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Top 10 Swiss Army Knives 2017

An established favorite among campers, hikers, motorists, and the navy, those Swiss Army knives positioned a ramification of gear effortlessly in your pocket, backpack, or glove field, keeping you ready for pretty much something. Among them, those tiny device Titans include countless features, consisting of blades, saws, bottle and might openers, pliers, or even ballpoint pens. While users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

Victorinox Swiss Army Rescue Tool Pocket Knife with Pouch, Fluorescent YellowVictorinox Traveller Lite Multi-Tool (Red)Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp Pocket Knife, RedVictorinox Swiss Army One-Hand Trekker Lockblade Pocket Knife (Black),One SizeVictorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp Pocket Knife, HardwoodTitanium Black Swiss Style Army Pocket Knife By Grand Harvest - 14 multi function pocket knife - For Every Day use including Outdoor, Rescue and SurvivalVictorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife, Hammered Sterling Silver, 58mmVictorinox Swiss Army 54781 Explorer Boy Scout, RedRugged Knife Multitool Swiss Style Army Pocket Knife BlackVictorinox Swiss Army Champion Plus Pocket Knife

Accept No Imitation


There is nothing that can replace the functionality, simplicity, and joy of a Swiss Army Knife. Pocket knives and multitools abound, in massive sizes and at absurd prices, but also at simpler configurations and rock-bottom prices. It's gotten to the point where it's nearly impossible to evaluate true quality among them.

In a case like this, the best thing to do is to go with the standard bearer, and that's what the Swiss offer. Just imagine how Aron Ralston would have fared if he'd had a saw tool instead of that dull baby's knife in his multi-tool.

What makes a Swiss Army Knife special isn't just the versatility of its allotted tools, but the innovation of their configurations and the incredible durability of each knife. Victorinox AG, the company that manufactures Swiss Army products, continually improves upon the basic designs that reach back over a century, bringing modern innovations like digital thermometers into their current lineup.

At its heart, a Swiss Army knife is a pocket knife designed to aid in your survival in the wilderness. The knives themselves are sharp and strong, and the simplest among them come with scissors and files. From there, the options for additional tools have almost no end, with some standards including a saw tool that's great for cutting through wood, a pair of tweezers, can openers, and screwdrivers. And that's just among the basics.

The tools slot next to each other in a small red frame and each tool snaps firmly into place when in the extended position. Some tools collapse right back into the knife when you apply pressure from their dull sides, while other, more dangerous components require you to operate a simple safety release to retract them.

Tools Tuned To The Individual


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You may have heard of a certain type of person who maintains a constant state of vigilance and preparedness in the face of what they will claim is an impending apocalypse. Perhaps it will be the governments that collapse, or an alien invasion, or sudden nuclear fallout. Whatever the cataclysmic event, these doomsday preppers have everything they need to survive after the bottom falls out.

One can assume, then, that they have a pretty nice collection of Swiss Army Knives. It's unlikely that they have one knife for the entirety of their needs since such a knife would be enormous beyond practicality. It's that question, that balance between functional handling and abundance of features, that is going to determine the Swiss knife for you.

Swiss Army Knives come with almost endless configurations for effective survival in the field. Of course, not everybody plans to head into the woods and try to live off the land. Some of us just need a good knife at arm's reach throughout the day.

The knife itself will probably be used daily, but outfitting your knife with a good set of weekly useful accessories is the best way to go. For example, if you drink a lot of wine, you might want to get a knife that has a built-in corkscrew. This is also a great tool for anyone that wears glasses, as Victorinox uses the negative space inside the corkscrew to store a very small flat-head screwdriver. Also, for wine drinkers, the punch tool (which looks useless, at first) is great for removing that foil at the top of the bottle.

If you are an avid camper, and you want to start a fire in the wild without flint and steel, and without destroying the skin on your hands trying to rub sticks together, you can get a magnifying glass in your Swiss knife to focus the sunlight onto your kindling.

A list of recommended uses for all these tools could go on for pages and pages, but the lesson from what we've covered so far is that there are certain, indispensable tools for everyone, as well as a good number of standard tools for certain types of people, depending on your intended use.

Built For The Swiss Army


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As its name implies, the Swiss Army Knife was developed for use by Swiss soldiers. The Swiss government set out to reissue the knives supplied to each of its soldiers in the late 1800s, with the intention of providing each soldier with effective means to open canned food and to disassemble and reassemble their standard service rifles.

The first run of Swiss Army Knives was produced by a German manufacturer, as Swiss fabrication was not up to the government's standards. Rather quickly, Karl Elsener, founder of Victorinox, seized upon an opportunity before him and updated his manufacturing processes to take over the contract from the Germans. Elsener also began the innovative process of installing tools on both sides of a single knife using the same spring for security.

If you have a Swiss Army Knife made between 1908 and 2005, it has about a 50/50 chance of being produced by either Victorinox or Wenger, as the Swiss government split its contracts between the two companies in 1908 in an attempt to control costs. In 2005, however, Victorinox acquired Wenger, consolidating all production of Swiss Army goods under their brand.

Later, in 2007, the Swiss government opened the contract up for competition once again. This time around, a slew of companies brought forth competitive models that endured extensive testing in the field and in the laboratory. Victorinox won the day, however, despite tremendous innovations from its competition, and they retain their contract today.


#10.Victorinox Swiss Army Champion Plus Pocket Knife


I just ordered this knife for my son. He is 9 and will love this knife. I am 39 and he may not get this one because I love it too. I really like the feel of this knife with the new ( to me anyway) handle material. I like the texture and the feel of quality in my hand. I got this knife for 20.00 here on Amazon and will most likely be getting one for myself. I purchased a Bantam for myself, but I may have to have one of these as well. I'm impressed.


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#9.Rugged Knife Multitool Swiss Style Army Pocket Knife Black


This exceptionally built and elegantly styled knife earns its name, the Rugged "Go2" pocket knife and multi-function tool. Grab this convenient knife "on the go" and "go to" it when you need a variety of rugged tools or an extremely sturdy and durable knife. This will quickly become your "Go2" knife. At the Rugged Knife Company, our focus from top to bottom with this product was to ensure the highest standard of quality and functionality, while still making it easy and convenient to carry for just about anyone.


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#8.Victorinox Swiss Army 54781 Explorer Boy Scout, Red


The 3 1/2" Explorer is made for the explorer in all of the usStainless steel implementsSwiss-made quality and durability great tool for everyday use16 functions functions: Large blade, small blade, corkscrew, can opener, small screwdriver, bottle opener, large screwdriver, wire stripper, reamer, key ring, tweezers, toothpick, scissors, multi-purpose hook (parcel carrier), Phillips screwdriver, magnifying glass


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#7.Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife, Hammered Sterling Silver, 58mm


Cut that thread, snip a zip tie, tighten a screw…you get the gist. The point is, that if you’re the guy (or gal) with the Swiss Army Knife in your pocket, you’re ready to spring into action, no matter what the task is.

Compact enough to fit in your pocket or hook to your key fob, the 2¼" Classic SD is the epitome of a Swiss Army Knife; functional, versatile and always there when you need it. Featuring 7 popular implements, stainless steel construction and Swiss-Made precision, the Classic SD is the perfect companion for everyone. Functional enough to save the day, this handy little tool is the perfect sidekick you’ll never want to leave home without.


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#6.Titanium Black Swiss Style Army Pocket Knife By Grand Harvest - 14 multi function pocket knife - For Every Day use including Outdoor, Rescue and Survival


The Grand Harvest Swiss Style Army Knife is a very high quality & durable pocket knife with fine artisan craftsmanship! Features include heavy duty Stainless Steel 420 construction, 14 critical everyday tools with the strength and support you need to conquer any job. Each tool opens seamlessly with the greatest of ease and firmly holds in place. With a compact size of 2.5 inches when closed, the Grand Harvest easily fits in your pocket or on your keychain (Key Ring included)! Perfect for Camping, Fishing, Hiking, and Survival, as well as a handy tool for the house or car. Kids and adults will get optimal use out of these essential everyday tools.


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#5.Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp Pocket Knife, Hardwood


The 3½" inch SwissChamp was designed for both everyday and not-so-everyday projects. Whether you use it for a quick fix in your home or for your camping adventures, this multitasker will quickly become an essential and handy helper.

Packing 33 functions, the SwissChamp is like having a toolbox in your pocket. From a fish scaler to wire cutters, a magnifying glass to mini-screwdriver, the Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp has a tool for nearly any job without adding significant bulk to your gear, making it the perfect companion for virtually anyone. Backed by a rich heritage of quality and craftsmanship, this highly versatile knife perfectly represents the ultimate in functionality in one convenient tool.


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#4.Victorinox Swiss Army One-Hand Trekker Lockblade Pocket Knife (Black),One Size


This is the perfect camping knife! I've had a Victorinox Champion for 30 years and it's the most helpful tool I have ever owned. The Champion is better for day hikes due to the smaller size, but this one is better for real camping. If I am going very deep in the wilderness for days, I will carry a K-Bar tanto knife, but I will still carry this in my pocket or backpack.


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#3.Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp Pocket Knife, Red


Beautiful and authentic to our heritage, each Huntsman Hardwood knife is truly a work of art. The natural, wooden handles are NSC certified and are repurposed from excess production materials. Each scale is sanded down by hand and offers varying color and unique grain patterns, which means no two knives are exactly the same. This knife is perfect for the avid knife collector or as an executive gift.


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#2.Victorinox Traveller Lite Multi-Tool (Red)


Awesome combination of tools. Everything you need - nothing you don't. The clock and thermometer look great and function well and easily. I only wish it had a magnifying glass and better water resistance on electronics. The white LED is pretty bright, so no complaints there, but it could probably be updated.


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#1.Victorinox Swiss Army Rescue Tool Pocket Knife with Pouch, Fluorescent Yellow


Great knife with lots of great features. Good versatile pocket knife, as well as a rescue knife. I use it in a small utility knife pouch on a duty belt. I have not used the pouch that came with the knife, as it does not match my duty gear. Also, use it in my pockets as a general EDC knife. Has used pocket clip knives as an EDC knife, but got sick of the clips getting caught on something and falling out. Have lost a couple entirely.


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