Words by my research from Victorinox:

“The development of this small ratchet tool represents a masterpiece from the VICTORINOX engineers with regard to miniaturization, solidity and functionality. At present there is no comparable ratchet in this size on the market”


This is very true and follow the quality we know from Victorinox. There is an extension bar made for the Ratchet and I recommend it because the use will be more comfortable. I bought a cheap extension bar from a hardware store and it works very well. This ratchet got much potential for bits and use.

I am always interested to learn about extra parts for multitools and knives, I would say the biggest advantage with a separate key or ratchet is the double function it will give you. Plier and a ratchet like I have explained and talked about on different pages her on sakhome.com

Today machinery and products in the world require different bits and screwdrivers to repair or for maintenance. To custom make a bit set is fun and interesting because one will have to make sure that the bits and tool does not get lost. It is more safe to have a multitool alone, it will go a long way but it cannot fur fill every role today.

I believe Victorinox did see this possibility for a key and ratchet to enhance the functionality and strength of a multitool pack.

The Ratchet make a nice clicking sound when using it

the extention bar is helful when using the key


A plier can be hard on equipment and machinery and to use the plier can damage bolts and screws.

For sure if it is needed the use of a plier can be helpful for many tasks, if you are worried that the plier will damage then a separate key can be a smart thing to use.

Leatherman adapter and bit set are formidable equipment but also here I would recommend the separate function.

One must make sure the adapter and bits really fit the tool it was designed for and if other does not have the same tool then it is not safe enough. Leatherman is a high quality brand but I would recommend the separate functions as well for safety.

Update Leatherman

Leatherman got different extra parts made for the multitools and i would recommend checking them out.

This adapter can be used on some Leatherman but not all, information on this can be found on the internet. It got the standard bit size but it is not so comfortable to use separate.

The flat bits used on Leatherman Tools is a dilemma because they are not available everywhere. It is always most safe to go with the standard bit size.

Update key

The standard Victorinox key for bits will go a long way and on the picture is another custom put together bit set.

Combination update

I have shown some combination tools on my pages with bits and key. Over the years using multitools I have discovered that sometimes this is needed. Sometimes it is also needed to use brute force to turn a bolt. No matter how strong finger strength a person got it may be needed with two tools or even two pliers for a task.

There is one part I find extra interesting because I am very much into multi-tools and having everything in one tool like mentioned. There are many different keys or gripping tools on the market that may or could be used for many tasks together with a multi-tool.  An advantage would be a small device that is strong and comfortable to be used to hold one side of a bolt and then use the plier or functions on your multi-tool. The problem is when you have to use force with both hands at the same time. I believe there are many possibilities that are not explored fully yet here.

Ratchet update

The Victorinox Ratchet is still in full order and it is a very high quality tool. In combination with the SwissTool it is formidable. There are many different adapters and bits you can use.

A key or a gripping tool would also be a formidable combination.


Some goodies

Tools update


I am a big fan of the Wenger Universal Wrench for smaller tasks. On the picture you can see a Universal Wrench and a less expencive brand with a key for different nuts and bolts. The Victorinox Ratchet can be used in combination with the two on the picture with good result.

extension update

Victorinox understood the meaning of combination tools with the SwissTool multi-tools. The key or the ratchet is a very helpful tool. In tight spaces the Ratchet itself is of great help. Today there is no problem finding an extension bar with flexing ability. This means that you can reach small places and use an angle as well. This can be used in the hex opening on Wenger knives too. In tight spaces the Ratchet tool is very helpful because all you have to do is move back and forth without fully turning a key. The Ratchet would work wonderfully in combination with different Wenger knives and tools. Or other multi-tools in the world. Just imagine having a Wenger knife with the hex opening and bits and the ratchet with bits in the other hand! The possibilities are increased a lot!

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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 trondsak@sakhome.com

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