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Man I love Swiss Army Knives. I've carried one with me for two-thirds of my life. I use one almost every day. For over twenty years I carried the Classic SD:
It's got a blade, scissors, a nail file (really a flathead screwdriver), tweezers, and a toothpick. It's on my keys. Though the blade is a critical tool, the scissors are what makes the magic happen.

A few months ago, though the power of idle Googling, I discovered SAKWiki. It's the motherlode of SAK geekery, and would be perfect if only there was a search engine for specific tools. While clicking on literally every single listing there I found:
Hello! Where have you been all my life? I met the Rambler, which is a Classic SD with the addition of a Phillips SD/bottle opener/wire stripper combo tool. I immediately made the change to the Rambler. After twenty years with the same knife in my pocket I could discern the extra heft, but in my high-intensity lifestyle bottles will be opened. I couldn't be happier with the switch, and the Phillips has been useful multiple times already.

After agonizing pointlessly about it, I also bought a One Handed Trekker:
I keep it on my dresser and use it as a mobile repair kit. It's a much larger knife, being 111mm as opposed to the 58mm of the knives above. The most important tools lock. The main blade is scary sharp.
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Down in my tackle box I have the fisherman's model (complete with fish scaler) and then I have another one with textured metal outsides. I think there's an outlet a couple of towns over...I should check it out sometime.
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Handy little suckers, aren't they?
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Stupid question, perhaps, but can a guy get a Swiss Army knife without a blade? I love how handy the things are, but bringing a knife to work isn't kosher these days.
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I know of this multi-tool with no knife: http://www.leatherman.com/product/Knifeless_Fuse.

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Being an old sailor, I've always carried a Schrade Marlin Spike Knife. Never know when I have to spice some line. (could happen)

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The French Army Knife:
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I've carried a SAK since I was old enough to be trusted with one. I've had various models and styles over the years, but the one I have now, the 91mm Tinker, is my favorite.



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I carry a leatherman wave most of the time.



At work I often find myself entering buildings where you can't carry an actual pocket knife and so I also carry this on my keys.



The eyeglasses screwdriver on the keychain tool is a lifesaver.
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I have carried the Classic SD for about 10 years. I love it.

I have not had a problem carrying it to work.

Not to get off topic or move this to RSP, but I do think it is funny that most places view a 12" Phillips screwdriver as a tool but a 2.5 blade as a weapon. You can do a whole lot more damage with that SD if you wanted to.
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I'm a big fan of my Leatherman. I've been using one of these for about 5 years, and it's served my really well. Blade, pliers, wire cutter, screwdriver with 4 bits, bottle opener/carabiner.

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I've carried different SAKs and multi-tools for most of my life, but didn't really geek out until I found the SAK with a built-in flash drive. That's now the one I carry with me everywhere.
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Won't leave home without mine. I wish I had one where the corkscrew is replaced with a phillips screwdriver, but ah well.

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FYI, there is a lightning deal for the next 2 hours on the swiss champion knife at amazon right now for 30.99. Not a bad deal:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009KF4GG/ref=gb1h_img_c-3...
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jonnylawless wrote:
FYI, there is a lightning deal for the next 2 hours on the swiss champion knife at amazon right now for 30.99. Not a bad deal:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009KF4GG/ref=gb1h_img_c-3...
I saved up may paperroute money to buy a Swiss Champ in the mid-1980s. I seem to remember it was about $70. It's a neat knife, but weighs about as much as a brick, and the heft makes some of the tools unwieldy to use. As such it's sat in my bowl-'o-crap that's on my dresser, and it sees use only once or twice a year. The glasses screwdriver is what is most used.
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I like the: Victorinox Signature Lite Pocket Knife

It is the basic small pocket knife, but adds a white LED light, and a pen:

http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Swiss-Signature-Pocket-Sapp...
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My walnut key. Take a pocket full of walnuts to snack on at work and this guy. Don't like to risk my regular keys on walnuts.
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I have the miniature one on my key chain. Always using it.
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Reprint wrote:
My walnut key. Take a pocket full of walnuts to snack on at work and this guy. Don't like to risk my regular keys on walnuts.
Can this one go on an airline?

For that matter, can anything?
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Several years ago my wife got me this Sharper Image set for Christmas:



I carry the multi-tool everywhere that I go in jeans, but I carry a smaller, lighter tool (see below) when I'm wearing slacks. I currently have the carabiner attached to a thumb drive that's plugged into my laptop. The little LED flashlight is sitting on my night stand.

My only complaint about the tool is that when it's in "pliers mode", the edges of the outer casing are painful on the palm and fingers when you squeeze it with even moderate pressure. I often pad my hand with my handkerchief when using the pliers.

Here's the smaller one:


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The Swiss are good with their tools and weapons. Look at this tank.

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Gola wrote:
Down in my tackle box I have the fisherman's model (complete with fish scaler) and then I have another one with textured metal outsides. I think there's an outlet a couple of towns over...I should check it out sometime.


I am sure there is an outlet right in your very room you could stick your SAK into, but I wouldn't recommend it.
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Why is is that the springy-thing on the scissors is always the first thing to go?
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AdrianPHague wrote:
Why is is that the springy-thing on the scissors is always the first thing to go?
I've never had that happen.
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I have multiple SAKs around the house and have owned one since 1972 when I was 8 years old. Presently I have 2 Champs, my wife carries around a black Champ and the one I have been using the most lately is this one:



It is the Cyber model. The little socket has multiple doublesided screwdriver bits including Torx.
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