Swiss Army Soldier Swiss Army Knifeis rated4.0out of5by7.
Rated4out of5byJeepfeetfromJust the right number of tools.Hard to go wrong with Victorinox. Price point is very good.
Not too big to carry in your pocket for everyday use.
Difficult to open pen blade unless you have fingernails of steel. Maybe a tool to open the tool?
Lacking a brightly colored handle if dropped in the dark, brush or mud. Difficult to see. Use a lanyard when in the field.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated5out of5byParker WfromSecond time around is a charmWhen it comes to knives, I have some VERY specific requirements. I have been a knife junkie since I was 10, when I got my first good knife, a lockback with a steel frame, wood handle and folding blade about 3 1/4 inches.
I have always found the Swiss Army knives to be a cute way to carry a bottle opener, and keep one in my pack, as well as in my car and kitchen drawer, but for "real" use I prefer other knives, specifically a heavy-duty framelock folder designed by a South African special forces vet.
I found this on sale at the local REI and used my dividend to buy it, so what did I have to lose? Several folks had recommended I try it, even though it was outside the usual box for me.
Now I label myself as a "professional" above for a couple reasons - I have been a knfe guy for 33 years. I have cycled thru hundreds of knives, used most of them and found most of them wanting. This knife was a wonderful surprise.
I've also been a dedicated knife user since I was 10, from outdoor uses to edge-weapon combatives, and this blade seems up to the test regardless of how you may need to put it into service.
The lock on this knife is a liner lock, but is the reverse of most locking liner designs - if the lock wears or fails to engage the blade, it will be in the way of the blade, preventing it from closing on your fingers. That is a HUGE safety bonus, and why I like the lock on this knife. It's good enough that if I had to use this knife as a serious emergency tool or weapon, I will feel confident in the tool. Confidence is critical in this regard, and while it's not as good as a framelock folder or better yet, a fixed blade, it's also a neat little portable package which won't scare anyone when you use it to whittle a marshmallow stick for your kids or cut a hot dog in two at the game. If you're traveling thru parts unknown, having a low-profile "persuader" can be both a comfort and a lifesaver.
I do not like the partial serrations, as they tend to snag on stuff or chip off, but they took all of five minutes to more or less remove completely (diamond bench hone) so that the knife is a straight/ plain edged blade. It takes no effort at all to sharpen a Swiss Army blade on any kind of hone if you have the most basic coodination and they maintain an edge nicely.
The grip is a really nice semi-sticky semi-smooth grip, and that may sound silly, but if offers a great grip, even with wet, sweaty hands, and since we're wanting to keep our fingers OFF the sharp blade, I'm really pleased the knife has this handle. It's very comfy even with all the other tools involved in a tight-fisted grip, and I could use it for quite some time before it caused any hotspots.
The Swiss Army Soldier has several of the usual Swiss Army tools we're all used to having - a bottle opener, can opener, a couple screwdrivers, and a saw. No toothpick or tweezers, and the saw works best on the push stroke versus the pull stroke.
Will it replace the framelock in my pocket? Not a chance. But it WILL live close by. I'm in the car constantly and it lives there, and I'm as likely as not to replace the SAK Spartan in my backpack with one of these as well.
I don't think that Victorinox could have done a better job with this knife - like all multi-function multi-blade knives, this knife is an exercise in compromise, but it handles all of it's chores so well, I think I'd be silly not to recommend it.
Date published: 2013-06-11
Rated4out of5bycheemofromsolid productGood solid knife with an excellent price point. Very well made which is solid.
Out of the box the knife is extremely sharp. All blades and tools are easy to extract and put away. I also like the balance that the knife has.
Date published: 2013-05-22
Rated3out of5byJoelaleschfromIt's pretty goodI destroyed my car seating from always using knives with clips and got really fed up so I got this pocket knife. I have had other swiis army knifes and pretty much like them. I don't like that they make all their knifes for right handed people. this one is too tight opening and closing. The bladeis too thin at the tip, and the metal is flaring out and bendeing near the tip. I really did not want a full serrated blade but it's ok, wish it was a tanto blade. The thing I hate the most is, the phillips in the middle,put it on the end!! Like the bottle opener, don't need a reamer, put a small blade instead. Very sharp, cut my finger, because it is for right handers and too tight. I don't like junk, this one is ok but could be better. feels pretty good in the hand and not too heavy or bulky.
Date published: 2013-04-10
Rated4out of5bySoldat climberfromSweet!!!This is a very useful tool for just about everything. It is my first swiss army knife and I am more than pleased with the functions. It is very versatile. I haven't been able to test every single function on it yet. THe craftmanship is very nice though.
Date published: 2013-03-22
Rated4out of5byMidwest Aerospace Engineerfromwell madeKnife is a little larger than the classic red-colored Victorinox knives. Locking mechanism is very solid. Bought it to use the small saw to clear small brush from a seldom-used trail. Works very well for trimming the branches of bushes that have overgrown into a trail. The other tools have the usual uses.
Date published: 2013-02-25
Rated4out of5byThree sisters backpackerfromalmost perfect...I use this knife for casual and outdoor uses and so far it has preformed better than expected, what I like about it is that out can cut through the tough plastic that is hard to open, even with scissors. one problem is that it is a little rough when you are opening it but after a while you hardly notice itit.
Date published: 2012-12-29
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