The most useful knife I own: Pioneer X

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by DocT, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. Sergeua


    May 1, 2016
    Is there sak with pliers available?
  2. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Yes. The Mechanic has a small set of pliers.

    I use mine sometimes when I am at work. The pliers are great when doing repair work on eyeglasses. Some repair screws have an extension beyond the threaded portion of the screw to help keep the temple hinge in proper alignment during assembly. I use the pliers to snap off the extension after the frames are assembled.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2019
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  3. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    I like my Explorer. I like SAK scissors and I find the magnifying glass handy.

    I still have never owned a SAK Alox knife. I don't need to spend more $ that I don't have.
  4. Earl1

    Earl1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 11, 2016
    Ive loomed at the compact several times. Gonna have to pick one up and try it out
  5. stevekolt

    stevekolt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2007
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  6. Daedric Panther

    Daedric Panther

    Apr 27, 2019
    The more I read this, the more I regret selling my Victorinox pioneer :(
  7. Xr6x

    Xr6x Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    Pm sent :thumbsup:
  8. Krav

    Krav Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 6, 2013
    I got a mechanic sak just so I can pull light nails and screws from drywall at work.
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  9. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    The Deluxe Tinker has pliers and scissors.
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  10. jackknife


    Oct 2, 2004
    That's the great thing about SAK's; they are easy and not that expensive to replace. :thumbsup:
    Wide availability and unbelievable consistency in manufacture means the next one will be just as good as the last one you had. :thumbsup:
  11. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I own several SAKs but the Farmer is my Huckleberry.
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  12. pinnah


    Jul 28, 2011
    There are knives and there are knives and there are scissors and there are scissors.

    I've gone back and forth from small knives to larger knives and have been carrying a knife in the Opinel 9 or Buck 110 range for years. That's my preference and may not be others.

    For scissors, the benefit of the Victorinox scissors is that they cut precisely rather well. The downside, as you note, is they are frail. A buddy of mine prefers the Wenger style for this reason.

    The other downside of the SAK scissors is that they can only cut thread and little stuff. Like you, I find the Micra scissors are infinitely more useful for my day to day tasks. Again, my preference which may not be shared by others. (For that matter, I find the Micra more durable all around than any Victorinox product I've owned).

    The downside of the Micra though is that scissors need to be maintained in order to cut cleanly along the full length of the blade. I've learned to adjust the cutting blades by bending them carefully to ensure a clean, consistent cut. It's like truing a wheel - it requires some feel. If tuned, they cut like lasers. If not tuned, they can't cut paper while SAK scissor almost always will.

    People who are able/willing to tune the Micra scissors would probably have a better experience with the Wenger scissors. Or the Victorinox scissors for a long as the spring works
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  13. BITEME

    BITEME Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    If your a minimalist tinkerer there is no way this isn't one of your top choices
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  14. chiral.grolim

    chiral.grolim Universal Kydex Sheath Extension

    Dec 2, 2008
    Some folk mentioned pocket-clips for SAKs, thought this might be a good spot to plug my pocket-clipped alox models:

    Pioneer X with a pocket-clip:

    I have a batch of clipped models that I need to take photos of to upload for sale, but you can email or PM me if this is something you might be interested in.... if the only thing keeping you from carrying an SAK is the lack of a pocket-clip, this is one solution until they start offering something from the factory.
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  15. Wardo46


    Jun 26, 2015

    I've often wondered how to sharpen/"tune" Micra scissors. Can you provide a detailed explanation of how to maintain Micra scissors? If possible, photos would be very helpful.

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  16. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    I own about 6 or 7 SAK classics and one is always in my jeans coin pocket. I use the toothpick or scissors the most lol.

    [​IMG]Untitled by Caleb Bender, on Flickr
  17. jmh33

    jmh33 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    So.. My go to is a Small Tinker and really not a Pioneer fan..:rolleyes: So why is the Farmer at your point??:D I like the saw idea but ??? Am I missing out on something KOOL?? :D
  18. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I don't know why a person would choose to sell a Pioneer. Just set it aside and buy another and use for a while. You might go back to it. Try an Electrician. Very nice knife in my opinion. As others know, I'm a Small Tinker guy now.
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  19. JBC6650

    JBC6650 Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jul 19, 2008
  20. Daedric Panther

    Daedric Panther

    Apr 27, 2019

    I only have one SAK at the moment :eek:
    I’m more of a Leatherman guy

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