The Explorer, Ranger, Rucksack, Mountaineer, Climber or the Handyman? My personal favorite of all the Victorinox Swiss Army knives is without a doubt the Climber, followed closely by the Rucksack. There aren’t many pieces of gear as simple and as useful as a Swiss Army knife. I carry mine in my front pocket just about every day.
It’s easy to see how the Swiss Army knife has become the quintessential piece of gear. The knives flexibility and diverse set of tools lend favorably to its usability. Compared to many other multi-tools it is far less cumbersome and the bold red shell is pretty tough. While the Swiss Army knife is a good friend for a cautious fellow, it is also the embodiment of resourcefulness. Choose this knife and you’ve chosen brains and versatility over unsteady, oft detrimental brawn.
Take a look at the rich history of these knives and you’ll catch a glimpse of World War I and World War II. Since the birth of the knife in 1891 it has been a stand-by for many soldiers. And, now in 2008 there is a new soldier’s knife that has been re-invented for this era.
The Climber and the Rucksack represent two different types of Victorinox knife. The Climber is a traditional Swiss Army knife with the following 14 tools: large blade, small blade, corkscrew, can opener with small screwdriver 3 mm (also for Phillips screws), cap lifter with screwdriver 6 mm and wire stripper, reamer, punch, key ring, tweezers, toothpick, scissors and multi-purpose hook.
The Rucksack is a more ergonomic knife with a locking blade and contains the following 12 tools: large lock blade, corkscrew, can opener with screwdriver 3 mm, cap lifter with screwdriver with automatic locking and wire stripper, reamer, punch, key ring, tweezers, toothpick and wood saw.
Both are fine companions for hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, and most any other outdoor activity you can think of, as well day-to-day use even in the office.
Victorinox Swiss Army Knife
$15 to $38