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Compact and sturdy
The world's most know brand for multi-tools and pocket knives
Made is Switzerland
Victorinox swiss army recruit pocket knife
Made of first class stainless steel
Guaranteed a lifetime against defects in material and workmanship
In 1884, Master Cutler Karl Elsener started his cutlery factory in the small village of Ibach, Switzerland. In 1897, he crafted the Victorinox Original Swiss Army Knife. Since that time, the Elsener family has continued to craft tools in the Victorinox tradition of in genius design, durability, and quality. This is why all Victorinox multi-tools, made of first class stainless steel, are guaranteed a lifetime against defects in material and workmanship. Remember, if it doesn't say Victorinox, it's not the Original Swiss Army Knife.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My first Swiss Army knife, a red "Tinker" model Victorinox Switzerland Tinker-red Victorinox Knives, has worked for me long and well, and this "Recruit" appears to be every bits its equal for quality. To some extent, this review reflects that past experience with a similar Swiss Army knife (which is still fully usable), but I have use the Recruit enough to be confident that the carryover of quality and utility is there.
Having taken up wood carving about a year ago, I have become at least a moderately good blade sharpener and judge of blades for working wood (because that's the first skill you've got to develop if you're going to carve). These knives come to you sharp enough to give your finger a good cut if you're careless. However, the steel will take a much keener edge than it comes with, and will hold it through a substantial amount of (non-abusive) use as long as you strop the blade now and then. It does take a while to get them to an extremely keen, smooth/polished...
This model of the Swiss Army Knife is just right for my application and for the people to whom I gave it for Christmas. It is big enough to handle any wood whittling project, yet not so big that it feels like a huge lump in my pocket. The small screwdriver is perfect for large Philips-Head screws and the regular screw driver is perfect for everything else. One of the ppeople to whome I gave this had not had a pocket knife in over 40 years, but he told me that he has really enjoyed carrying this knife.
My grandpa got me (and the rest of the grandkids) an economy version one of these on his last trip to Switzerland in the 80s. I still have it.
The one here is different in that the shield is embedded instead of stamped, and it also has a key/lanyard ring. The distinguishing features of this model are as such:
- There are no tools on the back of the knife. While this may be viewed as a negative by some, it gives the advantage that the backsprings are smooth and flush with the back of the knife, and it is therefore more comfortable in the hand, especially during extended use.
- It is the 3-1/4" size. (closed) This fits better in the hip pocket than the much more numerous 3-1/2" models. One can barely feel that it is there. If you like the smaller size, but want back tools, the Sportsman adds a corkscrew and reamer to the back, and drops the small blade in favor of a nail file. The Small Tinker (not available here at this time, despite the specs published...
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