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Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:42 pm
by The Meat man
Hey everyone,

Seems like we have quite a few Victorinox fans here, so I thought having a thread devoted exclusively to this classic knife brand could be fun. :)

It is such an iconic knife and I would bet that most, if not all of you, have owned one. My first knife ever was a Chinese knockoff of the Classic, and shortly thereafter my dad gave me a genuine one.

Years later I am still carrying one - today it's my Alox Pioneer - and it is one of my all time favorite knives.

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What Victorinox knives do you own, use, or carry? What is your favorite model?

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:45 pm
by z4vdBt
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Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:55 pm
by James Y
Unfortunately, I can't post photos, but every day I carry two SAKs; a Victorinox Executive, and either a Spartan or my Pioneer. In the kitchen, the knives I use are also all Victorinox...a 7" Santoku, a paring knife, a hooked fruit knife, and a serrated utility.

On the occasions I carry a pliers-based multi-tool, it's my Swisstool Spirit.

At one point in my life, when I moved to Taiwan for a decade, my only EDC knife was a Spartan SAK. It served me very well as a sole EDC knife. The Executive I carry today is the same one I've been carrying for 20 years now.

Those are what I've settled on, but I own more Victorinoxes (and Spydercos) than any other knife brand.

Jim

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:13 pm
by The Meat man
z4vdBt wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:45 pm
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Nice! Did you make the sheaths?

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:15 pm
by The Meat man
James Y wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:55 pm
Unfortunately, I can't post photos, but every day I carry two SAKs; a Victorinox Executive, and either a Spartan or my Pioneer. In the kitchen, the knives I use are also all Victorinox...a 7" Santoku, a paring knife, a hooked fruit knife, and a serrated utility.

On the occasions I carry a pliers-based multi-tool, it's my Swisstool Spirit.

At one point in my life, when I moved to Taiwan for a decade, my only EDC knife was a Spartan SAK. It served me very well as a sole EDC knife. The Executive I carry today is the same one I've been carrying for 20 years now.

Those are what I've settled on, but I own more Victorinoxes (and Spydercos) than any other knife brand.

Jim
How do you like the Swisstool? I'm only familiar with Leatherman.

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:47 pm
by James Y
The Meat man wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:15 pm
James Y wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:55 pm
Unfortunately, I can't post photos, but every day I carry two SAKs; a Victorinox Executive, and either a Spartan or my Pioneer. In the kitchen, the knives I use are also all Victorinox...a 7" Santoku, a paring knife, a hooked fruit knife, and a serrated utility.

On the occasions I carry a pliers-based multi-tool, it's my Swisstool Spirit.

At one point in my life, when I moved to Taiwan for a decade, my only EDC knife was a Spartan SAK. It served me very well as a sole EDC knife. The Executive I carry today is the same one I've been carrying for 20 years now.

Those are what I've settled on, but I own more Victorinoxes (and Spydercos) than any other knife brand.

Jim
How do you like the Swisstool? I'm only familiar with Leatherman.
I like the Swisstool Spirit, much more than the full-sized Swisstool. I find the Spirit more 'carry-able'; it's more compact, lighter, and IMO the gently curved handles are more ergonomic and make accessing the tools easier. Prior to my Spirit, I carried a series of Leathermans for about a 10-year period; a PST II, a Supertool, a Blast, a Wave, and maybe others. Leathermans are good tools, but I like my Spirit better. Since 2010, when I bought it, it's been the only pliers-based multi-tool I use, when I need one. The Vic screwdrivers can be a bit more slippery than a Leatherman's during use, but it's never really been an issue with me. I also like that on the Spirit, I can access a tool without the others clumping together. But it really all comes down to personal preference.

The only thing I didn't like about the Spirit is the sheath that came with it. The Velcro stopped working and went to hell after about a year. When I use it now, I carry it horizontally in an old Benchmade Bali-song sheath. I'm planning on getting one of those military-quality multi-tool sheaths that also wear horizontally.

Jim

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:33 pm
by Spydergirl88
I own the Compact, Mechanic Junior, Walker, Classic, and Jetsetter. I also use the birdsbeak paring knife almost everyday in the kitchen.

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:24 pm
by Spydergirl88
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Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:34 am
by z4vdBt
The Meat man wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:13 pm
Nice! Did you make the sheaths?

Zulu Bravo LLC did.

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:34 am
by ChrisinHove
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Vacation carry!

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:59 am
by Doc Dan
I have a few. But my favorite is still the alox Pioneer X. It has all the tools that I need on a day-to-day basis and if I need more I need a toolbox.

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:10 am
by smitnkp
All that I have. (from left to right)
-Classic stay on my keyring, I can't remember since when.
-Spartan from late 80"s, a gift from my Dad.
-Huntsman, I purchase it in 1997.
-Picnicker, a gift from my mom (probably early 2000) It has serrated blade originally.
all of them have been heavily used and still in use (except the Spartan)

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:46 am
by bearrowland
These are some fine looking knives everyone! I'll get some pics of mine.

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:54 pm
by Mushroom
I'll have to get the few that I have right now together. Honestly, I've tried to avoid getting into Victorinox because of the potential rabbit hole to fall into. :D There are just so many cool models to choose from!

I thought this was a "Rambler" model, but it seems to have a couple more tools than the Ramblers I find when I search around.

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Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:20 pm
by rangefinder
Mushroom wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:54 pm
I'll have to get the few that I have right now together. Honestly, I've tried to avoid getting into Victorinox because of the potential rabbit hole to fall into. :D There are just so many cool models to choose from!

I thought this was a "Rambler" model, but it seems to have a couple more tools than the Ramblers I find when I search around.

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Looks like it might be the Swiss Bianco copper alox version of the "Vagabond": https://sakwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page=Vagabond

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:05 pm
by Mushroom
rangefinder wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:20 pm
Mushroom wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:54 pm
I'll have to get the few that I have right now together. Honestly, I've tried to avoid getting into Victorinox because of the potential rabbit hole to fall into. :D There are just so many cool models to choose from!

I thought this was a "Rambler" model, but it seems to have a couple more tools than the Ramblers I find when I search around.

https://i.imgur.com/JJIF4nU.jpg?1

Looks like it might be the Swiss Bianco copper alox version of the "Vagabond": https://sakwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page=Vagabond
Thats it! Thanks!!! :D

The name "Vagabond" immediately rang a bell. I've had this one for a few years now but rarely ever use it. It's pretty much new still. :eek:

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:27 pm
by JD Spydo
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:24 pm
I really love those SAKs with that Swedish type garden pruning saw on them. That Saw is super functional. I've used mine with the Vic Swiss TOOL an Swiss Tool X on many occasions. It's amazing how fast that saw works compared to a regular pruning saw.

That's a decent selection. As I've said dozens of times that Victorinox cutlery tools are truly one of the very best bargains out there on the market.

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:50 pm
by TkoK83Spy
I've decided the Hiker model is what would work best for me. I like the saw and screwdrivers that are part of that model. DLT has a few exclusives, now to decide! Leaning towards the Memphis Belle.

Enablers of ANYTHING sharp around here!!

Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:18 pm
by DirtMcGirt
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Re: Victorinox photo and discussion thread!

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:41 pm
by this_is_nascar
Great thread. I've been EDCing an Executive for longer than I can remember. I also EDC a Pioneer. A Classic rides on my keychain.

I addition, I own several of the Solo, Bantam, Recruit, Spartan and Cadet.