Honestly, it's not something I thought much about. It's not really a thing I've ever thought about.
But I realised yesterday afternoon as I was slitting open yet another Amazon delivery box that I borrowed Thomas's little knife (below) – a present from a friend posted to Switzerland about ten years ago – and never gave it back.
I use it more often than I would have imagined, mostly for little jobs around the office.
A couple of things surprised me about the Victorinox site, where I dropped my dough on an 'Explorer' model.
One, there's a helluva lot of different Swiss Army knives and some of them are almost parodies.
Two, it seems impossible to build or custom order the perfect knife, with exactly the toolset you want.
I think mine comes with a nail file, for instance, which I don't really want. On the other hand it does have a magnifying glass... so, huzzah!
I don't know that this purchase will measurably improve my life, but it seems a bit unfair to be holding onto Thomas's. I don't know that he remembers that he owns one.
I didn't know I needed a Swiss Army knife until now; how I have survived this long without one is now a mystery.
I have no idea what the little hook is for.
Those little knives are handy. I like the fairly basic ones, as pictured above. In terms of what I use daily, I use a locking Camillus 3.5 blade. Gets the job done. Multi-tools are nice, too.
I've carried a small one in my pocket nearly every day for the past 8 years and I've been amazed how much I use it! Ironically the knife is probably the least used tool!
I got two. One in a pen! A Swiss au-pair left it at my sister's house. Nasty little thing. Don't use it much but one of those things in my women's emergency arsenal.
The hook is obviously for pulling out the nose ring of an unruly barista
All I can say is proper locking knives/tools
my leatherman is a godsend - but i need something a bit bigger than a SAK because i'm out doing heavy duty stuff with it. I still have my three bladed pocket knife that i got in cubs. That knife has been places and it would wreck me if i ever lost it
The most important tool hasn’t been extended in that pic…the emergency corkscrew.
Gerber multi tool. Pliers are the deal maker.