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Appreciation for the Explorer 47088

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,891
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #630 on: February 08, 2018, 08:35:00 PM »
Thought I'd share this here. Got it a few weeks back. I believe this would be the first incarnation of the Explorer, notice the blank back tang.  Pretty neat.  :tu:
Nice find El C!  :like:
:hatsoff: :salute:

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,891
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #631 on: February 08, 2018, 08:39:47 PM »

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” - Mark Twain
Jr. Member Posts: 87
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #632 on: February 12, 2018, 05:03:53 AM »
You could say I'm a fan.
My first ever Sak is the grey mag explorer vintage 1989 (I think).

I replaced the scales on the rest with plus scales. 
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,890 Any tool is better than nothing. Some not by much
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #633 on: February 12, 2018, 05:11:43 AM »
I just got my second recently. It was purchased as part of a '$10 Challenge'.

My review of the tool.
https://forum.multitool.o...ex.php/topic,75871.0.html

It's in pretty awesome shape for the price.

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,334
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #634 on: February 12, 2018, 05:22:34 AM »
I agree!!

Barry
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #635 on: February 12, 2018, 11:29:50 AM »
I just got my second recently. It was purchased as part of a '$10 Challenge'.

My review of the tool.
https://forum.multitool.o...ex.php/topic,75871.0.html

It's in pretty awesome shape for the price.



wow for $10 I'd say you outdid yourself with that one,  :salute:
and it is no easy task to outdo yourself in the "Cheap/Bargain tools" department!!  :ahhh

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,890 Any tool is better than nothing. Some not by much
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #636 on: February 12, 2018, 07:51:35 PM »
wow for $10 I'd say you outdid yourself with that one,  :salute:
and it is no easy task to outdo yourself in the "Cheap/Bargain tools" department!!  :ahhh

it was full of stinking greasy mud when I got it, and I had to replace the scales (which I got from Syph007), but it cleaned up VERY well. $10 and some elbow grease and now it's pretty awesome.
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,620
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #637 on: February 12, 2018, 08:40:32 PM »
You could say I'm a fan.
My first ever Sak is the grey mag explorer vintage 1989 (I think).

I replaced the scales on the rest with plus scales.
Nice group of SAKS armi101! :like: :tu: :tu:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,620
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #638 on: February 12, 2018, 08:41:37 PM »
I just got my second recently. It was purchased as part of a '$10 Challenge'.

My review of the tool.
https://forum.multitool.o...ex.php/topic,75871.0.html

It's in pretty awesome shape for the price.


Nice review Lynn! :like: :tu: :tu:

Great job of refurbishing that Explorer.
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,890 Any tool is better than nothing. Some not by much
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #639 on: February 12, 2018, 09:11:46 PM »
Nice review Lynn! :like: :tu: :tu:

Great job of refurbishing that Explorer.

Well worth the effort, for a tool this nice.  :salute:

I'm seriously considering switching to the Explorer as my EDC SAK. My eyes are getting old.  :facepalm:
No Life Club Posts: 2,540
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #640 on: February 13, 2018, 04:36:52 AM »
Nice review Lynn! :like: :tu: :tu:

Great job of refurbishing that Explorer.

Well worth the effort, for a tool this nice.  :salute:

I'm seriously considering switching to the Explorer as my EDC SAK. My eyes are getting old.  :facepalm:
That little mag glass gets useful and handy. I don't even wear glasses, but find use for it. And with a straight philips, in my mind the explorer is great!

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No Life Club Posts: 2,722
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #641 on: February 13, 2018, 02:28:18 PM »
Gotta tell the postman to stop dumping this stuff in my letter box....
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,891
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #642 on: February 13, 2018, 09:25:07 PM »
Very nice, Thunderpants  :tu:  :like:

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” - Mark Twain
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #643 on: February 13, 2018, 09:38:38 PM »
It's pretty, but I'm glad I didn't pay the full pre-Christmas price for it!
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,620
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #644 on: February 14, 2018, 02:33:48 PM »

I'm seriously considering switching to the Explorer as my EDC SAK. My eyes are getting old.  :facepalm:

The Explorer would be a great edc Lynn. :like: :tu: :tu:
« Last Edit: February 14, 2018, 02:36:36 PM by VICMAN »
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,620
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #645 on: February 14, 2018, 02:36:09 PM »
Gotta tell the postman to stop dumping this stuff in my letter box....
Nice SAK Thunderpants! :like: :tu: :tu:
No Life Club Posts: 1,309
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #646 on: February 14, 2018, 03:44:12 PM »

I'm seriously considering switching to the Explorer as my EDC SAK. My eyes are getting old.  :facepalm:

The Explorer would be a great edc Lynn. :like: :tu: :tu:
The mag glass and inline Phillips are really worth it!

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Newbie Posts: 24
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #647 on: February 25, 2018, 06:31:41 AM »
My first SAK was this Explorer that I bought 40 years ago for $16.  The end of the original tweezers was aluminum.  It's still my favorite, and now wearing new scales.  I have two more early-80s models, one still new in box. I wish Vic would go back to the 8x glass magnifier though.

No Life Club Posts: 2,540
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #648 on: February 25, 2018, 07:04:33 AM »
My first SAK was this Explorer that I bought 40 years ago for $16.  The end of the original tweezers was aluminum.  It's still my favorite, and now wearing new scales.  I have two more early-80s models, one still new in box. I wish Vic would go back to the 8x glass magnifier though.

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Is the philips still magnetized?  ???

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,334
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #649 on: February 25, 2018, 07:18:27 AM »
Nice Explorers guys!!  :like:

Barry
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,891
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #650 on: February 28, 2018, 05:37:28 AM »
My first SAK was this Explorer that I bought 40 years ago for $16.  The end of the original tweezers was aluminum.  It's still my favorite, and now wearing new scales.  I have two more early-80s models, one still new in box. I wish Vic would go back to the 8x glass magnifier though.

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I dig the older magnifier and screwdriver as well.  Nice one!  I believe my favorite era for the Explorer are those around '92-'04  with the gray magnifier and the hook.  Cuz I'm hooked.  :cheers:

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” - Mark Twain
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,890 Any tool is better than nothing. Some not by much
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #651 on: February 28, 2018, 05:53:46 AM »

I'm seriously considering switching to the Explorer as my EDC SAK. My eyes are getting old.  :facepalm:

The Explorer would be a great edc Lynn. :like: :tu: :tu:
The mag glass and inline Phillips are really worth it!


Yep. It's official. I swapped out my Stay Glow Super Tinker for my Explorer (one with the old style mag glass).

Now, I'm just trying to figure out what cool scales I want to put on it. I put the Stay Glow on the Super Tinker, and those are cool. Now I'm just trying to think of how to best personalize the Explorer. Both the G10 and solid copper Swiss Bianco scales are very cool, but I'm also considering Emerald Plus scales.
No Life Club Posts: 1,309
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #652 on: February 28, 2018, 06:34:06 AM »

I'm seriously considering switching to the Explorer as my EDC SAK. My eyes are getting old.  :facepalm:

The Explorer would be a great edc Lynn. :like: :tu: :tu:
The mag glass and inline Phillips are really worth it!


Yep. It's official. I swapped out my Stay Glow Super Tinker for my Explorer (one with the old style mag glass).

Now, I'm just trying to figure out what cool scales I want to put on it. I put the Stay Glow on the Super Tinker, and those are cool. Now I'm just trying to think of how to best personalize the Explorer. Both the G10 and solid copper Swiss Bianco scales are very cool, but I'm also considering Emerald Plus scales.
Congratulations on your decision! How about  silvertech?

[It's not failure if you learn something from it]

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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #653 on: February 28, 2018, 08:01:10 AM »

Yep. It's official. I swapped out my Stay Glow Super Tinker for my Explorer (one with the old style mag glass).

Now, I'm just trying to figure out what cool scales I want to put on it. I put the Stay Glow on the Super Tinker, and those are cool. Now I'm just trying to think of how to best personalize the Explorer. Both the G10 and solid copper Swiss Bianco scales are very cool, but I'm also considering Emerald Plus scales.

The emerald plus scales are nice!  I have an Explorer and a Swisschamp with them on as well as a backup set!  :)  First pic is the Explorer!

« Last Edit: February 28, 2018, 08:02:17 AM by sir_mike »
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 17,228 Oxygen and magnesium toghether?! OMg!
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #654 on: February 28, 2018, 07:55:19 PM »
Gotta tell the postman to stop dumping this stuff in my letter box....

Absolutelly right!

 :tu: :tu:

PM sent, use my address from now on to avoid this again. No need to thank me.


 :salute:

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,890 Any tool is better than nothing. Some not by much
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #655 on: February 28, 2018, 08:58:29 PM »
The emerald plus scales are nice!  I have an Explorer and a Swisschamp with them on as well as a backup set!  :)  First pic is the Explorer!

You're killing me, man. Well... you're killing my bank account. :D

Those DO look nice...
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #656 on: March 01, 2018, 06:45:49 PM »
I'm carrying the Compact because it can pretty much do the same as the Climber and is lighter. But the real phillips + lens on the Explorer is making me wanting to try it on... even if it means doubling the weight on my EDC SAK.

 :facepalm:

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No Life Club Posts: 1,380
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #657 on: March 02, 2018, 02:03:25 AM »
Some of you may know I recently acquired Lynn LeFey's budget $10 challenge Explorer. Not a bad little knife. Always wanted one. 30 years ago when I bought my Super Tinker, I only bought it because the store didn't have the Explorer in stock, Amazon didn't exist yet, and I needed to get to an archaeological dig that week.

My significant other, who is fresh back from the Galapagos, saw the pictures of the Explorer and had an " oooh, I want ooooone" moment. So that was earmarked before it got here. Her daughter, who likes to camp and hike, felt left out. Plus I still wanted one. So I put an all call for tools wanted, and checked eBay as well.

Two arrived a couple days ago and I began inspection and cleaning. These two include the back spring hook.

One arrived today, of a vintage without the hook - my preferred type.

I did notice a different tool stacking sequence in the non- hook tool versus the hooked one's.

The ones with the hook, layers right to left are: 1) blades, 2) scissors, 3) magnifier/ Phillips, and then 4) opener layer.

The one without the hook, layers right to left are: 1) blades, 2) magnifier/Phillips, 3) scissors, 4) opener layer.

It may have something to do with the fact that the snap ring receiver went from a shim at the blade layer to a backspring layer filling  at the opener layer.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2018, 02:20:27 AM by ThundahBeagle »
No Life Club Posts: 1,380
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #658 on: March 02, 2018, 02:19:38 AM »
So, this non-hook Explorer came in its box. A lovely burgundy color, with a near paper thin plastic slide out tray, form fitted to the knife with some faux felt finish. I pulled the knife out and set it aside.

Then, I pulled the form fitted insert out of the paperboard slider. Underneath, I found the yellow, single page Victorinox "congratulations on your purchase" form, printed in green ink.

Underneath that, I found a note. It had been hand written in pencil on a white note paper, which had been torn to fit the box. On the paper was hand written in cursive:
"from Uncle Barney Wallis(s?)
6-27-87 for High School graduation"

What luck! Now I had a note that dated the knife very well, and I hadn't even really inspected the knife yet. It has the cap lifer half stop, but the flouted corkscrew. It has the "Rostfrei" the bow, and the cross stamps on either sides of the tang, and has no parcel hook. The scissors pivot is a screw, and the magnifier is grey-rimmed glass.

But one of the best dating mechanisms I found, was the box itself. The white paperboard slide-out tray has on the bottom of it, stamped (embossed, no ink) an "84"

So this thing Sat on a shelf for three years after manufacture, before it was finally purchased and given as a gift, to someone who used it a while, didn't really care for it, put it in the box, which in turn went into a drawer, where it sat until sold to me.

I'm inspecting and cleaning it now. Anyone else with a mid- eighties Explorer notice the difference in tool stack sequence versus the post 91's?

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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #659 on: March 02, 2018, 03:31:58 AM »

Is the philips still magnetized?  ???
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Still magnetized. It picks up the mini screwdriver.

 

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