VICTORINOX Hunter Pro Red Alox
I did not want a giant hole in my blade. And (heresy) I do not use pocket clips.
That said, I have no trouble opening this knife one-handed. But it isn't a weapon, so
not being a rapid one-handed opener is just fine. Whittling and woodwork can stand
the extra few seconds it takes for me to open this one-handed but slow.
I never carry a big knife in pocket. Maybe in a sheath when hiking. The clip hooks on
rough dryland shrubbery. Easy to for a thorny low acacia or a scraggly pistachio to lift
a blade and deposit it into the dirt.
The knife itself? VERY comfortable. Does the blade dull quickly? No. I am more of a
stropper than a stone or diamond file fellow, until a real need arises.
Lanyard? For my tastes, not usually on a working knife, but a nice touch, and well-made. I will put a long paracord
lanyard on a knife, attached to my belt, when out in the wild. But if I st down to whittle, off it comes.
The red Alox is garish, as is the oversized Swiss cross in contrasting silver. And that is part of the attraction,
for myself at least.
No adjustable pivot screw? 50 years using Victorinox knives, frankly, I have never had a blade go loose. Not
to mention the famous time-honoured Vivtorinox warranty service.
I am curious whether or not sales in North America have taken off at all. Lots of knives there at half the price
of this model, which might do just as well. My guess is that Americans will want the opening hole, if they like
this knife at all. I imagine this knife will appeal mostly to some--not all-SAK enthusiasts. Price criticism is valid,
but Swiss quality and service do count for something. A well-made knife which is a bit expensive is still a better
deal than a weaker, less well made knife, and poor warranty service.