Are Swiss Army Knives First Class? (A Review of the Best Knife)


You betcha’ — if you choose the right knife!

You can’t believe how handy the right knife is. When I was single and studying in Italy, my knife was a lifesaver, and I didn’t even have to defend myself with it. In one summer, I used my Swiss Army knife for:

  • Opening bottles of wine, while lunching in Northern Italy’s countryside
  • Slicing cheese and bread to go with above wine
  • Popping the top off of a bottle of Fanta Orange Soda (aranciata)
  • Repairing a zipper on a backpack
  • Adding another loop to a belt
  • Starting a fire with the magnifying glass (had used the last match)
  • Clipping a hangnail
  • Fixing a pair of quality sunglasses
  • Repairing a walkman (portable cassette player  😉
  • Cutting paper for a magic trick
  • Making magic tricks
  • Getting out splinters

And the list really does go on and on.

What’s the Best Swiss Army Knife?

This is one time where quality DOES matter. I have been through just about every off brand of pocket knife. They don’t open easily. The lock quality wears out, making your knife unsafe. The screwdriver isn’t solidly set in place. The steel of the knife isn’t as tempered. The blades don’t hold an edge.

And, well, they look like cheap imitations … of …

A Victorinox Swiss Army Knife

Trust the Swiss Army, I guess. Precision is the watchword.

You might lose your pocket knife, but you won’t wear out this one. After 20+ years, ours are still in great shape. Seriously.

My subscribers often ask me which model is the best Victorinox. For me, my preference is the Explorer. It has a lot of features, but not so many as to bog me down. My wife prefers a basic knife with a corkscrew (for wine AND self-defense), a couple of blades, a toothpick, and  tweezers.

I need more features than that … two blades, three screwdriver tips, a leather punch, corkscrew,magnifying glass, tweezers, and toothpick. All of those tools have helped me out:

Still, for those who want to go all out, I recommend the Champion. It’s even more complete than the Explorer:

Whichever you go for, make sure it’s an Original Swiss Army Knife. Don’t get the junky brands, please.

This is one time where first class will cost you just a few dollars more, but it’s worth it. I promise.

Remember, think Victorinox. It’s that important.