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Hello, Maybe I can help. The hook was introduced by Victorinox in their larger knives in 1991. This hook has been wrongly described many times as a "parcel hook", A 'plastic-shopping bag carrier", lock-pick, nose picker, etc.
The true reason for the hook ? It was simply added to help with the losening , and tighting o… see more
Hello, Maybe I can help. The hook was introduced by Victorinox in their larger knives in 1991. This hook has been wrongly described many times as a "parcel hook", A 'plastic-shopping bag carrier", lock-pick, nose picker, etc.
The true reason for the hook ? It was simply added to help with the losening , and tighting of wet, and\or frozen boot laces, backpack straps, snow shoe bindings, or any wet or frozen knots in any outdoor cordage.
After all, the good folks at Victorinox that desighn these wonderful tools, live in the Alps, and they had a need for it. And boy, does it do a great job for it's intended use!
I hope that this small tid-bit of information helps clear up the question's concerning the useful "hook." see less

By edmund r wright on February 7, 2013
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No. My boyfriend tried to take this through security at the airport and had it taken away, thus I had to buy him another one for Christmas. Make sure you pack it in a checked bag while traveling, not in a carry-on :)
By Kendall on March 18, 2015
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Typically the "II" knives, or formerly Economy or Ecoline knives are meant to be cheaper. In addition to the (far superior) nylon handles with printed (instead of inlaid) shield, supposedly, they get fewer quality checks, but are by no means inferior to a normal shiny plastic "Cellidor" SAK. I personally prefer nylon… see more Typically the "II" knives, or formerly Economy or Ecoline knives are meant to be cheaper. In addition to the (far superior) nylon handles with printed (instead of inlaid) shield, supposedly, they get fewer quality checks, but are by no means inferior to a normal shiny plastic "Cellidor" SAK. I personally prefer nylon, since it's more durable, and doesn't slip if your hands are greasy, oily, or wet. see less
By cody6268 on April 26, 2017
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This was a gift to someone else but I'll do my best to answer the question.
On the back there's:
-a corkscrew that has a tiny screwdriver for glasses repair… see more
This was a gift to someone else but I'll do my best to answer the question.
On the back there's:
-a corkscrew that has a tiny screwdriver for glasses repair
-a slightly larger flat screwdriver
-a bit larger flat screwdriver
-a little hook (parcel carrier, useful if you wnat to hook onto a heavy box bound with twine)
-awl (this is helpful to ream for drywall anchors if you don't have the right size drill bit handy)
On the right, there's:
-a large blade, and they're nice and sharp from the factory
-can opener (I sometimes use it to open taped up boxes)
-philips head screwdriver
On the left, there's:
-small blade, again, nice and sharp
-large flathead screwdriver and bottle opener (by far the most used tool by me)
-magnifying glass
-metal file
-saw
-fish scaler
-scissors (when you need them, you need them and these are good)
There's also the tweezers and this knife has a little ball-point pen imbedded in it.
I want to warn you that this knife is pretty wide. I personally carry a deluxe tinker. The main differenceds are it doesn't have a saw, file, pen, magnifying glass, scaler, corkscrew. However, it adds a tiny pair of pliers that I've used once or twice and the philips screwdriver is moved to the back, which has some advantages over it being on the main body of the tool. Highly recommended overall if you can live with the size. see less

By Andrew L Tanner on May 6, 2013
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Sorry, it is a little over that at 2 and 7/16ths. "2.36" is 2 and 3/8ths of an inch, so it is 1/16 larger than is allowable by the TSA.
By Sandra Hohne on March 22, 2013
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The description of this one says the handle has a matte finish; the description of the other one says it has a "classic red body". I would be inclined to think that means they're different.
By John W. Pierce on January 1, 2015
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the red outer layer on the Spartan II is textured as the other is not.
By Brett84 on March 5, 2015
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It measures 7/16" thick.
By Jeffrey G Bates on August 6, 2014
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I suspect the camper II will become somewhat more valuable. The manufacturer site does not list the Camper II as part of their selections.
Other than that - handle material difference is the only thing I know of

By WolfBrother on June 3, 2014
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My knife has "Swiss made" stamped on the base of the main blade. It takes an edge well, and keeps it for a long time (6 mos or more); fruit, meat, cardboard, rope, plastic, rubber, you name it. Conversely, my Gerber knife is Chinese made and noted to not keep an edge well; I sharpen it monthly or more. Sharpens easi… see more My knife has "Swiss made" stamped on the base of the main blade. It takes an edge well, and keeps it for a long time (6 mos or more); fruit, meat, cardboard, rope, plastic, rubber, you name it. Conversely, my Gerber knife is Chinese made and noted to not keep an edge well; I sharpen it monthly or more. Sharpens easily, dulls easily.
My daughter is a professional chef and will not use Chinese steel because it won't keep it's edge. Then again, her authentic Global knives don't hold an edge well enough for her either, but what she does in a day we wouldn't do in a month or two. see less

By east bay barry on December 9, 2013