Victorinox Compact Spring Swiss Army Multitool
Last updated date: September 13, 2021
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This multitool is constructed from a durable stainless steel that won't rust. Although the piece is compact for portability, it still offers the convenience of 24 different tools. The blade is also lockable to prevent accidental cuts.
In our analysis of 124 expert reviews, the Victorinox Compact Spring Swiss Army Multitool placed 2nd when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
From The Manufacturer
A CUT ABOVE THE REST: Compact, agile and ready to face any adventure head-on. Our range of Swisstools continue to be an icon of utility and smart design. These are the most robust tools currently available in the Victorinox range. DURABLE CONSTRUCTION: Renown Swiss made stainless steel construction. Each tool is accessible from the outside and locks into place with its own spring and lock for ultimate precision, comfort, convenience and safety. COMPACT CARRY: Bring this tool with you on your daily adventures without sacrificing space. It makes a great gift for any occasion or stocking stuffer for Christmas. FIT FOR ALL TASKS: The idea is simple: always be prepared. The Swisstool is a multi-tool with an impressive list of features, ensuring you are ready for anything. Extremely handy, functional and compact, it is a complete toolbox in a single tool. TRUSTED QUALITY: Made in Switzerland; Victorinox provides a lifetime guarantee against defects in material and workmanship. Making a lifetime commitment has never been so easy. No assembly required, money back guarantee. PRODUCT DETAILS: Swiss made multi-tool with 24 tools and lockable blade. Height: 0.7 in, Length: 4.1 in., Weight: 7.4 oz., Scale Material: Stainless steel. FUNCTIONS: Needle-nosed pliers, wire cutter for thin and soft wire up to 40 HRC, hard wire cutter, large blade, Phillips screwdriver 1/2, reamer/punch, multipurpose hook, can opener, screwdriver 3 mm, bottle opener, screwdriver 6 mm, crate opener, wire bender, scissors, wood saw, metal saw, metal file, screwdriver 2 mm, chisel 7 mm, cable cover longitudinal cutter, cable cover crossways cutter, wire stripper and scraper, lanyard hole, coupling for corkscrew. 22 Function multi tool for around-the-house or job site use. Includes screwdrivers, wire cutters, bottle openers, saws, pliers, and much more. All stainless steel construction protects tool from rust or decay. Stores comfortably in nylon case or hangs from neck via lanyard hole. 3-1/4-Inch long, weighs 5-3/4-Ounce, lifetime warranty.
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Vicki Liston writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.
Home improvement and all things DIY have been Liston’s passion since she bought her first house in 2007 and she started making video blogs in 2014. She’s performed hundreds of DIY projects, from small ones to major, wall-smashing renovations and can teach you how to make a trendy DIY barn door for cheap. The proceeds earned from “On The Fly…DIY” are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations. You can find her show on Prime Video.
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An Overview On Multitools
If you’re not much of a handyman, you could be forgiven for thinking of the once-ubiquitous Swiss Army Knife when you hear the word “multitool.” And while that trusty red pocketknife is still around, the design of the multitool has come a long way since they were standard issue for your Boy Scout troop.
These days, the term multitool can encompass anything from a weighty gadget that requires a holster and incorporates 30 tools or more to a stealthy metal card that doubles as a wrench and bottle opener. But though the design may differ, you’re essentially talking about something roughly the size of a pocketknife that instead flips out an assortment of screwdrivers and other useful tools (and possibly a knife or three as well).
The pocketknife configuration may have worked fine for the Swiss Army, and it’s still the standard for some multitools. But more recently, if you go shopping for multitools, you’ll find most are modeled in the design of the balisong or butterfly knife.
This setup has a lot of advantages. For one thing, you can open it with a simple flick of the wrist. With certain adjustments, the twin handles can be used as grips for pliers, scissors or any number of tools where a little extra torque is needed. To get the various gadgets loose from their folded-in position, some multitools may have a release catch or just require you to pry them loose with a tab that protrudes from the central cavity. Once they’re in use, most will have a mechanism that locks them in place for ease of use (and your safety).
What tools can you expect to find on a standard multitool? The list can vary widely, but it should include a screwdriver (with a Phillips and flat-head driver, at least), pliers, scissors and possibly a knife or two. Most will also have a bottle opener or something you can use as one. It’s a good bet that this tool is the one that will see the most actual use among weekend warriors.
“If you’re involved in a specialty activity, there are multitools on the market that cater to those needs,” says our home improvement expert Vicki Liston. Her award-winning show “On The Fly…DIY” has plenty of home tutorials for testing out your multitool. “Don’t assume that the manufacturer knows exactly what you need, though. Read through the list of included tools before assuming it’s the whole enchilada.”
The total number of tools incorporated can be as few as two or three to 40 or more. Just remember the main asset of a multitool is portability. If you can’t use a tool, it’s just dead weight. Heed that Boy Scout motto and “be prepared” … just remember, it’s possible to be overprepared.
The Multitool Buying Guide
- The selling point on a lot of multitools is quantity. It might indeed be impressive to see 30 tools or more packed into a somewhat compact package, but keep your lifestyle in mind. Do you really need a hex driver in 12 different sizes while you’re on the go? Unless you’re a professional handyman, probably not — and even then, you’ve probably got a full-sized tool that will do the job far more effectively. If you’re planning to carry your multitool around the house, a few screwdrivers and wrenches might be all you need. On hikes, look for a gadget with a focus on knives, scissors and saws. If it’s going to be kept in the glove compartment, a strap cutter and window breaker might be life-saving tools to have. Match the multitool to your situation.
- While we’re on the subject of tool selection, a word about knives: They’re fairly common on most multitools and can be handy on everything from whittling primitive tools to opening stubborn packages. They’re so small on many tools that you may not even consider them as weapons — but the TSA will. “In some places, blades over 2.5″ are not allowed, and you may get your tool taken away altogether,” says our home improvement expert Vicki Liston. When traveling by air, take that multitool off the belt and stow it in checked baggage, or leave it at home entirely.
- Size matters. The whole point of a multitool is that you can carry it easily. An arsenal of gadgetry is no good if you can’t fit it into your pocket. It’s up to you to find that sweet spot between portability and functionality. Be advised that while credit card-sized multitools can be cute, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to use it for anything strenuous. No matter what the size, look for stainless steel construction or something just as sturdy.
- Most decent multitools can fit in a pocket, but just barely. And depending on the design, you might not be able to easily retrieve it there anyway, especially if it shares space with a wallet or keys. Look for tools with at least a belt clip or sheath if you’re dealing with anything larger than five inches or so.
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