Have you ever needed a knife, or a pair of scissors, or a screwdriver, or a pen, or a toothpick, or a nail file, or a can opener/corkscrew/cap lifter? I could go on, but you get the picture.
Swiss army knives
are all things to all men, or women. I have been a lifetime fan of the red
handled beauties. With them I have fixed hotel toilets in Turkey, improvised
washing lines in Greece, fixed cameras in Egypt, repaired chairs in Bangkok
(and in case you were wondering these were all supposedly 4 or 5 star
establishments.) I found after a few encounters with reception desks it was
often quicker to do the job myself rather than battle with well meaning but
linguistically lacking housekeeping departments in various countries.
My wife has used
Swiss army knives for cutting snagged fingernails, grooming, nail filing,
tweezering and other female things. The small pliers on my Swiss champ have
done running repairs on her jewellery and watch bracelets.
Now the good thing
about Swiss army knives is that you can have as little or as much as you want.
There are so many models!
If you are a busy
Executive and you only need a nail file, a blade to open letters and a pair of
scissors, there is a model for you.
If you are a
hunter and need a larger blade and a small saw, there is a model for you.
A busy housewife
might need a small knife with scissors and tweezers to slip onto her key ring.
buff might find the Cybertool with interchangeable torx bits and pliers useful.
The Copper Cadet is a small, slim and very elegant knife with copper alox
handles, a nail file, a can opener /screwdriver and a cap lifter.
Or there are small
silver models that would not look out of place at the most stylish dinner
The time you need
your knife is when something crops up and you don’t have the tool handy to do
the job. Enter the Swiss army knife. One of the first multi tools, the Swiss
army knife is incredibly handy for the tool of the moment, with so many uses
and often misuses many times it can literally save the day, or save an
incredible amount of time.
Long time users of
the Swiss army knife (SAK for short) use them many times a day. I remember once
trying to check up on the jobs I used mine for and I found that I used it
unconsciously all day long. Most jobs were not even registering on my horizon.
It had become a part of me, from peeling an orange in the morning, to opening
my mail and a hundred other myriad tasks, it was in constant use.
greatest joy of the Swiss army knife is the sheer craftsmanship. Generations of
fine engineering have gone into the design and manufacture of this superb tool.
From the pleasing snap as the tools return into place, to the gleaming shine on
the tools and blades there is always something satisfying about using a
Victorinox or Wenger knife.
At Sosak we have
members who swear by certain models, championing their particular favorite, but
in reality a lot depends on a persons occupation or lifestyle, a retired Midwest farmer who spends a lot of
time whittlin’ has a very different set of needs from a computer repairman who
spends a lot of time on the road. However we have fun arguing about the merits
and advantages of this model or that model. There are also the collectors who
have vast amounts of knowledge about new and discontinued models. And we
have Def (short for Defender) who is probably the best moderator ever. They are
a good bunch over at Sosak. If you have a Swiss army knife, Sosak is the best
accessory you can have! You will get some good tips, but do not ask about
Maximum Minimalism for at least a week. (Remember that I warned you.)
I know that I
still get a kick out of producing the right tool at the right time instead of
“making do” with whatever odds and ends of tools are handy at the moment. Do it
right, get a SAK.
Or as we say in
Sosak get two.