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Try to Sell me an alox vic

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by Hickory n steel, May 16, 2017.

  1. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Over time the non Alox models always end up with the covers popping off on me and then I lose then before I can snap them back in.
     
  2. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
     
  3. Lapedog

    Lapedog

    Dec 7, 2016
    They should make more nylon ones
     
  4. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    Sorry, I left out a word. Why not an Alox handle?
     
  5. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
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    I can't detect any liners on this knife. There is a brass spacer between the saw and the main blade.
     
  6. yablanowitz

    yablanowitz

    Apr 14, 2006
    What does the tweezer rest against on the inside? Does it fit entirely into a pocket machined into the scale, or is the scale two piece, or does it rest against the combo tool? I suppose one could machine a pocket into an Alox scale to hold a tweezer and another for a toothpick, but it would be way beyond the skills of anyone I know.
     
  7. Mora2013

    Mora2013

    268
    Dec 1, 2013
    Positives of alox for me include the thinner profile and tougher material.

    Negatives of alox is the lack of toothpick, tweezers, and corkscrew.

    I always pair a classic or rambler with an alox - pioneer/cadet with classic/rambler is more comfortable than a 3 layer 91mm for me.
     
  8. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Definitely.
     
  9. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
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    It looks like the tweezers rest 1/2 on can opener and 1/2 on the back spring (on the non scale side). I am pretty sure the the maker has a programable milling machine.
     
  10. John Watson

    John Watson Gold Member Gold Member

    735
    Nov 29, 1998
    I really like the tooth pick, tweezers and often use a scissors so I carry a Classic on my key ring and that gives me all the options that I need so I am open to carry a larger knife that meets my other needs of the day, which often includes an Alox Vic.
     
  11. yablanowitz

    yablanowitz

    Apr 14, 2006
    That isn't an arrangement that I personally would find acceptable, but I think I've derailed this thread enough.

    All the variations have positives and negatives. The only person who can weigh their personal plusses and minuses and decide which is right for them is the one buying it. Is having a thicker, stronger blade a plus or a minus? Some people call it a plus. I'm not one of them, since I prefer thin blades. Everything is a trade off, so which is right is a personal choice.
     
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  12. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    This is the best solution!

    The little classic on a keyring, and a larger alox SAK in a pocket covers all the bases. My classic lets me go and carry a pioneer, Wenger SI, and still have tweezers and toothpick with scissors on hand.
     
  13. James Y

    James Y

    Feb 18, 1999
    Even though the Alox Pioneer's blades are thicker, the knife blade is still ground to a thin cutting edge. They cut just as well as the large blades on the cellidor models.

    I will mention that the Alox Cadet's blade is the same thickness as the cellidor Recruit's. Only on the Pioneer-sized SAKs are the blades thicker.

    Jim
     
  14. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    IMG_2087.jpg I wouldn't avoid the Alox models because of the lack of toothpick and tweezers. I don't like the SAK toothpick or tweezers. I like the Uncle Bill's Sliver Gripper and the T-Pik Stringless Dental Flosser. Bill's tweezers are much more precise, and they give you much more clamping force. I skinny up the tips a little bit. The T-Pik has a much finer tip, and it can push or pull stuck food.
    So now my only reason for avoiding the Alox models is the lack of a corkscrew. I have a fingernail file on my SAK Money Clip.
     
  15. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire

    Nov 20, 2005
    I just have to ask.... just how much time are you talking about? I have carried the same SAK for years without any cracking or scales popping off.

    Hickory... I'm pretty much with you. I'm pretty satisfied with cellidor (plastic) handled SAKs. But I have purchased some alox models like the Pioneer, classic, and the 90's soldier. Wife took the classic because it was "cute". She hasn't seen the limited edition Pioneer.

    That said, they aren't that expensive. Buy a couple and find out for yourself.
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2017
  16. BK14

    BK14

    82
    Sep 13, 2016
    This is a great question. I use and enjoy both types. I carry a celidor Champion Plus in a belt sheath almost everyday. I love the celidor, but hate how it loosens and scratches. I have two alox models, a Pioneer and Pioneer X. My Pioneer is one of my favorite knives. I feel like everyone should try a Cadet or Pioneer. They are so thin, classy, and tough. However, I neve carry the X. The extra layer kind of kills the big benefit of the alox for me. So I would say try one for sure, but stay away from more than two layers. Not that it gives you anything extra, detracts from usefulness even. But for their still relatively low cost, you owe it to yourself to try one!
     
  17. Gurdygurds

    Gurdygurds

    98
    Aug 10, 2013
    Alox is another world in my opinion. VERY solid and even though you have stainless blades, the colored scales get better looking the more wear they have. Scale patina if you will. ;) They're just great knives\tools that hold their own with other traditional style knives in the looks department. These two SAKs are becoming my most carried and used knives.
    [​IMG]image by Six Pound Cat, on Flickr
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2017
  18. mg357

    mg357

    238
    May 31, 2012
    Why not by them in pairs

    For example Recurit & famer

    Or Tinker & Cadet

    That way you will get to knives in one purchase.

    Then later you can buy the second pair later.
     
  19. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    I already own the tinker and recruit, and the nail tool on the cadet is a deal breaker.
    I find that if I want to file and clean my nails I also probably want to trim them so I carry a small set of clippers which have their own nail tool, and its of the better hooked variety tool.
    Maybe if it was literally just an alox recruit I'd want one , but it's not.
     
  20. numberthree

    numberthree

    Dec 14, 2000
    Thinner, tougher, stronger springs.
     

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