Do you keep SAK spares?

22-rimfire

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I do on the ones that I use a lot or depend on. I have enough SAKs that picking up a non-favorite or former favorite for a week's use wouldn't be a problem while I endeavor to replace a lost or broken SAK, but I like what I like so I keep a few spares of my favorites.

There really isn't any other knife I intentionally keep a spare available in case of loss.

What about you? Are SAKs different in terms of keeping spares? Is it a cost thing (at least many models)? Low cost, so why not keep a spare?
 
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I do collect SAK, so I tend to have a lot of variation(color/vintage) of the same model; but for certain models that I do like, I too do collect 'spares' for the exact same knife.
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I used to keep a supply of Tinkers and Super Tinkers around as giveaways, and I did.. now if someone needs a knife I just buy one for them.
 
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Yes, I have backups for my Tinker and Deluxe Tinker as well as a vintage Wenger Tradesman (that I don't carry - part of 60+ SAK collection).
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Never understood the buying of "back-ups, spares" etc!! :rolleyes:Been in this knife game for 45 plus yrs and never have I bought such.. IDK..o_O Maybe its just me..:p So to answer the OPs question.. NO... ;)
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No - the only knives that I buy spares or backups for are knives that are personal favorite knives that I am afraid might be discontinued or otherwise unavailable in the future. So I buy one in case mine gets lost or damaged and I can't replace it. I used to think I would just wait and grab an "extra" if/when a knife on my list got discontinued, but I learned the hard way that keeping track of what knives are being discontinued and trying to buy them at the last minute is a sucker bet.
 
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When I found out my favorite model the executive was discontinued I did by a spare. I'll probably never need it now that I have it but it gives me peace of mind.
 

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Well I have about 4 classics, but to me a Vic is a pocket knife like anything else and a Vic is not always the pocket knife I'm carrying so I don't really need multiples or spares.
 

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I had a spare small tinker that went into use when I broke my first one (bought it used so I didn't feel right using the warranty). It's back in my pocket daily now since my old man left my pioneer sitting in the pony motor compartment of our bucket truck last week and it disappeared somewhere between where we were and where we wound up. I'm now due for a new spare. For me it isn't so much cost or anything like that, but I use the tools so often and I hand my sak off to so many people if something needs fixing that I just know there's a chance of loss. I hate not having one in my pocket since my switch from Leatherman tools (that I always.haf spares.for as well), that a spare sak seems prudent.
 
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spares??!
the only spare i stock
is 6 pieces of the mini screwdriver acessory
oh! and, err.. not quite the entire sak unit of
any model though.
 

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I do collect SAK, so I tend to have a lot of variation(color/vintage) of the same model; but for certain models that I do like, I too do collect 'spares' for the exact same knife.
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I only buy spares of SAKs. I know the feeling of loosing or leaving a well used and depended on SAK somewhere. Just not worth going back for in many cases. I bought a number of the Vic side locking Adventurer when it was discontinued. (It was my daily carry for 15 years+.) How did I know it was discontinued? I was at the big knife store in Sevierville TN and wanted to buy a "spare". I almost always check out the Vic area when I visit the store. They told me they were no longer available and when that place tells me something like that, I notice. They pretty much carry every model available in the US in stock. So, I got home and started checking my usual knife dealers for availability.... found one place had them and I ordered three. Now that is a prepping spare approach! I later needed to use one of those after leaving it at a job site. I don't collect knives and have no interest in starting. That doesn't mean I don't have a pile of unused knives.

That's why I don't buy spares of modern knives. I know from experience that if I loose one I like, I can generally find another nearly equal one (but different) that I like in my stash. If I really miss the old one, I can usually order another. But in the mean time, I have a very satisfactory knife in my pocket that I like.
 

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I only buy spares of SAKs. I know the feeling of loosing or leaving a well used and depended on SAK somewhere. Just not worth going back for in many cases. I bought a number of the Vic side locking Adventurer when it was discontinued. (It was my daily carry for 15 years+.) How did I know it was discontinued? I was at the big knife store in Sevierville TN and wanted to buy a "spare". I almost always check out the Vic area when I visit the store. They told me they were no longer available and when that place tells me something like that, I notice. They pretty much carry every model available in the US in stock. So, I got home and started checking my usual knife dealers for availability.... found one place had them and I ordered three. Now that is a prepping spare approach! I later needed to use one of those after leaving it at a job site. I don't collect knives and have no interest in starting. That doesn't mean I don't have a pile of unused knives.

That's why I don't buy spares of modern knives. I know from experience that if I loose one I like, I can generally find another nearly equal one (but different) that I like in my stash. If I really miss the old one, I can usually order another. But in the mean time, I have a very satisfactory knife in my pocket that I like.

I think what's pretty cool about SAK is the great variety of length and tool combination, it is almost like finding a 'semi-custom' to suit your daily need. And once people get used to carrying a particular model for years, I can totally see the possibility to stock up in case it get discontinued. I too did stock up a few 111mm plain edge OHO trekker when it was discontinued. That's my favorite 111mm model, and just can't understand why Victorinox would discontinue that indeed of the serrated model.
 

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I used to keep a handful of new Classics around the house that I would give to family and friends, but it got to the point that people expected me to give them a new one whenever they thought they needed it.
I later found out my wife’s brother was just tossing them when they got dull (geez dude, they’re so easy to sharpen:rolleyes:), and somehow my daughters kept losing the alox models I was giving them, so I quit buying multiples. I did buy an alox mini champ for myself, and only have one classic I picked up at Wally world, so as far as I’m concerned, the supply has dried up. No more freebies folks, they’re readily available...buy your own.

For 10 years now my favorite models have been alox, and I’m yet to wear one out, so unless I want a different color I don’t feel the need to buy more than one of them.
 

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I used to keep a handful of new Classics around the house that I would give to family and friends, but it got to the point that people expected me to give them a new one whenever they thought they needed it.
I later found out my wife’s brother was just tossing them when they got dull (geez dude, they’re so easy to sharpen:rolleyes:), and somehow my daughters kept losing the alox models I was giving them, so I quit buying multiples. I did buy an alox mini champ for myself, and only have one classic I picked up at Wally world, so as far as I’m concerned, the supply has dried up. No more freebies folks, they’re readily available...buy your own.
Human nature.... people frequently don't value something that is sort of provided when they feel like it or maybe when ever they're at your house.... must be cheap if he just hands them out like candy. Hence, I very seldomly give knives to anyone unless I feel they will really like the knife and use it. So yeah, buy your own.

One Christmas I gave proof silver dollars with each nephew/niece's birth year. Thought that was kind of cool. But their first question was... what's it worth? No more. They didn't care that it was their birth year. They were just money.

Another year I gave a knife to my one nephew who was 8. It was a Frost knife. At first he thought it pretty cool until Dad goes... Oh, a "Frost"..... like I am going to give an 8 year old kid a $200-$300 knife.....
 
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I have two spare Vic Waiters in case I lose the one I carry every day.

I lost the one I had carried for years in a rental car, and after that I looked around for a couple vintage replacements just in case I lose another one.

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