Functions and maintenance

The functions on the SwissTool can be opened from the outside and the functions got independent springs to avoid clumping.

The locking mechanism is a metal plate operated by a spring with the release button on both sides.

It is normal to find some play in the lock.

It is smart to sharpen the blades from time to time and remember that a sharp knife is a safe knife.


From time to time I give a stripe of oil across the functions and move them into closed and locked mode. The stripe of oil will then get into the friction parts and this will secure the best functionality.

If much dirt and substances develop in the locking mechanism then I use warm soapy water and a plastic brush. I clean everything inside and clean every function independently. I like the mechanism to move free and this secures the functionality. After soapy water I rinse much and move the functions. After this I give the tool some oil.

This SwissTool is used much and i will clean the whole tool today to remove the little dirt on it. I like the multittool clean.

Cleaning update

The SwissTool is now cleaned.


Remember to clean the pouch or sheath too because dirt or sand can influence the tool.

Pliers update

The only detail on the SwissTool pliers that could be better is the length of the cutting area. It is a bit short for some tasks. If you are cutting electrical cables with some size then you may need to cut two times for one cable and this does not make a clean cut. You can use the knife and cut it but this is not the best either. The plier itself and cut area on the SwissTool got many variations and it got development in design and functionality. Still I feel the cutting part could be increased even more.

Construction update


When you have been into knives for many years you will read the construction with functions and how versatile it can be. There is one very big advantage with the construction on the Swisstool. With this it is possible to use the metal file/saw for example towards a surface better. If you do not hold the hand or fingers under the handle and just grip then you see with the lines how close you can get to a flat surface. The advantage with this is when you must cut a device that is barely reachable.



I have been a member of norsk knivforening for many years now. This means I receive the magazine they produce with many wonderful articles and information.  Not everyone know that folding knives is also a knife with long traditions here I Norway. I like that in this magazine you can see lovely handmade knives but also strange and maybe even weird knives.

Many years ago I started to be interested in traditional pocket knives and special purpose knives from the world. Only to learn and study them further but not for collecting. By doing so some pieces came together with the Swiss Army Knives too. I could see better the importance of having several functions on one knife. Many things been done before in history in Solingen. Many functions been made a long time ago both on single function folding knives and on knives with many functions. Special purpose knives have been around for a very long time in history. In the knivbladet magazine some special purpose and also versatile pocket knives are talked about which is nice. I get inspiration from this magazine from time to time because it somehow functions as a confirmation about things and subjects I have been into in my years with SAKs. I believe that is a reason for the magazine in the first place to touch every aspect for people. It is about knife joy! Over the years on forums I learned that many people use a great deal of time to decide on what SAKs to have. What functions that would fit their need the best and this interesting to learn about. Many that are into multitools see clearly how the makers strive to make the best that could be used for the widest tasks. If you study SAKs you will also see that from the 1950s and up we see how the number of functions started to grow and you see two Swiss Companies that gradually placed more and more functions on them.  If you look upon the SwissChamp for example you see a model that stands out and is still today a wonderful package of tools.

I guess to be educated in Swiss Army Knives you must study knives from all over the world and the functions. This means looking on knives that are hundreds of years old, maybe older too. You must read books, magazines, forums and collect. It’s been a competition between Companies to produce the most versatile models. The Swiss makes knives for any task, including the professional knives. There are many categories. I like minimalistic and also knives with a lot of functions.

Some time ago I looked into the use of having flat screwdrivers on pocket knives. Today we have so many different types. The result is that it was developed bits and adapters to fulfill the usability. Wenger used the bit opening in the handle and you find different ideas across the world on bits.

The main thing with knivbladet is traditional fixed blade scandi knives and it is interesting to see.

Gentle touch or rough

I like the simplicity of a fixed blade knife for many reasons. The blade can be very versatile and represents the best abilities for many tasks. It is carried in a sheath and readily available any time you need it. They are usually easy to clean, sharpen and use.  The fixed blade knife can very traditional in design or more modern. I am not a strong believer in the one knife philosophy.

When it comes to SAKs you can see some of the important factors with minimalistic versatile designs. One example on such SAKs can be the large 130mm New Ranger that Wenger developed.

For normal EDC with pocket knives it is the smaller categories that are the best with the 84, 85 and 91mm models with basic functions. It all depends on how your idea of knives is. Some prefer to have a wider need for functions. It is very nice in a situation when people really could need a tool and there you have it ready. It is a good energy and a helpful thing to do.

 I believe very much in MultiTools and SAKs with many functions but at the same time they do not fit very well in the pocket for gentleman carry or traditional EDC. There is a difference there and a factor that could be difficult to change.  The normal EDC only require basic functions. If you look upon things required in the outdoors, fishing and hiking it is usually also only basic functions needed there too but perhaps with larger size. The MultiTools can many times be the choice because you have that package and can or could get everything done with it.

Many times in the outdoors people got two different philosophies and that is interesting. One part like rough tools with an axe, large saw, fixed blade and perhaps a plier. The other part got a much more gently touch on the outdoors and prefer pocket knives and MTs. It is almost impossible to say what the best is. This would depend on what you do in the outdoors and what kind of dangers it got with animals and climate. Some use machines and transportation that would require a selection of functions and this could be a multitool for example.

In all my research and study I find it very smart to have a combination philosophy. Not only limited by the number and selection of functions on it but also use it in combination with other separate tools.



Sometimes planning must be done on what equipment to use and bring. Today the traditional flat screws are replaced with hex, torx and several others. This can complicate the traditional functionality on SAKs. One would believe that having the flat screwdriver option is past its time. My experience is that it is still a good need for them. For how long I do not know!

It is important as I have mentioned years ago that damage to equipment and machines can happen if you only use MTs and not the specific tools required for maintenance and repair.  This is another factor that must be taken into consideration before you decide what to do. In many situations SAKs and MTs can only work for things around or in between.


One could say that large MTs are a large size plier with functions around it but today this would not reach the correct description. There are too many things going on to say so. Wenger had the philosophy that in the outdoors size matters. You could find the large 130mm category models with basic functions. Stronger functions dedicated to larger tasks but at the same time being able to have traditional abilities. Most would say that a large set of pliers is not necessary in the outdoors but for sure it is very handy when fishing. Wenger made pliers for the New Ranger SAKs with medium size. Not intended for competing with the SwissTools tough pliers but enough for many things.

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03.01 | 15:26

The 120mm continued after the New Ranger. They had Patent and not pat pend. I say pat pend first then patent next. But! Wenger did many variations! :)

03.01 | 15:08

The old Ranger 120mm is from 1991, on my 1993 it is pat pend I have seen it on 1991 too and Swissbuck as well! Wenger can be a minefield because of variations

03.01 | 15:04

It is a superb question. Wenger used different stamps, some because of european laws. Usually the quality and steel is the same. Which is first? Not sure.

03.01 | 14:48

Hi! Sorry for late answer. I have seen many variations with Wenger, please send pic to

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