Don't Travel Without Your Swiss Army Pocket Knife!



A Swiss army pocket knife is so useful in so many different occasions. From cutting your baguette and cheese to opening that bottle of wine underneath the Eiffel Tower.

There are many types Swiss army knives. The tools on each knife are slightly different, but there is something for everyone. A Swiss army knife may contain anything from a nail file and scissors to a knife and a screwdriver.


What Is A Swiss Army Pocket Knife?

It is basically a multi-function pocket knife that has multiple tools. All traditional Swiss army knives are red and sports the Victorinox or Wenger "cross" logo.

The multiple tools are stowed away inside the handle of the pocket knife. They are easily accessed through a pivot mechanism on both sides of the knife.


The Most Common Tools On A Swiss Army Knife

The most simplest model of pocket knife only has one main blade. However, there are now so many different types of Swiss army knives, all with different combinations of tools.
Here is a list of the most common tools found on a Swiss army knife:
  1. Knife - main blade and a second smaller blade
  2. Scissors
  3. Bottle opener
  4. Corkscrew
  5. Can opener
  6. Tweezers
  7. Screwdriver - slotted/flat-head and pillips-head
  8. Toothpick
  9. Nail file
  10. Mini saw

You can also buy pocket knives that have been technologically upgraded. These may include features like a digital clock, LED light, and a digital altimeter. Another great option as USB flash drives and MP3 players that look like Swiss army knives.

Recent technological features include USB flash drives, digital clock, digital altimeter, LED light, laser pointer, and MP3 player.


What Are Its Uses?

As for its uses - you are only limited by your imagination! This travel accessory is great for picnics, perfect for minor repairs and even helpful for personal grooming.

We always take one on any vacation. They are just that handy! We really appreciate one when we are hiking, camping and of course backpacking.


What Sizes Do They Come In?

The standard issue Swiss army knife or the 'original' pocket knife is 9cm long and 2cm wide. It has the following tools - large blade, small blade, corkscrew, can opener, screwdriver, bottle opener, wire stripper, reamer tweezers, and toothpick.

The small Swiss army knife is about 6cm long and 1.5cm wide. It has the following tools - blade, scissors, nail file with nail cleaner, cuticle pusher, screwdriver with ruler, letter opener, orange peeler, bottle opener, phillips-head screw driver, wire stripper, LED mini light and retractable ball point pen.

The actual depth of the pocket knife depends on how many tools it has.


Where Can I Buy One?

The two main brands that sell multi-tool pocket knives are Sare Victorinox and Leatherman. You can pick a Swiss army pocket knife up from most outdoor and travel stores. You can buy a small Swiss army knife or even a custom Swiss army knife. Remember the more accessories on your pocket knife the more expensive it will be.

The price can range from $50 for a basic model to $300 for a custom Swiss army knife.



We hope that you find a Swiss army knife that is best for you. You might also find these travel products helpful - Collapsible Bowl, Stainless Steel Water Bottle or Head Torch.

Checkout more essential Travel Accessories, the best Security Accessories and importantly our Travel Packing Checklists.

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