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Tinker Deluxe : The "Best" S.A.K ?

Discussion in 'Knives' started by Alan Daly, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Alan Daly

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    Getting the balance correct for EDC can be tricky...choose a small,slim swiss army knife - and you might not have the tool you need.Choosing a larger one - and it becomes bulky,heavy,and far from practical for every day carry.So what is a "good" choice,(NOT compromise!),for your EDC-er?
    I would politely suggest the Victorinox Tinker Deluxe! I frequently carry the excellent SwissChamp - but only in my work bag,as it IS on the large side.But a Tinker Deluxe has a fantastic range of tools - large blade/pliers/scissors/philips screwdriver,etc. that are - for most people - the most practical/necessary - with no (unlike the SwissChamp) "rarely" used items cluttering up the body of the knife (fish scaler - anyone?).
    I carry mine in a small leather Victorinox leather belt pouch,designed for a 2 - 4 layer SAK.Although a "tight fit" at first - it is very discreet,unobtrusive on my belt,with no chance of me losing it over time.A small lanyard is attached to the keyring - for quick and easy access to the knife and removal from its pouch(which protects the knife from dirt/damage,and leaves you with a "free pocket" for other stuff!).I am so "addicted" to this little monster that I always own 2 "just-in-case" one goes missing!
     
  2. Brandon_4078

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    I love all the Victorinox SAKs with the philips screwdriver (most used tool on the SAKs). In my opinion the best would be the Vic Ranger if it had the screwdriver instead of the corkscrew, or the Hiker if they would put the multipurpose hook on the 3 layer SAKs with the saw.
     
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    I'm a fan of all of the tinkers.
     
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  4. Quixotica

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    Personally, a Climber with Plus scales is the perfect SAK for me. On the rare occasion where I need a ranch, the ones on a SAK just won't really cut the mustard. but Blades + scissors + plus openers is a great combo for me. I also prefer having the Corkscrew to carry the mini eyeglass screwdriver, and I can use the can opener as an impromptu philips head when I need one.

    Best bang for the buck and size I've ever had in a SAK.
     
  5. JPHing

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    I use to have a Climber, It was a beauty
    At the moment I use a phillips and pliers the most so agree with the OP
     
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    Same thoughts as mine but replace climber with explorer - I prefer an inline Philips. [​IMG]


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  7. MWDP

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    The regular Tinker is more of my kinda choice. The best SAK though... Either the Pioneer or Cadet.
     
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  8. Quixotica

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    I never liked the Explorer. It was always one layer too thick for me, as much as I liked the inline Philips. A Yeoman would do me just fine, though.
     
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    If you use pliers regularly, yeah, the Tinker Deluxe is about the smallest SAK that has 'em, and other basic tools. I've always thought it occupied a real "sweet spot" that way.
     
  10. gstojinovic

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    That's my choice also... Though modded cyber tool 21 w/added scissors would be perfect!
     
  11. Pine Box Parkinson
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    For me, my go to SAK was always the Climber. I'm sending it back to the repair center today to get fixed up. But for the past few months, it's been Cadets. I like the slim feel in my front pocket. It's a toss up.
     
  12. Sriracha

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    I have to have a corkscrew. I have had several occasions at parties and gatherings where people know I have a SAK, and need a bottle of wine opened, and when I produced a SAK with a phillips driver, I actually get booed. I only carry SAKs with screws now, with the exception of my Alox. If I am going to a party or such, a climber, explorer, or compact is in my pocket/party Skinth. That being said, The Tinker Deluxe is a nice piece, and I was considering a purchase, then I got my Swiss Spirit. I am all Swissed out at the moment.
     
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  13. GADGET982

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    I have to throw the farmer in, I'm kinda shocked that I'm the first to mention it.
     
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    I don't know if I think it's the "best", but it's definitely right up there. I've been thinking about making a Deluxe Tinker my EDC. Currently carrying a Craftsman.
     
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    Always liked the versatility of the Fieldmaster. If I could switch the openers for the bantam style opener and a magnifying glass it'd be the only SAK I'd ever need. If I want pliers I'm doing something too heavy duty for a SAK, so I'll have a Leatherman or actual tools on me.

    But that's not to say I wouldn't own more SAKs, the "best" SAK is one you own and use regularly ;)
     
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    Cadet or Executive in the pocket, Spirit X in the pack.

    I have an old Swisschamp that I carried all over the Sierras, Canada, Nepal, India and Thailand and while we have a lot of history together, it's too bulky for pocket carry and not as high utility as the Spirit.
     
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    If you dig the DeluxeTinker, I highly suggest looking for the Trouble shooter. Same load out plus a file and a chisel layer.

    Coupled with plus scales, it makes me feel like I can do anything.
     
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    Actually, I can carry my Champ no prob if I use a dangler. But my EDC these days is an Explorer, I use the magnifying glass quite a bit, the scissors sometimes, and I've opened a few bottles of wine. Never used the hook yet though.

    Bob
     
  19. znapschatz

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    Years ago, I settled on 3; Swisschamp, Tinker and Rambler. When pocket carrying the champ, which is seldom, it's by dangler. Mostly it rides in a belt pouch, where differences in the felt weight between that and almost anything else is little or none. Sometimes I like to go light with a Tinker, which offers the most tools in two layers, and the Rambler is always with me, attached to a micro light. In 2008 I added an OH Trekker to the collection for outdoor purposes, and that's been it. Over time I have tried out a number of different SAKs, liked them all, but always went back to the the Big Three (plus 1). These are, for me, the ideal SAKs in their size categories and I see no need to accumulate any more.
     
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    custom HANES farmer with ti frame lock. and a bigger 440hc blade
    hold on im trying to think of words to express myself

    oh here it is :banghead:
     
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