Victorinox Swisscard Lite Pocket Tool
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- Compact and sturdy
- The world's most know brand for multi-tools and pocket knives
- Made is Switzerland
- New LED mini white light; 18,000 MCD
- Reddot design award winner 2004 for design quality, innovation in form and function
- 13 tools include: Letter opener/blade, scissors, rulers, tweezers
- Special features include magnifying glass, straight pin, pressurized ball point pen and Phillips screwdrivers
- Precision crafted in Switzerland; lifetime warranty
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Victorinox is enhances its already popular Swisscard Lite with a new LED mini white light. This versatile multi-tool is the size of a credit card with features that would put a gold card to shame. Includes 13 features: LED mini light, magnifying glass, letter opener/blade, scissors, straight pin, nail file, two screwdrivers, tweezers, toothpick, ball point pen, ruler in inches and a ruler in centimeters. 3.25 in. closed length.
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- It can be carried in the wallet (same size as four credit cards stacked together)
- It has detachable tools (especially the blade and scissors)
- It offers several additional functions (such as LED light and magnifier)
The most commonly criticism on this Swisscard tool kit is that: it does not contain a 'real' knife. In fact, Victrinox calls the detectable blade a 'letter opener' instead of a 'knife'. However, I have no problems with the blade, because it is actually longer than that of my Swiss Army Classic pocket knife. See my uploaded picture in the 'Customer Images' section, for a side-by-side comparison between the Swisscard and the Classic Pocket Knife.
The detachable blade is an important feature when I'm traveling. Previously I must remember to remove my pocket knife and make sure it is NOT packed with my carry-on, otherwise it will be confiscated by airport security. With this Swisscard tool kit, I just keep the blade at home and carry the rest of the tools with me. By the way, I just tested this during my most recent trip. Apparently the airport security only has problems with blades, but scissors are acceptable.
Note that there are two very similar-looking 'Swisscard Lite' available. This one contains a White LED, while the other one (Victorinox Swisscard Lite) contains a Red LED. The white one is more suitable for general illumination. Just beware that the light is very wimpy. Still, it is handy in case of emergency.
All things considered, this Swisscard Lite is a great item to keep in anyone's briefcase, wallet or purse. I'll be getting more of these as gender-neutral gifts for the coming holiday session.
My big issue is with durability. You'd think something designed to fit in a credit card slot, in a wallet, could survive the trials and tribulations of existing in a wallet. Mine made it 4 months... Then my fat a$$ (6'2", 260) cracked the plastic housing and things just fell apart after that. Since it was cracked, the two sides separated, and everything it usually tucked away snugly became loosely encased. The light failed when the bulb slid out of place, I bent the pen in my pocket, the screwdriver bit made it through an entire wash cycle before destroying my wash machine (repairman found it after a disassembly project... Still a sore subject) and I lost the magnifying glass somewhere along the way. By the time I finally gave up and removed it from my wallet, this little $30 gem and contributed to blood loss, ruining a decent pair of $100 jeans and leaking on most of the contents of my wallet (who knew how much ink that little pen held?), a $275.00 washing machine repair bill (got a sympathetic discount. After all, he learned a lot spending half a day dissecting my wash machine...), not to mention the increased blood pressure.
That said, I did get a neat pair of scissors to decorate the bathroom counter, a nearly brand new button cell battey, a cursed screwdriver bit, a spare Victronox tweezers for my classic knife, and a 2-in letter opener. I just don't have anywhere to store them anymore...
I tried to fix it with superglue, but could never get the light bulb to seat correctly...
Probably buying another one in a few minutes after submitting this review. What can I say, I want to like it. Maybe I'll duct tape the next one before sitting on it. (After all, I've got plenty of spare parts) What could go wrong? Take my money.
Pros: Credit card style - can fit into a wallet or purse credit card slot
Pressurized ball point pen
Screwdriver (3 mm, 5 mm)
Phillips screwdriver #00-0, #1-2
LED mini light
Ruler (inches, cm)
CAVEATS - does not include a nail file (which is on their regular Swisscard) - oh well - the LED mini-light, magnifying glass and screwdrivers are fair substitutes.
Bottom line: I like it!