How can Victorinox do it?

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I just got one of the SAK craftsman's. I am just so suprised at the consisten quality of the SAKS. For as many diffrent tools this knife has, they all lockup solid and are just perfect. Compare this to Queen, I got one of there "President's knives" which are very expensive, the mother of pearl shield was cracked and the smaller second blade had ZERO snap at all. How can Victorinox have such consistent quality for such a reasonable price?

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Maybe because they sell way more of their knives than Queen does?
 

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I would think that the quality of the materials going into the knives also has something to do with it. SAK's are great, but they don't use the best of available materials by any stretch of the imagination.

The SAK is using 420 or maybe 440 steel, and plastic scales. The Queen has MOP and D2. I am sure that this factors in to things in a pretty big way too.
 
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I don't care how they do it....They are getting it done at prices an average person can afford. :cool:

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Just one of the reasons I love sak's so much. I like to travel, and I love carrying a knife that if it gets lost or damaged, I can replace it at the next town with a Walmart or sports store and the new one will be just as good as the last one. No matter where you get the sak the quality will be consistant.
 
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I guess the first world can indeed compete with the third world by making quality affordable stuff, they don´t have to go to the Orient (or Mexico) and they don´t have to make trash either.

Also, they don´t have to compete with Queen, their market is world wide. When I find a USA made knife in Mexico it will cost twice as much as in the U.S., and I have never seen a Queen over here, while SAKS are affordable and easy to find.

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They've been doing it for a LONG time.

Also, I think the workers have some pride in what they're doing. Not for anything, but here in America you're lucky if you receive your food order right 50% of the time at restaurants or if you can get your car fixed right the first time. I'd argue that incompetence is our biggest (and growing) problem in this country.

So, it's not surprising to see someone EXPECT a certain percentage of poor quality product because that's, generally, what we're used to.
 
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Westflorida said:
I just got one of the SAK craftsman's. I am just so suprised at the consisten quality of the SAKS. For as many diffrent tools this knife has, they all lockup solid and are just perfect. Compare this to Queen, I got one of there "President's knives" which are very expensive, the mother of pearl shield was cracked and the smaller second blade had ZERO snap at all. How can Victorinox have such consistent quality for such a reasonable price?

Thanks, Steve

My only gripe with Victorinox is they need to make more knives with the alox scales. And in color not just silver. I found a red alox one at a gun show It was the same as my soldier but the box said pioneer. The red alox rocks! I gave it to my dad for christmas. I haven't seen another one like it since.

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Westflorida said:
I just got one of the SAK craftsman's. I am just so suprised at the consisten quality of the SAKS. For as many diffrent tools this knife has, they all lockup solid and are just perfect. Compare this to Queen...
I've always been impressed by Victorinox quality. I've bought a bunch Victorinox SAKs (for myself and as gifts) and have always been pleased. One Soldier had some side to side play in the flat head screwdriver. That's my entire list of complaints from about 20 knives.
Queen is a poor one to compare anything to. I was ready to buy a couple of their D2 slipjoints, those small Stockmans in bone and cocobolo looked soooo sweet in online catalogs, but waited to see them in person. I've looked at them at two different places, maybe handled a dozen total. All had wobbly blades, none had well-fitted scales. Junk knives with high-end materials-you don't see that very often. After seeing them in person, I wouldn't pay shipping for a free one.
 

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Thanks for all the replies,

My post was more to do with the quality of the fit and finish, not neccesarily the materials. I realize Pearl, high quality steel etc, cost more. I have owned the victorinox knivs for about the past fifteen years and never had a problem with them. I was just wondering why with the high prices of certain knives they could not have at least the same high quality fit and finish of lesser priced knives?
 
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Praise...for SAK? I've always found them to be junk, and the tools are made of powdered steel. I've broken blades and tools. There's another brand, but I forget what. It's back home and I'm in college, so I can't check it. Anyways, they don't put tools in, but the blades are really really good.
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speedfan said:
Praise...for SAK? I've always found them to be junk, and the tools are made of powdered steel. I've broken blades and tools. There's another brand, but I forget what. It's back home and I'm in college, so I can't check it. Anyways, they don't put tools in, but the blades are really really good.
Richard

Can you tell us where you got your information from?

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PWork said:
Can you tell us where you got your information from?

Paul

About the tools being powdered steel? I've broken 3, and looking at a cross section I can tell.
Richard
 
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