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Victorinox Swiss Tool Spirit + Leather Pouch
- Needlenose Pliers
- Screwdriver 2mm
- Can Opener with Screwdriver 3mm
- Wire cutter for thin and soft wire up to 40 HRc
- Bottle Opener
- Crate Opener with Screwdriver 6mm & Wire Bender
- Practical Spirit combi-edge blade
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|Item Dimensions||2.5 cm x 1.1 m x 4.8 cm||3 x 3 x 13 cm||5.08 x 12.7 x 5.08 cm||3.5 x 11.5 x 1.8 cm||5.41 x 11.81 x 4.6 cm||3 x 3 x 13 cm|
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With 24 functions: 1. needle-nosed pliers with 2. – wire cutter for thin and soft wire up to 40 HRC“ 3. – hard wire cutter 4. screwdriver 2 mm 5. can opener with 6. – screwdriver 3 mm 7. bottle opener with 8. – screwdriver 6 mm 9. – crate opener 10. – wire bender 11. Spirit blade with 3/4 wavy edge 12. scissors 13. metal saw with 14. – metal file 15. wood saw 16. reamer, punch with 17. – multipurpose hook 18. Phillips screwdriver 1/2 19. chisel and scraper with 20. – wire stripper and scraper 21. – cable cover longitudinal cutter 22. – cable cover crossways cutter 23. coupling for corkscrew and 24. lanyard hole.
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I bought the Spirit directly from Amazon UK and not through a market place seller. I paid around £90 in December 2015 and the item was delivered to France in a couple of days - well done, Amazon!
I got this after having carried another Multitool (Gerber Suspension) for a couple of years and finding it so useful having a small tool kit with pliers readily to hand. The Suspension is really good value for money (I paid around £25 if I remember) but doesn't quite cut it for me - the case is poor and the velcro closure unreliable, the Gerber is Chinese and not so "tight" - but it'll be put in the car or the fishing tackle bag and it'll still get plenty of use, I'm sure.
I wanted a better engineered tool for every day use and was undecided between a Leatherman or Victorinox. I guess the former are the multitool market leaders and you can find any number of reviews and forum arguments on the merits or otherwise of each of their products. Victorinox are unrivalled in the field of folding knives of varying complexity but, although they've been making multitools for many years, there don't seem to be a slew of reviews out there compared with enormous number comparing different Leatherman models - however, those reviews you do find seem to be unequivocal in their praise for Victorinox's quality of design, engineering and all-round reliability. I'm not sure whether all Victorinox products are Swiss made, but the Spirit certainly is (says so on the blade) - and it shows. Every tool on the Spirit does what it promises and does it well.
So, what do you get in the package? There's a very neat leather belt pouch which is tailor made for the Spirit - fits like a glove. It's got a velcro closure - I'd prefer a press stud closure, but we'll have to see how it holds up. The Gerber Suspension nylon pouch had a similar velcro closure and didn't last long, and I replaced it with a Leatherman studded leather one which has performed well. I like the Spirit one so much that I'll replace the velcro with studs if it starts to look as if it might become unreliable. The only other thing in the box is the leaflet Guide_Spirit_X_90179.pdf which you can download from the Victorinox site. I tried to put the link in this review, but Amazon won't allow me to do that.. . .
This gives you a guide to every tool on the Spirit as well as some guidance notes, so I won't duplicate the information here other than to replicate the image of the Spirit and the English language key to its functions. Note that you only get the tool and case - to get the add on drivers, bits and whatnot, you need to buy the Spirit Plus.......
So, I've only had the Spirit for a week but first impressions are that it is a first class piece of kit. Everything is rock solid, there is absolutely no unexpected play anywhere. Everything meets up exactly, every tool opens and locks into place with precision. The Spirit feels heavier than it looks but I guess that's because it's so sturdily constructed.
Just about everything. Generally, the tools are really strong and give the impression that they'd be hard to damage. I'd be qote happy to do some serious levering and prying with it. The pliers, while not what I would call needle-nosed, are beautifully constructed and you could just about pluck your eyebrows with them. The awl is a useful general prodder, digger, poker and cutter - works very well for me as the go-to for opening parcels and such rather than breaking out the VERY sharp knife. The chisel is something I've never seen on a tool of this type and I think will be really useful. The screwdrivers are very well formed and worked well in my tests. I love the wire strippers and cutters but I'd haven't used them beyond simple testing. Both wood-saw and metal file/saw are extremely effective.The combi blade is a matter of preference but I like it. Sharpening may or may not be simple - see comments below.........
Don't buy the Spirit if you have weak or bitten-down nails - you need a solid thumbnail to open the blades!
The scissors, while very effective, don't open very far and I can't see how you could possibly sharpen them - so I won't be using them fot anything too strenuous unless it was an emergency.
You're going to need something besides a simple whetstone or conventional sharpener to deal with the scalloped profile of the blade. There is a pdf on the Victorinox site which covers care of the tools - go to the Victorinox site and navigate to FAQs and HOW DO I RESHARPEN THE BLADE?, then the Swiss Tools link.
I didn't find the leaflet particularly helpful so wrote to Victorinox to ask them if they could give me some better instructions. I then received an email from their French agents (I live in France) with the same document in French(!) and that was it - so not much help there............
A bit of Googling should give you plenty of info on sharpening these blades.
I intend to add to this review when I've had the Spirit a bit longer and can report on its every day performance and also how easy it is to maintain. I've ordered a Lansky Blade Medic which looks as if it'll maintain an edge on the Combi blade - we'll see. But on brief acquaintance, I would thoroughly recommend the Spirit.
UPDATE: Well, I've had this for some 3 months now and I continue to be impressed. The tool lives on my belt in its pouch and is in constant use. My worries about the velcro closure on the pouch seem to be unfounded - no sign as yet that it is anything but secure. The Lansky sharpener seems to be the perfect tool for maintaining the serrated blade, but the blade had kept a good edge so has only needed the lightest of occasional touches with the fine ceramic tool. I bought a small bottle of mineral oil intended for chopping board use on Amazon snd this has proved to be a perfect and lubricant for the Spirit - tasteless, odourless and VERY cheap compared with Victorinox's oil.
I've now had this for 2 years and am still very pleased with the tool. However, the pouch velcro closure has become increasingly unreliable and, having searched Amazon for a suitable replacement, I bought a Leatherman Blast Leather Pouch https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000Q9GG80/ref=cm_sw_r_other_taa_OjMtAb0HDNND1 which turned out to be a snug fit and boasts a strong press-stud fixing.
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