by Nicholas Oetken
Swiss Army Knives are arguably one of the most underrated and overlooked knives there is. They are great for everyday carry (EDC), camping, and wilderness survival.
One of the most important pieces of advice you can follow when putting together your everyday carry, or EDC is to not just get the right equipment but to get high-quality equipment.
One of the handiest items you can have as part of your EDC is the Swiss Army Knife, such as the kind made by Victorinox.
Victoronix has been producing knives since 1897, so it’s safe to say that they know what they are doing. In other words, they know how to deliver on quality.
But first of all, why is a Swiss Army Knife even a necessary or wise item to have in your EDC?
Why Carry A Swiss Army Knife?
There are many reasons that you should carry a Swiss Army Knife as part of your EDC, and we’ll outline and discuss the primary reasons here:
It may not be one hundred percent necessary to carry a Swiss Army knife as part of your EDC, but there’s no question that it would be a very convenient item for the sole purpose that it combines multiple tools into one.
In fact, Swiss Army Knives are arguably one of the most underrated and overlooked tools there is. This is because a Swiss Army Knife essentially takes several items out of a toolbox, sizes them down, and then stuffs them into the body of the tool:
– Knife Blade
– Magnifying Glass
– Key Ring
– Fish Scaler
– Can Opener
– Bottle Opener
– Measuring Tape
– LED Flashlight
That’s just a small list of the above items that are often packed into a little Swiss Army Knife. With those kinds of tools, you can perform tasks such as:
– Opening Boxes
– Slicing or Cutting food
– Tightening Screws
– Cutting Wires
– Seeing In Darkness
– Sawing Through Small Wood Pieces
– Opening Cans and Bottles
– Peeling Fruit
– Measuring A Certain Height
– Opening A Wine Bottle
You get the idea. A Swiss Army Knife can be a highly convenient item to have with you in your everyday life.
In fact, the most complex Swiss Army Knives have over thirty different tools in them (yes, thirty). The fact that you’re carrying multiple tools together is what makes Swiss Army knives so unique and such a wise item to have with you. It’s multi-functional, and it will be there when you need it.
You Can Carry It With You Everywhere
Or at least you can bring it with you almost anywhere. Because of how small it is. The largest Swiss Army Knives measure approximately five inches in length and the smallest Swiss Army Knives around two inches in length.
It’s really easy to bring your Swiss Army Knife with you around in your pocket wherever you go, and you won’t even remember that it’s with you (at least not until you need it).
In short, Swiss Army Knives are among the most portable tools in existence, and this alone proves their worth in gold.
It will Last For Years
So long as you buy a Swiss Army Knife from a highly reliable manufacturer, such as Victorinox, it is going to last you for many years, and this is not an exaggeration.
The primary reason for this durability and quality is because Swiss Army Knives are built out of stainless steel, and have been for years. Furthermore, they are also often further coated in rust and corrosion resistant materials as well, such as the Victorinox Spartan PS Swiss Army Knife that we will discuss later in this article.
It’s Cost Effective
Last but certainly not least, did anyone mention that Swiss Army Knives are hardly expensive? They are highly affordable despite their multi-purpose design and stainless steel build construction. It’s a relatively cheap investment that you’ll have to make for a tool that is going to give you many years of dependable service.
In short, you should never underestimate the Swiss Army Knife for how it can serve you in your everyday life.
That being said, don’t overestimate it either. You should never treat the Swiss Army Knife like a defensive, fighting, or combat tool, so you’ll need another tactical knife in your EDC that can fulfill those purposes for you instead.
Next, let’s talk about five of the best models of Swiss Army Knives for EDC use.
The 5 Best Swiss Army Knives For EDC
Here are the five best Swiss Army Knives for EDC and the unique features of each model, listed in alphabetical order:
BEST BEGINNER SWISS ARMY KNIFE – VICTORINOX BANTAM
The Victorinox Bantam is easily the best entry-level Swiss Army Knife, as it consists of only the following components:
– Knife Blade
– Wire Stripper
– Can Opener
– Screwdriver (5mm)
– Key Ring
Still, there’s a lot that you can do with just those items. But what really makes this a good entry level Swiss Army Knife is the price, as it’s offered at a much lower price point in contrast to the other Swiss Army Knives on this list.
BEST LOW PROFILE SWISS ARMY KNIFE – VICTORINOX CADET ALOX
If you’re looking for a Swiss Army Knife that can handle basic and yet consistent everyday tasks, while also being very small and low profile, then the Victorinox Cadet Alox may be exactly what you’re looking for. The scales on the body of this Swiss Army Knife are built out of aluminum oxide. You may be disappointed to find out that this Swiss Army Knife does not have a tweezer or toothpick, simply because it does not have the storage room for either of them, but the tradeoff is you are getting a knife with a much lower profile and size, in combination with the superior grip texting.
In other words, this Swiss Army Knife is about as flat and small of a pocket knife as you could ask for. The entire body of the knife is just 3.3 inches long, while the blade measures just under two and a half inches.
Additional tools that the Cadet Alox comes with, in addition to the knife blade, are:
– Can Opener
– Bottle Opener
BEST SPECIALIZED SWISS ARMY KNIFE – VICTORINOX CLIMBER
If you’re in the market for a Swiss Army Knife that’s a little more specialized, then you’ll want to pay close attention to the Victorinox Climber Swiss Army Knife. This is a knife that comes with a few tools you may not have anticipated, including a corkscrew for opening bottles of wine (and is also surprisingly useful for untying knots in your shoelaces as well).
This knife earns its name because it was designed for rock climbers in mind. Still, it’s a very small sized Swiss Army Knife that is a great choice for anyone looking for a practical and conveniently sized tool that they can carry with them every day.
BEST SWISS ARMY KNIFE FOR HUNTING – VICTORINOX HUNTSMAN
There’s also a reason why this Swiss Army Knife is called the Huntsman: it really was designed for use with hunters. To this end, it contains tools such as a saw to slice through branches, a hook for hanging fish, a can opener to open your camping provisions, and even an awl that you can use to drill holes into the side of a tree in order to set up snares.
Besides hunting use, this is really just a heavy duty Swiss Army Knife that can also be used for EDC use in your daily life, then this will also be good for that.
SWISS ARMY KNIFE WITH THE BEST BLADE – VICTORINOX SPARTAN PS
The final Swiss Army Knife that we will talk about for EDC use is the Victorinox Spartan PS, and this knife is worthy of note because it easily comes with one of the best knife blades of any of the Swiss Army Knives.
First and foremost, you’ll notice that this knife is colored all black, including each of the components such as the blade, which is coated in a material called Polispectral for added durability and rust resistance. This coating is also what gives the blade, body, and the rest of the components the unique black coating that can appear to be different shades when viewed under sunlight.
The total length of this blade when closed is three and a half inches, so like any other Swiss Army Knife, it can easily be carried with you even noticing it.
In conclusion, Swiss Army Knives are a very good tool to have for your everyday carry purposes for the reasons that we covered earlier in this article: they are multi-purpose, practical, easy to carry around, and dirt cheap too. With all of these reasons in mind, it naturally begs the question: why would you not carry around a Swiss Army Knife in your EDC?
If you agree that it would be a good idea to have a Swiss Army Knife to serve in your EDC, any one of the five models that we have covered here today will be a good option for you.