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Your favorite SAK.

Discussion in 'Knives' started by Monocrom, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. Monocrom

    Monocrom Loaded Pockets

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    Mine used to be the Vic Spartan. However, I recently realized that if I carry a SAK as my main knife, it has to have scissors and be the same size as my Spartan; as well as being just as thin.

    Found it! Just a little while ago actually. The Victorinox Compact. (What an ironic name, but unlike many SAK names, this one is appropriate.)

    Large knife blade, combination bottle/can-opener blade w/ screwdriver tip, scissors, carry-hook and corkscrew on back w/ eyeglass screwdriver attached to it. As well as the usual "tools" that insert into the handles.

    Looks like a winner. You trade away the smaller blade and the awl on the Spartan in exchange for the scissors. I can live with one blade on my EDC SAK. An awl is nice for punching extra holes into a belt. But not a very common use for me. In fact, haven't used the awl on my Spartan since owning it. The combo tool on the Compact is not as good as the dedicated can-opener, and bottle-opener on the Spartan. But I have experience with this tool on my Vic Waiter/Bartender model. For urban EDC, it gets the job done for both bottles and cans. Plus, you still keep both the large and tiny slotted screwdrivers. But in a slightly different format.

    So tell us about your favorite SAK.
     
  2. mr.hauser

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    Vic Alox Soldier has been my favorite so far. Just feels right...
     
  3. Atlas

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    A while back I managed to find a few red alox pioneers for 15 dollars each. I like the overall size of the knife blade and handles. Feels alot more solid than the tinker I had for months.
     
  4. yellowhammer

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    I agree about the Compact, my favourite SAK for sure (although like everyone else I do like a spot of coloured Alox). On an individual level though my fifteen year-old Huntsman with yew scales takes some beating.
     
  5. RedGladius

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    I love the Compact! I hadn't heard of it until I read the your thread here! But I do see one problem with it, which, in my mind, keeps it from being perfect: the cork screw. I never use it. Few people do. That's why my favorite is the Super Tinker. It replaces the cork screw with a Philips head screwdriver, which is much more universally-useful! Also, the Fieldmaster is another favorite. It's essentially a Super Tinker with an added saw!
     
  6. FlyByNight

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    For years my only knife was a Vic Super Tinker. It had everything I needed for my day to day life (and then some). But while comfortable with jeans, it's a bit bulky in slacks. As I spend way too much time at work, I now usually carry an alox Cadet to the office. The Super Tinker still makes it into my weekend rotation with a few other knives. That Compact looks pretty nice. May have to pick one up.
     
  7. mikey

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    I also liked the Super Tinker but now I use the Wenger Teton because I wanted a serrated and plain blade plus tools like the Super Tinker. My favorite keychain one hands down is the Rambler with alox handles.

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  8. Hellz

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    Alox Soldier for me too, when I got it I wished it had a small blade instead of the awl, but it turns out the awl is really useful. The alox makes it feel like more of a substantial EDC option too.

    Patrick
     
  9. gstojinovic

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    For me there isn't only one.... It depends where I go....

    Agreed for Compact as minimalistic, but Alox Soldier is also in rotation, then there is Explorer, Yeoman and as "do it all" I carry CyberTool41.....

    They all are great, but those are my favorites.
     
  10. CatherineM
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    I love the Executive. The orange peeler with the serrated blade gets used more than anything. The mini champ is a close second.
     
  11. yellowhammer

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    But if I didn't have a corkscrew how would I carry my little spectacle screwdriver? ;D
     
  12. nuphoria

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    The one I never leave home without is an Alox Rambler on my keys, but I have LOTS of others I get plenty of use out of.

    Other than standard ones, I have a couple of customs which I'm extremely fond of. Both were made my Neil over at MTO ;D

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    The other one is a copper cadet with scissors and a saw - can't find a pic right now.
     
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    Yep Nuph... That's a :drool: one!!
     
  15. nuphoria

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    Just found pics of afore mentioned SAK:

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  16. able_man
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    I agree, that's awesome!
     
  17. waldo

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    Classic on my keychain and usually a 2010 Soldier, but I have a Farmer on the way.
     
  18. nyefmaker

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    The Victorinox Swiss Champ has always been my favorite. I have had mine for at least 20 years and have used it for EVERYTHING. It has never let me down. Have a few scars from the sharp blades over the years....lol. Mine has the red handle. I only ever replaced the scissors spring One time because it broke. Its still in excellent condition and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to anyone.
     
  19. Monocrom

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    Magnifier can be used to start a fire under dry conditions on a sunny day.
     
  20. JAfromMn

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    I got a few favorites but if I got to pick one it's the Victorinox Farmer I bought to carry on my wedding day.
    My favorite one to use in my edc is the Wenger Zermatt
    And my favorite one to have close just in case is the swisschamp that rides in my bag.

    I like the Evo 18 too :)

    I can't pick just one;)
    [​IMG] Wenger Zermatt