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Cell phone in my right pocket, Deluxe Tinker in my left, and always ready for anything!
on October 27, 2012
When it comes to picking a Swiss Army Knife (SAK) opinions are like... (you know). So, do yourself a favor; take your time and make up your own mind. No matter what you decide, so long as it says "Victorinox" on the blade you won't be disappointed!
Personally, I carry a SwissChamp most of the time. So, the size of the Deluxe Tinker does not bother me. If it is a concern of yours ask yourself this, how big is the cell phone you never thought twice about tucking into your pocket? Odds are bulkier than this tool and with the Deluxe Tinker weighing only 4.4 ounces probably heavier too. So, is it really too big to be comfortably carried daily? (Full dimensions of the Deluxe Tinker; Length: 3.6" x Width: 1" x Height: 0.8" & Weight: 4.4 oz.)
For the life of me I can't understand why the Deluxe Tinker does not ship with a straight pin installed. If you look at some other SAK models (the Swiss Champ for example) you will see they have a straight pin tucked "under" the cork screw. The Deluxe Tinker has this hole; it's just missing the straight pin. Go down to the local craft store and pick up a box of "1 1/4 inch Size 20 Dressmaker's Pins" and put one in! (A box of 200+ will run you about $5.)
I won't go into gory detail reviewing each tool on this knife. There is no shortage of such reviews if that's what you're looking for, and like I said everyone has their own opinion. I'll just make 3 points that lead me to carry this tool for years.
First, this knife is really the perfect middle ground between the Tinker and SwissChamp models. I LOVE my SwissChamp, but if I were forced to pare it down to the tools I absolutely would not go without here they are (including the straight pin).
Second, having a Phillips screwdriver in your pocket at all times is at least 1120% more useful than a corkscrew. When was the last time you needed to spontaneously open a wine bottle? I tend to be able to plan the opener at the same time I plan the bottle of wine. They don't tend to be casually tossed to me the way a beer bottle is. On the other hand, how many times have you come across a loose screw; in a chair, on a door, in your car, on one of your kids toys, etc. and been nowhere near your tool box?
Third, obviously you're not going to change a tire with the pliers on this knife, but these pliers are worth their weight in gold! They are perfect for grabbing, holding, pulling and twisting all the annoying things you can't quite get a hold of thought the day. One great advantage to having 200+ straight pins is that at that point they become disposable. I have used these pliers many times to turn a straight pin into a makeshift safety pin for everything from making an "emergency" baby bib to protecting my wife's modesty, and I've felt just like MacGyver every single time ;-).
I am an engineer and a serious Victorinox Swiss Army Knife junkie (no Wenger allowed), and I could not recommend this tool more! No matter what you choose, I'm sure you'll be happy!