The Victorinox SwissTool was introduced in 1997 and it is a real success product. It is still probably one of the best multitools in the world.
have used a Standard SwissTool for many years and it is still in very good condition. It is a large and solid made tool for all kinds of tasks. The black oxide model is used by military and other services.
The black oxide layer will give a small additional protection against corrosion. The main purpose of this layer is to make it less shiny. This oxide layer will wear off in time.
already much information on the evolution and modifications and variations done on the SwissTools on the internet so I will not go into the details.
The Standard SwissTool got two blades with one
plain edge and one wavy edge. The X model got a scissor that is handy. In 2004 Victorinox introduced a Spirit model. This 105mm category is different in design and it got a more ergonomic handle. Compared to the normal 115mm category is still large enough.
The scissors on the Spirit is different with a different spring mechanism. It is solid made.
There are many different variations and different designs for collectors and enthusiasts that you can
find on these tools.
A multitool is a great invention and it fit into the modern world needs and it fit everywhere. Victorinox also made it with a bit set and key. Some models got the special Ratchet
tool that is a very interesting invention of miniature products.
A multitool with additional bits is a formidable combination because you can custom make your set for special purpose or safety. Today
one may find all kinds of bits and additional functions for a key or ratchet.
I have had my SwissTool and Ratchet with me many places and one time I even assembled a roof gutter with it. The bolts
and nuts needed to be held with the plier on one side and turned together with the Ratchet on the other.
I have assembled parts of a fence with this tool as well and used it for all kinds of different