Its been a little while, since I did the last review.
For good reasons :-)
Today I have the honor to present to you the RangerWood55, and what a excellent SAK it is...
SAK means „Swiss Army Knife“, if you didnt knew that allready...
One of the youngest offsprings of the newly announced „Delémont Collection“ the RW55 is basically a 130mm Forrester, with a button-activated linerlock, nice walnut-scales and a whole lot of charme. And a big 9.3mm blade, hence the „sword“ in the title.
A little comparison-shot with the wellknown Spyderco Military and a Bastinelli R.E.D., just to give you a little perspective...
The MiniChamp looks really tiny in comparison:
There has been some controversy about the wooden scales, but theese are expertly done.
But see for yourselves:
The blade has a linerlock, with a twist.
Where the onehanded Victorinox-models have basically a reversed linerlock, meaning you have to press to the right side to unlock the blade, the RW55 has a pushbutton on the right side, which disengages the liner:
Man, I just love those .gifs... :-)
Just press the shield, and presto, the Blade unlocks and you can fold it into the handle.
The action is really smooth. Silkysmooth, if you ask me. The shield is evenly inserted into the handle, no misalignments that I can spot:
The bladestamping, crisp and clear:
The old „Wenger“ and new „Delémont“stamping and shield-design:
And the spings allaround seem to be a little stronger, than the older Wenger-made ones. I have no way of meassuring that, but its an impression I got. Call it a hunch...
So, your name is Forrester?
How abaout a saw then?
Ask and ya shall receive...
This is clearly the mother of all swiss-mades pocketable saws...
Look at this:
111mm, close, but...
91mm, nice try...
Even the SwissTool has to fold its cards:
Ok, its big, but can it cut?
You bet it can!
The saw is bi-directional, and makes quick word of any chores ahead:
Theres no longer saw anywhere in the whole lineup, so if you´re going to cut some wood, bring a RangerWood55...
...or a much bigger Sawvivor....
Not to open that can of worms...
Speaking of opening, of course there is a canopener on board ;-)
With the Delémont Collection you get the Victorinox-design in the canopener:
Tried and tru, and as I mentioned in previous reviews, one ingenious little tool, with a myriad of unintended uses...Scraper, impromptu hook, emergency-philips-screwdriver...you name it.
With the large screwdriver you still get some Old School-Wenger design, clever and unobtrusive in its own right.
The Screwdriver automatically locks in place, if downward pressure is applied.
I marked the nose and notch facitilating the lock:
If I´d build a locking screwdriver into a pocketknife, I would advertise the hell out of it...
Call it swiss understatement. They don´t :-)
The awl is an real awl now and no blunt instrument anymore:
Poking, scraping, drilling, just to name a few intended uses. Go creative!
Last but not least, the allmighty corkscrew:
Besides opening the occasional bottle of nice Merlot, you can use it to untie knots, hold the mini-screwdriver, pull some rope, you get the picture.
With the RangerWood Victorinox introduces a classy tool, with enough real estate to fill even larger hands, but comfortable enough to be used by us smaller guys as well.
A real large blade, grat for food-prep, woodswork, bushcraft and as a usefull EDC.
Do I really have to mention that it came wickedly sharp out of box?
Its a Victorinox, what else do you expect?
So, if you get the chance, add it to your short list!
And for the fun of it, some more pics:
Thanks for your time, I hope you liked the review!
Any feedback is highly appreciatetd!