I am probably gonna argue that it's the XAVT and Wenger Giant that are the most useless. They both weigh a ton, are ridiculously wide, and obviously--WON"T FIT IN A POCKET! You lose any advantage of the tools being in a "compact' format. I'm sure the little tool kit I made in a Condor pouch probably weighs less than each of them--and it's only full-sized tools. I had a Classic SD early on, but I didn't own a Spartan until El Corkscrew's giveaway. I now own 3 Spartans (Standard, Spartan, Spartan Serrated) and two Tourists. It's a good "Keep It Simple Stupid" pattern. A basic pocketknife with plenty of stuff, but not a whole lot of bulk. I can't even explain why I didn't have one until then. Guess a lot of us have weird reasons why we don't own certain models. The only ones I don't own that I want are because they have been out of production for a long time, are rare, or are current production models out of my budget.
Good post Cody. Keeping it simple, the most useless SAK is the one not being carried. I think this was said earlier. I've got some great SAKs. They sit in a dark container never used. I look at my Explorer as my most useful SAK. My Manager while sitting on my keys and carried every day is least used as compared. I pulled my 84mm Artisan/Craftsman aka Fieldmaster small out due to this thread but back into the dark it went.Great SAK and great size but alas not gonna carry it so useless it is sadly.
No way! Collecting SAKs is in no way pointless. I've said over and over again that enjoyment is enough for me and in some situations the point intended. I have SAKs that purely bring me enjoyment just by owning them and rightly so, which is why I bought them in the first place. Never intended to use them other than a fondle every now and again. Use has multiple meanings. The owning of SAKs has as many meaning which makes this hobby wonderfully enjoyable. My post was attempting to relate my usage in my comparison of Explorer vs Manager vs Artisan. My SAK ownership extends a little beyond those SAKs which most see no actual usage.
Come to think about the choice between corkscrew and phillips, that is why Mod squad exist (Image removed from quote.)Mountain Tinker mod
Can anyone shed some light on why the BSA Fieldmaster is called a Huntsman. In other words - why is the BSA Huntsman actually a Fieldmaster?I think it's always been this way.
Hang on a minute. Now you've gone too far. I actually think that the Hiker is an excellent entry-level SAK, for a number of reasons. It's the one I gift the uninitiated friends of mine. - its very easily pocketable- by now, people know if they run into corked wine or not... and if they do, they have their contingency plans (electric powered corkscrews at home, wine keys in the camp kit). a priori, a Phillips seems more useful than a corkscrew, so I think people appreciate it as a gift more easily- The Hiker has the same elements as the OHT and the Soldier, both tools many of us already find indispensable- The Hiker also has similar elements in comparison to the Farmer, another outdoor favorite- for someone who hasn't used knives for their whole lives, the added capability of the saw seems to give the uninitiated the sense that they can cut through whatever it is they need to. Meanwhile, withholding the scissors gets them more comfortable with using the knife for things that most people don't use a knife for (that we do)... cutting paper, opening letters, boxes, cutting cord... (at least where I'm from, I'd say most people dont EDC a knife or MT)Check out this video. I really like this guy, very entertaining video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7cGX3d3AIE
I just found out that 10 days before I posted this, MegaWoodswalker passed away suddenly. RIP Kevin "MegaWoodswalker" Renkavinsky