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Swiss Army-minimum tools

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by jideta, Jun 14, 2020.

  1. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    Besides the main blade, what else do you absolutely need for EDC?
    I figure:
    can opener
    bottle opener/driver

    So I'm thinking Tinker...

    What says the mob?
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  2. jdk1

    jdk1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2010
    A Tinker is a great EDC. It’s mine! For woods use, the Farmer is best. I add a Sliver Gripper to it since I like to have tweezers when I’m around wood:D
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  3. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
    Cap lifter
    Can opener
    SCISSORS (give me my “Cadet X“ Victorinox)
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  4. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    Farmer would be good for I thought about the saw, but no Phillips.
    Still searching...
  5. Mako109

    Mako109 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Depends on your use cases otherwise it's difficult to recommend.

    I do a lot of outdoor activities. To me the main blade, wood saw, metal saw/file and awl are the most useful and essential tools on a SAK.

    My favorite is the old version of the Camper which has both wood saw and file. The new version omits the file. The current model that meets my minimum needs is the Ranger, but it does include a couple of things I can absolute do without such as the parcel hook.
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  6. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    I use the scissors on my Swisstool once every full moon.
    Maybe Super Tinker...
    The scissors is iconic!
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  7. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    I always have at least a Buck 110 on me. So the little classic lives in my watch pocket, and comes in handy a lot. Tooth pick, tweezers, tiny sharp blade, scissors. All great to have.
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  8. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    I edited to say EDC.
    The saw and file were musts on a camp knife.
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  9. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
    I use scissors regular enough to consider them a must have. Usually odd jobs like trimming a random mustache hair or cutting off a scratchy tag on my granddaughter’s shirt.
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  10. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    I agree the scissors are essential. Trimming a trout fly, the tag end of monofilament line, loose threads etc. The scissors are the reason I started carrying the classic, I’ve been surprised how often the other things come in handy.
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  11. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    I've decided that Victorinox needs a custom shop...
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  12. Pr3inar


    Oct 17, 2015
    The Explorer for me. Inline philips-driver, scissors, tweezes, thooth pick 2 blades and caplifter/flat driver are frequently used, along with the pinhead needle i keep in the scale.

    The magnifier, which I considered a curiosity at first, actually has been useful sometimes, for example in combinstion with the tweezers for splinter removal. The bottle opener and parcel hook are my least used tools, but the bottle opener has been used to lift up the drain cover plate in the shower and loosening knots. Parcel hook is the least used (can’t remember if I have used it for anything useful).
  13. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    That would be cool. Then I could get a Spartan with a file and pliers added.
  14. Rich S

    Rich S

    Sep 23, 2005
    Carried a Tinker for about 30+ years. Best SAK ever made.
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  15. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    I've flirted with the idea of just putting a Leatherman in my pocket and calling it done.
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  16. WhoseWoodsTheseAre


    Jun 4, 2020
    I never use the scissors.

    Cap lifter (mainly as a pry tool),
    Nail file,
    Toothpick (light duty pry tool).

    I like the Cadet..
  17. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    I never use a can opener. Bottle opener, yes.
    A most small Vics come with a nail file. It works pretty well on any un-hardened metal and I find it handy.
    • Cutting blade
    • small Philips
    • scissors
    • small flat head
    • bottle opener.
    • tweezers and toothpick
    • File
    If it were larger, the rambler would be about the minimum. But as-is, the blade is too small. I need the frame to be at least 3.3" for the blade to be useful. The cadet is almost there, but it only comes in Alox, so it has no toothpick or tweezers. And it lacks a philips blade.
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  18. Mako109

    Mako109 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Agreed. In the meantime, this be the man you seek: On Instagram @robertjlessard, see also www.sakmodder.com
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  19. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
    I only have one Lessard mod, but his work is fantastic. Highly recommended
  20. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    A couple blades and a couple drivers.

    I like the tinker but I'm going smaller most often lately and it's larger than I like, plus I do not like the position of the awl and Phillip's driver which isn't really needed when you can use the can opener just as well.

    I like the cadet, but if it had an awl in place of the nail file I'd like it even more.
    For my uses an inline awl is mandatory or it's really not useful for me.

    I don't use a cap lifter ever and would pay an extra $5 for any model if I could get it without the bottle opener cutout in the flat blade driver.

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