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Old August 11th, 2015, 09:35 PM   #31
 
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Some of the larger models have a hook on the back which is kind of silly.
I use it every time I take out the trash to keep the drawstrings from digging into my hands.
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Reamer. Use the knife blade to start a hole, and then use the reamer to actually form the hole and enlarge it. Good for carving a hole through a tent stake or toggle.

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The scissors on some they are too light to cut anything but paper.
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I'm torn between the toaster oven and the progressive reloading press...both pretty important for a SHTF move. Either one make the SAK just too bulky for my tight jeans...have to wear my bib overalls.
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I use it every time I take out the trash to keep the drawstrings from digging into my hands.


Reamer. Use the knife blade to start a hole, and then use the reamer to actually form the hole and enlarge it. Good for carving a hole through a tent stake or toggle.
Yeah, reamer or leather punch. I used mine to make two new holes in a thick Galco belt last month. I can now tighten the belt better. I've used that blade a lot over the years, on various SAK's.

I'm surprised that anyone wouldn't know what the blade is. But what really amazes and disgusts me is that many men making SAK videos on YouTube don't know the names and functions of some blades! It seems the height of conceit to make an instructional video unless one knows what he should be saying.
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I never found anything about a swiss army knife that really worked well. But I have managed to get myself off the side of the road and off the water a couple times with a swiss army knife. The pliers are probably the most useless thing on a swiss army knife. I usually just fold the blade of my knife against the knife body for pliers. I am not a big wine drinker but I have made use of the corkscrew several times.

Once the Leatherman became affordable and in smaller sizes I didn't have any use for a Swiss army knife.

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Hmmm...

I've had an Explorer Plus model in my pocket for the last 20+ years, and have used everything on it save the little ball-point pen (mostly because I've had a Fisher "Bullet" Space Pen for at least as long). I even use the toothpick at work, as it's very handy in dealing with wiring on a telco punchdown block; I don't have to worry about shorting terminals.

The secret to having a SAK is to pick the model that has the most utility for your individual needs; fortunately, they make so many different models that there's something for everyone. Of all the tools offered, I think the ones I'd have the least use for would be the marlinspike / shackle opener, followed closely by the fish scaler / hook disgorger, since my lifestyle doesn't involve fishing or sailing.
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I agree the blades. Glad it's got a corkscrew and the awl I've used on the rare occasion I've lost weight and need a new hole in a belt. Gimme my Leatherman or gerber
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The entire knife is useless imo.
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Toothpick because thats the first one that I loose ...
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Old September 11th, 2015, 05:46 PM   #42
 
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Cork screw, no question. Too small to be of any use.
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I gave up on the red plastic handle SAKs, I now carry a Vic pioneer with aluminum scales.
The pioneer is the 1961 to 2008 soldiers knife. The tools are made with thicker steel, and there are just 4 tools, no toothpick, corkscrew, or parcel hook. Great pocket tool without the BS
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Corkscrew

and the toothpick!
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20yrs ago, I ground the cork screw thingie off my backpacking dedicated Swiss Officers. Everything else is useful. Next to my trusty MSR titanium spoon and Spyderco Delica.

I carry a larger, but still lean(not a lot of BS stuff), Swiss Soldier on my plate carrier. Better larger thumb-flip blade. Awesome saw blade too. First gen like this one.
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