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How do you feel about promotional SAK's?

Cool! I love promotional SAK's from all eras.
11 (32.4%)
Cool. It's a Camper in cammo and L.L. Bean loved a SAK.
7 (20.6%)
Meh...who cares? A SAK is a SAK. Stop fussing and use it.
10 (29.4%)
Kinda Campy. Like, would you carry a Walmart SAK?
3 (8.8%)
Pure Camp. SAK's should be Red. Why would you sell out to commercial interests?
3 (8.8%)

Total Members Voted 34

Voting closed: September 24, 2017, 10:31:37 PM

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« on: September 10, 2017, 10:31:37 PM »



A recent El Corkscrew thread [Olé, Inlay!] touched on promotional or advertising SAK's. This thread got me thinking a bit, and I have to confess having some ambivalence about these kinds knives.

The purist in me thinks that all Celidor SAK's should be Red, and all Alox SAK's should be silver/plain aluminum. But....I kinda dig the references to older companies and special edition knives designed to commemorate events or groups. And I love all the pretty colors of Alox that show up here. I have way more colored Alox knives than silver.

When I saw this L.L. Bean SAK, it made me smile and I decided to pick one up. It's not historic in any way, but I have some positive associations with L.L. Bean, both the man and the company, and so I splurged on it. Plus the Camper is one of my favorite models. I'll actually use it. And a knife that makes you smile can't be all bad.  :D

I'm curious to know what y'awl think about these. Cast a vote or just sound off in the comments! Thanks!


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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 10:51:31 PM »
I have a wide variety of SAKs with logos. Particularly like locality and transportation-themed knives. Also Scouts and military.  Outdoors organizations and retailers also fit in. Sometimes its the only way to get a certain model. Sometimes they just look neat.

« Last Edit: September 10, 2017, 10:57:19 PM by ColoSwiss »
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2017, 10:53:05 PM »
I like promotional SAKs as long as they're for something I'm neutral to or approve of.  :tu:
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2017, 10:54:53 PM »
I have a wide variety of SAKs with logos.

Nice collection of LL Bean SAK's!

(And I could go for that Cabela's SAK, too.  :tu:)
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 10:57:44 PM »
I like promotional SAKs as long as they're for something I'm neutral to or approve of.  :tu:

Yes. I'd never carry a "Cruelty to Dogs" SAK.

Is there an example of a promotional SAK you would not carry?
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2017, 11:09:18 PM »
I like promotional SAKs as long as they're for something I'm neutral to or approve of.  :tu:

Yes. I'd never carry a "Cruelty to Dogs" SAK.

Is there an example of a promotional SAK you would not carry? (Image removed from quote.)

 :think: Good question. I think I'd avoid the "papal" knives, as carrying a knife for something political or religious where you're not part of the club (i.e. I'm not catholic) somehow doesn't sit right with me. Pretty theoretical, though, as they're not exactly generally available. :D
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2017, 11:10:24 PM »
I like promotional SAKs as long as they're for something I'm neutral to or approve of.  :tu:

Yes. I'd never carry a "Cruelty to Dogs" SAK.

Is there an example of a promotional SAK you would not carry? (Image removed from quote.)

I tend not to collect medical ads. Outside of the Marlboros (special models), I also avoid tobacco products.
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« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2017, 11:13:49 PM »
I have a wide variety of SAKs with logos. Particularly like locality and transportation-themed knives. Also Scouts and military.  Outdoors organizations and retailers also fit in. Sometimes its the only way to get a certain model. Sometimes they just look neat.

CS, your collection never ceases to amaze.  You awlays have about 20 examples of any uncommon kind of SAK that is brought up.  :salute:

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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2017, 11:17:44 PM »
(Image removed from quote.)


A recent El Corkscrew thread [Olé, Inlay!] touched on promotional or advertising SAK's. This thread got me thinking a bit, and I have to confess having some ambivalence about these kinds knives.

The purist in me thinks that all Celidor SAK's should be Red, and all Alox SAK's should be silver/plain aluminum. But....I kinda dig the references to older companies and special edition knives designed to commemorate events or groups. And I love all the pretty colors of Alox that show up here. I have way more colored Alox knives than silver.

When I saw this L.L. Bean SAK, it made me smile and I decided to pick one up. It's not historic in any way, but I have some positive associations with L.L. Bean, both the man and the company, and so I splurged on it. Plus the Camper is one of my favorite models. I'll actually use it. And a knife that makes you smile can't be all bad.  :D

I'm curious to know what y'awl think about these. Cast a vote or just sound off in the comments! Thanks!

I think they're cool for exactly the reasons you've brought up.  You can find all kinds of cool logos and emblems and maybe have a connection to one of them.   Both of my edc Soldiers have ads on the blades, one is etched and one is some kind of barely visible print.

Overall though, I prefer the original Victorinox inlays.

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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2017, 11:19:34 PM »
 :tu:
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« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2017, 11:27:30 PM »
I have a wide variety of SAKs with logos. Particularly like locality and transportation-themed knives. Also Scouts and military.  Outdoors organizations and retailers also fit in. Sometimes its the only way to get a certain model. Sometimes they just look neat.

CS, your collection never ceases to amaze.  You awlays have about 20 examples of any uncommon kind of SAK that is brought up.  :salute:

Thanks.   :cheers:

Been working at it for almost 20 years. Another way of saying I don't have much of a social life.   :D
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« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2017, 11:33:54 PM »
I don't have many, but my LL Bean Hiker is one of my favorites.

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« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2017, 11:40:38 PM »
OK, Barry. That one puts mine to shame.......that one of your's is crazy cool!  :tu:
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« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2017, 11:51:23 PM »
"cap factory" ad on SI

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« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2017, 11:56:35 PM »
I love all promotional SAK's. And camo and LL Bean and Campers.

Jeep the SAK of the auto world or is it SAK the Jeep of the Knife world?
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« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2017, 11:59:16 PM »
 :tu: :tu: :tu:
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« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2017, 12:00:01 AM »
"cap factory" ad on SI

  I'd make it my mission to wear that beast out. As if....
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« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2017, 12:01:42 AM »
I love all promotional SAK's. And camo and LL Bean and Campers.

So, Gene, does this one put a smile on your face the way it does for me? There is just something about this knife I can't help but love.  :ahhh
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« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2017, 12:03:04 AM »
"cap factory" ad on SI

(Image removed from quote.)  I'd make it my mission to wear that beast out. As if....

It's definitely a work horse. I keep it sharp as possible 😀

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« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2017, 12:14:19 AM »
I love all promotional SAK's. And camo and LL Bean and Campers.

So, Gene, does this one put a smile on your face the way it does for me? There is just something about this knife I can't help but love.  :ahhh

When I saw it I had to have it! Camo,LLBean and I love Campers so ya it putts a smile on my face.

Jeep the SAK of the auto world or is it SAK the Jeep of the Knife world?
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« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2017, 02:09:45 PM »
I generally don't do logos on anything unless it's a company that I really like. Meaning, I have to have their products or really admire their products.
For example, I may wear or use something with "Fender" on it because I like their guitars, basses, and amp. I'd wear or display "Victorinox" or the shield because i use and love their products. Of course, I'll proudly display US Army symbols and logos because I'm part of that and it's special to me. A store like Cabela's or a beverage or whatever...no way. Too general and not special to me.
I'm not really into logos.


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« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2017, 02:36:28 PM »
I love coloured sak, and sometimes, promotional ones.
Red is right, but for me coloured is better.
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« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2017, 03:09:35 PM »
I do have a couple of knives with branding, and they still get used, but I do prefer tools without branding. It obviously doesn't affect performance, but I do find it somewhat tacky, so I prefer plainer versions where possible. It doesn't have to be red, but I'd rather it didn't have advertising on unless it's something I particularly want to support or be associated with. I think one of the reasons I sold my first Sideclip was that it was branded. I have given away some branded knives, and sanded off the screen printing on others. Camo is another no-no for me. We all have different tastes, there is no right or wrong answer.
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« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2017, 03:17:46 PM »
Regardless of anything else, i'll always prefer plain factory stock classic red sak's over anything else  :salute:

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« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2017, 04:01:35 PM »
I'm in the MEH who cares, just use it camp.  I couldn't care what it has printed on it as long as it's a usable tool.  It's cheap and easy enough to change scales to non branded ones if you don't like them.
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« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2017, 04:42:48 PM »
I'm in the MEH who cares, just use it camp.  I couldn't care what it has printed on it as long as it's a usable tool.  It's cheap and easy enough to change scales to non branded ones if you don't like them.

What if it was a 'I Justin Bieber 4ever' SAK?

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« Reply #26 on: September 11, 2017, 04:47:16 PM »
I'm in the MEH who cares, just use it camp.  I couldn't care what it has printed on it as long as it's a usable tool.  It's cheap and easy enough to change scales to non branded ones if you don't like them.

What if it was a 'I Justin Bieber 4ever' SAK?

AHHHHH!! THE HORRORRRR!!!!   :ahhh   :ahhh   :ahhh   :ahhh

I think i'll need therapy after that....  :facepalm:

"Another Day...; a whole n'other set of fresh possibilities..." - MacGyver (S1E19 - "Slow Death")
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« Reply #27 on: September 11, 2017, 04:50:09 PM »
I'm in the MEH who cares, just use it camp.  I couldn't care what it has printed on it as long as it's a usable tool.  It's cheap and easy enough to change scales to non branded ones if you don't like them.

What if it was a 'I Justin Bieber 4ever' SAK?

AHHHHH!! THE HORRORRRR!!!!   :ahhh   :ahhh   :ahhh   :ahhh

I think i'll need therapy after that....  :facepalm:
He's Kev's favourite pop singer.

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« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2017, 05:00:25 PM »
I'm in the MEH who cares, just use it camp.  I couldn't care what it has printed on it as long as it's a usable tool.  It's cheap and easy enough to change scales to non branded ones if you don't like them.

What if it was a 'I Justin Bieber 4ever' SAK?

AHHHHH!! THE HORRORRRR!!!!   :ahhh   :ahhh   :ahhh   :ahhh

I think i'll need therapy after that....  :facepalm:
He's Kev's favourite pop singer.

 :rofl:

Well... i guess if it was a black one with the "Dark Side of the Moon" pyramid in it i wouldn't mind as much...   :whistle:   :D


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« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2017, 06:00:20 PM »
I would take that "I <3 Bieber" SAK. That would be one hilarious conversation starter right there when I whip that bad boy out. :rofl:


 

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