Swiss Army Classic

 

Swiss Army Classic
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Swiss Army Classic
Manufacturer Victorinox
Page By Vic Hanson
Page Type Jun 8, 2007 / Jun 16, 2007
Object ID 3371
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Product Description

PRODUCT DETAILS
Small blade
Scissors
Nail file with screwdriver tip
Toothpick
Tweezers
Key ring
Life time warranty

Is It Enough?

I have a large Swiss Army Knife that has about 11 functions but it is heavy. When I started planning for my thru-hike on the PCT I got sucked into the ounce counting vortex and ended up buying almost all new gear to get the lightest pack weight possible. Even a large Swiss Army Knife doesn't weight that much, but I decided to replace it with a smaller one. I looked everywhere for a basic knife with a blade, a sissors and a can opener, the 3 items I use most on my large knife. The Classic Swiss Army lacked the can opener, but was under an ounce and only $10 at Wal-Mart. I finally realized that if I was going to be going lightweight, I wouldn't be carrying any cans of food with me on the hike! I was very happy with it and never missed the can opener.

If you want to go as light as possible, it is perfect!

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tarol - Jun 15, 2007 6:13 am - Voted 4/5

I've always got one of these on my keychain...
...wherever I go! My only problem with it is the toothpick and tweezers sometimes come out a little too easy and get lost.

rufus - Jul 17, 2007 10:12 am - Voted 5/5

Yes,
in general I agree that a classic swiss army knife is a very useful set of tools, although some of its components I never used either at a hiking tour (e.g. can opener as Vic said..).
Since it's weight is not significant, I always carry one with me to the mountains.

Mountain_girl - Mar 18, 2008 3:53 pm - Hasn't voted

Tradeoff
I also always go for the simpler version of the swiss knife when am packing for hikes, as I rarely use the extended set of tools. Usually am using just the big blade anyways. All in all, the bigger swiss army knives are super fancy but their weight is rises proportionally and it is not worth to carry it.

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