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SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect

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us Offline J-sews

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SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
on: October 08, 2006, 04:29:42 AM
For me, the Spirit is almost  perfect. It's the right size for my hands. It has the right selection of tools and implements. I really appreciate the quality and attention to detail.
Everything...............well, almost everything. If the multi tool gods would only grant me one wish, there is something I would change on my Spirit:
I would make the knife blade pointy, and be able to open it with one hand.

WARNING: BOB HAS BEEN PLAYING WITH HIS WIFE'S GRAPHICS SOFTWARE AGAIN. VICTORINOX PURISTS MAY WANT TO LOOK AWAY.











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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #1 on: October 08, 2006, 04:32:56 AM
I like it...

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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #2 on: October 08, 2006, 06:13:06 AM
That looks really good.  Now if only they'd make one...
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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #3 on: October 08, 2006, 08:18:12 AM
I like it too...really cool
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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #4 on: October 08, 2006, 09:57:25 AM
that would work , I like it  ;D

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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #5 on: October 08, 2006, 11:23:53 AM
I know how all those modders out there mod thier sak's to suit there purpouse, but that would be one heck of a mod for sure!!!!!

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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #6 on: October 08, 2006, 01:18:16 PM
Provided you could manufacture a blade from scratch that would fit the lock mechanism, plus had a new pin to replace the old one, it would actucally be a pretty simple mod.

The real problem comes when you have to re-arrange the tools since the blade is on the "wrong" side.  An easier method might be to cut out the side of the scale and mount a thumbstud to the existing blade.  You could reshape the existing blade however you want with a Dremel tool and some files.  If you are a lefty, this mod could be done in a few minutes without any major modifications.  For us rightys though we still have to re-arrange the tools.

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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #7 on: October 08, 2006, 01:57:49 PM
.......An easier method might be to cut out the side of the scale and mount a thumbstud to the existing blade.......... 

Arghh! You beat me to it! I was going to say that.

Here's an "artist's rendition" of what the thumbstud idea might look like on a Spirit S:
Spirit S, thumbstud.jpg
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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #8 on: October 08, 2006, 01:58:57 PM
That's pretty much exactly what I was saying.  I also noticed long ago that the Wenger SwissGrip would also be an excellent choice for a similar mod as the blade is on the "lefty" side and has a liner lock.  Plus it has a HUGE clip point blade.  You could definately get into the old Crocodile Dundee "That's not a knoife..." routine with a SwissGrip!

Of course, with either the Spirit S or any of the SwissTools you could easily set it up like the Wave with it's two OH blades, depending on whether you needed a plain or serrated blade.

Since you are a lefty, I do have a question, and of course any other lefties should chime in too.  How do you feel about the Wave, Surge, Charge etc all being set up for right handed users only?  Do you find that gets in the way of using these models or are all lefties simply just used to doing things "bass-ackwards?"

We may soon have a supplier of the 5 start security bits that Leatherman uses on their current models- any thoughts on maybe getting a set and reversing the blades since the liner locka are the same on all four corners?

Personally I am not a lefty, but if I was I'd be pretty pissed at LM for not offering either a left handed model or a way for the average person to swap the blades and saws.

I wrote in a few different articles in the past about how I felt that was the Wave's biggest drawbacks, but I am not a lefty and so it was just a guess...

Def
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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #9 on: October 08, 2006, 05:06:11 PM
I'll take it.  ::)


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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #10 on: October 09, 2006, 06:49:05 PM
now that would be cool, shame the wheels at vic turn so ssslllooowwwlllyyy ;)

i,d definatly get one though, if they ever got around to making one
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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #11 on: October 09, 2006, 08:19:59 PM
Yeah, they go slowly, but when they do come to the party they bring some serious contenders.

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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #12 on: October 10, 2006, 03:07:39 AM
Stupid question here, but I'm not a SAK guy:
Does Vic already produce any knives that use a thumbstud or a thumb hole on the blade for one-hand opening?  ???
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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #13 on: October 10, 2006, 03:10:11 AM
Yes they do- they make a few OH models that they came out with to try and secure a military contract with the German Army.  SOSAK had the OH Trekker model branded as this year's Knife of the Year (Thanks again Travis!) and it can be seen here:
http://www.sosakonline.com/index.php?option=com_zoom&Itemid=31&page=view&catid=8&key=3&hit=1

For more info on the history of the OHT, see this link:
http://www.sosakonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=133&Itemid=35

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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #14 on: October 12, 2006, 08:49:27 PM
J-sews, I'm suprised you havent done that to a swiiss tool yet, You're the inventor here, the metal saw you sent me for the charge seems like it was from the factory or better! Start you're own multi-tool company already.


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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #15 on: October 13, 2006, 03:10:44 AM
J-sews, I'm suprised you havent done that to a swiiss tool yet................

Actually, I've been thinking about it, but so far I'm too chicken to risk screwing up my beautiful Spirit. Maybe you could send me yours to practice on?   >:D

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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #16 on: October 13, 2006, 03:11:45 AM
...........Start you're own multi-tool company already.

Remind me to tell you guys about this one someday........
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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #17 on: October 13, 2006, 03:37:20 AM
Isn't that the SwissBriss model?   :o

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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #18 on: October 14, 2006, 12:07:16 AM
J-sews, I'm suprised you havent done that to a swiiss tool yet................

Actually, I've been thinking about it, but so far I'm too chicken to risk screwing up my beautiful Spirit. Maybe you could send me yours to practice on?   >:D



I've got a LM supertool you can experiment on, but I cant part with the Vics. :)


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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #19 on: April 02, 2007, 11:00:03 AM
Hi there. Just registered here to bump this thread to say J Sews you are bang on.

Found this forum after Dunc5 posted a link from the British Blades Forum here. I've just ordered a Victorinox Spirit to replace a lost Charge XTi, and I'll definitely miss that neat one-handed-opening 154cm blade (although not its ability to rust at the thought of dampness - wonder whether the new S30V is any better?).


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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #20 on: April 02, 2007, 12:39:33 PM
Unless the only thing that rusted was the 154cm blade then I doubt the s30v will be any better.

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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #21 on: April 02, 2007, 01:11:22 PM
Greetings Garnett!
Thanks for reminding me about this one. Now that I've figured out how to deal with those darn pivot rivets (see this thread here: http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,858.0.html) I will have to start giving this mod some serious thought again.

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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #22 on: April 02, 2007, 02:39:19 PM
Greetings Garnett!
Thanks for reminding me about this one. Now that I've figured out how to deal with those darn pivot rivets (see this thread here: http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,858.0.html) I will have to start giving this mod some serious thought again.

~Bob

Niiiice. I still have the clip from my lost XTi so I could forward this to you if you want to do another. All I need now is for the Leatherman to turn up and I could send you the clippoint blade...

Unless the only thing that rusted was the 154cm blade then I doubt the s30v will be any better.

Welcome to Multitool.org!

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The whole thing rusted but the 154cm seemed especially vulnerable (might have been all the tomatoes the missus insisted on slicing with it though...  :-\ )

Thanks for the welcome guys.


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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #23 on: April 02, 2007, 04:08:26 PM
Bob,

Bring it on!  We all want one.

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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #24 on: April 02, 2007, 06:22:35 PM
Hello mate , nice to see you here  :)

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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #25 on: April 03, 2007, 02:44:36 AM
That Photoshop picture I did back at the beginning of this thread was done using the knife blade from a Leatherman Charge. Now I'm thinking that a Vic OHT blade-shape would be better. The thumb hole sticks up higher, meaning the Spirit's handle material wouldn't need to be cut back so far in order to access it.

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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #26 on: April 03, 2007, 03:22:40 AM
But of course, the OHT blade itself is too big, too long, too thick, has a larger pivot hole, and has the locking point in the wrong spot. Bummer.  :P
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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #27 on: September 06, 2008, 06:56:13 PM
I haven't seenor heard anything about this. So what happened?? :-\


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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #28 on: September 06, 2008, 07:14:26 PM
(might have been all the tomatoes the missus insisted on slicing with it though...  :-\ )

Give your lady a SAK!

I slice tomatoes with my SAKs,  and the Rust Monster hasn't come calling here.

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Re: SwissTool Spirit - almost perfect
Reply #29 on: September 06, 2008, 09:44:41 PM
I haven't seenor heard anything about this. So what happened?? :-\


Progress was slow but steady up until a few months ago when I got stuck on the last detail:

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