Worthy of a Heisman trophy for its high-quality craftsmanship and versatility, the Sportsman by Victorinox Swiss Army is a durable knife with stainless steel blades that would make it the most valuable player in any collection. For the coordinating pouch, click here To see a full list of the implements this Swiss Army Knife has to offer, please scroll down. Once you scroll down click on the “Tools” tab located on the right side of the screen
The Sportsman is larger than the keychain models like the Classic, but just slightly smaller than the full size models like the Spartan. It is 3-1/4" long. The Spartan, Super Tinker, and other full size models are 3-1/2" long. The result is that the Sportsman feels better in the pocket.
The tool set is similar to that of the Spartan, except that it substitutes the nail file for the small blade. In some ways, this is ideal, because instead of duplicating a tool, we gain another tool.
Don't be fooled by the name of the tool itself. Although it is called a 'nail file' it has other uses. For example, the pointy tip fits a #1 Phillips screw wonderfully. Since it is not thin at the edge like a blade, it can be used for some light duty prying. And the file will work on any soft material, like plastic or aluminum.
The Sportsman has a corkscrew on the back, instead of a T-handle Phillips screwdriver, so this is a better model for wine drinkers who occasionally will take a bottle on a picnic with some cheese. All is not lost on the #2 Phillips front though: the small flat screwdriver tip on the can opener does a good job if you're careful and if the screw isn't super-tight.
The knife blade is large enough for some real work, but not large enough to seem threatening. Victorinox's bottle opener works on the first try, and the flat head screw driver on the tip of the bottle opener is really good. This is can be used for heavier prying than the nail file can.
The reamer makes a good general purpose tool for those times when I want to poke or get a sharp tip somewhere, but don't want to damage the blade. The edge is also sharpened, so it can do some scraping.
One hidden use of the corkscrew is untying knots. It has a sharp tip to get in those tight knots, but with no sharp edges to cut the string. Try it some time, before you dismiss the corkscrew as useless!
The tweezers is frequently useful for picking small objects out of tight spaces, and especially for removing splinters from fingers.
The toothpick is always a polarizing tool. Some people think it is unsanitary and just cannot get over that. To those people, consider that the tip of the toothpick is just the right size to clean the pocket lint out of the joints of the knife! I, on the other hand use the toothpick all the time. It is easy enough to get the offending food, swallow it, then wipe of the toothpick on a shirt sleeve. It is clean enough and dry enough then for the next use. It is dry, so it isn't like mold is going to grow there.
Compared to a 2 layer model that is 1/4" longer, this one is noticeably smaller in the pocket, but not noticeably less capable. I wish Victorinox would make more 3-1/4" models.
The one feature I don't like about this model is the key ring. The knife is too big to reasonably carry on one's keys, and too small to reasonably carry on a lanyard. It is a perfect size for the pocket. So like many of my 2 layer SAKs, I removed the keyring and ground down the nub flush with the end of the knife handle. Now it is even more comfortable for pocket carry.
Of all my Swiss Army Knives, (I think I have about 30) this one is easily in my top 5. It has that great combination of being unobtrusive to carry, even in dress pants, but the tools are surprisingly tough for their size.
Pros: great tool density, disappears in the pocket, no tool dupication, disappears in a hip pocket
Cons: the key ring on this model is pointless
Yes, I recommend this product.
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