For many years I've been looking for the perfect EDC tool and the best EDC configuration as well. I've tried many things, both cheap and expensive, switched them in my pockets, etc. After several years carrying tools with me and having tried lots of brands and models I finally came to the conclusion that there's no perfect tool that does all the things we'd like to be done. No matter how well we think we are prepared, sooner or later there will be a task we won't be able to achieve because of the lacking of the proper tool. That doesn't seem we cannot achieve that task using some other tool instead, but I think you can understand what my point is: nothing's perfect, but we can come close to perfection. I've always been a fan of McGyver and I remember myself watching that series and getting amazed with all the things he could do with those SAKs he carried (as you know he used many models along the program). That led me to buy my first SAK when I was 11 (actually it wasn't an original SAK but a chinese one) and from then until now I've been carrying at least one knife, SAK or multitool with me everywhere I go. They've served me well and have taken me out of problems or emergencies, like cutting a seatbelt when in a crashed vehicle two years ago. I use at least one tool almost everyday (scissors, or corkscrew, or a blade, etc.) and that makes me think that I'm better prepared than most of the people out there in a daily basis. But to get there was a process of trial and error and it took me a lot of time (and money) to reach to this point. In the beggining, due to my former job as a security coordinator at an oil field, I was able to carry many things in my waist bag but now I'm a lawyer and work in the city so there's no need to carry a bag full of things with me. And I don't have a car, so I need to have only the most practical and essential things due to space and weight restrictions. I own several multitools like the Victorinox SwissTool and Spirit, or the Leatherman Charge TTi, and I have used each one of them for a long time as an EDC tool, but for one thing or another I don't use them anymore: 1- The SwissTool is too large and heavy for EDCing, besides the fact that I don't wear a belt so carrying it in my pocket is a little uncomfortable. Its metal/nail file is the old model, which doesn't work well on fingernails and that's a big con for me. 2- The Spirit, even though is smaller and lighter than the SwissTool, still lacks of some useful tools I want, as well as a plain blade. It doesn't have a clip so carrying it in my pocket is uncomfortable after a while. The scissors on the Spirit are reversed so if you try to cut following a line you won't have an exact cut, you'll get a little more extra space between the line and the cut, so it's not for precision cuts. 3- The Leatherman Charge, on the other hand, has a belt clip but it's bulkier and heavier than a SAK. None of these three multitools have an integrated corkscrew, tweezers nor toothpick, so I decided to take a look at the faithful SAKs, which are lighter than those multitools and easier to carry with... I used to EDC a Victorinox Ranger, and I loved it, but there were three or four times when I needed a pair of pliers to loose a bolt or to extract something strong enough that the little tweezers couldn't do. That's why I chose the Victorinox Handyman, because it has all the things I need and most important, it has all the things I have needed in the past, including some tools that I haven't had when I needed them. The Handyman has all the things a Vic Ranger has and it also has a pair of pliers. Before I continue I must say that there's also a similar model called Craftsman, which has a Phillips screwdriver on the back instead of a corkscrew, as a matter of fact, I didn't know that the Handyman model existed but I knew about the Craftsman. I didn't buy one because I wanted the corkscrew and not the Phillips screwdriver, I think it offers more functions than a screwdriver, but I'll explain that below. The Handyman is not a thin SAK, in fact, it's massive and I think that it comes close to the SwissChamp in terms of weight and size, but it's not as huge as the latter one, though. It can be carried in a pocket without bothering you. I carry it in my back left pocket along with a zipped key wallet, so it stays in place without moving it. I put it on the left side of my left pocket because that way it doesn't bother me when I sit down, so my butt sits on the wallet and not on the SAK. Now take a look at its size compared with other objects of my EDC: [img width=640 height=480]http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii21/sebastiantorres/DSC01640.jpg[/img] This is my EDC: a Seiko Diver's SKX007J4 automatic watch, an Inova Microlight flashlight (clipped inside the front left pocket), Victorinox Handyman (back left pocket), zipped leather key wallet (back left pocket), Victorinox leather wallet (back right pocket) and a Blackberry Pearl 8120 (front right pocket). Now let's take a look at the tools of the Handyman so you'll see this is a truly EDC SAK for almost every task you can find out there: Large blade: This is one of the most important tools for me and I think for you too. From cutting rope, a piece of bread, a fruit, a box or almost anything you can imagine, a blade is truly necessary and it has been since the human being walked on this planet with two legs. I try not to use the large blade on some tasks where I know they could compromise its edge, for those tasks I use the... Small blade: Some people don't realize that this blade can make almost the same things as its larger brother, and they tend to forget it. I don't, in fact, I think I use it more than the large blade due to its small size so it can be more precise for some jobs. A great tool, without a doubt. Bottle opener & Medium flat screwdriver / wire stripper: They come all together and are one of the most useful things on a SAK. The bottle opener works flawlesly and the medium flat screwdriver on its tip is useful on most of the screws out there in a house. Probably it'll be the most used of your screwdrivers for that reason, and it can handle some large screws as well. This tool can be used at 45 degrees or completely open, which is very convenient. The wire stripper on the bottom of the tool remains unused on my Handyman, but is good to know it's there just in case I need it. Can opener / Small flat screwdriver: I've used them both and they're excellent for their intended jobs. The can opener gets the job done smoothly and on its tip you'll find a small flat screwdriver, which can be used as well to unscrew medium Phillips head screws. Metal file / Metal saw / Nail file: Well, this is a must for me because I'm a nail freak and I always like to have my nails cleaned and cut, but smooth and rounded off as well. If you cut your nails with a clipper or scissors it'll leave a straight surface on your nail which I hate because of the feeling of it against your hand or clothing. That's why I never clip my fingernails and use a nail file instead. And the file on the Handyman is great for that task. If you are a nail freak like me be sure to have the new models with the improved metal file instead the one with the old crossed-section style, which is almost useless for fingernails. This file works on metal too and can be used as a metal saw because it has little teeth on its edge. I've tried this a couple of times and even sawed a screw off its base with it. This is the tool I use the most. Wood saw: And this is the tool I almost never use, but it's so thin that it doesn't take much space on the SAK configuration, so it's not a problem to have it. Besides using it to cut some wood you can cut bones with it, or some type of hard bread or frozen packages of food as well. Again, is good to know it's there. Scissors: Another of my favorite tools! And I use it on a daily basis, even though some people can rid of them, I just think they're one of the most useful tools on a SAK. I cut loose threads on my clothes, nose hair, eyebrows, hair, paper, you name it! This scissors are sharp as hell so if you cut paper you don't even need to move your fingers, just apply a little forward pressure and the scissors will move along the paper as if it was butter. Pliers / Wire cutter / Wire crimper: As I said before, I used to carry a Vic Ranger but I realized I needed some pliers after a couple of times when I couldn't take some bolt out of its screw. It's also a strong enough tool to do almost any job in a house that doesn't require a very strong force on it. These are not real pliers for using on heavy duty jobs, for those tasks you better use a multitool like a Victorinox SwissTool or a Spirit (or Leatherman). I use these pliers a lot, in fact, the last time I did was five days ago to take some broken plastic piece out of a friend's cell phone (one leg of the USB port's cover), something too strong for the tweezers. I haven't used the wire cutter and crimper, but it seems too small for a real job. Anyway, I don't work with wires and hate electricity so not having that is not that important to me. Tweezers: Inside of the cellidor handles there are two removable tools and one of them are the tweezers. They are very useful to take splints out of your hand (like wood), to take some hair out or just to do any precision job like picking something really tiny. Toothpick: This is the other removable tool inside of the handles. It's great to have it, especially after having dinner outside in a restaurant when you go to the restroom and clean your teeth. No one wants to have food between their teeth while smiling at a woman, isn't it? Awl / Reamer / Sewing hole: On the back of the Handyman there are a handful of very useful tools as well, like the awl. It can be used to make holes on different surfaces like leather belts, for example. It has a hole, which is handy to sew camping tents or similar things on canvas. The awl is one of the most underestimated tools in a SAK by regular users and many people tend to use the blades instead when they need something pointy, ruining their blade's edge in the best of the cases. Hook: Not many uses come to my mind but one of them would be as a package carrier, as stated on the Victorinox website. Or to pick up your glasses from the toilette, as shown on an old Victorinox TV advertisement. Anyway, I think the hook is an standard tool on the SAKs with more than three layers so this comes either I want it or not. Chisel / Scraper: It has a sharp edge forI've used this tool for removing dirt and dried materials on many surfaces. It also does an excellent job on wood. Small flat screwdriver: As you know, almost all of the Phillips screws can be unscrewed now using a flat driver. This one works very well also with those screwheads, so there's no need to worry about the Phillips one missing on this model. Remember that the Handyman comes with a corkscrew instead, which I'll review it now... Corkscrew / Precision flat mini screwdriver: Even though they're two diferent tools, they are placed in the same slot. the corkscrew is very handy for me because besides its primary job with the bottle of wine, it can be used to loose knots, take o-rings out and last but not least, it stores the little precision screwdriver inside which is very handy for those who use glasses like me. Pin: Just open the corkscrew and you'll find a pin inserted on the base of that tool in a little hole of the cellidor handle. Ideal to reset some electronic devices which have their hole too small for anything else, or to fix something on your clothes for an emergency. There are many uses for this one and I'm glad to have it. Lanyard ring: I don't use my Handyman with a lanyard because I carry it on my back pocket, but I'm sure many of you like to have their tools attached on a lanyard, so it's very convenient though. As you know, I use almost the entire tools of this SAK and after many years of the best tool/SAK quest, I finally found out what I was looking for: The Handyman is the best SAK for me, because it has everything I need.