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I’ve hiked for years without a knife. Never thought I’d need one, but when I found out about the Victorinox Classic Mini swiss army knife I knew it would be of great benefit and solve a lot of obvious problems on the trail.
Why the Victorinox Classic Mini swiss army knife?
So many hikers will tell you about small annoyances on the trail; food stuck in your teeth, bits of thread coming loose, overgrown toenails, bits of cactus stuck in awkward places, the list goes on. This teeny, tiny little pocket knife has everything you need for a thru-hike. You won’t be needing anything larger unless you’re bushwhacking your way through dense forest, or deciding to do some more serious backcountry bushcraft.
How well does it work?
I took it out on the Pacific Crest Trail and it served its purpose almost every day. i’d keep it in the small zippy pocket on the back of my shorts and whenever I needed it it was there and worked well on loose thread, cutting packets, filing toes, removing splinters and chopping down tape for repairs.
What’s there not to like?
The tweezers were a little flimsy and didn’t have much grip, not as strong as proper tweezers, but worked well enough.
Value for money
For £11 you’re getting a tiny, compact, lightweight multi-purpose tool which has a great amount of use out there in the field. I believe it should be a part of every thru-hiker’s kit list and for those reasons, it’s very good value for money.
- Capability 90% 90%
- Value to weight ratio 90% 90%
- Value for money 90% 90%
- Works very well
- All you’ll need on a thru
- Tweezers were a little flimsy
From 21g (0.7oz)
- Nail file
- Flat head screw driver
- Key chain