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Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by mtrunner, Nov 22, 2018.

  1. mtrunner


    Nov 14, 2005
    Picked up a Victorinox Compact mostly for the scissors...
    What do you use the multipurpose hook for.
    Looking for suggestions...
  2. Venice

    Venice Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2017
    This should be a good thread. Can't wait for suggestions. I only used it for the nail file but never could figure out a good use for it.
    mtrunner likes this.
  3. aztaco


    Jun 13, 2011
    Hook has been used for lifting hot items out of a campfire. Such as a pot. That's it for me.
  4. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    I use it for fishing wires our strings from it of tight spaces. The hook is one of those tools that when you need it, nothing else will do.
    Storm 8593 and dc50 like this.
  5. gadgetgeek


    May 19, 2007
    I've used it to add a handle when pulling thin cord, as a more gentle marlin spike, not thinking of anything else I've used it for at the moment. I've heard of others using it as a wire bending jig, and for getting a better grip on rig-pull tabs.
  6. jazzz


    Feb 1, 2009
    Kind of like a crochet hook whilst doing paracord stuff, or any string or rope stuff. Helps to pull a string through where you can’t get your finger through.
    Smaug likes this.
  7. mtrunner


    Nov 14, 2005
    Sounds like no great usefulness for the multipurpose hook...
    Love the knife anyway but would have been happier with a different tool than the hook!
    Scissors are super useful!
  8. znapschatz


    Jan 24, 2005
    Although I don't use mine very often, it does come in handy for occasional chores. In addition to the afore mentioned, I've used mine as an assist when carrying a bale of hay or wire bound newsprint. Especially when considering how little space it occupies, it's nice to have.
  9. Frailer

    Frailer Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2009
    As someone who has carried a Compact daily for a couple of decades, the most useful function of the hook is the nail file on the back.
    Venice likes this.
  10. gadgetgeek


    May 19, 2007
    My understanding is that when the hook was developed, twine wrapped parcels were still far more common in europe than they were in North America. The mystery hook is a bit of a legacy thing, sure it doesn't have a use for everyone, but at this point, I'd kinda feel like something was missing if it got taken away. Also, what would go in its place?
    A.L. and Smaug like this.
  11. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Okay, here’s a niche use:

    Taking gaiters off which clip onto your boot lace at the front, in sub-zero blizzard conditions. Yep, that was me in February. That hook was damn useful.
  12. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    A couple things:

    1. The only hook with a nail file on the back is that of the Compact.

    2. There doesn't seem to be a better back tool option for that spot. (It's got to be the right thickness)
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2018

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