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Minichamp Owners Club 20622

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Minichamp Owners Club
« on: October 13, 2013, 02:31:03 PM »
I have been digging around and I should say I am a bit surprised I couldn't find a Minichamp Owners Club. I bough a Minichamp two months ago for use as a secondary small knife. But each day I find that I tend to use it more and more frequently, and it almost replaces my Explorer most of the time. It deserves a club, doesn't it? :-)



Tell us about yours. How many do you have? Do you carry it everyday? Do you make some cool things with your Minichamp? What do you love about it? Do you hate it for some reason? How do you feel it could be improved? Show us some pics if you like :-)


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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2013, 03:13:44 AM »
I have a variety of MiniChamps in the collection, including 7 and 8 blade versions, alox, and Midnight MiniChamps.

However the Wenger Pocket ToolChest seems to fit my hand better and that's what sees occasional pocket time.
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2013, 03:53:08 AM »
I have one,  I will have to take a pic later, but it is just the red one

If I can help, let me know 
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2013, 06:06:35 AM »

I have a variety of MiniChamps in the collection, including 7 and 8 blade versions, alox, and Midnight MiniChamps.

However the Wenger Pocket ToolChest seems to fit my hand better and that's what sees occasional pocket time.

The Pocket ToolChest seems like a cool knife also, but I believe it has no Phillips screwdriver. Am I right? For me that makes a huge difference in any SAK, and I tend to avoid those models that don't include one.

That wenger knife is also a little bigger, isn't it? The Minichamp could be 1cm longer, in my  opinion. That would make it easier to grasp and would allow for a slightly longer blade. I find that the main blade is barely usable to cut fruit, for instance. That one centimeter could make a difference...
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2013, 10:38:50 AM »

I have a variety of MiniChamps in the collection, including 7 and 8 blade versions, alox, and Midnight MiniChamps.

However the Wenger Pocket ToolChest seems to fit my hand better and that's what sees occasional pocket time.

The Pocket ToolChest seems like a cool knife also, but I believe it has no Phillips screwdriver. Am I right? For me that makes a huge difference in any SAK, and I tend to avoid those models that don't include one.

That wenger knife is also a little bigger, isn't it? The Minichamp could be 1cm longer, in my  opinion. That would make it easier to grasp and would allow for a slightly longer blade. I find that the main blade is barely usable to cut fruit, for instance. That one centimeter could make a difference...

You're right, the Wenger doesn't include a Phillips. The Victorinox MiniChamp is 58mm long; the Wenger Pocket tool Chest is 65mm. Almost your 1 cm difference.
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2013, 09:05:24 PM »
Count me in!


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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2013, 11:30:15 PM »
I have a standard Minichamp. I have always wanted a Alox Minichamp and actually bought a Silver Alox Classic to use the scales as a donor, but I don't wan't to have my Minichamp ripped apart. I might have to look for a donor Minichamp.

I'm the milk man!
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2013, 01:11:39 AM »

Count me in!
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Nice one! Where did you get that clip? Does it have a known brand?
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2013, 01:22:10 AM »
I was about to ask about the clip too, 

If I can help, let me know 
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2013, 01:29:21 AM »
Make that three interested in the clip.  :D

I'm the milk man!
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2013, 01:43:04 AM »
I think Microbe was prototype testing the clip. It's not officially available yet.

It's one of the TEC accessories clips (same manufacturer as the P7)

http://www.tecaccessories...m/PC-001.Python-Clip-28mm
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2013, 01:44:28 AM »

Defend the Hive!!!
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2013, 07:36:02 AM »
Thanks for the link. Hope they are available soon.  :think:

I'm the milk man!
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2013, 07:43:14 AM »
I have an original MiniChamp with red scales that stays on my key ring.

Dear Leatherman......................
 

Terry
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2013, 03:09:09 PM »
Some of mine:












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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2013, 03:34:21 PM »
One Original Minichamp, one Midnight Minichamp
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2013, 05:24:45 PM »
Wow.  The pictures in this thread are making me itchy for an Alox Minichamp!

I have an original minichamp (no bottle opener or phillips driver) that was on my keys for years, up until I got a Leatherman Micra (which was replaced by a Wenger Clipper...)

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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2013, 06:14:38 PM »
Titanium Minichamp checking in.
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2013, 06:41:45 PM »
Nice one! Where did you get that clip? Does it have a known brand?
I was about to ask about the clip too, 
Make that three interested in the clip.  :D

Yep, it is a TEC Python clip. Quality stuff, they always sell out quick when they are available.

Things should be made as simple as possible, and not simpler.
If you can't be happy with what you have, you will never be happy.
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2013, 06:45:52 PM »
Some of mine:

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Impressive collection you have there my friend! It is missing a black one though!  :D

Things should be made as simple as possible, and not simpler.
If you can't be happy with what you have, you will never be happy.
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2013, 07:04:30 PM »
Some of mine:
Impressive collection you have there my friend! It is missing a black one though!  :D

Thanks. All my MiniChamps are standard Ibach production, factory mistakes included. There was no standard black alox MiniChamp run made yet as far as I know. All black alox ones seen here are customs. For cellidor black is no problem and in fact I do have at least one in black, painted over :)
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2013, 08:13:01 PM »
Some of mine:
Impressive collection you have there my friend! It is missing a black one though!  :D

Thanks. All my MiniChamps are standard Ibach production, factory mistakes included. There was no standard black alox MiniChamp run made yet as far as I know. All black alox ones seen here are customs. For cellidor black is no problem and in fact I do have at least one in black, painted over :)

Indeed, mine is a mod. I had the shield put on reversed to match bigger Alox versions, but I forgot to mention to check the keyring position. Now it is on the wrong side. Still, very impressed with the Minichamp. Small size, but a great tool! With it's multiple layers it really feels like a mini SAK.  :D I don't have that feeling with the Classic, or the Rambler Alox I have. This is my favorite 58mm model.

Things should be made as simple as possible, and not simpler.
If you can't be happy with what you have, you will never be happy.
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2013, 10:55:14 PM »
Marius,

Great looking set of alox MiniChamps!  :tu:
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #23 on: October 15, 2013, 11:00:41 PM »
All the Champs look great! :drool: :drool:

Hi.
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #24 on: October 15, 2013, 11:30:40 PM »
Did some more digging.

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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #25 on: October 15, 2013, 11:37:50 PM »
That scenic Minichamp is really nice. :tu: And l like the shade of the blue ALOX. 
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,586
Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #26 on: October 15, 2013, 11:45:20 PM »
The small Scenics (mainly Classics) were reportedly done for an annual trade show in Basel. Scaled down versions of the standard Swiss Scenics.
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #27 on: October 15, 2013, 11:52:03 PM »

The small Scenics (mainly Classics) were reportedly done for an annual trade show in Basel. Scaled down versions of the standard Swiss Scenics.

Very nice indeed!
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Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #28 on: October 16, 2013, 12:47:11 AM »
Marius,

Great looking set of alox MiniChamps!  :tu:

Thanks, Karl :cheers:

Nice Scenic ones do you have :tu:

Which reminds me that in fact the Cellidor painted ones that I shown here are not exactly as they came from factory, except the actual knives, the scales being from LE Classic series.

Who likes MiniChamps in plastic may want to consider dressing them up in fancy designer scales that often appear on Classics ::)
 
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,586
Re: Minichamp Owners Club
« Reply #29 on: October 16, 2013, 01:40:43 AM »
Marius,

Great looking set of alox MiniChamps!  :tu:

Thanks, Karl :cheers:

Nice Scenic ones do you have :tu:

Which reminds me that in fact the Cellidor painted ones that I shown here are not exactly as they came from factory, except the actual knives, the scales being from LE Classic series.

Who likes MiniChamps in plastic may want to consider dressing them up in fancy designer scales that often appear on Classics ::)

Think the green 7-blade in the first shot is factory; but the purple 8-blade is aftermarket (Central Valley IIRC)

Lovin' those green alox.  :drool:
« Last Edit: October 16, 2013, 01:45:31 AM by ColoSwiss »

 

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