The Swiss Army Knife is one of the most prolific knives of the modern era. The knife can be seen virtually anywhere and everyone knows the look and design it offers. The Swiss Army Knife acquired this name after world war 2 ad the German name “Offiziermesser” was a little too hard to pronounce and subsequently the name has stuck.
Victorinox and Wenger are the two official producers of the knife and the contract for producing the knife was split between the two brands. However, Victorinox acquired Wenger in 2005, making the knife exclusive to the Victorinox brand.
Generally considered a multi-tool, the Swiss knife has many uses and features many different tools that could simplify your life a little more. The knife is rather durable and can be a close rival to it’s US counterpart, the Leatherman. Due to its versatility, the knife has become a common staple for many people to carry along with them.
Features of the Swiss Army Knife:
Brass and aluminum alloy are the 2 most common materials used for these knives. They hold all the different pieces together to ensure the knife is functions. The Swiss Army Knife is available in multiple different sizes. These generally range from 2.2-inches to 4.4-inches in some of the larger models, making it perfect for all users.
Nickel-silver was the first material used for the separators. However, this became a little too heavy and the knives and also came to be a little more expensive. Martensitic stainless steel is the material used for the cutting blades. This makes the blades a little more durable and they are resistant to corrosion at the same time.
Colors of the knife have also evolved over time, making the knife a little different to each user. With many limited editions also available on the market, the knife can easily be found for anyone looking for any specific style. The blades have also been heat-treated and this makes it perfect for cutting through tough materials.
Different tools on the Swiss army knife and their uses:
The standard Swiss Army Knife consists of 33 different tools and these tools are all designed to be functional and easy for the user. Each of these tools adds a new dimension to the knife and this makes the knife a little more functional. Here is a small breakdown of each of the tools and what they can be used for:
Every Swiss knife comes with a large knife included and these knives will all be a little different in terms of size. The knives can be around 58mm and this makes them perfect for cutting and slicing.
Most common use: Opening envelopes of your beer bottle can easily be done with this longer blade. It can also be used for cutting and slicing through things.
The smaller blade features a similar design to the large blade, but it is only around 36mm in size. If you need to cut something that requires a little more finesse, this will be the perfect blade to use.
Most common use: Opening something delicate like a tetra pack and maybe cutting through smaller pieces of paper with some finesse.
The can opener is one of the most common tools and it is extremely functional. The tool is easy to use and quite durable and will help you when you have some troubles with stubborn cans without an electric opener.
Most common use: This is one of the tools used in the war by soldiers and made is much more possible for them to open cans. Simply put the blade into the opener and slice around the rim until open.
CorkscrewThe corkscrew is one of the modern features introduced to the Swiss Army knife and it is generally added to help uncork wine bottles.
Most common use: Opening wine bottles and helping yourself to get out of knots if needed. This is one of the most functional tools.
Bottle OpenerThe bottle opener is self-explanatory and it is simply a hook with a metal point that will help you live the cap off the bottle.
Most common use: Opening drinks and beers can be a real breeze with the bottle opener fixed into your Multi-tool knife.
Small ScrewdriverThis screw drive is really small and features a flat point of roughly 3mm. It is found at the tip of the can opener and enables you to get through smaller screws with ease.
Most common use: Simple and effective way to tighten and loosen any screws that you might encounter.
ScrewdriverThis one is much similar to the small screwdriver and instead of being built into the can opener; it is built into the bottle opener. This makes it easy tor opening different screws with both of them. The longer screwdriver is roughly 6mm.
Most common use: Tightening and loosening different screws with much more ease and simplicity for you as the user.
Wire stripperThis is one of the tools that many people often never see and it is built into the bottle opener to act as a wire stripper.
Most common use: Stripping wires on the fly when you don’t have all the required tools with you.
ReamerThis is a pointy tool that is not really used, but it is extremely durable and can easily be used for making holes.
Most common use: Making different hole sizes into wooden objects.
Key RingWhile this is designed as a pocket knife to slide into your pockets, it can also be attached to a key if needed. The key ring makes it possible to add to your keys if you don’t like the pocket carry.
Most common use: Being attached to your keys when moving
TweezersThis small and nifty tool is perfect for picking up smaller objects that might be too small for your hands to see. It also handles the things with a little more care.
Most common use: Removing splinters from your hands
ToothpickThis is a thin and longer tool that can be used for removing anything stuck between your teeth.
Most common use: Removing things between your teeth
ScissorsWhen you think of the Swiss Army Knife this is the tool that comes to mind first. The tool is one of the best tools for adding functionality to your needs.
Most common use: Making it much easier to cut anything that needs to be cut
Multi-purpose hookThis tool is not found in all Swiss Army Knives. However, it functional and can hold a weight of up to 200-pounds in many cases.
Most common use: Carrying bags and heavy things that might strangle your hands
Wood SawThis is the ideal serrated blade that helps those in the woodworking industry. However, the blade is rather small and does take some time to get through the wood.
Most common use: Sawing through wooden pieces and items
Fish ScalerThe fish scaler is one of the first scales that we find and it is ideal for scaling fish. However, it does have limited uses apart from this.
Most common use: Scaling fish and carving a pumpkin if needed
Hook disgorgerThis is another handy tool for the avid angler and it is found at the tip of the fish scaler. This tool is also mainly used for fishing purposes and does not offer any more uses.
Most common use: Removing hooks safely from a fish
RulerMost rulers are generally designed to measure in the imperial system. However, in Europe, some of them are also designed for measuring in the metric system.
Most common use: Measuring the length of any given thing
Nail fileThis is a longer piece of steel with a rough side, but it does not have any blades as you would expect to find in a knife.
Most common use: Keeping your nails in check
Metal fileThis tool links to the nail file and it is found on the other side. It is a little more rugged and used for metal splinters and filing pieces to make them a little more smooth and safer.
Most common use: Filing metal pieces to make them smoother
Nail cleanerThis piece is found at the tip of the nail file and is one of the most self-explanatory tools of the kit.
Most common use: Cleaning your nails
Metal sawThe metal saw is one of the tools uses for cutting through metal, but just like the wooden saw, it does take a long time
Most common use: Cutting through metal
Fine ScrewdriverThis screwdriver is one of the handiest parts of the SAK and it is around 2,5mm.
Most common use: Finer screws that might be somewhat smaller than the normal screws
PliersThis is a new tool that was introduced in 1985 and it is has become an advanced part of the SAK. It works exactly the same as the scissors.
Most common use: The same use as the scissors essentially
Wood ChiselThis chisel is functional for doing woodwork on a different level.
Most common use: Carving out wooden objects and holes into wood
Wire cuttersThe wire cutters are much more modern and they are found inside the pliers. The knives without the pliers will not have the wire cutters included.
Most common use: Cutting through delicate wires when needed
Wire crimpersThis tool is also found in the pliers and it can also be used for crimping wires. Also, keep in mind that tool is not included in the older models.
Most common use: To easily crimp wires on the go when you don’t have all the tools on hand.
Phillips screwdriverThis is one of the dedicated screwdrivers to the Phillips brand and can often be used for electrical purposes
Most common use: Tightening and loosening different screws on the go
Magnifying glassA small glass on the end of one of the tools that are ideal for zooming in on things that you find. It is perfect for finding splinters in your feet or hands.
Most common use: Enlarging smaller objects to make them easier to see
Ball Point PenThis tool is also one of the modern additions to the Swiss Army Knife and it is designed for those who need to write when needed.
Most common use: Writing on a piece of paper, but not available in every model of the SAK
Straight Pin:The perfect pin that is rather small and can be used for multiple smaller tasks. However, be careful not to lose it.
Most common use: Pressing smaller buttons and even removing splinters from time to time
Mini ScrewdriverThe perfect screwdriver for reaching your electronics. It is carried inside the corkscrew and can be really easy to use.
Most common use: Electronic purposes and reaching the finer screws that the larger ones cannot find
Sewing EyeThe Sewing Eye is quite self-explanatory and this metal piece is included for sewing purposes whenever you need it.
Most common use: Sewing whenever needed
Other Things You Can Do With The Swiss Army Knife And All Of These Tools:
These are not the only things that the Swiss Army Knife can be used for and we have a couple more things that you can use this knife for. If you really love the outdoors, this will be the perfect knife to have with you and here are a couple more used of the SAK that you should keep in mind if you have one:
Starting a fire:
While the knife does not include a steel and a flint, the knife can be used for starting a fire. If you are in the sun and you have some dry grass, the magnifying glass can be used for starting a fire if needed. However, this does take a little time to master and you will need to have some patience to do so.
Build a stove:
When trapped in the wilderness, you might need to build a fire stove outside. The Swiss army knife can be used for carving wood and even sawing through wooden pieces. While the stove might not look or work like a modern stove, it will definitely be functional for cooking with relative ease.
Construct a U-haul:
The U-Haul is the perfect piece of equipment that can be used for hauling along all of your equipment in the survival situation. With the combination of all these tools, you can easily craft one of these from wood. However, you still need to find the right quality wood to do so.
Sew a dovetail notch:
This is where the sewing pin is really handy and it can be used for sewing a dovetail notch. The needle can easily be used for this, but it does take some patience and practice to do so. Without experience, it might not work out the right way the first couple of times.
Clean your gun:
While it might not be easy to clean your rifles, it can be perfect for cleaning your smaller handguns, It might not be the best tool to use, but if you have gun cleaning cloth, you can get through the front. It can also be used for taking apart various items when needed.
The Swiss Army Knife is one of the most functional multi-tools that you can invest in. It might not look like the perfect survival knife, but all the tools are quite functional and will help you in survival situations. There are many different models, but each of them should offer you something to work with and this is why we recommend it.
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