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Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« on: May 23, 2021, 12:16:51 am »
Has anyone used a Swiss Army Knife other than opening parcels or slicing cheese?
Today I MacGyver'd a brake bleed thing out of a coca cola bottle and some plastic tube for my brother's van after the slowing down peddle became a bit too spongy, and it worked.  I was quite impressed with myself for once, doesn't happen often.

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Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« on: May 23, 2021, 12:16:51 am »
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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2021, 01:01:55 am »
Funnily enough I've just today treated myself to a new, personalised Red Champ and leather case.

It's to replace the now totally seized up one I bought in Riyadh 30 years ago. If I'd been a bit more careful with it I would probably have got another 30 years out of it. The old one came in a leather case with an excellent mini Maglite torch, compass, sharpening stone and some other valuable safety essentials.   

I've used mine for all sorts of things. I've certainly used every tool though not always for what it was designed. A jeweller friend of mine made me a silver toothpick for the old Champ though that went missing some time ago. I will have to commission another.

My new one should just about see me out. Excellent value if it does.

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« Last Edit: May 23, 2021, 01:11:49 am by Mark Wright »

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2021, 01:55:07 am »
I used the scissors to cut out a wetsuit from a sheet of neoprene - sore fingers!
I also used the saw to cut a small branch and then whittled it to the right size to do a temporary repair to a diesel injector on a truck that I was hitching a ride with.
I bought it in 1973 and still use the awl for starting screw holes in timber but one blade is broken, the scissors only have one side and the red plastic is warped from being sat in my jacket on a radiator in the Hill Inn; it also scorched the jacket!
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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2021, 10:59:55 am »
Victorinox used to repair or replace their knives free of charge. Does anyone know if they still do this?

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2021, 11:25:54 am »
Victorinox used to repair or replace their knives free of charge. Does anyone know if they still do this?

I hadn't heard that one.

My seized up one was definitely through no fault whatsoever of Victorinox. That was definitely my fault. Buying a new one is the least I can do. The old one certainly won't be going in the bin. Like Dickie's, my old one still has a few tools that aren't totally seized so it will still get plenty of use. 

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2021, 12:42:13 pm »
Accidentally, I once left a Victorinox and a Leatherman in the bottom of a damp bag after a sea fishing trip. They were in there for several months before I discovered them. The Victorinox was totally seized, however with a good soaking and thorough clean up it was stubbornly brought back to life, like new in fact. The Leatherman was a different story it was so badly corroded it wasn't worth the effort, it was just a ball of rust. So, I wrote to Leatherman expressing my disappointment in the quality of the tool and grade of steel, specifically referencing how the Victorinox was practically unscathed. Leatherman sent me a brand new one, great customer service but I wouldn't spend my hard earned on one again.

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2021, 01:52:33 pm »
Leatherman sent me a brand new one, great customer service but I wouldn't spend my hard earned on one again.

The most used tool for me is without a doubt the pliers, and the cheapest Victorinox with those is £130, so it's a Leatherman for me!

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2021, 04:56:54 pm »
Leatherman sent me a brand new one, great customer service but I wouldn't spend my hard earned on one again.

The most used tool for me is without a doubt the pliers, and the cheapest Victorinox with those is £130, so it's a Leatherman for me!

The Deluxe Tinker has pliers and is only £45.00

https://www.victorinox.com/uk/en/Products/Swiss-Army-Knives/Medium-Pocket-Knives/Deluxe-Tinker/p/1.4723?gclid=CjwKCAjw-qeFBhAsEiwA2G7NlxTCtd9giK0UC9ouQ90JrtmYD1wdMLcDMo4jfLKBT1XJcEZ3cybDOBoCDa4QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2021, 05:53:34 pm »
I have used the awl on several occasions to dig thorns & splinters from my hands although it is starting to lose the point a bit now due to being used for making holes in other stuff as well.

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2021, 07:55:44 pm »
The most used tool for me is without a doubt the pliers, and the cheapest Victorinox with those is £130, so it's a Leatherman for me!

Agreed, the pliers are without doubt the most useful thing. On this basis, my multi-tool of choice was always a Gerber, as the pliers can be opened one handed with a quick flick.

https://www.gerber-store.co.uk/needlenose-mp600-multi-tool-stainless-steel?gclid=CjwKCAjw-qeFBhAsEiwA2G7Nl5bByQ8PA5y5RaLpYLFt4ozq6snbedPC5J5_cYz5mhFID4FKWbXvlBoCK28QAvD_BwE

Possibly not as tough as a Leatherman, but I used to have one on me, pretty much 24/7 and had no issues at all with it.

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2021, 08:27:05 pm »
I use gerber also have re sharpened the knife on mine a few times , only thing I have managed to break was the posi screwdriver I contacted them they asked for a picture which I sent , they immediately sent out a full replacement ! I actually cut the posi broken end of and using the bench grinder turned it into a stubby flathead so now I have 2 multi tools . :thumbsup:

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2021, 08:51:53 am »
I’ve got a utilikey.  The screwdrivers and bottle opener are good but the knife isn’t, to the extent that it’s easier to use the saw to cut a piece of string. But the whole device is the size and shape of a Yale key, so it’s sitting in my pocket with my keys all my waking hours, and demonstrates to me that a bad tool which is with you is more useful than a good tool sitting in a bag back in the car.

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2021, 09:17:52 am »
I have had a Victorinox huntsman for 20 years now. It's been on almost every trip away I've ever been on, and used a huge amount. It's looking slightly worse for wear these days, mainly due to repeatedly heating up the blade for cutting rope. I've lost the toothpick and the spring has gone from the scissors, but it's still virtually as functional as it was when I got it. The only thing that's barely been used is the multipurpose hook. Still not sure what I'd use it for. :shrug:

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2021, 09:46:07 am »


The only thing that's barely been used is the multipurpose hook. Still not sure what I'd use it for. :shrug:


For anyone asking "What's this for?" about ANYTHING on a Swiss army knife, regardless of which tool it is, the standard internationally recognised answer is always:


"Its for getting stones out of horse's hooves."

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2021, 10:02:00 am »


The only thing that's barely been used is the multipurpose hook. Still not sure what I'd use it for. :shrug:


For anyone asking "What's this for?" about ANYTHING on a Swiss army knife, regardless of which tool it is, the standard internationally recognised answer is always:


"Its for getting stones out of horse's hooves."

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The marlin spike was also traditionally used for this purpose in ww1 which is why it was on the utility tool also very good for knots .

Anyone who is struggling to sharpen their knife this is a brilliant tool I use it for every knife in the house  a few pushes your knife is sharper than new .

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2021, 10:55:12 am »
The Deluxe Tinker has pliers and is only £45.00

I stand corrected! I hadn't even considered that there might be pliers that fold away into the body of the tool in the traditional swiss army knife way - very cute.

That Gerber looks nice PeteHall - I've just snapped the screwdriver on my Leatherman so that might replace it.

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2021, 11:00:22 am »
The 'multipurpose hook' (??) is for carrying parcels tied with string. If anyone knows another use I would be happy to be enlightened.

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2021, 11:22:29 am »
Hook can also be used for opening ring pull tin cans.

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2021, 01:54:14 pm »
I bought a larger-bladed locking one, very simple with mostly just the main blade - at the time didn't need legal justification due to length or lock.
I must have had it hmmm.. 28 years? In all that time I have only once needed to suddenly whip it out in emergency and cut a rope (which was stuck and rock/boulders were raining down). But I have twice in my life lifted up a horse's hoof to check it, although both times there was no stone.. but there could have been. So despite never having owned a horse, the hoof thing still trumps any more macho uses.
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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2021, 03:30:42 pm »
I used to find that the most useful Leatherman tool was the cork-screw.

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2021, 04:13:35 pm »
I love my Swiss Champ. Had it for about 25 years now and have used just about everything although I still have to descale a fish.
Not sure which would be most used, maybe the ballpoint pen as evidenced by the fact it's empty now, the pin was more useful than you'd think, although sadly lost, and the magnifying glass is getting more use these days what with aging eyes.

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2021, 10:19:27 am »
I have an Alox bantam in my wallet most of the time. Yes, primarily I use it for opening Amazon deliveries, but also beer bottles, digging a splinter out (cant recommend this) and very lightweight screwdriving on occasion.

For some reason an Alox swiss army knife always reminds me of my Dad. He's not dead mind, in fact he is coming round later. But it still reminds me of him.

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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2021, 10:23:53 am »

For some reason an Alox swiss army knife always reminds me of my Dad. He's not dead mind, in fact he is coming round later.


 Haha brilliant! :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:
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Re: Uses of a Swiss Army Knife
« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2021, 08:48:42 pm »
Ive had the Victorinox Forester for almost 30 yrs and its always in my pocket when Im out in the countryside. Ive used the tweezers for picking off ticks, the toothpick for unfurling the malformed wings of newly emerged damselflies, the braddle/punch for tapping the sap from Birch trees, the blade for cutting sheets of onduline to make reptile refugea and in Slovenia it was the only tool myself and Henry Rockcliffe used to make fire using it to cut a bow/drill and hearth. It took bloody ages, but we won in the end.  And of course, Ive used the bottle opener and cork screw shit loads.

 

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