, my rating may change, but for now I have to give it only 3 stars.
Update: I carefully sanded the edges of the split ring retainer, and replaced the stock #8 ring with a slightly smaller #7 and it is much nicer to hold now. And part of the problem I was having with the stiff can opener was due to my nails being too long...I have weak nails and they bend easily...so I trimmed my nails way back, now it is not an issue as long as I pay attention as I open it. Some people have to do the opposite, and grow their nails long to make it easier to grasp the nail nicks...whatever works for each person.
I feel like Victorinox quality or at least quality control has slipped a bit. They are still one of the best around, and simply iconic, but I have received a couple of knives recently that I was not happy with.
At any rate, I'm a happy camper now.