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Swiss Army Classic
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Swiss Army Classic

Swiss Army Classic

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Swiss Army Classic

Manufacturer: Victorinox

Your Opinion: 
 - 4 Votes


Page By: Vic Hanson

Created/Edited: Jun 8, 2007 / Jun 16, 2007

Object ID: 3371

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Product Description

Small blade
Nail file with screwdriver tip
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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tarolI've always got one of these on my keychain...

Voted 4/5

...wherever I go! My only problem with it is the toothpick and tweezers sometimes come out a little too easy and get lost.
Posted Jun 15, 2007 6:13 am


Voted 5/5

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.
Posted Jul 17, 2007 10:12 am


Hasn't voted

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.
Posted Mar 18, 2008 3:53 pm

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