I bought this older Pioneer online recently with the old style cross on it. It was a little beat up, but after a good cleaning, oiling and sharpening, it ended up being in very good condition. I Really like the look of the old style cross on the red Alox scales. These were produced up until 1999 and have brass liners.
Paired with it is my Ursa Minor by Kizer Cutlery. You can read more about this knife in one of my previous posts if you’d like my thoughts/review.
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Here’s a shot I took the other day of my Fortis by Viper Knives and my Victorinox Compact sitting on a handkerchief from Cranky Hanky Co.
The Fortis is still one of my favorite knives in my collection (I try not to say that about every knife that I own..) and it’s probably one of the most photogenic knives I have. The slim profile and smooth action makes this knife a steal for the price.
The compact has become one of my favorite models, and I have been thinking about getting another one in a different color. Maybe I’ll find one or two on my upcoming trip to Switzerland..
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This awesome looking knife is the Spartan by Victorinox with custom textured brass scales. This knife was customized by Robert Lessard (take a look at his website here). Robert makes some incredible custom swiss army knives. He may be the best SAK modifier out there in my opinion.
I have several Spartans, and even though it may not be my favorite Swiss Army Knife model, it is probably the most widely known and used. The Spartan is the model that kind of “commercialized” the Swiss Army Knife to the world. Whether you’re in the office all day, or spending time camping outdoors, the variety of tools on this model make it useful for everyone.
The Spartan features a large blade, a smaller blade, a can opener with a small screwdriver, a bottle opener with a larger screwdriver, a reamer/punch, a corkscrew, tweezers, and a toothpick. (This custom version only has tweezers on the opposite side)
This picture features the Pioneer by Victorinox, a copper flashlight by Maratac, a Fisher space pen, handkerchief by Cranky Hanky Co, and a notebook from Log & Jotter.
Log & Jotter is a new notebook subscription service that sends a new notebook to you once a month. The color/design changes each month, and you can choose between a graph paper, a dotted graph paper, or a blank paper. You can also choose between a classic cover, a cover with a graphic design on it, or both.
I really like the concept that these guys have created here. I use pocket sized notebooks daily for work, and having a new one mailed to me every month without thinking about it will be great. They have also added a few features inside the notebook like a calendar for the current and next month of that notebook.
If you’d like to find out more about their subscription notebooks and would like to help support their small business, just follow the link above to their site.
The EDC Caddy by Hitch & Timber is a great little “pocket organizer”. It’s handmade with quality materials, and you couldn’t ask for better customer service. It will hold a small Swiss Army Knife (I use it with my cadets), a small AAA flashlight or pen, and it has 2 slots for cash and some cards. The second card slot is in the back and not visible in the picture. I’ve found myself using this wallet more when I wear shorts, just because I have limited pockets and this really combines everything into one easy to carry item.
The Viper Odino designed by Jesper Voxnaes is one of my all time favorites. I featured it in one of my first posts where you’ll find a little more detail about this awesome knife.
Also featured in a previous post is my plaid handkerchief by Cranky Hanky Co. I can’t say enough about how great the quality and customer service is from them.
Inside of the caddy is a Victorinox Cadet knife, and a Lumintop Worm AAA flashlight. The worm really is a great little light for the price.
This combo features the F3 II by Boker, and the Olight S1A.
The Boker F3 II is the smaller version of the F3, both designed by Jesper Voxnaes. The F3 II is a much more carry-friendly option while keeping the design and functionality of the larger F3. The materials are also the same as the larger version (CMP-S35VN blade and titanium handles). The blade is right at 3”, only .25” shorter than the F3. The big difference is in the handle and weight of the knife. The handle measures 4” and 4.37oz, but the F3 comes in at 4.75” and 6.55oz. This really reduces the “bulk” some may feel with the F3, without sacrificing much of the blade size and length.
The clip and backspacer are anodized a nice blue color from the factory. I generally don’t do lanyard beads, but this set by Grumpy’s EDC just matched too perfectly to not add to this knife.
The Olight S1A is an awesome EDC light. It is powered by 1 AA battery, or a rechargeable 14500 battery. This is the stainless steel limited edition which comes in copper as well. The regular S1A will come in a anodized aluminium like the majority of lights from Olight.
The S1A has a max beam distance of 387’ and 4 brightness settings – .5, 5, 50, and 220 lumens, which is pretty impressive for a single AA battery. Even more impressive is the “turbo” mode that blasts 600 lumens for one minute with a 14500 rechargeable battery. Not bad for a light measuring just over 3”..
This EDC features a Victorinox Swiss Army Compact model, a Fisher Space Pen, the bi-fold wallet by Big Red Beard Combs, and a handkerchief from Cranky Hanky Co.
The Swiss Army Compact is a great model that fits it’s name well. It’s a 93mm model that features a blade, bottle and can opener/large screwdriver, scissors, a “parcel” hook with a file on the spine, and a corkscrew. This model also comes with tweezers, toothpick, a ball point pen, and a mini screwdriver that fits within the corkscrew. My compact does not have the ball point pen because it has the “silvertech” scales.
The Fisher Bullet Space Pen is a great little compact pen that fits just about anywhere. It is only 3.75” when closed (almost the size of the swiss army knife), but opens up to 5.25”, which is about the size of a standard pen. It is made of all brass with a black matte finish. Fisher claims the space pen can write in some extreme conditions including underwater, upside down, in zero gravity, and in temperatures ranging from -30F to 250F. I have not tried any of these personally, but I will take their word for it. The refills for Fisher space pens are relatively inexpensive, and are said to last 3 times as long as a normal pen.
The Big Red Bi-Fold Wallet is a great quality minimalist wallet. See my previous “Budget EDC” post for more information on this wallet.
Maroon Handkerchief from Cranky Hanky Co. Just another one of my many handkerchiefs from Car at Cranky Hanky. Always great quality products and customer service!
This combo features the Boker F3 designed by Jesper Voxnaes, and the Pioneer Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox.
By now you may have noticed a trend in my collection.. I tend to like knives designed by Jesper and I’m slightly obsessed with Swiss Army knives. As far as I know, there is no such thing as Swiss Army Knives Anonymous. So until I can get the help I need, I’m just going to keep collecting.
The F3 by Boker is a beast of a knife. I’m usually not a huge fan of Boker knives, but the F3 and F3II were exceptions. The full sized version of the F3 is 8” overall (4.75” folded) and weighs 6.55oz. I have several knives in this size/weight range, but the F3 just feels bigger to me. I think the thickness of the blade and handle make the knife seem almost bulky. (If you like the design but not the size, I’d take a look at the slightly smaller F3II. I’m sure I will post a review the F3II here soon.)
The blade of the F3 is made from CMP-S35VN, and the handles are full titanium. There are a couple of other options for handle material if you do not want titanium. They also come in carbon fiber and black G-10. The clip and backspacer come anodized in a nice blue color, but I removed the anodizing to match the rest of the knife. The clip feels a little lightweight compared to the rest of the knife, but I haven’t had any issues with it. Overall, I think the F3 is a great value for the amount of knife that you get for the price.
The Pioneer by Victorinox gets a lot of pocket time for me. (I recently reviewed the Pioneer X, which is just a pioneer model with scissors. You can check out the review here.)
The Pioneer has the same tool configuration as the classic “Soldier” model which has been standard issue for the Swiss Military since 1891. This is one of those “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” kind of things. The knife features a large blade, a bottle opener/large screwdriver, a can opener/small screwdriver, and a reamer. This is a classic knife with a useful set of tools that will last forever.
This is the Yeoman by Victorinox (boy scout version). This was my very first swiss army knife, and I carried it EVERYWHERE. I wasn’t in scouts very long, but because of this knife, my EDC obsession started early. This knife was my most prized possession for the majority of my childhood. This thing has to be about 20 years old, but every tool still functions perfectly, including the pen!
This particular model is now discontinued, though they did a limited run back in 2007 with an updated magnifying glass and repositioned a few of the tools. It’s similar to the Explorer model (which is still available), minus 2 or 3 functions.
This model is the closest thing to my idea of a “perfect” swiss army knife. I’d probably swap the corkscrew with a reamer, because who really uses the corkscrew anyway? Other than that, I think this is one of the more functional swiss army models around.
Here’s a look at the ZT 0220 designed by Jens Anso.
I was trying pretty hard to sell this knife not too long ago, but it has become one of my favorites in the last month or so. I just really wasn’t a huge fan of the bright orange backspacer or the large blue “ZT” medallion on the front of the knife. (Be warned if you don’t like the medallion, there’s just a hole in the scale behind it, so it won’t look any better without it!)
So after removing the orange anodizing on the backspacer with Greased Lightning, I sent it over to Mark Mansfield (@mmans0311 on Instagram) to do some work on the blade. As usual, Mark did a fantastic job darkening, etching, and sharpening the blade to completely change the look of the knife.
Little did I know, the knife now comes with a black backspacer from the factory. So I called ZT and ordered a new stock black one (pictured above). Now the knife looks as good as you would expect with the quality of design and materials that went into making it.
The blade is 3.5” and made from CPM-S35VN. The knife overall is 8.375” long, so it’s a pretty good size. It weighs about 6.25 ounces, giving this American made folder a nice sturdy feel to it. The action of the ball bearing system makes the “flipping” smooth and effortless. I guess it just took a little bit of modifying to make the 0220 a knife that I want to hold onto for years to come, but I’m very happy with how it turned out.