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Does Anybody Make a High Quality SAK?

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by Lenny, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. Lenny


    Oct 15, 1998
    Looking for something simple, with basic tools, but with premium steel for the main blade, nice handle options, brass liners, etc. Basically looking for a GEC SAK.
    Thanks all.

    BITEME Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    All SAKs are high quality imho,but a company from Japan does make a sak like knife with a zdp189 main blade,not sure the name,the one I have though lacks the high quality that a SAK has the rest of the tools are just so so.
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  3. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    BADBB35E-563D-4628-8326-1488CD0C4A95.jpeg The knife mentioned above is a G-SAKAI Fieldman Trekking Knife. It is the 91mm size. Only the main blade is ZDP-189. Handle offerings are wood and plastic.
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  4. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2015
    Yeah Victorinox SAK are great.
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  5. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
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  6. Lenny


    Oct 15, 1998
    Well, in the mean time, I purchased an Explorer.
    I can really live without the magnifying glass and small blade, but I gotta have the real Phillips head screwdriver on the end. It's a very nice thing to have. I debated going minimalist again and getting another Soldier, but they don't make them any more. The next best thing is the Pioneer. Love the Alox scales and slimness of it. But, in the end, I opted for the Phillips on the end. That G-SAKAI is nice though!
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  7. Pr3inar


    Oct 17, 2015
    The Explorer is a great one!
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  8. Lenny


    Oct 15, 1998
    For the life of me I just don't understand why Victorinox doesn't make more SAK's with the Phillips Head on the end. Seems like a no brainer to me.
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  9. jackknife


    Oct 2, 2004
    Maybe because the small screw driver on the end of the can opener is such a fine Phillips driver, it isn't really needed?

    I've been using SAK's since 1969, and the can opener end has always been my go-to Phillips tool. Works great.
  10. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    The problem with a single Phillips bit is fitting the cross recess. Phillips bits come in 8 standard sizes: 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, 00, 000, and 0000. The fit problem is even more complicated for slotted bits. I carry a clam shell coin purse with the 1/4” hex drive bits that I think I will need and a sawed off ignition wrench. 4EB631A8-9E87-4FEA-BE08-FF8589961CC7.jpeg 42678C79-87C4-4D7B-9DFA-7348B3438B87.jpeg 243C41F3-9002-4E48-A88D-84A348A2E6C9.jpeg
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  11. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
  12. mnblade


    Feb 7, 2000
    Victorinox makes a high quality SAK (duh).

    But you might also check out the new Clipitool from Spyderco.
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  13. Pr3inar


    Oct 17, 2015
    As allready mentioned: Victorinox makes (several) high quality SAKs.

    Böker Tech-tools are another option, if you want g-10 orcarbon fibre handles and Sandvik steel main blade.
  14. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
  15. PoorUserName


    Aug 28, 2017
    Swiza knife blades are made from 440C, I was going to buy one myself but i cannot find one without a blade block so i can carry it in the UK

  16. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    I recommend the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Pocket Tool. I would like one, but they aren't sold in the USA and they rarely turn up on auction sites.


    According to SAKwiki

    I would enjoy telling ignorant Yanks that DofE is the Duke of Earl.

  17. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    Why do you "need" a "premium steel"?
    Whatever the standard steel it is that Victorinox uses, it does the job admirably, and it is easy to maintain the edge.

    For a SAK with a premium/fancy blade, get the Damascus blade model shown in post 11.
  18. PoorUserName


    Aug 28, 2017
    I read that Victorinox uses a variation of 1.4116 in their SAK blades.
  19. Shotgun

    Shotgun Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2006
    I too would like a sak with a blade that held its edge longer. That would be killer. It would give my spydies a run for their money.

    Just FYI. The flat head screwdriver has a distal taper. You can use the bottom corner of it on philips screws. Not ideal but it works. My preference is the electrician. I don’t miss the philips.
  20. James Y

    James Y

    Feb 18, 1999
    According to The Swiss Army Knife Owner's Manual, by Michael M. Young, the steel in Victorinox SAKs is "Chrome-moly stainless steel, type X-50, and the knife blades are hardened to Rockwell 56. The steel for the wood wpsaw, scissors and nail file is RC53. The screwdrivers, can opener and reamer is RC 52. The corkscrew and main springs are at RC 49." (I shortened the paragraph considerably).


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