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Thread: SAK: Tinker vs Super Tinker vs Soldier?

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    SAK: Tinker vs Super Tinker vs Soldier?


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    Which one is more useful as an urban EDC?

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    I like the regular Tinker, never really use the scissors and hook of the Super Tinker, but I do use the philips head screwdriver that the Soldier doesn't have (but the Tinker does).

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    I EDC a Huntsman, stopped carrying a SAK with Phillips driver when I got my Leatherman, stopped carrying a SAK with file when I decided to carry a separate file because I would wear them down fast and a real file last longer.

    That being said, to answer your question Iīd say that from the ones you mention the Super Tinker is more useful because it has more tools, but you donīt always carry all your tools, you have to make a compromise between usefulness and portability, thatīs for you to decide.

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    The one I own is the Super Tinker. I find too many uses for both the Phillips driver and the scissors to be happy doing without.

    I do wonder if anyone really uses the hook... I think I've used SAK hooks maybe twice in thirty years.

    --Bob Q

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    I own both and the super tinker is the one that gets carried. I am always using the scissors and I even use the hook to pull things that don't want to come loose by hand.

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    I have carried a Tinker for a while and it is a great knife, not to say that the Soldier isn't also a favorite of mine. The Soldier will never show wear, plus is just as, if not even more strong than a Tinker/Super T. I do like the SAK scissors but I also carry a Squirt S4 so I don't need them.
    Matt

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    Keep in mind that the screwdriver tip of the can opener will also fit in #1 and #2 phillips.

    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWork
    Keep in mind that the screwdriver tip of the can opener will also fit in #1 and #2 phillips.

    Paul
    Interesting, I hope not to highjack the thread, I was actually carrying my Tinker on Christmas day and was asked to open the battery compartment in a toy for my niece, it had a small Phillips screw (#0?) and the Tinkerīs Phillips driver didnīt fit, but the tip of the can opener did just fine.

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    Deluxe Tinker! Phillips, scissors and pliers among the other tools.

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    What do you need it to do? How are you going to carry it? Some knives purchased as EDCs often turn out to be too big for the intended method of carry and so are left behind.

    I'd go for a Soldier or even a Spartan if I was going to carry the knife my pocket. Moving to a belt pouch I'd go for the Super Tinker if limited to the knives you have listed.

    If you list out your requirements determining the correct knife is a lot more straightforward.

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    I'll check out the knives in person. Thanks!

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    I've only the Tinker, but I want to "upgrade" to the Super Tinker.

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    Personally I would prefer the Soldier. It can do everything the Tinker can in a smaller and better looking package. The Super Tinker can do more maybe, but I find I don't have much use for scissors or a hook in my EDC.

    That said, handling them in person is a smart idea.
    -Kevin

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    My edc is a tinker or soldier. I rotate them both, but i've been using the soldier more and more. I like the extra strengh of the soldier, and the small screwdriver on the can opener does a good job on phillips. For larger phillips I use the inside corner of the large screw driver to loosen, then use the can opener.

    Soldier- compact, versitile, sturdy.

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    My EDC SAK is the Alox farmer if I am in the woods, a soldier if in town. I also carry a Squirt P4 and a SAK minichamp. Around the house and property a Swisstool and delux tinker are quite useful. In my laptop case is a cybertool 41. Ok, Ok, I am a SAKaholic.

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    I'm liking my new FieldMaster except I should have gotten a black one. It's a Super Tinker with a saw. It's only drawback is that it's a tad bit thicker than my Super Tinker. Not bad though.

    oily

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    If you do decide on the Tinker model, be aware that you can also get it in a 3.25" model. It is usually listed as the Small Tinker. It has the same tool set as the 3.5" model, but is slightly smaller, the same size as a Recruit.

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    Ok, I just found my new reccomendation: a Spartan Lite! I just looked at one and I love it, best EDC SAK yet (for me anyway). I'm definately going to get one to carry with my Charge ti (which doesn't have a Light, an awl, a corkscrew, or a long philips)

    Has:
    1. Large blade
    2. Small blade
    3. LED Light
    4. Can opener/screwdriver
    5. Bottle opener/screwdriver
    6. long Philips screwdriver (not on the back though, folds out of the same side as the knife)
    7. awl
    8. corkscrew with glasses screwdriver

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    Got a light on my keychain. My ideal SAK:
    I only need one blade
    Can Opener
    Bottle Opener
    Phillips screwdriver, optional
    the mini screwdriver is REALLY useful
    Scissors

    Right now I'm looking at the "Compact Knife" on NGK. It also has a pen, but I don't know where to get refills for it

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    The Compact is a great urban EDC. I keep one in my travel bag.
    You can get refills at www.swiss-knife.com or you should be able to get them through a Victorinox dealer.
    BTW, the pointed tip of the combo tool works well on phillips.

    Paul

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