Best Knives From Victorinox
Did you grow up camping? If you did grow up spending summers tenting in the wilderness, then there are a few key items that will easily bring back those fun camp memories. Some might remember the smell of roasting (or burning) marshmallows over an open flame; others can’t help but think of camping when they hear an acoustic guitar; and for some, nothing quite brings back the idea of fun outdoor times like the sound of a crackling fire. No matter what you remember most about your time spent outdoors with loved ones, one thing is for sure – you most likely grew up with the vivid memory of having a Swiss Army Knife around.
The classic red Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox is a staple in many people’s memories and modern life, too. Often touting numerous blade types, scissors, bottle openers, can openers, and toothpicks, Swiss Army has done an outstanding job of creating a product that has not only stood the test of time, but continues to thrive.
Over the years, Victorinox has expanded it’s knife portfolio. There are now a plethora of Swiss Army knives to choose from, and they are giving the classic red Swiss Army Knife a run for it’s money. This is not to say that the icon is no longer popular, because it still tends to be Queen Bee on people’s go-to list for a knife.
- RANGER WOOD 55
- Ergonomic handle
- Practical Tools
- VICTORINOX FARMER
- Compact design
- VICTORINOX ELECTRICIAN
- Compact size
- Great for wiring
10 Best Knives from Victorinox
VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY RANGER WOOD 55
This knife includes a total of seven different implements, that provide ten different functions. They include a 3.9 inch locking blade, a can opener, a bottle opener, both small and large screwdrivers, a wire stripper, a 4.2 inch wood saw, a reamer, and a corkscrew. The truth is, you’ll probably end up using at least one of these tools every day.
Like many of the knives presented here, the quality and workmanship of the tools and overall example is truly top notch. In each case, the tools and implements have been shown to function correctly, and to open and close with relative ease and fluidity.
Ease of Use
Perhaps the area in with this knife from Victorinox truly shines is in how easy it is to use and how many practical ways of doing so one can find. From using the saw blade to cut through small branches, to using the screw driver to tighten something on your compass, it’s the easiest thing in the world to accomplish what you need to do with this knife.
The precision craftsmanship, as well as the quality materials use to create this knife make it very long lasting indeed. Also, by only having truly essential tools and implements, this knife reduces the probability of something being broken or malfunctioning.
While nearly every tool in this knife can be, and often is used on a regular basis, there are a few exceptions. For most people, both the corkscrew and reamer have limited uses for everyday life, although the ability to uncork a bottle of wine at a moment’s notice certainly has it’s appeal.
Edge for edge, the Victorinox Swiss Army Ranger Wood 55 provides one of the most practical and easy to use knives from Victorinox on the market today. Not only is it easy to handle and use, but it provides tools that can easily aid your adventures, both in the great outdoors and your everyday life.
- Practical tools
- Ergonomic handle
- Precision crafted
- Knife may be too big to fit in pocket
This knife is truly designed for all around use. It includes a large blade, a can opener, a small screwdriver, a bottle opener, a wood saw, and a wire stripper. Essentially it has all the tools that the average person would use in their day and nothing that would get in the way.
Like the other knives on this list, the Victorinox Farmer has been shown to be crafted with precision and dedication to practical detail. The tools are easy to pull open and close, relatively easy to maintain, and if you happen to carry this knife through some less than ideal conditions, it won’t fall apart that easily.
Ease of Use
This is one of the areas where the Victorinox Farmer truly shines. The compact size of nine inches by six inches by a single inch makes it an easy fit for most backpacks, purses, or back pockets, so you can truly take it everywhere you go. Plus, the tools are readily available and easy to access using the standard thumbnail guide to pull them out. While it doesn’t have one-handed capabilities, it more than makes up for that inconvenience with its size and relatively small profile.
This particular knife has been touted to be one of the sturdiest, and most reliable Victorinox knives on the market today. Not only does the profile allow it to fit in multiple places, but it also helps to prevent undue wear and tear on the parts and tools by presenting a smooth, overall finish. So with proper care and maintenance, chances are this blade will last for decades to come.
The practical uses of this knife are very good. All of the included tools are things that the average person would use in their everyday life. While it is lacking a few tools, such as a reamer or a Phillips head screw driver that may be useful depending on your situation, the overall knife serves most people quite well.
The Victorinox Farmer provides great, practical tools in an easy to transport and use a pocket knife. While the lack of ergonomic handles and select tools might be off-putting to some, overall this is a great choice for your next knife.
- Compact size
- Essential and practical tools
- Very sturdy and durable
- Must use both hands to get out tools
- Knife is not ergonomic in design
Designed specifically for those who work with electronics and wiring, this knife contains a large knife, an electrician’s blade, a wire scraper, a reamer, a bottle opener, a screwdriver and a wire stripper. While it doesn’t have all of the useful tools available, it does have many that an electrician or the average person would use while working around the house.
The efficient nature of the tools provided as well as its compact size means that this is one knife where the craftsmanship can really stand out. Not only are the tools made of quality material, but even how they are laid out within the knife makes practical sense for the average user. It’s that attention to detail that makes this a great choice for your everyday knife.
Ease of Use
This particular knife is one of the most compact, and easy to use of the choices on this list. Measuring only 7/16 of an inch thick, it can easily fit into any pocket or bag. Also, because the edges are straight and clean, making sure the blades stay in top condition is very easy indeed.
The 420 high carbon stainless steel of the blades and tools make them easy to maintain and can withstand a lot of abuse that is associated with chores around the home and office.
This knife, although fantastic for everyday use around the home and office, does leave a bit to be desired when it comes to practicality in the great outdoors. The relatively small blade and lack of other tools make it an inadequate companion while fishing, hiking, or doing other outdoor activities. While it is more than compact enough to come with you, there are other options on this list more suited for the great outdoors.
The Victorinox Electrician provides a great knife to use in and around the home, and in situations where wiring or electronics is involved. While it’s not the best choice for the great outdoors, it can certainly provide some help there as well.
- Compact size
- Great for use around the home
- Specialized tools great for wiring or electronics work
- Not entirely practical for outdoor use
VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY RESCUE TOOL
The included tools on this particular knife are truly varied and will certainly help you when your in a dire situation. They include a one-handed serrated locking blade, a window breaker, a strong screwdriver with crate opener, a disc saw, Phillips screwdriver, a bottle opener, a wire stripper, a reamer, a seat belt cutter, tweezers, a toothpick, and luminescent handles to make it easy to keep track of. Essentially, everything tool and every function is designed to help those helping others in trouble get out safely.
Designed in collaboration with rescue workers and first responders, this knife shows a good level of craftsmanship. The tools are created out of rust resistant stainless steel and formed with Swiss precision. This is one knife that will most likely outlive it’s 25 year warranty.
Ease of Use
Perhaps one of the drawbacks of this particular knife is that not every tool contained within it is easy to use by someone who is unfamiliar with it. While the bottle opener and window breaker are fairly straightforward in their use, the disc saw and the crate opener may take a few tries to get the hang of it. If you choose this pocket knife, we suggest that you spend a bit of time practicing with it for when the time comes.
Despite it’s many parts, this particular tool is one of the most durable in this particular list, provided that they are well maintained and cared for. So if you take this knife out into the field, be sure to do regular maintenance on it to keep it in prime condition.
While not every tool will be used by every person, this is a great and practical knife to have in an emergency. Also, the size may be a bit too large for some pockets. It’s a case of knowing that you’ll have what you need in an emergency and that perhaps makes it one of the most practical knives around.
Whether you're in the great outdoors or driving on your way to work, the Victorinox Swiss Army Rescue Tool may just be the knife that can save your life. While not every tool will be used, having what you need to help keep yourself safe is a great thing indeed.
- Designed to be used in emergency situations
- Wide array of tools
- Very durable
- Not all tools are useful for every day
- May be a bit large for pockets, etc.
EVO GRIP 18
This particular knife includes eleven different implements, that can be used to provide fifteen different functions. These include a 2.5-inch locking blade, a nail file, a pair of serrated edge scissors, a can opener, a bottle opener, both large and small screwdrivers, a wood saw, and a Phillips screw driver.
While still a step above most other brands, this particular Victorinox knife doesn’t quite have the level of craftsmanship seen in other knives on this list. While the interior portions are well made and fit together nicely, the out covering and grips tend to become slightly looser with age and frequent use.
Ease of Use
Overall this knife is fairly easy to use, with each of the tools accessible with either two-handed or one handed operation. The locking mechanism for the blades can be somewhat difficult for right handed users to operate, but other than that, use is fairly straightforward.
With the exception of the outer grips and shell, this particular knife is just as durable as the others on this list. Thankfully, the entire knife does fall under warranty, and the Victorinox company is well known for their commitment to their customers and their satisfaction.
If you love the outdoors, this is a great choice since nearly every tool can be used at one time or another in your adventures. It may be a bit much for those who choose to stay closer to home, but if your grand adventure takes you to far off places, this is a great overall choice.
While not as durable as we would like in the outer portions, the Victorinox Swiss Army EVO Grip 18 is still a powerhouse of practicality and function. It would certainly be a welcomed edition to your next outdoor adventure.
- Practical tools for outdoor use
- One handed locking blades promote safety
- Ergonomic design for ease of use
Not as durable as we would expect
Designed with the avid fisherman and boater in mind, this knife from Victorinox includes a large serrated locking blade, a shackle opener with marlin spike, pliers with wire cutting ability, a wire crimper, and a Phillips screwdriver to round out the list.
With its relatively straight forward, yet specialized design, the Victorinox Skipper is a great example of what Swiss craftsmanship can do when asked to address the specific needs of a specific community. The stainless steel and housing both measure up to very exacting standards, and the overall feel of it is very pleasant indeed.
Ease of Use
While many of the functions in this knife need two hands to open and close, the overall use of the knife is fairly straight forward. It was clearly designed for efficient and easy use.
While not the most durable on this list, it is certainly a very sturdy option that can withstand life in a tackle box or on a sailing boat quite easily.
If you like to spend a great deal of time on the water, this is a great choice in a knife. You’ll have the tools you need to get the job done. However, not many of the tools can be used outside of that environment.
If it’s a sailor’s life for you, the Victorinox Skipper can be an able-bodied assistant to your crew. Filled with tools that are a great use for fishing and boating, this is one knife you’ll want to have on the high seas.
- Compact and relatively sturdy
- Great tools for fishing and boating
- Lightweight and easy to carry
- Some tools impractical for use outside water sports and fishing
This knife includes many of the tools that you would use every day including a large blade, can and bottle openers, screwdriver, wire stripper, and reamer. It also includes tweezers and a toothpick, making this knife a great choice for every day carry no matter what your situation is.
The Centurion is one of those knives that is simple in its design and nearly flawless in the execution of it. The tools are easy to use, the overall look is precise and clean, and there is little chance of it breaking due to over use because of the care taken in building it.
Ease of Use
With the exception of the one -handed blades detailed on this list, the Centurion is perhaps one of the most straightforward folding knives we reviewed. While it doesn’t have absolutely everything we would have liked to see, it still packs a punch when it comes to ease of use.
Durability is one area where this knife really shines. Designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor and indoor use, it includes an acid-resistant plastic and aluminum handle that protects the stainless steel components quite well.
At a practical level, this is one of those knives that you’ll be returning to again and again to use. Featuring tools that make your life easier in a package that is hard to break make this choice a true companion for the average person.
If you’re looking for a practical workhorse to help you in your everyday tasks, the Victorinox Centurion is a great overall choice. While it doesn’t have all the features that an avid outdoors man would employ, it’s still a great place to start.
- Practical tools
- Very sturdy and dependable
- Doesn’t have all the tools an avid lover of the outdoors would use.
This particular knife is filled almost to capacity with different implements and tools, making it both one of the most useful knives to have around. It includes a large blade with a locking option, can opener, small screwdriver, wood saw, bottle opener, large screw driver, wire stripper, reamer, screwdriver, a toothpick, and tweezers.
While the Swiss Army Trekker Multi-tool is well made, the overall design could use a little bit of rethinking. The placement of some of the tools makes them harder to access.
Ease of Use
Overall this entry into our list is about average on the ease of use scale. There are certainly others, such as the EVO Grip 18 and the Electrician that are far easier to use, but when it comes to other tools on the market today it is over all much more usable and practical. The only other minor complaint we had was the overall weight. It may be a bit too hefty for some users.
Overall the durability of this multi-tool is what we would expect from Victorinox, taking into consideration the tools contained within and our overall design concerns. With proper care, it should last for many years to come.
In this case, practicality becomes a double-edged sword in a way. While the included tools are truly an asset when they are used, not everyone will use them. Therefore, this is one entry where your lifestyle and what you’re using it for will come into play when thinking about the purchase.
If you’re looking for a great choice to make sure you can leave the toolbox at home, the Swiss Army Trekker Multi-tool is a great choice.
- Lots of great tools
- Fairly easy to use
- Sturdy enough for daily use
- Overall design and tool placement not as thought out as we would like.
- May be a bit to hefty for some
SWISS ARMY HUNTER PRO
Unlike the other knives on this list, the Victorinox Swiss Army Hunter Pro contains just one tool, but it’s a remarkable one at that. This knife features a heavy gauge stainless steel locking blade that measures an effective 4 inches in length. It features the ability to open it one handed, as well as superior sharpness compared to other blades on this list.
With its straightforward and simple design, there is little that can hide the superior craftsmanship of this knife. The blade, as well as the housing, are solidly built, and chances are it will last for years to come.
Ease of Use
With the thumb ring and easy to use one handed locking operation, you’ll be able to get this knife open in a flash, and use it easily.
While there have been some issues with the housing and the blade tip in earlier versions of this knife, Victorinox seems to have addressed them well enough to create a knife that withstands the rigors of the hunting life without too much trouble.
When it comes to cutting things, whether it’s rope animal hide, or plant life in the back country, this simple blade is truly all you need. However, we wouldn’t suggest using it for other tasks such as tightening a screw or breaking a window. Its lack of other tools can be both a strength and a drawback depending on your needs.
The Victorinox Swiss Army Hunter Pro pocket knife is a true vision in simple, yet functional design. If you want something that will cut nearly anything, this is a great choice.
- Easy to use foldable design
- Substantial 4 inch blade
- One handed operation
- Rugged construction
- No other tools besides the blade
- Craftsmanship may not always be up to standard
The included tools of this knife from Victorinox include a serrated locking blade, a Phillips screwdriver, a wood saw, a bottle open, can open, and both a large and small screwdriver
For all practical purposes, the craftsmanship of this knife measures up to industry standards, and will last you for a fairly long time. However, there are quite a few on this list that have a better overall design and and workmanship
Ease of Use
Each of the tools in this knife are fairly easy to access and use.
With proper care and maintenance, this knife will last for decades under normal use conditions. However, if you envision working in harsh environments, or putting this knife through serious abuse, you might want to consider some of the other options on this list.
When it comes to usability and practicality in the field, the Victorinox one hand trekker is a fairly good choice. The tools are practical and easy to use, and should last with proper care through most average outdoor environments.
If you’re a weekend warrior that loves to camp, hike and explore the great outdoors at a comfortable pace, the Victorinox One-Hand Trekker German Army is a great choice. However, if you expect to be more extreme in your adventures, you might want to consider other options.
- Easy to use
- Practical Tools
- One handed Operation
- Not as durable as we would like to see
Criteria for Evaluation
What are the Included Tools?
The best Victorinox knives are well known for being practical tools that can be used just about anywhere, and help you in numerous situations that you may find yourself in. One of the reasons for this universal usability is the fact that most of these pocket knives come with a wide array of tools. From the classic single-edge knife blade to a plastic toothpick, there are countless tools to use.
But it’s not only about what tools are offered in each of these knives. It’s also about practicality and functionality. Having a saw blade is all well and good, but in order to be practical, it needs to be able to cut through things with relative ease. Scissors that don’t cut adequately after a few uses don’t really serve you well in a pinch. And a Phillips screwdriver that doesn’t allow you to use it in many cases because of where it is on the knife doesn’t help all that much either.
Thankfully, except for a few instances, mostly involving the Phillips head screwdriver, these knives from Victorinox all offer the tools that most people use on a daily basis, and some tools that certainly help out in a pinch or emergency situations.
The Craftsmanship is Important
Having their start in the late 1800s, the Victorinox company has built a reputation for their high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. Designed with military precision and Swiss accuracy, the best knives from Victorinox are well known to stand the test of time.
While many of these knives are no longer manufactured in Switzerland, the pride and demanding nature of the company to produce high-quality knives hasn’t lessened at all. They still use high-quality materials, skilled craftsman, and artisans. In addition, with newer technology, and the ability to expand their manufacturing into a global scale, they are able to offer this quality at a much more reasonable price than before.
Ease of Use
Let’s face it; unless the knife is easy to use, chances are it won’t be used. Whether it’s opening or closing the knife blade, pulling out the tweezers, or angling the flat head screw driver to get into the tight place, there are numerous situations where these knives offer a practical usability that is hard to match.
There are exceptions, of course. In some cases, such as the included corkscrew, the practicality of the tool and the ease of use just doesn’t seem to match up with utilitarian nature of the knives from Victorinox as a whole.
Another aspect to consider when purchasing the best Victorinox knife for you is how long it is going to last. These knives are meant to take abuse either in the heart of the city’s jungle or trekking through the forest behind your home. After all, these knives have a heritage of being used by the Swiss military.
While the true durability of each particular knife varies with use and time, with proper care, each of the examples on this list should last for many years to come. There are some reports from consumers, of their knives lasting for decades, and only needing replacements due to being lost or stolen. Nevertheless, it is no wonder why fans keep coming back to Victorinox again and again, the durability of their products is undeniable.
And finally, it’s important to consider how practical the Victorinox knife will be for the situations that you are most likely to face. In taking this into consideration, we look at what a typical outdoors enthusiast would be doing while using the knife. He might be gathering kindling for a camp fire. She might be trying to tighten a tiny screw on her compass. A teenager might use the main blade as a way to scrape mud off of his shoe (a use we don’t recommend by the way if you want your knife to last as long as it can). In a more urban setting, these knives can be used to help set watches, do minor repairs to computer terminals, and even cut up an apple into easy to eat slices. There are countless uses for these knives, and their practicality is certainly a very important factor when choosing the best one for your needs.
More to think about when purchasing your Victorinox knife
How and when can it be used?
This is perhaps one of the most important subjects to think about when purchasing your next Victorinox knife. How and when you see yourself using it will ultimately help you determine what type of knife you buy. Do you see yourself using it sparingly, such as cutting up a piece of fruit, or maybe turning a loose screw or two? Then a knife with a slimmer line and fewer tools, such as the Victorinox Electrician may be all that you need. However, if you see yourself using multiple tools, especially in a more wilderness environment, something like the One Handed German Army Trekker knife, with its one-handed ease of opening and serrated locking blade might serve you better.
Is it an everyday knife?
In certain areas of the country, there are laws concerning what knives you are allowed to carry on your person based primarily on the blade length, and whether or not it is a foldable design. In addition, some of the knives presented here are entirely too large to carry around in a pocket or even in a purse.
So when choosing your next Victorinox knife, it’s important to consider if you’re going to be carrying it every day, and how you will be carrying it as well. Thankfully, most of the knives presented here are compact enough and small enough to meet the laws of the area as well as the practicality of everyday carry. There are a few exceptions, of course. For example, the Swiss Army Ranger Wood 55 knife is probably a bit too large to fit in the pocket, but it can easily be worn on a belt.
Q: How should I clean my knife?
First, if you so happen to buy a Victorinox Knife that has electronics make sure to remove it’s batteries before getting started. Next, you have a couple of options. You can either simply inspect your knife for dirt and debris and gently clean it off with a soft towel and warm water. Or , if you find that your knife is a little bit more dirty and stiff, you can place it in a bowl of warm water. Once it is in the water, open and close all of the parts until they move smoothly. Finally, once your knife is 100% dry and clean, you will want to place a mall amount of oil between the blades.
Q: How do I oil my Victorinox Knife?
First, have a look at how easily the tools can be pulled into their open position. Are some of them stiff, or slow moving? Or perhaps they get “stuck” half way through the motion? All three of these characteristics can become unsafe and lead to dangerous situations. In these cases, lubrication is most likely needed. While a standard knife oil will suffice, Victorinox offers a multi-tool oil that is specifically designed for their merchandise, and it actually works quite well.
When placing the oil on your knife, you place a very small drop of it in between the blades and blades, tool casing, and any other friction points.
Q: What oil should I use to clean my Swiss Army Knife?
It is suggested by Victorinox that you use the company’s very own Multi Tool Oil. Victorinox explains that the benefits of using this oil are that it has a neutral smell and taste, prevent’s the knife’s aging, protects your knife from corrosion, and it’s food safe.
Q: How do I sharpen my Swiss Army Knife?
And finally, take a look at the sharpness of the various blades and saws in your knife. The truth is, a dull blade is extremely dangerous since you often have to use more force to do the same amount of work as well the blade is sharp. That excess force can lead to accidents, tears, and even cuts. If the edge is straight, or non-serrated, the easiest way to sharpen it is to use a sharpening whetstone and scrape the blade edge against it at a 10 to 20-degree angle. To hone a serrated edge, take the sharpening stone and scrape it across the flat edge of the serrated blade at the same angle. There are, of course, tools available to help you sharpen the blades more efficiently, but discussing their use is beyond the scope of this guide.
Q: How old should a child be before getting their first Victorinox knife?
The truth is, owning a knife for the first time depends more on the maturity level of the child, and not the age. It is also a parental decision, and one that takes into account a few different factors, such as whether or not the child needs to be supervised with the knife, whether the child understands the dangers inherent in a knife, and most importantly, what to do if something goes wrong or they get hurt.
When you’re considering buying a knife for your child, make sure both you and the child understand that a knife is not a toy, and should not be treated as such. If you sincerely feel that your child has the understanding, and physical capability to handle a knife correctly, then, by all means, help them to purchase one.
When looking for the best knives for Victorinox, there are a few things to consider. Take into account your needs and lifestyle, and look for the collection of tools that best fits what you need. Thankfully, the Victorinox company provides plenty of choices. The ones presented here, in our opinion, stand a good deal above the rest.