Reviewed 10/30/2011 by Dillon
-Price Paid: $40.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 3 months
This knife is a rather interesting piece. First, unlike many other knives I am used to, it has a number of tools in it. These tools perform quite well for what they were meant to do. On one note, the flat headed screwdriver locks into position. This makes it useful for light prying, and one does not need to worry that the screwdriver will fold when used.
One gripe I have about this knife is that like most Victorinox knives, it has a blade made from a relatively soft steel. I find myself sharpening it quite often. Another note is that it is a chisel ground blade with serrations on the front of the blade and a small 2.5 cm piece that is unserrated. I personally rebeveled my knife so that the blade is no longer chisel ground, but I retained the serrations. Due to the type of serrations this knife has, one can cut fibrous things like seat belts and ropes without the serrations catching on the material. The blade is serrated with an even, smooth wave with no points. The blade also lacks a sharp tip.
The liner lock on this knife is secure and one does not need to worry that it will fail. The liner has an interesting configuration with a hooked tip that fits into a corresponding cutout on the tang of the blade as opposed to the normal flat end. One thing I don't like about the liner lock in this knife is that unlike the locks found on my other knives, there is up and down play in this lock. It's not very noticeable during normal use, but if you look for it, it is there. It is not as though you could just shake the knife, and the blade will rattle up and down. Another thing of note is that compared to most other liner-locks, the liner of this one is on a different side of the blade. This makes it easier for left-handed people to unlock the knife with their thumb. Personally, I can open and close the blade one-handed with either hand just as quickly, so it is possible to close the knife with the right hand. One needs to practice a bit to get a hang of the fact that this knife is different.
Blade deployment is an oval hole. It is easy to deploy one-handed but is not as fast as most other knives due to the tightness of the pivot.
In the usual Victorinox style, everything is mirror polished and all metal surfaces are fingerprint magnets. Most metal parts have rounded edges. The handle is a little different than your usual fare of cellidor handles. This knife has a fiberglass fill nylon handle with soft inserts. This gives one a positive grip that is probably the best grip you can get on a Victorinox. The balance is quite good in this knife, and it is comfortable to use. It manages this despite all the tools in it. This knife does not have the spaces for the toothpick and tweezers which are quite liable to be lost. It is a plus if you do not need these.
This knife is quite a good choice if one is looking for a knife that one can deploy with one hand but still wants some tools like a saw, can opener, screwdrivers, and reamer. It is not a tactical blade and cannot be used to stab. It is a good working blade though and will shine in those situations.