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Recommendation? Swiss Army Knife: Which One?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Mitch Taldison, May 20, 2019.

  1. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    But the OP isn't really looking for the best...he is looking for "THE quintessential and most classic SAK available still".

    I think we are missing his point.

    He is not looking for a set of tools to use, he is looking for a "ideal SAK specimen" for his collection.

    The "Platonic ideal SAK," as it were.

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  2. Swampdog

    Swampdog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    Another vote for the Alox Farmer.
  3. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    I love the Alox Farmer.

    I just dont think it is what people "see" when they hear "Swiss Army Knife."
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  4. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Sadly I'd have to go with the pocket friendly SAK SD or the one with the fork and spoon although I haven't seen one of those latter SAKs in ages.
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  5. katanas


    Jan 6, 2012
    Actually, although my post #8 was tongue-in-cheek, the SAKWiki site would give the OP a lot of info on what SAKs came out when, sales figures, features, etc. I suggest giving it a good look. :thumbsup: :cool:
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  6. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    This was the first one; designed as a rifleman's tool. Is that classic enough? Victorinox made some repros.

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  7. hexenjager

    hexenjager Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2016
    This. As I read it, I don't think that the op is necessarily asking for suggestions on the most popular or practical edc SAK, I took it as being what most non SAK enthusiast people picture when they think of one. My suggestion for that would be the Ranger.

    Pic from Victorinox's site.

    ETA- As a side note, my Vic Ranger and I are in a very much non-platonic relationship, so it also works well if you decide you want to be more than just casual acquaintances. ;)
    Last edited: May 21, 2019
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  8. Chacap


    Dec 2, 2017
    The most classic and versatile in 91 mm: the Huntsman, then the "swisschamp" big but it has all the tools (photos Victorinox)

  9. harronek


    Nov 29, 2013
    If carrying only a SAK then a Farmer is my choice.


    But the majority of the time its a Cadet in combo with a one handed opener .

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  10. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Banned Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    I like the tinker series. I have two supers.
  11. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014

    On paper the true classic has to be the Soldier model. They are called “Swiss Army knife” for a reason. However the Pioneer is the same thing in street clothes.

    Add a saw and you have the Farmer. Shrink the Pioneer and you have the Cadet.

    Any of these are hard to beat but, if you must try, the Spartan and Recruit are good places to start.
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  12. specgrade

    specgrade Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Not sure what model I have, but it has a built-in flashlight. My parents bought it in Switzerland several years ago. Trying to find AAAA batteries has been a challenge. I did open up a 9v and it had six in it. Problem is they tend to leak after a few months.

  13. irons


    Oct 19, 2018
    I'd go with a Huntsman. Plenty of tools, one of the most iconic, and always available in classic red (see photo above from Chacap). It's not too big to fit in the pocket if you do decide to carry it.

    If you'd like something a bit slimmer the Spartan is a decent choice.
  14. Hotshot10

    Hotshot10 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2012
    I have carried a Hiker every day for three years. I love it. I find myself using the screwdrivers more than the blades, I must admit.
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  15. thecigarguy

    thecigarguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    I think the Swiss champ is the most iconic or one might say the quintessential Swiss Army knife. Just one opinion, but I think this is the model that is most etched into peoples’s minds.
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  16. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    Camper is a great model. Like a Farmer but with an extra small blade and cheaper. The corkscrew is great for undoing knots in the field. Spartan/Tinker is a great starter model. The Compact is a great urban carry all rounder.

    You're going to need to play with some models. I won't carry anything over a 3 layer and prefer a single layer. I like 91/93mm for the blade size. If you head over to SAKWIKI you can see lists of all the tools at specific sizes and number of layers. Makes working out what you want a whole lot easier when you filter based on those two criteria.
  17. sonarsessions

    sonarsessions Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 1, 2016
    I would recommend a Spartan. I keep one in my left pocket every day and it sees more work than my EDC knives - in fact, it's also easier on the eyes of people who are not knife-friendly like in office settings.
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  18. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
    Sorry, I skimmed thru the thread, so if I’m parroting another member’s question, I apologize.

    Do you happen to remember the models you had or saw when you were younger?...or possibly the tools they were equipped with?

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