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Good knife, but not quite the quality benchmark it once was.
on 3 July 2013
Despite being a normal man otherwise, I have always enjoyed owning sharp and useful knives. My favourite pocket knives are the Opinel range, which are excellent. However they are a single bladed knife, and having lost my original Swiss Army camping knife, I thought I'd replace it with a new one.
Positive points are that they are still pretty well made. The materials used are good quality and the springs are set perfectly: Not too stiff to get out, not too weak to hold the blade in place. It's an ideal pocket knife for light, miscellaneous use.
However the finish on the saw is just awful. It's rough and still has bits of swarf (machined metal shavings) hanging off it. I'll upload a couple of pics to show you what I mean. Other than that, all is good. The plastic "toothpick" or whatever it is remains pointless IMO, and would be better replaced by a needle-file, or even a sharp pin/spike for that matter. But all the other blades (and tweezers) are as useful as always.
Overall it's a nice, budget penknife and well worth the money. I was disappointed to see the poor machining, but it's worth noting that Swiss Army knives are WAY cheaper than they used to be, so I guess that explains it. You have to cut some corners to lower the price, but by doing so, this Swiss Army knife has lost the aura of craftsmanship that it once had.