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Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool™ Review
9/12/2002 - Updated 4/8/2006

I've been looking around for an all-purpose utility/multi-tool, and the choice that was available at the time was Craftsman (Sears), Gerber, Leatherman or Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool. I chose the SwissTool simply because I was familiar with their quality. I use to have three Swiss Army Classic's. Two were sacrificed at the airport and one at court for jury duty.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool came in one of those hermetically sealed indestructible impenetrable unopenable plastic packages. I guess stores have to have that to protect the product and its package. The only easy and safe way to open this type of package is with heavy duty kitchen shears (the type used for cutting poultry). Other than trying to open a sealed plastic package, I really don't have anything else against it (the package). I would prefer to buy a product in this type of package than in a previously opened box (who knows what might be missing).

Features and Specifications
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Features:

• 1 - Pliers
• 2 - Screwdriver (2mm)
• 3 - Screwdriver (3mm)
• 4 - Wire cutter (for wire up to a hardness of 40 hrc)
• 5 - Screwdriver (5mm)
• 6 - Bottle opener
• 7 - Screwdriver (7.5 mm)
• 8 - Large blade
• 9 - Serrated blade
• 10 - Metal file
• 11 - Metal saw
• 12 - Wood saw
• 13 - Reamer
• 14 - Phillips screwdriver
• 15 - Chisel/scraper
• 16 - Strong crate opener
• 17 - Wire bender
• 18 - Wire stripper
• 19 - Wire scraper
• 20 - Wire crimper
• 21 - Can opener
• 22 - Ruler (230mm)
• 23 - Ruler (9 inches)
• 24 - Hard wire cutter
• 25 - Lanyard hole
• 26 - Easy kickback springs
• 27 - Lock release

• Stainless steel
• Nylon belt pouch
• SwissTool Manual
• Life time warranty

Specifications:

• Weight: 9.9 oz. (280 gram)
• Length: 4 1/2" (115 mm)
• Width: 1 5/16" (34 mm)
• Thickness: 9/16" (15 mm)

Using the SwissTool
When using the SwissTool for the first time, I noticed a fine to heavy oil coating on the handle and on all of the tools. I immediately wiped off all the oil with a damp rag using dishwater soap and rinsed in hot water. Who knows if I'll be using the knife blade (or other tools) on food. When completely dried, I applied a drop of mineral oil (non-toxic) at all the moving joints. That was back in the year 2002.

Multi-tools, such as this SwissTool, are very useful around the house, work, field, biking, camping and fishing. Minor/quick/simple repairs around the house such as replacing fixtures, repairing appliances, furniture's, electrical work, just to name a few, a multi-tool is very handy and convenient. I do have a tool chest full of tools, but at times I do not want to dig through the tool chest, especially when I have this tool readily available. At work, I've used it to open and repair computers, printers, open boxes, etc. Out in the field, bicycling, camping or fishing, where you don't have access to a lot of tools, the SwissTool, or any multi-tool, is almost a necessity.

I've used most of the tools on the SwissTool except for three. The metal file (#10), metal saw (#11) and the wood saw (#12). Simply because the projects requiring such tools demanded proper tools that I already had available. However I like to believe that they may become useful, someday.

Conclusion
The Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool is large, heavy and expensive. It's stainless steel construction is very solid and the quality of this type of tool is probably one of the best. When applying heavy torque to screws, removing bolts/nuts, cutting/twisting/un-twisting wires, removing nails and prying open paint cans, the handle is solid. No flexing or twisting.

The SwissTool will not replace tools that are dedicated for specific tasks but, when those tools are not readily available, the SwissTool will come to the rescue.

I've had this tool for several years now and it's showing very little signs of wear. Most of the pictures on this page are fairly recent.

:-)

Gary Kawamura
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