Carrying a Swiss army knife for EDC

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by mg357, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I understand. I grew up with non-locking slip joints. Locks have never been important to me in general as I don't depend on them. I don't do any serious "fixing" with a SAK. I would use regular tools or perhaps my Vic Spirit or SOG Power Lock. The thin blade on SAKs is an asset, not a detriment. (corrected the spelling)

    Added: I find SAKs occasionally with broken blades. I have never broken a SAK blade in the 30 years I have been using them. I guess folks did some serious prying with their SAK to do this. The thick blades found on many modern knives are simply un-necessary and reduce the cutting efficiency beyond a quick slice.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2019
  2. Getting older

    Getting older

    Jan 3, 2016
    A broken blade on sak is a obvious testament to someone ignorant,use the screw driver blade.A not her example of laziness of today's society.It's amazing today that so many people do not possess the basic skills to make the most mundane repairs as tightening a loose screw, I don't get the throw away evrything, that's prevalent today.Many want to save the planet but can't a toilet seat,buy a sak and try
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  3. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Probably my oldest folder I've owned, a SAK Executive model;

    [​IMG]Untitled by GaryWGraley, on Flickr

  4. Daedric Panther

    Daedric Panther

    Apr 27, 2019
    Totally agree. Although I will add that the screwdriver blade on a SAK might not always be the best option either, especially on the 58mm models. I’ve snapped the nail file/screwdriver of a classic once. That’s when I decided to get one of those pry bars for my keys. $5 at Home Depot, works well enough as a screwdriver and best of all you can open beers with it.
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  5. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I have opened more than a few soft drink cans with the sak flat head screw driver blade. I have one of those little pry bars from the home centers also. At the time, I was thinking edc, but later decided it was not something I use very often, so it went into my tool bag that I keep in the house and moved to my vehicle on trips. I have a pretty full set of tools that I might use in my work vehicle and the need to pry something with a sak while working where a higher level of force might be applied simply doesn't happen. Pry bars in work vehicle range from small to large.
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  6. Daedric Panther

    Daedric Panther

    Apr 27, 2019
    With one of the 58mm keychain models? Mind if I ask how? I’ve tried various techniques but couldn’t find a way to open a bottle with my SAK classic. I mostly just use the bottom of a BIC
  7. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    I've done this so many times I can't count.

    Take the beer bottle in left hand and 58mm in right hand with SD tipped nail file out. Insert screw driver tip under the edge of the cap and twist gently. Do NOT PRY. Just a gentle twist. Do this and move a little around the circumference of the cap. By the time you get a third of the way around, the cap is now loose enough to pop off with a little thumb pressure. I've been doing this for years now with no ill effects on my classic. Takes about 10 seconds.

    Now that I carry an executive and the classic is retired, I use the same technique with the SD tip on the orange peeler. Works just fine.

    Edit to add; The metal used in crown type bottle caps is so soft, its not needed to carry a dedicated bottle opener. A teaspoon, Bic lighter, butter knife, small screw driver, table edge, other beer bottle, all work so well.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2019
  8. Daedric Panther

    Daedric Panther

    Apr 27, 2019
    Thanks!!! I’ll have to try that later today
  9. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I have never tried to open a soft drink or adult beverage can with a Classic or one in the 58mm size. I bought an alox classic mostly to really take a hard look at it's practicality in my life. However, my wife saw the knife and placed it on her key ring. Last I saw of it. ;) The smallest SAK I use is a Small Tinker. Of the smaller ones, the only thing smaller I might consider is the Executive model. But I'm quite content with the Small Tinker.
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  10. Daedric Panther

    Daedric Panther

    Apr 27, 2019
    Haha I don’t blame you, the Tinker is one of my favorite SAK patterns.

    I still have the tinker my father bought me when I joined Boy Scouts. Ah the places that knife has been :rolleyes:
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  11. Ourorboros


    Jan 23, 2017
    I seem to be one of the few who carries a Victorinox Money Clip. Basically a flattened, alox'ed Ambassador with a wide clip.
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  12. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    I thought I would miss the 84mm SAK's when I got the executive and tried the switch to downsize. It took me a while to finally go without the larger SAK walking our the the door in the mooring, but with he Victoriox quattro and P-38 in my wallet, that really eliminated one whole layer of the larger SAK. I haven't missed my cadet or recruit much at all. Most times I reach for my pocket knife, it's to cut something, and the executive gives me two knife blades, a third weird little serrated edge on the orange peeler, and scissors. If I need much screw driver or can opener, the P-38 or quattro is on hand.

    In the nine months I've been carrying the executive, I've got very used to it and now a 84mm feels big in my pocket. I didn't like the quattro at first, but on giving it a second chance, I feel different now about it. It's handles all screw driving just fine.
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  13. Ctarant

    Ctarant Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    I have lately been carrying the SAK Mountaineer and added the plus scales. This tool combines all the tools I use and need in a carry-able size. Do supplement with a Pioneer at times but really liking the Mountaineer.
    Last edited: May 4, 2019
  14. Ashana


    Apr 23, 2019
    So sharp and pointed! Ya, it can be easily carried everywhere.
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  15. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    Not everywhere. But they can be carried in many more places than concealed firearms. I also have TSA approved pocket tools, but don’t feel that they are safe from confiscation.
  16. scottyj


    Jan 29, 2009
    Bravo sir. Well spoken. :thumbsup:
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  17. supergnat


    Jun 27, 2015
    I've had a SAK in my pocket for the last 25+ years. Started with a Huntsman, dabbled with some other models (Tinker, Super Tinker, Compact, Wenger Traveler, Cadet, etc) but for the last several years I've carried the Explorer almost exclusively. Having the in-line phillips screwdriver and scissors in the same SAK is just way too useful to for any 2- or 3-layer SAK to compete with. The only tool I want that the Explorer is missing is the nail file. If I could swap the small blade for a nail file like the Cadet's. I would totally do it.
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  18. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    I carry a Pioneer X daily, when I have on my jeans, which is usually. If they would make the Cadet X I requested of them, I would carry that instead.
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  19. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    I'd still be on board with that if Victorinox would bring it out.:thumbsup:

    I'd be just as happy if they took the executive and did away with the silly orange peeler and put on a combo tool in it's place.

    "Hope springs eternal in the human breast." Alexander Pope.
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  20. JC972


    Mar 17, 2015
    I don't carry one daily but I keep a black Tinker on my gun rack and I carry it on trips or vacations in addition to whatever knife I'm carrying at the time. I've entertained the idea of putting a classic on my keyring but I try to keep my keys down to what I just have to have. Holidays and birthdays I make it a point to carry the Tinker. It makes blister packs open easily and toys zip tied to their box don't stand a chance. It's the one knife that I don't obsess over it's edge. Maybe it's a bad habit of mine with that knife? See, I got it used and cheap and the big blade had apparently been used to turn a really big screw because there's a bent spot in the blade about a 1/4" up into the blade from the edge so i sharpen it on a (get ready to cringe, people) carbide knife sharpener. I don't waste time with it on whet rocks because the edge won't touch the stone like it should. Couple swipes of the bent blade through this doo-hickey and it'll send more zip ties and blister packs to their deaths. I think that's one reason I like the thing, the bent blade and guilt free "sharpening" of how I use it. I'll cut whatever with it, even those plastic dipped metal twist tie things around some toys at kid's birthdays. Dull? 5 seconds on that carbide contraption and it'll almost shave hair again. I do have a nice Huntsman (?) my wife and daughter got me for Christmas before the other kids were born. I haven't carried it in 10 years because it was a gift and I don't want to lose it but I plan to one day.

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