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Swiss Card vs. Victorinox Classic

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by TKM, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. TKM

    TKM

    252
    Nov 3, 2010
    I'd like to hear your preferences!

    I have carried both and can't still make up my mind. I carry one of these when I'm going somewhere any other knife would be confiscated.

    The Classic is cheaper, feels more like a "knife" but it loses the pen and doesn't fit in my wallet. Can open bottles with it ;)

    The Swiss Card can go pretty much everywhere with you, you get the pen and a pin, it's very discrete but feels more like a novelty.Drivers and cutting capabilities are barely useful.

    Which one do you prefer and why???
     
  2. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    I overwhelmingly go for the classic. To me and my life style, the card is not even in consideration. I love the classic, and hardly a day goes by that it is not used at least a couple times for something. It's such a usable tool that I made a small keychain leather sheath for it si all I have to do is grab the keyring and pull it up out of the sheath. With a swiss card in the wallet, I'd have to take out and open my wallet to access the knife or tools. To me, the card is almost in the same class as the tomo, something I look at and ask 'why?'.

    The classic gives me that just enough capability to deal with a wide variety of day to day problems. The SD tip on the nail file does a great job of dealing with small Phillips screws, and opens a cold beer as well, the knife blade is a great little cutter, and the scissors work well at their intended job. I've actually fixed things using just my classic and replacement parts for what is being repaired.

    But then like I said, I'm a huge fan of the classic.

    Carl.
     
  3. jacktrades_nbk

    jacktrades_nbk

    Feb 7, 2007
    Love the classic, have it on my keys, but didn't care much for the swiss card, which now lives in a car med/first aid kit.
     
  4. znapschatz

    znapschatz

    Jan 24, 2005
    Between the two, I'd go for the Classic. What I carry is a Rambler, which adds a dandy small magnetized ph head screwdriver and much better bottle opener for only a trivial increase in thickness. There are a whole range of 58 mm Vics you might wish to investigate that pack on more implements. Maybe among you will find the right balance for your purposes.
     
  5. Carloxicus

    Carloxicus

    175
    Oct 3, 2011
    Classic here as well. I think the card takes up too much space actually. Although like the poster above, I carry the Rambler.
     
  6. BoxANT

    BoxANT

    Mar 23, 2008
    Ditto ;) Should really check out the Rambler or the Manager (get your pen instead of toothpick)
     
  7. TKM

    TKM

    252
    Nov 3, 2010
    Thanks guys!

    I haven't thought of the Rambler, Is there a significative difference in thickness compared to the Classic?
     
  8. BoxANT

    BoxANT

    Mar 23, 2008
    It is very minor, I would not call it significant (unless you are comparing the Alox Classic vs Rambler).
     
  9. znapschatz

    znapschatz

    Jan 24, 2005
    Put it this way; anyone who thinks the difference significant is really too sensitive for this rough and tumble world. Really "Princess and the Pea" territory :rolleyes: .
     
  10. Mud Shrimp Moe

    Mud Shrimp Moe

    644
    Nov 6, 2011
    Well, call me Princess and the Pea then, but I can feel the difference between the Rambler and the Classic. I carry a Rambler now on my keys, but sometimes think of going back to the Classic.

    I find that small differences in weight and size really matter in knives. Before I buy a new model, I always check out YouTube reviews. But size differences that seem trivial visually can become nontrivial when the knife is in my hand.

    The Rambler is still "acceptable" for keychains, but is about as heavy as I want. I love the MiniChamp, for example, but consider it far too heavy for my keychain. And visually the MiniChamp is only slightly bigger than the Rambler.
     
  11. znapschatz

    znapschatz

    Jan 24, 2005
    P&P ( :D ),
    Although I certainly agree that small weight and size differences in pocket knives are important and that the Minichamp is over the line for keychain carry, those between the Classic and Rambler are closer to micro. In all fairness, I must report that I carry my Rambler in a jeans watch pocket rather than on a keychain, which might make a difference.
     
  12. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    My main love and preference for the classic over any other 58mm is the giveaway factor.

    For the addition of the one tool, a rambler is almost double the price of a classic. I can buy classic's at Walmart for 9.95, or at the local gun show much cheaper than that. A lady comes with a big box of TSA confiscations, and at least half the box is classic's. There's a few other SAK's, a few bantams, waiters a recruit here and there. But most of her knives are classics in unsharpened condition. She charges 5 dollars a piece, three for 3 dollars or five for 2 dollars each. These I make my give aways. When I run into someone who is need of a knife and using their house key to saw open a box, I hand them a classic. The other 58mm's are to pricy to do this. The classic is the Giddion's bible of pocket knives, or at least SAK's. Maybe this is why almost all the company logo SAK's we see are classics. At least a quarter of the TSA classics are some kind of company logo advertising knives. They are the most produced pocket knife on the planet.

    The classic is the gateway drug to Sakdom.:D

    Carl.
     
  13. znapschatz

    znapschatz

    Jan 24, 2005
    Around here, the price differential is much less. Where I got my Rambler, it cost $4 more than their $10 Classic, IMHO well worth it for the number of times I have used the magnetized #1 ph screwdriver and bottle opener. Maybe less is more, but if more is available for little or no extra cost in money or pocketability, why not go for it?


    I do the same! That's what Classics are for. As for me, I've moved on. That's what Ramblers are for :D .
     
  14. jacktrades_nbk

    jacktrades_nbk

    Feb 7, 2007
    Opened a beer last night with the classic nail file sd tip. Not very fast, but can do the job :D
     
  15. znapschatz

    znapschatz

    Jan 24, 2005
    But not as quick or elegant as the Rambler cap lifter.
    What? Wait for beer? I don't do that very well :D .

    WHAT DO YOU WANT?
    INSTANT GRATIFICATION!
    WHEN DO YOU WANT IT?
    NOW!
     
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2012
  16. TKM

    TKM

    252
    Nov 3, 2010
    Damn!!! I miss so much being able to buy knives at my local Wal Mart!

    Down here the Classic is 16 bucks, the Rambler is $23 and that's after searching around for a while!!!
     
  17. jacktrades_nbk

    jacktrades_nbk

    Feb 7, 2007
    You sure are right about that one.
     
  18. BoxANT

    BoxANT

    Mar 23, 2008
    [​IMG]

    Rambler in StayGlow, it's pretty cool.
     
  19. macdo

    macdo

    428
    Jan 20, 2006
    Thinking about the keychain and knife size discussion. Dawns on me that we probably carry different key collections. One of my friends has a bout half a pound of stuff on his. My EDC keyring has three keys on it, my car is old enough that it has a slim key with no electronics in it. An alox SD is fine in that company, a Midnight Manager feels a bit bulky. A Photon light makes up the set.
     
  20. skyhorse

    skyhorse

    Jan 30, 2010
    I got 2 stay glow classics so I can find the keys at night.:)
     

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