Clip function

24.02.2020

Hi knife searchers, today i got myself a SwissClip because I find it interesting and something I just had to learn about. You can already find several videos on the internet and talk about it. Two of the things that draw it down a bit can be the difficult access to the tweezers and multipurpose hook.

The Clip feels well made and it is comfortable to attach on clothes and the last section of it is tighter so it is firmly set on the pocket. It is ok!

Many like the possibility for a clip so it can be attached to belts and clothes. In general I am happy with no clip. In some situations a pouch can be great to have. I also from time to time like a clip function. So by all means it is a legit function to have.

The SwissClip is made in China and this is nothing negative at all.

The price for a SwissClip is a bit high..........

 

The construction of the Clip is nice, it is polished and rounded. It is attached by one screw through the key ring. This Clip will fit on many 91mm models from Victorinox.

It is one very important detail because of the slip-joint spring. When you open the flat screwdriver with the cap opener you can see that the key ring is moving. The slip joint spring and the opening for the key ring are not separate pieces. The design of the clip is made to follow the movement of the slip-joint spring. So when you open the flat screwdriver you can see that the clip follow this range of motion, it is not much but you see it. If you should hold the clip very tight it would be difficult to open the flat screwdriver with cap opener. So remember to let the clip move freely to avoid damage to the spring. It is just an important detail to have in mind. The slip joint spring with the key ring hole and the tang of the flat screwdriver got a notch to prevent accidental closing. It is an advanced spring that is in symbioses with a free motion when you open or close the function. I would make sure that the clip can move freely and if you somehow should get a difficult time to open or close the flat screwdriver then look what is preventing the mechanism. Perhaps dirt or substances and so forth can prevent the mechanism.

14:14

Victorinox use a special spring for the mechanism that operates the can opener, awl/reamer/punch and the flat screwdriver/cap opener/wire stripper. It is a floating slip joint spring. This means that the spring operates all these functions including the hole for key ring. The SwissClip takes advantage of the hole for key ring and it follow the motion of the spring opening and closing. So this means that all the functions mentioned will have some movement of the clip and not just the flat screwdriver example. It is cool! The tang of the flat screwdriver can be used at 90 degrees or fully open and fully open a notch on the tang prevents or helps against accidental closing……………..

14:30 The can opener with flat screwdriver tip open and ready for use and I cannot feel any difference opening all mentioned functions with the nail-nicks.

15:10

The Awl/Punch/Reamer with sewing eye open and on the picture you can see how the Clip is following the design of the handle. You can also see that it is not as easy opening the multipurpose hook. It is possible with the fingernail still or by the toothpick. I like to have the mini screwdriver in the corkscrew because I find it useful for many things. This can be used opening the hook too but it can scratch……..

18:55

Design and conclusion

I like the fact that this can be assembled quickly through the key ring or best said key ring hole. This is not a testing review. It is just me looking and using this clip for the first time. I have only seen this on the internet and so forth. It is impossible to know for sure without having one personally. It seems well made and solid enough.

The Victorinox spring is a very advanced design and represents a mechanism that is perfected. What is nice with the design of the clip is the ability to follow the design of the handle with side liners. The assembly of a SAK will from model to model have a few dimension tolerances. From the assembly it can be a bit more bulky in the middle where the clip rest, at the place where you slide it on the pocket. The design of the clip will be able to compensate for this. On the backside of the package it is mentioned a good deal of SAKs in which this clip can be used. There may be some small dimension tolerances between all these models. These differences can influence how tight the clip is on the pocket or clothes. The Victorinox SAK is very well made and for sure this clip can be used. That said the design of this Clip is not perfect and got a few things that draw the overall impressions down a bit. I do not regret getting one and I am happy with it. The biggest thing for me is that it follows the motion of the key ring assembly or hole. It has to because the spring must move to operate the functions. It is not easy to design a perfect clip. The scales are press fit so this is perhaps a stronger way of doing it by attaching on the spring. From normal use I would believe it is good enough and a bit cool.

 

19:05

last i can mention that you can find some info on this clip at the Clip and Carry website.

03.01.2021 Clip

There is no doubt for me that the best carry is in a pouch or pocket. The traditional key ring attachment on SAKs represents the best alternative. When you have both lanyard opening and pocket clip then you got something extra. Most of you that are into knives and handle materials are all aware about how the design of the handle material and clip makes a difference. Some pocket clips got the screws sunk into the material so the head do not catch the fabric of the pocket. Another very advanced factor is how the design of the clip is with the ergonomics for the handle comfort. On the two pictures below you can see the Wenger design and the Victorinox type used on the Hunter Pro knives. Two very different designs and assembly and I like both.

Victorinox Clip that can be removed and attached without screws. It is very comfortable.
Wenger Clip which is very nice too. Wenger made much effort into the ergonomics and comfort with this.

16:20

In the world of folding knives you will hear about "deep pocket carry" or "not so deep". There are also several manufacturers with pocket clips with four different locations on them. More or less you will find many possibilities there. Several places you will hear talk about tip up or tip down carry. On SAKs it is usually only one option.

-The SwissClip use the key ring opening for assembly

21:15

In some situations the color for the pocket clip is important for the over-all design. This you will find mentioned on the web among folding knife enthusiasts. You will hear about the mentioned tip up and tip down carry that can influence the safety in the pocket and when you pull it out. The tension on it is also important for the comfort and safety. If the tension is too strong it could be difficult to pull out and the scale material can influence this as well. For example G10 with rough texture and tough tension on the clip could make it difficult to pull it out. Pocket clips are also made to be attached on belts and equipment for the best option for your need.

21:51 to to the left you can see the MoneyClip without money:) Some use it as a clip for attaching it too....I also heard some use the Hunter Pro Clip for money...

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27.07 | 19:11

Thank you, Greetings from Norway! This is very interesting I did not know this. Thanks! Best Regards

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27.07 | 18:35

Greetings from Hungary! Did you know that the head curve "inspired" the Spyderco Hungarian folder?
Exactly by a Hungarian designer who works for Spyderco (I can't remember his name)

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26.07 | 19:31

Hi, thank you very much. I am very glad to hear the infirmation is helpful. Best Regards Trond

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26.07 | 16:51

Thanks for this unvaluable information. I´ll translate to spanish for other victorinox fans.

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