why did most of us get an SAK in the first place? probably not for the knife. I have owned many over the years, both Victorinox and Wenger, and for me it's always come down to the *scissors*! I go with the Wenger because its scissor's spring is better. The Wenger's spring is integral to the tool and has never failed me. The spring on the Victorinox is that horrible little "spring thing" that invariably gets bent to unusability, or as is usually the case, falls out and is lost.
All the other tools I have liked equally on both products. Most recently, I got a phillips screwdriver in place of the corkscrew (not much of a wine drinker).
I carry a Victorinox, my daughter a Wenger. Neither of us would swap, so I guess both are pretty good
I've carried mine for many years with no problems at all - when (or if) it eventually needs replacing, I'll happily buy another. That's the important thing, isn't it?
I like Wenger, although Victorinox is a quality item. Wenger is more aggressive in their pricing. their knives, watches, etc. are almost always cheaper. Watch out Victorinox, remember Henry Ford. either way though I think they are both quality. the scissors issue, I do agree with though. Much better on the Wenger.
Something that I haven't seen mentioned yet, but I definitely consider an issue, given the primary importance of the tools on a SAK over the blades: the Wengers have a mechanism that locks the screwdriver tool in place when it's under pressure and if you've ever had one close while you're using it, you can appreciate this feature. Although it's usually not a life-threatening situation
it can be damn annoying. This combined with the superior spring design on the scissors and pliers causes me to give my vote in favor of the Wengers.
P.S: The blades on the Victorinox's are sharper out of the box in my experience, but hey, that's what sharpening stones are for
I have only owned Vics (my favs are the Champion and the Explorer -- oh and the Midnight Messenger) but I am impressed with Wenger's wider variety of tools. I have seen one that has a t-10 torx driver. Pretty sweet for some of us professional nerds out there. Victorinox seems much more conventional.
Not too put them down, they are great tools. I think their corkscrews are the best available anywhere. And their can openers can't be topped. And those thin, flat-ground blades slice like nobody's business. Still, locking tools, non-rounded screwdrivers, and one-hand opening blades are the areas I think Victorinox should concentrate on.
Haven't seen the scissor difference as I haven't played with any Wengers that have them. I love the Victorinox scissors, but those springs are a pain in the a$$. The Micra gets all the shearing tasks now, anyways...
Anyone ever tried the wrench tool on the Wengers? I am curious as to how well that works. ???