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So far our SAKs Of The Month have leaned pretty heavily on the Victorinox side of the fence so we’ve decided to try something different this month. This month, the SAK Of The Month will actually be two similarily equipped models from both Victorinox and Wenger- the Mechanic and the Journeyman.
The SwissFlame and CampFlame are based on very popular models- the Camper (CampFlame) and Climber (SwissFlame) and differ only by the scissor/saw layer. The XXLT of course is the "everything but the kitchen sink" model (or at least it was previous to the release of the XAVT!) and so had to include the lighter simply because it had everything else on it.
One of the most important features of a SAK is it’s ability to “do it all” in a small package. This month’s knife is the living embodiment of SAKdom and something of a sleeper model. It isn’t a flashy model, it isn’t a large model, and it’s even one the minimalists out there don’t talk about much- the Compact.
This month’s collectable is something of great interest to me, despite it really not being all that special overall. It was the defining factor in all of what we have built here on SOSAKOnline, the SOSAK Forum at Knifeforums.com and other sites that have spun off from this one. Since I wasn’t the originator of SOSAK I can say without a doubt that there would be a Secret Order of Swiss Army Knives, but I imagine it would have been very different from the one we have today if it weren’t for this knife.
Many thanks to PTHCRPG for the Canadian Ranger decal in the background!