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Title: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sawman on February 08, 2013, 12:17:20 AM
Is it just me or does anyone else find the Explorer to have the perfect balance of tools and just the right amount of layers for EDC?  I think it's the perfect SAK.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: tosh on February 08, 2013, 12:22:47 AM
Is it just me or does anyone else find the Explorer to have the perfect balance of tools and just the right amount of layers for EDC?  I think it's the perfect SAK.

HELL Yes sawman
That's why I've got 3 4 of them. I made one into a "plus" with white scales.. :drool:

You're obviously a man of taste - no less.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sawman on February 08, 2013, 12:23:45 AM
Is it just me or does anyone else find the Explorer to have the perfect balance of tools and just the right amount of layers for EDC?  I think it's the perfect SAK.

HELL Yes sawman
That's why I've got 3 4 of them. I made one into a "plus" with white scales.. :drool:

You're obviously a man of taste - no less.
Thanks and Cheers Tosh  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: PTRSAK on February 08, 2013, 12:29:45 AM
I've got three, plus one that has been given custom made Alox Scales plus one that has been a donor to put Scissors, Mag glass and Phillips into a Pioneer. and one that has been whittled down to a Yeoman.
So, I guess that makes me an explorer fan too.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: WiSAKfan on February 08, 2013, 12:30:54 AM
i prefer the yeoman but for saks you can go into the store and buy it's a good one
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sawman on February 08, 2013, 12:35:19 AM
i prefer the yeoman but for saks you can go into the store and buy it's a good one
While I can see why you would prefer the yoeman, I personally like the seperate driver and canopener implements over the compact tool.  For my uses, the screwdriver is a better fit and I find the individual canopener quite faster as well.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: WiSAKfan on February 08, 2013, 12:39:24 AM
^i can see what you are saying about the openers layer, those i don't mind as much.  I just find the small blade to be a waste of a spot.

now put a file in that spot, and the explorer would be a great combo.  or electricians blade... 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: tosh on February 08, 2013, 12:50:43 AM
^ I just find the small blade to be a waste of a spot.

now put a ............ or electricians blade... (That would be a very good idea, I have to say)

Funnily enough that's exactly the reason why I DO like the Explorer. Here in the UK, it's very unwise to pull out a knife, whether it be non-locking or whatever. But the small blade on the Vic's seems to be perfectly acceptable and totally unthreatening
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: jerseydevil on February 08, 2013, 01:00:28 AM
Great SAK!  :tu:  Mine's yellow....  :)

(http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g448/Jerseydevil379/DSCF0874.jpg)

I think it'll see some pocket time tomorrow.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Heinz Doofenshmirtz on February 08, 2013, 01:43:27 AM
I'm fond of the Explorer myself.  For my needs, my Yeoman is a more economical choice, but I understand the benefit of the full sized Explorer.  The next two mods I'm planning on doing are both going to be based on Explorers in fact.  One with a saw, to make a Woodsman, and another with pliers.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: WiSAKfan on February 08, 2013, 02:17:52 AM
^ I just find the small blade to be a waste of a spot.

now put a ............ or electricians blade... (That would be a very good idea, I have to say)

Funnily enough that's exactly the reason why I DO like the Explorer. Here in the UK, it's very unwise to pull out a knife, whether it be non-locking or whatever. But the small blade on the Vic's seems to be perfectly acceptable and totally unthreatening

that's what makes this all so much fun: different needs for different people!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: colt 1911 on February 08, 2013, 02:38:07 AM
 I find it to be quite AWESOME !
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: AimlessWanderer on February 08, 2013, 02:52:53 AM
I'm another Yeoman fan.

I do have an old style Explorer which does get bag carry as back up, but if I want that tool set in my pocket I'll grab the Yeoman  :)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nhoj on February 08, 2013, 02:57:40 AM
I'm fond of the Explorer myself.  For my needs, my Yeoman is a more economical choice, but I understand the benefit of the full sized Explorer.  The next two mods I'm planning on doing are both going to be based on Explorers in fact.  One with a saw, to make a Woodsman, and another with pliers.

I'm about to make a woodsman too! I have a junky explorer I got for cheap so I'm going to put the mag/philips layer in a huntsman I just got from Lowtech. The only thing I can't decide is whether I want stayglow or plus scales. This decision is tearing me apart! It isn't hard because of choosing between the glowing or the pen, I just can't decide between the colors!  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: powernoodle on February 08, 2013, 04:40:40 AM
Is it just me or does anyone else find the Explorer to have the perfect balance of tools and just the right amount of layers for EDC?  I think it's the perfect SAK.


Right on.  I own dozens of SAKs, and can't stop buying them.  I ordered an Executive today.  But my years of buying and hoarding and carrying on a daily basis have resulted in the Explorer Plus rising to the top.  I try to downsize to 2 or 3 layers at 91mm, or down to 58mm, and those are great, but I always end up back with the Explorer Plus.  The real kicker for me is the phillips that folds out 180 degrees like God intended.  I have them in red, yellow and sapphire.  But for me, they are the right convergence of size/weight vs. utility.

(http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o487/BirchHardwood/20120724_141642.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v455/powerpickle/IMG_1865.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: North Man on February 08, 2013, 09:13:36 AM

yes, the Explorer is one of my favorite knives, had it for edc for many years,.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Syph007 on February 08, 2013, 02:36:27 PM
Explorers are awesome, but I really do miss the old style mag glass.  I like the newer phillips driver better, but definitely prefer the older mag glass.  An explorer with plus scales would cover most of my daily needs.  I still EDC a cybertool 34 but honestly the pliers have not been used yet, but i keep thinking sometime I'll need them, so an explorer would suffice.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Northern Geek on February 08, 2013, 02:44:09 PM
Explorers are awesome, but I really do miss the old style mag glass.  I like the newer phillips driver better, but definitely prefer the older mag glass.  An explorer with plus scales would cover most of my daily needs.  I still EDC a cybertool 34 but honestly the pliers have not been used yet, but i keep thinking sometime I'll need them, so an explorer would suffice.

What makes you prefer the old mag glass and the new philips?

Isn't the new philips just shorter than the older one?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: colt 1911 on February 08, 2013, 03:03:08 PM


The Magnifying Glass was first introduced in 1973 and featured a glass lens with a Grey plastic housing. In 2007 the Magnifier was changed to a new model with a transparent plastic housing and a plastic lens. The 2007 magnifier has a slightly lower level of magnification, and a slightly wider area of view due to the slimmer housing and lower magnification.

http://www.sakwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page=Magnifying+Glass
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Northern Geek on February 08, 2013, 03:12:01 PM
Well yes, I know the difference.. just wondering what he preferred about the older one. :) (as well as the newer philips)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Syph007 on February 08, 2013, 04:17:08 PM
The steel on the new phillips is better.  The old ones you can damage the lugs way easier.  So I like the newer one for that reason, more durable.  Longer would be nice, but I pick steel over length.

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: J Mackrel Jones on February 08, 2013, 04:28:23 PM
Nice set of tools, powernoodle.  But why the nailclippers when you have the SAK scissors?  And what do you do with the marker?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Heinz Doofenshmirtz on February 08, 2013, 06:29:49 PM
I'm fond of the Explorer myself.  For my needs, my Yeoman is a more economical choice, but I understand the benefit of the full sized Explorer.  The next two mods I'm planning on doing are both going to be based on Explorers in fact.  One with a saw, to make a Woodsman, and another with pliers.

I'm about to make a woodsman too! I have a junky explorer I got for cheap so I'm going to put the mag/philips layer in a huntsman I just got from Lowtech. The only thing I can't decide is whether I want stayglow or plus scales. This decision is tearing me apart! It isn't hard because of choosing between the glowing or the pen, I just can't decide between the colors!  :facepalm:
I'd go with the plus scales myself.  I've probably only used the pen that comes with them less than a handful of times, but it's still nice to have.  But, I think the most important consideration is what your intended use is going to be.  If you're going to make a Woodsman and then squirrel it away in a backpack or BOB, then I'd say the stay-glow is the better choice, because it'll help you find it when you really need it.  On the other hand, if you're planning on doing it for EDC, then I'd say go with the plus scales.  Personally, I'd make a Woodsman with stay-glow, and an Explorer +pliers (still not sure what I'd call it, been thinking "Machinist" would be a good name) for EDC use with plus scales.  But, that's just me.  YMMV of course.  :)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Top-Gear-24 on February 08, 2013, 07:32:46 PM
The Explorer is one of my two favorite SAK's, the other one being the Swisschamp  8).

(http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx39/Rikske77/Dodengang%20Mei%202011/IMG_6949.jpg)

(http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx39/Rikske77/Dodengang%20Mei%202011/IMG_6830.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: jrp316 on February 08, 2013, 08:06:35 PM
I'm fond of the Explorer myself.  For my needs, my Yeoman is a more economical choice, but I understand the benefit of the full sized Explorer.  The next two mods I'm planning on doing are both going to be based on Explorers in fact.  One with a saw, to make a Woodsman, and another with pliers.

Are you keeping the scissors on the planned pliers mod or taking them off?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on February 08, 2013, 08:13:36 PM
I love the Explorer but have a hard time with pocket carry as the four layers make it tough so I normally carry the Super Tinker instead.  I wish I could get by that and maybe if I carried it more, I would get used to it.  It has the tools I need as I really use the mag glass quite often.

Maybe I need a custom with the opener layer, blade and mag. glass/inline philips!  That would get me to three layers! :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: WiSAKfan on February 08, 2013, 08:17:21 PM
The Explorer is one of my two favorite SAK's, the other one being the Swisschamp  8).

(http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx39/Rikske77/Dodengang%20Mei%202011/IMG_6949.jpg)

(http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx39/Rikske77/Dodengang%20Mei%202011/IMG_6830.jpg)

good pics

what are those walls made of?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Northern Geek on February 08, 2013, 08:18:26 PM
Well yes, I know the difference.. just wondering what he preferred about the older one. :) (as well as the newer philips)

Didn't know that, thanks. :)

Now if we could just get them to make a longer one with that steel..  :whistle:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nhoj on February 08, 2013, 08:29:12 PM
Well yes, I know the difference.. just wondering what he preferred about the older one. :) (as well as the newer philips)

Didn't know that, thanks. :)

Now if we could just get them to make a longer one with that steel..  :whistle:
Unfortunately I don't think that can happen. The new magnifying glass and light are larger so the philips had to get smaller to fit them.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: WiSAKfan on February 08, 2013, 08:29:45 PM
i use the old style on my mods because i like the extra length and haven't had any problems with the steel being too soft.

I've used mine pretty heavy too, not disagreeing but I'd almost think the brass pin on that side would have problems before you could torq so hard to mess up the phillips steel...

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kkokkolis on February 08, 2013, 08:30:25 PM
I got the same impression about the old and new Philips but I wasn't sure. Thanks Syph Double O-Seven!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Top-Gear-24 on February 08, 2013, 08:32:41 PM
what are those walls made of?

Those are old Belgian World War I trenches, where they replaced the original sandbags with concrete ones.  They are called "trenches of death" near the cities of Diksmuide and Ieper (famous World War I places).

You can read more about that (and some other World War I sites in Belgium) here (http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,28308.0.html).
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Heinz Doofenshmirtz on February 08, 2013, 08:50:42 PM
I'm fond of the Explorer myself.  For my needs, my Yeoman is a more economical choice, but I understand the benefit of the full sized Explorer.  The next two mods I'm planning on doing are both going to be based on Explorers in fact.  One with a saw, to make a Woodsman, and another with pliers.

Are you keeping the scissors on the planned pliers mod or taking them off?
I'm planning on keeping the scissors in both mods I want to do.  I'm actually planning on using a Swiss Champ for each, and paring them down to make the aforementioned mods.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: WiSAKfan on February 08, 2013, 09:10:14 PM
what are those walls made of?

Those are old Belgian World War I trenches, where they replaced the original sandbags with concrete ones.  They are called "trenches of death" near the cities of Diksmuide and Ieper (famous World War I places).

You can read more about that (and some other World War I sites in Belgium) here (http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,28308.0.html).

thank you :salute:

that link's cool, great pics.

i'd sure like to go there sometime 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 08, 2013, 09:28:42 PM
^i can see what you are saying about the openers layer, those i don't mind as much.  I just find the small blade to be a waste of a spot.

now put a file in that spot, and the explorer would be a great combo.  or electricians blade...

My thoughts exactly :tu:  If there was a nailfile in place of the small blade, I would love my Explorer even more.  I want a Yeoman though, as it's a perfect mating of my two faves, the Compact and Explorer.  Plus 3 layers is more pocketable than 4, but 4 is definitely doable, even moreso if there was a nailfile in place of the small knife ;)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Heinz Doofenshmirtz on February 08, 2013, 10:31:16 PM
^i can see what you are saying about the openers layer, those i don't mind as much.  I just find the small blade to be a waste of a spot.

now put a file in that spot, and the explorer would be a great combo.  or electricians blade...

My thoughts exactly :tu:  If there was a nailfile in place of the small blade, I would love my Explorer even more.  I want a Yeoman though, as it's a perfect mating of my two faves, the Compact and Explorer.  Plus 3 layers is more pocketable than 4, but 4 is definitely doable, even moreso if there was a nailfile in place of the small knife ;)
Okay MR... just to throw you a curveball here... one of the mods I've been wanting to do is a Yeoman with a saw!  :D  Been thinking that would be the perfect hiking/backpacking/outdoors pocket SAK! 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: powernoodle on February 09, 2013, 01:07:10 AM
But why the nailclippers when you have the SAK scissors?

I prefer fingernail cutting with the clippers.  I'll give the scissors a try and see how that goes. I'm always trying to downsize.  If I could lose the clippers, that would be good.  I've already dumped the whistle after carrying it for probably 5 years (and using it maybe once a year).

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And what do you do with the marker?

Well, remember that when folks who never carry an MT starting carrying one, they start using it and decide they can't live without it.  Same thing often with flashlights and other gear - when you start carrying it, you starting using it and figure out that you "need" to carry it.  Thats the way it is with the Sharpie.  I use that sucker all of the time.  Stuff like writing names on your kids' drinks.  My light gets the most usage, but the Sharpie is second.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 09, 2013, 07:35:12 AM
^i can see what you are saying about the openers layer, those i don't mind as much.  I just find the small blade to be a waste of a spot.

now put a file in that spot, and the explorer would be a great combo.  or electricians blade...

My thoughts exactly :tu:  If there was a nailfile in place of the small blade, I would love my Explorer even more.  I want a Yeoman though, as it's a perfect mating of my two faves, the Compact and Explorer.  Plus 3 layers is more pocketable than 4, but 4 is definitely doable, even moreso if there was a nailfile in place of the small knife ;)
Okay MR... just to throw you a curveball here... one of the mods I've been wanting to do is a Yeoman with a saw!  :D  Been thinking that would be the perfect hiking/backpacking/outdoors pocket SAK!

Yeah, that would be a great outdoors SAK.  Personally, I'm not a big fan of having a saw on my SAK, but mainly because I also carry a full size MT and that's where I prefer my saw.  Still, if all you were carrying outdoors was a SAK, your modded version would be ideal to me as well :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: powernoodle on February 09, 2013, 12:30:30 PM
(http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx39/Rikske77/Dodengang%20Mei%202011/IMG_6949.jpg)

They look nice when they are new and shiny.  When they start getting banged up, I hit mine with Mother's Mag wheel polish which restores a little bit of the shine - at least temporarily.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Santos on February 09, 2013, 02:09:28 PM
My second VIC SAK (first paid for with my mney when i was 13/14) is an explorer.  It replaced my lost ranger and after not ever really using file or saw it became a better tool as the philips filled a lot of task.

To this day i have never sucessfully set fire to anything with the old glass mag  :-\

Persoanlly i would like it in a lite incarnation instead of the mag... would get way more use then!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ICanFixThat on February 10, 2013, 12:15:35 AM
The Explorer is one of my two favorite SAK's, the other one being the Swisschamp  8).

(http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx39/Rikske77/Dodengang%20Mei%202011/IMG_6949.jpg)

(http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx39/Rikske77/Dodengang%20Mei%202011/IMG_6830.jpg)

good pics
...
Beautiful!   :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: stot on February 11, 2013, 05:27:51 AM
I'll check in before this dies. I'm new here but I've had a Vic SAK in my pocket for about 40 years. The Explorer has the perfect tool set for me. I prefer two blades to one and I like the "real" openers better than the combo tool. Unfortunately I find 4 layers a bit too thick most of the time. Hence, my carry knife since 1996 has been a Yeoman and before that a Scientist.

Someone back a page or two asked about which was better between the old gray/glass mag and new clear plastic version. My Yeoman has a small scratch and 3 or 4 little pits on the mag gleass after carry for good while. I can only imagine what a plastic one would look like by now. Slightly less magnification might make it more versatile but surely the plastic construction more short lived. Another product enhancement!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: PTRSAK on February 11, 2013, 07:31:02 AM

... but surely the plastic construction more short lived. Another product enhancement!


or is that PROFIT enhancement?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mercury on February 11, 2013, 08:18:24 AM
Great thread steve!!  The explorer is probably my favorite SAK.  I carry mine every day all day.  I love the toolset and I find that my explorer plus covers most of my needs to the point that in dont really need my leatherman all the time.  I have considered dropping the pliers based tool out of edc just to see if I'd miss it.  I rarely need it at home and at work I have a whole toolbox at my fingertips.

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Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 11, 2013, 03:31:31 PM
I'll check in before this dies. I'm new here but I've had a Vic SAK in my pocket for about 40 years. The Explorer has the perfect tool set for me. I prefer two blades to one and I like the "real" openers better than the combo tool. Unfortunately I find 4 layers a bit too thick most of the time. Hence, my carry knife since 1996 has been a Yeoman and before that a Scientist.


Same story for me (except the 40 years part) in that the Explorer is nearly perfect for me, with the exception of the 4 layer thickness.  I find it doable, but not ideal.  I think 3 layers is my max, and a Yeoman would be perfect for me.  I have the Compact as well, and the Yeoman is just adding the magnifier/phillips layer to it.  I would like to have my Compact and Explorer modded to create a Yeoman as they are just about impossible to find nowadays.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: TurkTeen on February 11, 2013, 04:34:00 PM
Well, it isn't available in my country, but that doesn't mean I don't like it. I think what it misses from being perfect is a light, but thinking I can get that externally(although I would like having EVERYTHING I need in a single SAK(magnifier, LED, Phillips, openers/combo tool, scissors, pen optionally small blade) that is impossible, but Yeoman and Explorer get VERY close, alongside Cybertool Lite(cheaper one of the two SAKs that have both the LED and the magnifier, the other being swisschamp XAVT- Vic's largest SAK yet.)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: powernoodle on February 11, 2013, 11:50:45 PM
After years of hoarding it unused, I pulled out of my arsenal today a Swissbianco Yeoman Plus wearing yellow scales.  Completely shiny and virginous.  I can't remember why I was not using it, so now its my new EDC.  As much as like the Explorer, the Yeoman is 3 layers, combines the Explorer's can and bottle openers into the one multi purpose tool, and loses the small blade and awl.  Its even more awesomer than the Explorer, though of course I can't be completely satisfied and would like to see an awl instead of the hook.  But overall it provides the functionality of the Explorer Plus but at 3 layers.  Why on earth Victorinox does not mass produce this flavor is beyond me.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v455/powerpickle/20130211_174043_zps77fbc0a9.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Syph007 on February 12, 2013, 12:00:24 AM
Why on earth Victorinox does not mass produce this flavor is beyond me.

Because then people would only buy a yeoman, instead of an explorer and a compact! :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: powernoodle on February 12, 2013, 12:01:12 AM
Thats 100% true, Syph.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 12, 2013, 05:53:16 AM
Syph is correct and it aggravates me that I can't have a Yeoman without having someone make it for me.  The Compact is near perfect for me, as is the Explorer, so naturally the Yeoman would be my ideal SAK.  It's just frustrating that I can't simply buy one. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: stot on February 12, 2013, 07:45:27 AM
Syph is correct and it aggravates me that I can't have a Yeoman without having someone make it for me.  The Compact is near perfect for me, as is the Explorer, so naturally the Yeoman would be my ideal SAK.  It's just frustrating that I can't simply buy one. 

I watched two Yeomans sell on EBay in the last month, so they're around. It would be more fun to make one. I tore down a tinker and used the phillips to make an apprentice.(Baby steps) Next I'll remove some bent scissors from an Explorer to make my Passenger. This might be as good a carry knife as the Yeoman. I plan to carry one for a while and see how much I miss the scissors. If all that goes well I'll turn my Compact into a Scientist. I carried one years ago and liked it. I picked up a couple of new Scientists 10 or so years ago but they seem to be so valuable on Ebay now I think I make one for my own use. It wouldn't be as much fun if you could just go down to the store and buy one?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 12, 2013, 02:45:17 PM
Syph is correct and it aggravates me that I can't have a Yeoman without having someone make it for me.  The Compact is near perfect for me, as is the Explorer, so naturally the Yeoman would be my ideal SAK.  It's just frustrating that I can't simply buy one. 

I watched two Yeomans sell on EBay in the last month, so they're around. It would be more fun to make one. I tore down a tinker and used the phillips to make an apprentice.(Baby steps) Next I'll remove some bent scissors from an Explorer to make my Passenger. This might be as good a carry knife as the Yeoman. I plan to carry one for a while and see how much I miss the scissors. If all that goes well I'll turn my Compact into a Scientist. I carried one years ago and liked it. I picked up a couple of new Scientists 10 or so years ago but they seem to be so valuable on Ebay now I think I make one for my own use. It wouldn't be as much fun if you could just go down to the store and buy one?

I watch ebay as often as I can, but I have never seen one.  Any time I've used "Yeoman" as my search, I don't get any actual Yeomans.  I know the search and anticipation, etc. is fun, but I don't have enough time or money to spend searching/getting one.  I also can't mod either, which is something I would love to get into eventually, when I can afford the necessary equipment, and find space for it.  If I could mod, then I could make one myself from my Compact and Explorer.  If I was brave, I would attempt to take them apart, but I don't want to risk ruining them in the process, and it doesn't help that I really wouldn't know what I was doing ::)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Santos on February 12, 2013, 03:44:31 PM
buy a beater 3 or 4 layer sak for a few dollars. make it into a 2 layer or 1 layer. Rinse repeat.  :whistle:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 12, 2013, 05:23:08 PM
buy a beater 3 or 4 layer sak for a few dollars. make it into a 2 layer or 1 layer. Rinse repeat.  :whistle:

Good suggestion :tu:  The thing is, I have no equipment with which to experiment.  Is there anything I really need to have to try this, or can mods be done without anything special?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wootz on February 12, 2013, 06:16:06 PM
buy a beater 3 or 4 layer sak for a few dollars. make it into a 2 layer or 1 layer. Rinse repeat.  :whistle:

Good suggestion :tu:  The thing is, I have no equipment with which to experiment.  Is there anything I really need to have to try this, or can mods be done without anything special?

"When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem starts to look like a nail"  :D

You really do not need much tools or space to get started. Check out the Mod Squad for everything you need to know.

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 12, 2013, 08:12:34 PM
buy a beater 3 or 4 layer sak for a few dollars. make it into a 2 layer or 1 layer. Rinse repeat.  :whistle:

Good suggestion :tu:  The thing is, I have no equipment with which to experiment.  Is there anything I really need to have to try this, or can mods be done without anything special?

"When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem starts to look like a nail"   :D

You really do not need much tools or space to get started. Check out the Mod Squad for everything you need to know.

Love that line :tu:  Thanks for the suggestion :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Heinz Doofenshmirtz on February 12, 2013, 08:15:01 PM
buy a beater 3 or 4 layer sak for a few dollars. make it into a 2 layer or 1 layer. Rinse repeat.  :whistle:

Good suggestion :tu:  The thing is, I have no equipment with which to experiment.  Is there anything I really need to have to try this, or can mods be done without anything special?
My Yeoman was my first, and so far only, mod.  I'm planning on making more though.   :tu:

I didn't have any special equipment, and found I only needed a very minor investment in tools.  I already had a bench vise with an anvil on it, so if you don't have something like that, I think it would be a good idea to get one, though you could probably do without it.  I also bought a center punch for making divots in the ends of the pins to help with drilling them out, and a set of small pin punches for knocking out the pins once I had drilled the peen out of the bushing.  I used a hand-drill, and I'm sure I could have gotten better results if I had a drill-press, but it wasn't necessary.  I also bought a small jeweler's hammer to use for peening the new pins. 

I took apart a Compact and an old Explorer to make my Yeoman.  While I did end up mismatching the blade and the side plate when I put it back together (there's an annoying bit of side to side play in the blade as a result), it was a very enlightening and rewarding experience.   :tu:  Definitely took me out of my comfort zone, and really forced me to think back and remember what I learned in a semester of machine shop in high school.  But, I'm glad I did it, and am looking forward to making more mods in the future, once I can afford to buy appropriate donors.   :whistle:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: WiSAKfan on February 12, 2013, 08:16:51 PM
buy a beater 3 or 4 layer sak for a few dollars. make it into a 2 layer or 1 layer. Rinse repeat.  :whistle:

i agree. for what you'd end up paying for a real yeoman it just doesn't to make sense to use it as edc when you can buy a used explorer and a bantam.  I feel terrible tearing apart a perfectly good compact just for the combo tool and suggest the using the bantams.

there really aren't that many tools needed to do these mods.  the sticky threads on the top of the mod section do a great job explaining it.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: stot on February 12, 2013, 08:28:37 PM
We started out loving Explorers and now we're tearing them apart to make stuff out of them. I guess that's still loving em.

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 12, 2013, 08:35:26 PM
buy a beater 3 or 4 layer sak for a few dollars. make it into a 2 layer or 1 layer. Rinse repeat.  :whistle:

i agree. for what you'd end up paying for a real yeoman it just doesn't to make sense to use it as edc when you can buy a used explorer and a bantam.  I feel terrible tearing apart a perfectly good compact just for the combo tool and suggest the using the bantams.

there really aren't that many tools needed to do these mods.  the sticky threads on the top of the mod section do a great job explaining it.

Oh...I was under the impression that the Yeoman was basically a Compact with the mag/phillips layer added.  I was hoping to just remove that layer from my Explorer and add it to my Compact.  I'm probably severely over-simplifying it though :shrug:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: captain spaulding on February 12, 2013, 08:48:56 PM
buy a beater 3 or 4 layer sak for a few dollars. make it into a 2 layer or 1 layer. Rinse repeat.  :whistle:

Good suggestion :tu:  The thing is, I have no equipment with which to experiment.  Is there anything I really need to have to try this, or can mods be done without anything special?
My Yeoman was my first, and so far only, mod.  I'm planning on making more though.   :tu:

I didn't have any special equipment, and found I only needed a very minor investment in tools.  I already had a bench vise with an anvil on it, so if you don't have something like that, I think it would be a good idea to get one, though you could probably do without it.  I also bought a center punch for making divots in the ends of the pins to help with drilling them out, and a set of small pin punches for knocking out the pins once I had drilled the peen out of the bushing.  I used a hand-drill, and I'm sure I could have gotten better results if I had a drill-press, but it wasn't necessary.  I also bought a small jeweler's hammer to use for peening the new pins. 

I took apart a Compact and an old Explorer to make my Yeoman.  While I did end up mismatching the blade and the side plate when I put it back together (there's an annoying bit of side to side play in the blade as a result), it was a very enlightening and rewarding experience.   :tu:  Definitely took me out of my comfort zone, and really forced me to think back and remember what I learned in a semester of machine shop in high school.  But, I'm glad I did it, and am looking forward to making more mods in the future, once I can afford to buy appropriate donors.   :whistle:


Good to hear all of this. I have an explorer and Bantam for possible modding uses.  :think:  I have been drooling over a Yeoman.  :think: We are basically neighbors.  :think:  :D

In all seriousness i'm not ready to donate my Explorer to be torn down right now, but I am planning on buying another when I get the money and using the existing Explorer as Mod material. If your interested then we should talk.   :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: WiSAKfan on February 12, 2013, 08:57:29 PM
@stot ^ lol, good point.  I believe it is still showing them respect by giving them new lives.  It's similar to art that deconstructs different art and reuses it in new ways.

airports and the internet have really changed the game in how these little guys can get around.

Monrogue, I would say we are really just taking about model semantics, don't be worried.  I believe technically the yeoman to be an explorer with one less layer.  Yes you get the same thing adding a phillips/mag layer to compact, except you'd have the hook with file that the compacts have.  The original yeomans don't have that.

My point is save that awesome compact and use it for what it is (great 2 layer knife) and sacrifice a bantam, which you can find cheap.

yes the nail nick sits a little lower.  again nothing that would make me personally want to use a compact over a bantam for it.

opinions may differ

 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 12, 2013, 09:08:53 PM
@stot ^ lol, good point.  I believe it is still showing them respect by giving them new lives.  It's similar to art that deconstructs different art and reuses it in new ways.

airports and the internet have really changed the game in how these little guys can get around.

Monrogue, I would say we are really just taking about model semantics, don't be worried.  I believe technically the yeoman to be an explorer with one less layer.  Yes you get the same thing adding a phillips/mag layer to compact, except you'd have the hook with file that the compacts have.  The original yeomans don't have that.

My point is save that awesome compact and use it for what it is (great 2 layer knife) and sacrifice a bantam, which you can find cheap.

yes the nail nick sits a little lower.  again nothing that would make me personally want to use a compact over a bantam for it.

opinions may differ

Oh I see :)  I like that hook with the file actually.  I love the Compact as it's nearly perfect, but it lacks any sort of phillips screwdriver, and I love the mag glass as it's both fun and useful.  If I could just get that mag/phillips layer on my Compact, I would quite possibly have my ideal SAK.  One can dream :dd: :D

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: captain spaulding on February 12, 2013, 09:27:54 PM
Here is what I normally carry instead of my Explorer. I love that it has the inline Philips and mag glass like the Explorer, but with Pliers and Awl. I'm thinking I am going to start carrying the Explorer for a while though.


(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad112/ChadV_2010/Knives%20and%20MT%203/DSC00032.jpg?t=1360700352)
(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad112/ChadV_2010/Knives%20and%20MT%203/DSC00033.jpg?t=1360700354)
(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad112/ChadV_2010/Knives%20and%20MT%203/DSC00034.jpg?t=1360700360)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on February 12, 2013, 10:10:48 PM
If you put scissors on that Soldier instead of the pliers, then that would be the perfect one for me!  :drool:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 12, 2013, 10:20:50 PM
Here is what I normally carry instead of my Explorer. I love that it has the inline Philips and mag glass like the Explorer, but with Pliers and Awl. I'm thinking I am going to start carrying the Explorer for a while though.


(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad112/ChadV_2010/Knives%20and%20MT%203/DSC00032.jpg?t=1360700352)
(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad112/ChadV_2010/Knives%20and%20MT%203/DSC00033.jpg?t=1360700354)
(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad112/ChadV_2010/Knives%20and%20MT%203/DSC00034.jpg?t=1360700360)

Is that Alox SAK modded?  That's a pretty neat combo of tools.  My ideal Alox would be the knife/awl layer-scissors layer-mag glass layer with both openers fit side by side at the other end. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: captain spaulding on February 12, 2013, 10:21:36 PM
I wouldn't call it a Soldier, but I do agree scissors would be great. I honestly love the size of it as is though.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kkokkolis on February 12, 2013, 11:57:36 PM
I am considering a Climber Plus 1 layer model for EDC as a lighter pocketable alternative to my XLT and more capable in an urban setting that what I now have. I am puzzled about the 4th layer and currently I am inclined to a Mountaineer. Explorer's Philips can be substituted by the Can Opener's driver or the File's tip for smaller screws. The lens is useful but not every day need. The File's tip removes staples and can be magnetized I guess for tiny screws fishing. The file does manicure (the old type is preferred here) and together with the saw are useful for work on plastic (all around in the town) and also for metal and even wood. But I didn't make up my mind yet.
Are there any other suggestions for the "best" 4th layer option? I guess the 3rd layer is scissors (and hook) for a great majority of us, that's what Mods usually do anyway.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Heinz Doofenshmirtz on February 13, 2013, 05:48:25 AM
buy a beater 3 or 4 layer sak for a few dollars. make it into a 2 layer or 1 layer. Rinse repeat.  :whistle:

Good suggestion :tu:  The thing is, I have no equipment with which to experiment.  Is there anything I really need to have to try this, or can mods be done without anything special?
My Yeoman was my first, and so far only, mod.  I'm planning on making more though.   :tu:

I didn't have any special equipment, and found I only needed a very minor investment in tools.  I already had a bench vise with an anvil on it, so if you don't have something like that, I think it would be a good idea to get one, though you could probably do without it.  I also bought a center punch for making divots in the ends of the pins to help with drilling them out, and a set of small pin punches for knocking out the pins once I had drilled the peen out of the bushing.  I used a hand-drill, and I'm sure I could have gotten better results if I had a drill-press, but it wasn't necessary.  I also bought a small jeweler's hammer to use for peening the new pins. 

I took apart a Compact and an old Explorer to make my Yeoman.  While I did end up mismatching the blade and the side plate when I put it back together (there's an annoying bit of side to side play in the blade as a result), it was a very enlightening and rewarding experience.   :tu:  Definitely took me out of my comfort zone, and really forced me to think back and remember what I learned in a semester of machine shop in high school.  But, I'm glad I did it, and am looking forward to making more mods in the future, once I can afford to buy appropriate donors.   :whistle:


Good to hear all of this. I have an explorer and Bantam for possible modding uses.  :think:  I have been drooling over a Yeoman.  :think: We are basically neighbors.  :think:  :D

In all seriousness i'm not ready to donate my Explorer to be torn down right now, but I am planning on buying another when I get the money and using the existing Explorer as Mod material. If your interested then we should talk.   :tu:
Just let me know!  :)  As a rough guesstimate, I'd say it'd take an afternoon to do it all from the beginning; taking apart the donors, setting new pins, doing the assembly, and pinning it all back together and putting scales on.  I'm sure someone more accomplished than I at modding could do it in a fraction of the time, but now that I've already done one, I've got a pretty good idea of how to streamline the process.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: captain spaulding on February 13, 2013, 07:48:15 AM

Is that Alox SAK modded?  That's a pretty neat combo of tools.  My ideal Alox would be the knife/awl layer-scissors layer-mag glass layer with both openers fit side by side at the other end.



Yes it is a Mod by Steve. It is honestly in the top 3 of my favorite SAK's I own.   :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: TurkTeen on February 13, 2013, 06:17:36 PM
Perfect 4-layer you say? A Spartan Lite plus scissors and a magnifier instead of the phillips(a LED addict I am).
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 14, 2013, 05:30:57 AM

Is that Alox SAK modded?  That's a pretty neat combo of tools.  My ideal Alox would be the knife/awl layer-scissors layer-mag glass layer with both openers fit side by side at the other end.



Yes it is a Mod by Steve. It is honestly in the top 3 of my favorite SAK's I own.   :tu:

Cool :tu:  I really want to have an alox mod done, but it isn't a cheap job, so it's gotta wait for now :(
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: adobo on February 14, 2013, 07:35:22 AM
(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/26130107/yellow-explorer.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 14, 2013, 07:45:20 AM
(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/26130107/yellow-explorer.jpg)

Nice, I like the yellow :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 17, 2013, 04:57:07 PM
In keeping with the spirit of appreciating the Explorer, I put it to some use yesterday.  We were putting up a new curtain rod in our bedroom.  I used the awl to start the screw holes for each bracket.  The brackets were screwed in with a power drill screwdriver bit, but given the angle of approach due to the bracket design, that would only get them so far.  Out comes the Explorer's phillips to finish the job :)  I will say that the backspring phillips wouldn't have worked on this task, so that's another +1 for the inline phillips.

That's the great thing about the Explorer.  It has just about anything you would need on a daily basis for a variety of tasks.   :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: PTRSAK on February 17, 2013, 07:47:23 PM
I'm going to post this one again, just because I like it.

(http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s640/Peter_Thorpe/20130104_225145_zpscbf534e3.jpg)

(http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s640/Peter_Thorpe/20130104_225208_zps2fb473d1.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Northern Geek on February 17, 2013, 08:52:56 PM
Very nice that one..  :drool:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 18, 2013, 08:34:34 AM
That's a sweet Explorer :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: nuphoria on February 18, 2013, 09:46:07 AM
That's a good enough reason to post it :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on February 23, 2013, 10:22:59 AM
My lovely daughter bought me an Explorer yesterday in a local antique shop. It needs a little TLC, including a new spring for the scissors, but she inspected it thoroughly, and haggled the price down to £7.50! I'm really chuffed with it but have to wait until the end of May before I can get my mitts on it.

I can't wait!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: nuphoria on February 23, 2013, 12:03:33 PM
Great price... I sold a used one for £10 to a member in need here once, and I thought that was low! :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on February 23, 2013, 12:08:58 PM
Great price... I sold a used one for £10 to a member in need here once, and I thought that was low! :D

Yes, I was really pleased with the price and thought it was a good deal. The seller hadn't done themselves any favours really - the main blade was clogged with some kind of gluey material which will take a matter of minutes to clean off. The only thing that really needs doing is a new spring for the scissors - It's an older model with the fluted corkscrew so I'm hoping the spring will be easy to get hold of, but even at it's original price of £9.50 I thought it was a bit of a bargain.

Just got to hold out until May.......................................
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on March 17, 2013, 06:35:50 AM
I received a clip to attach to my Explorer's keyring for better pocket carry.  I am happy to say that it works like a charm and makes the Explorer much less noticeable and uncomfortable to pocket carry.  So now I appreciate my Explorer even more :tu: :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on March 17, 2013, 07:16:49 PM
I received a clip to attach to my Explorer's keyring for better pocket carry.  I am happy to say that it works like a charm and makes the Explorer much less noticeable and uncomfortable to pocket carry.  So now I appreciate my Explorer even more :tu: :D

That is how I carry mine and by being tucked to the outside of the pocket, it carries much easier!  :tu:

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on March 18, 2013, 03:09:15 AM
I received a clip to attach to my Explorer's keyring for better pocket carry.  I am happy to say that it works like a charm and makes the Explorer much less noticeable and uncomfortable to pocket carry.  So now I appreciate my Explorer even more :tu: :D

That is how I carry mine and by being tucked to the outside of the pocket, it carries much easier!  :tu:

Exactly.  The bulk is barely noticeable now and it's not even in the way when I reach into my pocket.  I like this method much better :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mercury on March 18, 2013, 03:41:42 AM
I love my explorer, but I just can't pocket carry it.  I tried to today, but I just can't stand the bulk.  I just use belt sheaths for my tools.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on March 18, 2013, 04:02:54 AM
I love my explorer, but I just can't pocket carry it.  I tried to today, but I just can't stand the bulk.  I just use belt sheaths for my tools.

So you use a belt sheath for the Explorer?  Have you tried a suspension clip?  It worked wonders for me, but I'm not into the belt sheath method, so I'm more willing to try other methods. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mercury on March 18, 2013, 04:07:20 AM
I tried a suspension clip but it wasn't very comfortable.  The belt sheaths just work better.  Right now I'm using a freestyle sheath with my spare torch in the side pocket.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on March 18, 2013, 04:39:15 AM
I tried a suspension clip but it wasn't very comfortable.  The belt sheaths just work better.  Right now I'm using a freestyle sheath with my spare torch in the side pocket.

Hey, to each his own ;) :tu:  I didn't know there was a sheath for the Freestyle.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: JAfromMn on March 18, 2013, 06:11:15 AM
(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc421/JAfromMn/IMG
-20121201-02554.jpg)

my explorer out exploring  :P
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on March 18, 2013, 06:22:19 AM
That's a nice one :tu:  I like the black magnifier :drool:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: rickinFL on March 18, 2013, 11:39:45 AM
That's a nice one :tu:  I like the black magnifier :drool:

Me too.  How was that done, RIT?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: JAfromMn on March 18, 2013, 01:27:03 PM
That's a nice one :tu:  I like the black magnifier :drool:

Me too.  How was that done, RIT?

I'm not sure how it was done.

I will ask the maker today.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on March 24, 2013, 05:02:03 AM
Here's my Explorer;D

Sent from my XT901 using Tapatalk 2

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: TurkTeen on March 24, 2013, 01:31:24 PM
I will hopefully order a Plus version from Amazon sometime  :D

If the seller runs out of stock, then I will order one with regular scales from a local website.

^^
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mercury on March 24, 2013, 06:34:50 PM
I'm still carrying mine every day.  I love this knife. 

Sent from my Galaxy S3 using crapatalk two point oh.

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on March 24, 2013, 06:57:05 PM
That clip works great for my jeans, but not as well in my work pants.  It's just a bit too long I think.  It still works, but the Explorer just touches the bottom of the pocket.  It's good enough though until I can bother to get a smaller one.

Sent from my XT901 using Tapatalk 2

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: xdalaw on March 26, 2013, 11:44:44 AM
Couldn't resist:  just bought a nice, new, black Explorer on Ebay last night.  (Very much an impulse purchase.)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sawman on March 26, 2013, 03:49:17 PM
Couldn't resist:  just bought a nice, new, black Explorer on Ebay last night.  (Very much an impulse purchase.)
I'm sure you'll get years of enjoyment from it  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on March 26, 2013, 06:50:35 PM
Couldn't resist:  just bought a nice, new, black Explorer on Ebay last night.  (Very much an impulse purchase.)

I don't think you will regret it.  It's one of the best SAKs as far as I'm concerned, and black makes it that much nicer 8)  Enjoy Andrew :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: xdalaw on March 26, 2013, 07:45:49 PM
Thanks, Guys.  I'm sure I will. 

Monrogue, it was the pictures of your's with Black handles that drove me over the edge.  ;)

Now, I must keep repeating:  "I will not buy another knife until I NEED one.  I will not buy another knife until I NEED one..."
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on March 26, 2013, 07:51:58 PM
Haha, glad my pics helped to act as an enabler for you ;)  Oh, and good luck sticking to the idea of not buying another one until you need it.  I've found that many of us here seem to always "need" another MT/SAK ;) :pok:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sawman on March 26, 2013, 08:05:36 PM
Haha, glad my pics helped to act as an enabler for you ;)  Oh, and good luck sticking to the idea of not buying another one until you need it.  I've found that many of us here seem to always "need" another MT/SAK ;) :pok:
And that "need" never goes away because there are so many models and colours to choose from.  I'm constantly browsing Ebay for "Victorinox" drooling away  :drool:  :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on March 26, 2013, 08:41:13 PM
Haha, glad my pics helped to act as an enabler for you ;)  Oh, and good luck sticking to the idea of not buying another one until you need it.  I've found that many of us here seem to always "need" another MT/SAK ;) :pok:
And that "need" never goes away because there are so many models and colours to choose from.  I'm constantly browsing Ebay for "Victorinox" drooling away  :drool:  :D

Yup, me too ;)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Heinz Doofenshmirtz on March 26, 2013, 10:43:54 PM
I was contemplating buying a new explorer for my April tool purchase, but I found a good price on a Swiss Champ via Amazon, so I'm going to buy a Champ, and pare it down to be an Explorer plus an extra layer or two.  Not sure what yet though.

I want to make a Woodsman, one of Vic's discontinued models, which is an Explorer with a saw.  I also would really like to have an Explorer with pliers, as I think that's the most logical extra layer to add to one.  I suppose I could do both the saw and pliers, but I'm not sure I want to add two extra layers.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nhoj on March 27, 2013, 01:02:55 AM
I think the woodsman is an excellent tool layout. I have been thinking that a woodsman and skeletool cx might be a good combination. The cx would give a good driver, locking knife, and pliers. The woodsman would have all the tools. This would be a much lighter option than my wave. Then again, I don't really care about weight.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Lynn LeFey on March 27, 2013, 02:05:02 AM
This would be a much lighter option than my wave.

Actually it's not lighter. The Skeletool is listed at 5oz on the Leatherman site. The Explorer is listed as 3.5 oz. Added together, they equal the weight of a Wave (8.5oz). There's no weight listed on the Woodsman, but it's more than theExplorer, since it adds the saw layer.

If you mean Wave+sheath+bitkit... Dunno, you might shave a bit of weight, but nothing spectacular.

Heinz, I found the Explorer a little thicker in hand than I liked. Adding Saw and Plier would be right out for my taste.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nhoj on March 27, 2013, 02:09:19 AM
Thanks Lynn I never did the math. It was probably subconsciously in case it was heavier and then I wouldn't have an excuse to buy the skeletool. And one more thing, :facepalm:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Lynn LeFey on March 27, 2013, 02:59:27 AM
There's also the weird thing where two tools SEEM lighter than the one big tool. Distributed weight or mass versus volume or something weird like that causing a mental trick. Also... any excuse for more tools...
 :whistle:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Heinz Doofenshmirtz on March 27, 2013, 03:11:44 AM
I was thinking a Yeoman with a saw would be pretty cool.  Still not sure about doing the mod though. 

I honestly don't need the Woodsman's tool layout; a saw is pretty much useless to me for EDC.

However, an Explorer with a pliers layer would be a LOT more useful for me personally, or even a Yeoman Mechanic (Yeoman with pliers).
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on March 27, 2013, 03:34:04 AM
I was thinking a Yeoman with a saw would be pretty cool.  Still not sure about doing the mod though. 

I honestly don't need the Woodsman's tool layout; a saw is pretty much useless to me for EDC.

However, an Explorer with a pliers layer would be a LOT more useful for me personally, or even a Yeoman Mechanic (Yeoman with pliers).

I am actually thinking that whenever I can manage to get my Yeoman made from my Compact and Explorer, I may want to add a metal saw/file to it.  The only problem with that is the fact that it will make it the same thickness as the Explorer, which I think is just a bit too thick for my liking.  In that case, I would have to sacrifice a layer.  I am thinking it would have to be the scissors, but I'm assuming that would mean I would lose the hook w/nail file on it (although that would be fine technically since I would have the full size file added anyway).  So that would make the tool layers as follows:  knife with combo opener, mag/Phillips and metal file.  I know I would have the corkscrew as a backspring tool, but I don't know what else would be left.  On the Explorer, the mag/Phillips layer has no backspring tool, and I don't know if the metal file allows one.  I would hope to have the awl there. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Heinz Doofenshmirtz on March 27, 2013, 03:40:27 AM
I was thinking a Yeoman with a saw would be pretty cool.  Still not sure about doing the mod though. 

I honestly don't need the Woodsman's tool layout; a saw is pretty much useless to me for EDC.

However, an Explorer with a pliers layer would be a LOT more useful for me personally, or even a Yeoman Mechanic (Yeoman with pliers).

I am actually thinking that whenever I can manage to get my Yeoman made from my Compact and Explorer, I may want to add a metal saw/file to it.  The only problem with that is the fact that it will make it the same thickness as the Explorer, which I think is just a bit too thick for my liking.  In that case, I would have to sacrifice a layer.  I am thinking it would have to be the scissors, but I'm assuming that would mean I would lose the hook w/nail file on it (although that would be fine technically since I would have the full size file added anyway).  So that would make the tool layers as follows:  knife with combo opener, mag/Phillips and metal file.  I know I would have the corkscrew as a backspring tool, but I don't know what else would be left.  On the Explorer, the mag/Phillips layer has no backspring tool, and I don't know if the metal file allows one.  I would hope to have the awl there.
You'd lose the awl/reamer by removing the openers layer for the Yeoman, so it wouldn't be there to lose in the first place if making a Yeoman with a file. 

I agree that four layers would be a bit much for pocket carry though, so it really depends on what tools you need/want most. 

I've been seriously thinking about making a Cyber Compact actually.  Not having the mag-glass would be a drag, but the bit driver layer would more than make up for the loss of the inline phillips, as well as the large and small flathead drivers on the ends of the openers.  It'd be three layers, albeit a bit fat for three layers because of the bit driver layer, but it would be as close to a perfect pocket SAK for my needs for EDC as I could get.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on March 27, 2013, 04:21:55 AM
I was thinking a Yeoman with a saw would be pretty cool.  Still not sure about doing the mod though. 

I honestly don't need the Woodsman's tool layout; a saw is pretty much useless to me for EDC.

However, an Explorer with a pliers layer would be a LOT more useful for me personally, or even a Yeoman Mechanic (Yeoman with pliers).

I am actually thinking that whenever I can manage to get my Yeoman made from my Compact and Explorer, I may want to add a metal saw/file to it.  The only problem with that is the fact that it will make it the same thickness as the Explorer, which I think is just a bit too thick for my liking.  In that case, I would have to sacrifice a layer.  I am thinking it would have to be the scissors, but I'm assuming that would mean I would lose the hook w/nail file on it (although that would be fine technically since I would have the full size file added anyway).  So that would make the tool layers as follows:  knife with combo opener, mag/Phillips and metal file.  I know I would have the corkscrew as a backspring tool, but I don't know what else would be left.  On the Explorer, the mag/Phillips layer has no backspring tool, and I don't know if the metal file allows one.  I would hope to have the awl there.
You'd lose the awl/reamer by removing the openers layer for the Yeoman, so it wouldn't be there to lose in the first place if making a Yeoman with a file. 

I agree that four layers would be a bit much for pocket carry though, so it really depends on what tools you need/want most. 

I've been seriously thinking about making a Cyber Compact actually.  Not having the mag-glass would be a drag, but the bit driver layer would more than make up for the loss of the inline phillips, as well as the large and small flathead drivers on the ends of the openers.  It'd be three layers, albeit a bit fat for three layers because of the bit driver layer, but it would be as close to a perfect pocket SAK for my needs for EDC as I could get.

That would be perfect for me too. I would like a layer with the awl and main blade, scissors and cyber bits.  It would be even better if there was a way to put the mag glass in without making it four layers!  :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on March 27, 2013, 06:03:33 AM
I was thinking a Yeoman with a saw would be pretty cool.  Still not sure about doing the mod though. 

I honestly don't need the Woodsman's tool layout; a saw is pretty much useless to me for EDC.

However, an Explorer with a pliers layer would be a LOT more useful for me personally, or even a Yeoman Mechanic (Yeoman with pliers).

I am actually thinking that whenever I can manage to get my Yeoman made from my Compact and Explorer, I may want to add a metal saw/file to it.  The only problem with that is the fact that it will make it the same thickness as the Explorer, which I think is just a bit too thick for my liking.  In that case, I would have to sacrifice a layer.  I am thinking it would have to be the scissors, but I'm assuming that would mean I would lose the hook w/nail file on it (although that would be fine technically since I would have the full size file added anyway).  So that would make the tool layers as follows:  knife with combo opener, mag/Phillips and metal file.  I know I would have the corkscrew as a backspring tool, but I don't know what else would be left.  On the Explorer, the mag/Phillips layer has no backspring tool, and I don't know if the metal file allows one.  I would hope to have the awl there.
You'd lose the awl/reamer by removing the openers layer for the Yeoman, so it wouldn't be there to lose in the first place if making a Yeoman with a file. 

I agree that four layers would be a bit much for pocket carry though, so it really depends on what tools you need/want most. 

I've been seriously thinking about making a Cyber Compact actually.  Not having the mag-glass would be a drag, but the bit driver layer would more than make up for the loss of the inline phillips, as well as the large and small flathead drivers on the ends of the openers.  It'd be three layers, albeit a bit fat for three layers because of the bit driver layer, but it would be as close to a perfect pocket SAK for my needs for EDC as I could get.

Do you know if the file layer allows for a backspring tool?  That Cyber Compact sounds cool :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Heinz Doofenshmirtz on March 27, 2013, 06:11:01 AM
Do you know if the file layer allows for a backspring tool?  That Cyber Compact sounds cool :tu:
Only a few models come with a backside tool on the file layer, and I think one of them is the Ranger/Craftsman.  I think it's the mini-chisel tool that comes on the backside of the file, but not sure though, as I haven't had a Ranger in many years.  To get what you want, you'd have to get one of those as a donor to get a spring that allows a backside tool for the file, and you might be able to make a reamer fit in that spot, but you'd have to ask Steven or Syph to find out for sure.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on March 27, 2013, 06:28:58 AM
Do you know if the file layer allows for a backspring tool?  That Cyber Compact sounds cool :tu:
Only a few models come with a backside tool on the file layer, and I think one of them is the Ranger/Craftsman.  I think it's the mini-chisel tool that comes on the backside of the file, but not sure though, as I haven't had a Ranger in many years.  To get what you want, you'd have to get one of those as a donor to get a spring that allows a backside tool for the file, and you might be able to make a reamer fit in that spot, but you'd have to ask Steven or Syph to find out for sure.

I have been considering getting a Mountaineer, but that's also a 4-layer SAK.  Also, it would eventually end up being sacrificed along with the Compact and Explorer to create what I want, so I'm not sure if it's worth buying one as opposed to having Syph supply one for a few extra bucks (or maybe more-not sure what he would charge for a file, or if he would happen to have one).  I will probably ask him about that at some point soon.  Thanks for all your input Heinz, you've been very helpful :salute: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on March 27, 2013, 06:35:22 AM
I just checked out a pic of the Mountaineer, and it appears that the file layer has no backspring tool.  The hook is with the scissors, corkscrew with the knives and awl with the openers.  That complicates things as I don't want there to be only the one backspring tool (corkscrew).  I believe Syph can work his magic to fix that, but not without adding more expense.  I will check with him anyway, but I can't really afford to spend too much on this.  For him to make me the Yeoman out of the Compact and Explorer wasn't going to be too bad, but I know with each added part and extra time for his valuable skills, it's going to add up and quickly become less affordable (especially with a wife watching how much I would spend :o ;))
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on May 14, 2013, 02:57:45 PM
I'd been missing my Explorer a bit, so I figured I'd give it another try with the pocket clip in my work pants (dressier pants).  It had originally seemed like the clip was too long to work in these type of pants that I wear to work as the Explorer reached the bottom of the pocket.  However, it just barely touches the bottom, and it rides just fine so far from what I can tell.  Perhaps the issue was with whatever else I had in the pocket at the time.  It does fine with my Pioneer sitting in the change pocket.  The clip really does make a big difference with how noticeable a 4 layer SAK is in the pocket.  So anyway, just appreciating my Explorer some more since it was in need of some attention ;)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Kid33 on June 09, 2013, 11:22:27 PM
The Victorinox Explorer Plus is The Best SAK (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok7vgmkUi6w#)

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Syph007 on June 10, 2013, 12:20:06 AM
HAHA that's a great video!  I agree the explorer is a great all round SAK, but I still like pliers too... It's hard to have it all!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on June 11, 2013, 02:43:02 PM
Alas, my Explorer is no more.  I sacrificed it (for the mag/phillips layer) along with my Compact for a modding job, but it will be worth it :D 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: jerseydevil on June 11, 2013, 02:44:26 PM
Got my Explorer in my pocket today actually.  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on June 11, 2013, 03:04:27 PM
Got my Explorer in my pocket today actually.  :tu:

Good man :salute:  Even though I sacrificed mine, I'm happy with what I have coming as a result.  I still think the Explorer is one of the best, if not the best, all-arounder SAK that is still in production :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kirk13 on June 11, 2013, 03:32:39 PM
Great Explorers never die...they just become Yeomen!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on June 11, 2013, 03:46:38 PM
Great Explorers never die...they just become Yeomen!

 :tu:  Mine's a Yeoman plus a couple extras (seen recently in the Latest SAK thread), but I don't know what I should call it exactly.  Once I receive both of my mods, I may have to start a thread for name suggestions :think:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Aped38 on June 11, 2013, 06:45:41 PM
Great Explorers never die...they just become Yeomen!
What is the difference between a standard Explorer and a Yeoman?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on June 11, 2013, 07:03:36 PM
Great Explorers never die...they just become Yeomen!
What is the difference between a standard Explorer and a Yeoman?

The Yeoman is basically a trimmed down Explorer plus with the opener layer removed and the small blade replaced with a combo opener tool.  It's only 3 layers while the Explorer is 4.  Oh and there is a nailfile made onto the hook in the Yeoman. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Aped38 on June 11, 2013, 07:27:44 PM
The Yeoman does look like a better option for me, as I have found the 4 layer Explorer too thick. That's why the Climber is my choice, but I do like the pen. Where can I buy the Yeoman? What is the actual model and who makes them? Sorry for my ignorance.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on June 11, 2013, 08:29:23 PM
The Yeoman does look like a better option for me, as I have found the 4 layer Explorer too thick. That's why the Climber is my choice, but I do like the pen. Where can I buy the Yeoman? What is the actual model and who makes them? Sorry for my ignorance.

Not a problem, that's what we do around here :)  This is a very educational place to be :tu:  I would never have know about the Yeoman if not for joining up here.  They are no longer in production by Victorinox and are not always readily available.  Swiss Bianco does them, and currently has them for sale as far as I know.  Someone provided me with a link recently, but unfortunately I cannot provide it from work.  I will try to find the post containing it for you.  They are a bit pricey though.  You may also find one on Ebay occasionally.  The other option is to have one created for you by one of our resident modders. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on June 11, 2013, 08:41:55 PM
Aped38, here is the link: 
http://www.swissbianco.com/products/sak/foldingknives/yeoman-mechanic-sak-detail.html

Hopefully it works.  I think it goes to the Yeoman Mechanic (has pliers), but you should be able to get right to the regular Yeoman from there.  I just looked and it's the very last one on the last page, the Yeoman Sapphire.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on January 01, 2014, 06:02:41 PM
Figured I'd rejuvenate this thread with my new (to me) old mag glass Explorer :D  It came with the standard red cellidor scales, but I swapped them with my Ranger Plus's ruby scales after giving it a warm, soapy bath.  So now it is a ruby Explorer Plus :tu: 

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u649/khtibbetts/MTs-SAKs/IMG_20131231_094126_639_zps54758472.jpg) (http://s1326.photobucket.com/user/khtibbetts/media/MTs-SAKs/IMG_20131231_094126_639_zps54758472.jpg.html)
(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u649/khtibbetts/MTs-SAKs/IMG_20131231_093939_359_zps3fd1960b.jpg) (http://s1326.photobucket.com/user/khtibbetts/media/MTs-SAKs/IMG_20131231_093939_359_zps3fd1960b.jpg.html)
(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u649/khtibbetts/MTs-SAKs/IMG_20131231_093903_347_zpscde26de9.jpg) (http://s1326.photobucket.com/user/khtibbetts/media/MTs-SAKs/IMG_20131231_093903_347_zpscde26de9.jpg.html)
(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u649/khtibbetts/MTs-SAKs/IMG_20131230_223733_211_zpsc95919ad.jpg) (http://s1326.photobucket.com/user/khtibbetts/media/MTs-SAKs/IMG_20131230_223733_211_zpsc95919ad.jpg.html)
(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u649/khtibbetts/MTs-SAKs/IMG_20131231_094042_314_zps339103fb.jpg) (http://s1326.photobucket.com/user/khtibbetts/media/MTs-SAKs/IMG_20131231_094042_314_zps339103fb.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on January 01, 2014, 07:04:26 PM
Good thread bump.  I said it elsewhere but I'll say it again here; I'm really liking my new Explorer. :tu:  I've also managed to snag one with the new style glass magnifier, though I wasn't bothered by the plastic lensed one TBH. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on January 01, 2014, 07:28:35 PM
Glad you're getting along well with your Explorer Gareth :)  That's what I wanted originally, the new style glass one, but I saw this one and had the spare cash to grab it, so I did just that.  This is the first SAK I've gotten that I cleaned up nice and swapped scales, and I'm pleased with the results :tu:  The Explorer really is one of the best stock SAKs, imho of course.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on January 01, 2014, 07:55:58 PM
Although I do prefer the Alox range, the Explorer has a great tool combo, and I it sits in my pocket a lot lately.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on January 01, 2014, 07:57:29 PM
   I've been deliberating for several days whether or not I would buy the Explorer, but in the end I've decided to do it.

This will be the one:

(http://salon.mieczy.pl/images/Victorinox_1_6705_3_Explorer_Black_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: jerseydevil on January 01, 2014, 08:03:43 PM
   I've been deliberating for several days whether or not I would buy the Explorer, but in the end I've decided to do it.

This will be the one:

(http://salon.mieczy.pl/images/Victorinox_1_6705_3_Explorer_Black_1.jpg)

Good for you.  The Explorer is a great SAK.  :tu:  My yellow one still sees regular pocket time, including today.  :)  I've found that the seperate opener layer is more useful to me than the combo tool on the Yeoman, that utility more than making up for the extra layer. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on January 01, 2014, 09:07:41 PM
@jerseydevil

What I was worried about is the fact that the Explorer is rather bulky compared to the Victorinox Alox knives which I'm used to and very happy with.

The other thing which I thought about a lot is that there seems to be an issue with the magnifying glass, at least according to some people.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on January 01, 2014, 09:11:09 PM
Although I do prefer the Alox range, the Explorer has a great tool combo, and I it sits in my pocket a lot lately.

I'm very partial to the Alox too, but I will give the Explorer a go anyway.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on January 02, 2014, 02:10:33 AM
Although I do prefer the Alox range, the Explorer has a great tool combo, and I it sits in my pocket a lot lately.

I'm very partial to the Alox too, but I will give the Explorer a go anyway.

It's a great SAK.  I hope you get along with it well :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on January 02, 2014, 04:05:01 PM
Although I do prefer the Alox range, the Explorer has a great tool combo, and I it sits in my pocket a lot lately.

I'm very partial to the Alox too, but I will give the Explorer a go anyway.

It's a great SAK.  I hope you get along with it well :tu:


I bought the Explorer about an hour ago and was surprised to find out that it was not as bulky as I imagined it to be. The magnifying glass is just great   :2tu:  and so is the Philips screwdriver and the pair of scissors.

I think this model will become my first choice to carry when I'm not at home.  8)

I want go beyond a 4-layerd model though.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on January 02, 2014, 04:21:19 PM
Although I do prefer the Alox range, the Explorer has a great tool combo, and I it sits in my pocket a lot lately.

I'm very partial to the Alox too, but I will give the Explorer a go anyway.

It's a great SAK.  I hope you get along with it well :tu:


I bought the Explorer about an hour ago and was surprised to find out that it was not as bulky as I imagined it to be. The magnifying glass is just great   :2tu:  and so is the Philips screwdriver and the pair of scissors.

I think this model will become my first choice to carry when I'm not at home.  8)

I want go beyond a 4-layerd model though.

Yeah, it's not too bad for pocket carry.  There was a time when I thought it was too bulky, but I've since gotten over that due to carrying 5 layered SAKs in its place.  Now the Explorer is the smallest one I have.  What are you thinking of for a larger SAK?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on January 02, 2014, 04:36:05 PM
Although I do prefer the Alox range, the Explorer has a great tool combo, and I it sits in my pocket a lot lately.

I'm very partial to the Alox too, but I will give the Explorer a go anyway.

It's a great SAK.  I hope you get along with it well :tu:


I bought the Explorer about an hour ago and was surprised to find out that it was not as bulky as I imagined it to be. The magnifying glass is just great   :2tu:  and so is the Philips screwdriver and the pair of scissors.

I think this model will become my first choice to carry when I'm not at home.  8)

I want go beyond a 4-layerd model though.

Yeah, it's not too bad for pocket carry.  There was a time when I thought it was too bulky, but I've since gotten over that due to carrying 5 layered SAKs in its place.  Now the Explorer is the smallest one I have.  What are you thinking of for a larger SAK?

I already own one: the Victorinox New Soldier.

For the time being it will do, but besides the Explorer I also bought the red nylon scaled 108 mm. Victorinox Solo, just to have a nice larger blade.   8)

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Luna Knife on January 02, 2014, 07:09:46 PM
I have a pre 83 with the grey mag glass and no hole in the awl as well as a newer model I've put plus scales on it.

Modders-Please stop taking these apart to make yeomans,  Putting a mag glass in alox scales is great but please no yeomans as the combo tool suks.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on January 02, 2014, 07:36:32 PM
I have a pre 83 with the grey mag glass and no hole in the awl as well as a newer model I've put plus scales on it.

Modders-Please stop taking these apart to make yeomans,  Putting a mag glass in alox scales is great but please no yeomans as the combo tool suks.

I've found that I agree about the combo tool now.  When I originally wanted a Yeoman, I thought the opener layer was an unnecessary layer and that the small knife blade wasn't needed either, so the Yeoman setup was perfect.  So I got a custom one made up for me, which ended up being the Yeochamp as I added a couple layers to it.  Well over time, I've discovered that I really could use the small blade, and that the opener layer has a considerable amount of misc. versatility to it.  This caused me to want to get an Explorer, and so I did.  I still really like the Yeochamp though as it is a great SAK in itself.  Those two are my faves now. 

However, a modder can't help but make one if a customer requests it...like I did :whistle:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: abd1959 on January 03, 2014, 09:48:52 AM
I carry a Climber daily but as the eyes age I find myself wishing for the magnifier. I may have to start carrying an Explorer, probably sooner than later.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on January 03, 2014, 11:43:12 AM
I carry a Climber daily but as the eyes age I find myself wishing for the magnifier. I may have to start carrying an Explorer, probably sooner than later.

Before I purchased my Explorer yesterday, I was somewhat critical about the magnifier, but it soon turned out to be a great tool. It should however have been fitted into a metal frame, but that's really the only minor concern as far is I can see.    ;)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: tosh on January 03, 2014, 02:01:14 PM
I carry a Climber daily but as the eyes age I find myself wishing for the magnifier. I may have to start carrying an Explorer, probably sooner than later.

Before I purchased my Explorer yesterday, I was somewhat critical about the magnifier, but it soon turned out to be a great tool. It should however have been fitted into a metal frame, but that's really the only minor concern as far is I can see.    ;)

Hear Hear!!
I've been sayin' exactly the same.  :tu:

The Explorer was the first Victorinox I ever bought (still have it). It' a shame Victorinox  never added the saw to it and maybe the file too!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on January 03, 2014, 02:16:17 PM
I carry a Climber daily but as the eyes age I find myself wishing for the magnifier. I may have to start carrying an Explorer, probably sooner than later.

Before I purchased my Explorer yesterday, I was somewhat critical about the magnifier, but it soon turned out to be a great tool. It should however have been fitted into a metal frame, but that's really the only minor concern as far is I can see.    ;)



Hear Hear!!
I've been sayin' exactly the same.  :tu:

The Explorer was the first Victorinox I ever bought (still have it). It' a shame Victorinox  never added the saw to it and maybe the file too!!

As for myself, I don't miss the saw, but it would have been nice if the nail file would have been engraved  on the back side of the hook as on the Compact. But again that's a strictly personal thing.

The magnifier looks somewhat cheap in a plastic frame, doesn't it? But it's a great tool nevertheless.   :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on January 03, 2014, 05:47:50 PM
I carry a Climber daily but as the eyes age I find myself wishing for the magnifier. I may have to start carrying an Explorer, probably sooner than later.

Before I purchased my Explorer yesterday, I was somewhat critical about the magnifier, but it soon turned out to be a great tool. It should however have been fitted into a metal frame, but that's really the only minor concern as far is I can see.    ;)



Hear Hear!!
I've been sayin' exactly the same.  :tu:

The Explorer was the first Victorinox I ever bought (still have it). It' a shame Victorinox  never added the saw to it and maybe the file too!!

As for myself, I don't miss the saw, but it would have been nice if the nail file would have been engraved  on the back side of the hook as on the Compact. But again that's a strictly personal thing.

The magnifier looks somewhat cheap in a plastic frame, doesn't it? But it's a great tool nevertheless.   :tu:

A metal frame would be cool, and it would look more like it belonged so to speak.  As it is now, the magnifier stands out since it's not SS like the rest of the implements around it.  Minor issue though.  I too would like the metal file added, as well as the nailfile on the hook, which I have said before should be standard for all of the hooks...why it's not is beyond me.  I also like the fish scaler as a misc. type tool (don't go fishing though), and it has a ruler.  So to me, I think my ideal (beefy) SAK would be the Explorer with the fish scaler, metal file and hook nailfile added. 

The magnifier is a handy little thing :tu:  The Explorer I recently got has the old 8x glass version.  I like it, but I think I prefer the slightly larger view window of the newer version (which I have on my Yeochamp).  The only thing with that is that it's only 5x magnification, but it's probably not really a big difference, at least not from what I can tell. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on January 03, 2014, 06:31:26 PM
Explorer with added saw is a Woodsman, Explorer with added metal file is a Modeler.  Both retired sadly, but the Woodsman Lite gets close with adding a saw but swapping the magnifier for a LED.  :-\
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on January 03, 2014, 06:59:54 PM
Explorer with added saw is a Woodsman, Explorer with added metal file is a Modeler.  Both retired sadly, but the Woodsman Lite gets close with adding a saw but swapping the magnifier for a LED.  :-\

I have heard of the Woodsman on here a couple times, but I don't think I've heard of the Modeler.  I would have liked that one :tu: 

I should add that the ideal beefy SAK I mentioned above is more or less what I went for with my Yeochamp, only at the time I didn't think I cared about having the small blade and the opener layer.  Well, now I do like them, so I kick myself for that one a bit >:(  However, overall it's really not that big of a deal as with the Yeochamp, I stick to 5 layers, but with the Explorer with the added metal file and fish scaler, that takes it to 6 layers.  I'm sure I'd cope fine with that at this point though.  I'm beginning to think I can never let myself be satisfied with what I already have :ahhh >:D ::)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: derv on January 03, 2014, 07:02:08 PM
I just purchased my first SAK after not really having an interest for many years. It is an Explorer, and I love it! I volunteer at a library archive and a museum where the magnifier is quite useful, one of the reasons I chose the Explorer. The blades are great for everyday use, and the inline driver/large flathead works well for removing the cowling of a Cessna when the strut needs air or the engine needs service.

I don't know why I didn't care for The SAK as I grew up/started carrying a knife...The cheesy knock-offs and weird promotional logos gave them a "cheap" look, I suppose. Now that I have a genuine SAK, though...I love it. I just visited the Victorinox store in Paris, France, and it was incredible. I wanted everything Alox, and several of the Cellidor models. Their kitchen knives are also quite nice (I love to cook) and though they are belittled by the knife guys, the Victorinox watches are actually extremely nice. Sorry for the derailment...Explorers rock!  :climber:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: tosh on January 03, 2014, 11:17:45 PM
I think we need a group shot showing the various generations of Explorers, including the Damascus.

I probably won't get chance now until the end of next week - and that's a damn shame because my  "White Explorer Plus"  is just :drool: :drool: :drool:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on January 03, 2014, 11:26:11 PM
@Monrogue

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I'm beginning to think I can never let myself be satisfied with what I already have :ahhh >:D ::)   

I guess it's inherent to human nature never to be completely satisfied with anything, but I'm getting philisophical here so I better knock it of...  :think:

Nevertheless, the Explorer is a hell of a tool   8)   except for some minor drawbacks: I for one have no use for the corkscrew -it could have been left out as far as I'm concerned if only for esthetic reasons- and as I already mentioned the nail file should be there, whether on the hook or otherwise.

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Hyatt181 on January 04, 2014, 02:58:55 AM
I have enjoyed the explorer since 2000 when I saw a buddy with one and saw the phillips.
Went to local dealer and ended up with a scientist and an explorer.
now I have several and have taken them apart to add an electrician blade instead of the small blade and added a pair of pliers.
Also anodized the liners and used blue plus scales.

Have gathered all the pieces to make one with a nail file in the small blade. Will probably use a light instead of the magnifying glass across from the phillips.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Hyatt181 on January 04, 2014, 03:01:29 AM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/15/qyrynega.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Hyatt181 on January 04, 2014, 03:04:09 AM
Modified explorer
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: jerseydevil on January 04, 2014, 03:07:22 AM
Very nice.  I like that tool setup!  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Hyatt181 on January 04, 2014, 03:42:55 AM
To those who have done it. How are you putting the can and bottle openers across from the Phillips?


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Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on January 04, 2014, 04:26:10 AM
Modified explorer

Very nice :tu:  I would love the electrician's blade in place of the regular small blade.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Ross on January 04, 2014, 04:56:11 AM

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/15/qyrynega.jpg (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/15/qyrynega.jpg)
love what you have done here.

I bought my Explorer about three months ago and was encouraged buy some of you here - like that's never happened to any one else before lol.

I've been using it non stop adapt from the 30 day climber challenge and also have taken it with me to NZ. It's been the perfect companion while away and am not sure how I am going to get home and use something else. While I have been away I've used the main blade as my meat cutting knife especially while camping and cuts a steak beautifully and the other tools for this and that - I've not used the mag yet but I would like to get an old explorer with the old mag.

I can see your views on the mag looking a little cheap but overall Love this knife - I would kill for the Woodsman though :)

This is my Explorer at the beach
(http://i1351.photobucket.com/albums/p796/rossevans03/DSC04134_zps98004712.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: abd1959 on January 04, 2014, 09:30:15 AM
I carry a Climber daily but as the eyes age I find myself wishing for the magnifier. I may have to start carrying an Explorer, probably sooner than later.

Before I purchased my Explorer yesterday, I was somewhat critical about the magnifier, but it soon turned out to be a great tool. It should however have been fitted into a metal frame, but that's really the only minor concern as far is I can see.    ;)



Hear Hear!!
I've been sayin' exactly the same.  :tu:

The Explorer was the first Victorinox I ever bought (still have it). It' a shame Victorinox  never added the saw to it and maybe the file too!!

As for myself, I don't miss the saw, but it would have been nice if the nail file would have been engraved  on the back side of the hook as on the Compact. But again that's a strictly personal thing.

The magnifier looks somewhat cheap in a plastic frame, doesn't it? But it's a great tool nevertheless.   :tu:

A metal frame would be cool, and it would look more like it belonged so to speak.  As it is now, the magnifier stands out since it's not SS like the rest of the implements around it.  Minor issue though.  I too would like the metal file added, as well as the nailfile on the hook, which I have said before should be standard for all of the hooks...why it's not is beyond me.  I also like the fish scaler as a misc. type tool (don't go fishing though), and it has a ruler.  So to me, I think my ideal (beefy) SAK would be the Explorer with the fish scaler, metal file and hook nailfile added. 

The magnifier is a handy little thing :tu:  The Explorer I recently got has the old 8x glass version.  I like it, but I think I prefer the slightly larger view window of the newer version (which I have on my Yeochamp).  The only thing with that is that it's only 5x magnification, but it's probably not really a big difference, at least not from what I can tell.

When was the changeover from 8X to 5X magnifiers? Is the 8X lens glass and the 5X lens plastic?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on January 04, 2014, 09:42:50 AM
The 8x magnifier was the older style with the grey plastic housing holding a glass lens.  When they moved over to the plastic lens (with clear housing) they changed to the 5x magnification.  Going buy my eye I'd say the new glass lens (with clear plastic housing) is still 5x magnification. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on January 04, 2014, 10:25:44 AM
The 8x magnifier was the older style with the grey plastic housing holding a glass lens.  When they moved over to the plastic lens (with clear housing) they changed to the 5x magnification.  Going buy my eye I'd say the new glass lens (with clear plastic housing) is still 5x magnification.

According to SAKWIKI:

The Magnifying Glass was first introduced in 1973 and featured a glass lens with an 8x magnification in a Grey plastic housing.

In 2007 the Magnifier was changed to a new model in a transparent plastic housing with a plastic lens and a magnification of 5x. The 2007 magnifier has a slightly lower level of magnification, and a slightly wider area of view due to the slimmer housing and lower magnification.



On the website of the shop were I purchased my Explorer however, the magnifier was advertised as an 8x. Nevertheless a magnification of 5x is sufficient for what I need the tool for.

What I would have liked to see on the Victorinox should have been similar to the magnifier on the Wenger Minathor Evo.

http://www.sakwiki.com/tiki-browse_image.php?imageId=3113

The identifier of my Explorer is as follows: 1.6703 Victorinox AN: red Cellidor scales
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: bmot on January 04, 2014, 12:47:33 PM
Modified explorer


That does look like you could call it a Victorinox 557 :)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: tosh on January 04, 2014, 07:27:33 PM
I think we need a group shot showing the various generations of Explorers, including the Damascus.

I probably won't get chance now until the end of next week - and that's a damn shame because my  "White Explorer Plus"  is just :drool: :drool: :drool:

Well, I managed to sneak off for 5min, apologies for the quality - its pitch black here in the UK so I had to improvise using a torch  :facepalm:

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: tosh on January 04, 2014, 07:29:33 PM
A couple more.....


Note the state of the end grain in the bottom picture. Quality huh  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: tosh on January 04, 2014, 10:55:22 PM
I think we need a group shot showing the various generations of Explorers, including the Damascus.

I probably won't get chance now until the end of next week - and that's a damn shame because my  "White Explorer Plus"  is just :drool: :drool: :drool:

Well, I managed to sneak off for 5min, apologies for the quality - its pitch black here in the UK so I had to improvise using a torch  :facepalm:

Black - 1st Generation grey housing/glass lens
Red   - 2nd Generation plastic housing/plastic Len
Damascus - 3rd Generation plastic housing/glass lens

White - 2nd Generation with white "Plus" scales fitted  :drool: :drool:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on January 05, 2014, 12:00:56 AM
The 8x magnifier was the older style with the grey plastic housing holding a glass lens.  When they moved over to the plastic lens (with clear housing) they changed to the 5x magnification.  Going buy my eye I'd say the new glass lens (with clear plastic housing) is still 5x magnification.

I still love the Explorer!  To me it has the best tool set for it size!  :tu:

What magnification is it on the new ones? 

The newest Explorers (and Swisschamps) have the clear housing but now have actual glass (I think) that you can pop out!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mr. Whippy on January 05, 2014, 12:45:46 AM
Thread has inspired me.  I had this older Explorer in my box of donors.  I decided to put these sapphire scales on it. :)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z231/bluebadger88/misc/IMG_20140104_174953_390_zpsp0mq7eg9.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/bluebadger88/media/misc/IMG_20140104_174953_390_zpsp0mq7eg9.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on January 05, 2014, 02:21:01 AM
Nice Explorers Tosh and Mr. Whippy :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: splico on January 19, 2014, 04:56:59 PM
The 8x magnifier was the older style with the grey plastic housing holding a glass lens.  When they moved over to the plastic lens (with clear housing) they changed to the 5x magnification.  Going buy my eye I'd say the new glass lens (with clear plastic housing) is still 5x magnification.

@sir_mike

6x
http://b2b.victorinox.ch/A219/evolution%20of%20magnifying%20glass.pdf
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on January 19, 2014, 05:27:41 PM
The 8x magnifier was the older style with the grey plastic housing holding a glass lens.  When they moved over to the plastic lens (with clear housing) they changed to the 5x magnification.  Going buy my eye I'd say the new glass lens (with clear plastic housing) is still 5x magnification.

@sir_mike

6x
http://b2b.victorinox.ch/A219/evolution%20of%20magnifying%20glass.pdf

Good info!   :)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: burnside on January 19, 2014, 06:16:48 PM
This thread has inspired me to carry my 80's era red Explorer today.
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ICanFixThat on January 19, 2014, 06:39:11 PM
Soon to be EDC.

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on January 19, 2014, 06:57:16 PM
The 8x magnifier was the older style with the grey plastic housing holding a glass lens.  When they moved over to the plastic lens (with clear housing) they changed to the 5x magnification.  Going buy my eye I'd say the new glass lens (with clear plastic housing) is still 5x magnification.

@sir_mike

6x
http://b2b.victorinox.ch/A219/evolution%20of%20magnifying%20glass.pdf

Thanks for the info.  I was curious! :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on January 19, 2014, 07:08:09 PM
The 8x magnifier was the older style with the grey plastic housing holding a glass lens.  When they moved over to the plastic lens (with clear housing) they changed to the 5x magnification.  Going buy my eye I'd say the new glass lens (with clear plastic housing) is still 5x magnification.

@sir_mike

6x
http://b2b.victorinox.ch/A219/evolution%20of%20magnifying%20glass.pdf

Good to know. :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ICanFixThat on January 19, 2014, 07:22:37 PM
Carl Elsener Sr. Explorer - 2013 Damascus Limited Edition.

(http://forum.multitool.org/swiss-forum/appreciation-for-the-explorer/?action=dlattach;attach=115594;image)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NG VI on January 19, 2014, 11:25:20 PM
The orange alox Explorer a few pages back is gorgeous!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on January 20, 2014, 02:02:44 AM
Looks good ICFT :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on January 27, 2014, 08:46:59 PM
Imagine my surprise when at work, I found my red Explorer in the pocket of my jacket, while I had my "Carl" Explorer in the pocket of my jeans! On a Monday! Great start of the week.
(https://scontent-b-cdg.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1175365_10152897623621664_1280095954_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: enki_ck on January 27, 2014, 09:05:08 PM
I love finding stuff I've "lost". :D Mostly in coat pockets that I haven't carried in months. ;)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: papercut on January 28, 2014, 03:34:09 AM
Having a 91mm alox explorer made up right not, Vic guts and China alox scales.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on January 28, 2014, 03:50:04 AM
I love finding stuff I've "lost". :D Mostly in coat pockets that I haven't carried in months. ;)

Me too.

Strangely enough it's almost always money I find and once in a while a lighter or two.    :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ICanFixThat on February 02, 2014, 01:31:44 AM
3 quick cell phone pics under florescent light, but they look ok.  I'll try for better pictures tomorrow.

Second day carrying my C.E. 2013 Explorer.  I've sanded it, 3 applications of mineral oil, and very light waxing.  Feels great, looks great. We're going to get on fine I believe.
 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Luna Knife on February 02, 2014, 02:11:54 AM
I much prefer my 2 explorers(grey mag glass and clear mag glass with plus scales) to the yeoman Ive owned for a few hours.  So much is to be said about the 2 tools instead of the combo tool.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: jerseydevil on February 02, 2014, 02:15:55 AM
I much prefer my 2 explorers(grey mag glass and clear mag glass with plus scales) to the yeoman Ive owned for a few hours.  So much is to be said about the 2 tools instead of the combo tool.

Honestly, I have to agree with you there.  I use the can opener a lot at work, and the flat driver is a great pry tool, something I'm afraid to use the combo tool for.  It's not like four layers bothers me at all, I regularly pocket carry a Swisschamp.....
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NutSAK on February 02, 2014, 07:18:16 AM
I much prefer my 2 explorers(grey mag glass and clear mag glass with plus scales) to the yeoman Ive owned for a few hours.  So much is to be said about the 2 tools instead of the combo tool.

After carrying knives with a combo tool for years, recently my opinion has changed to reflect yours.  It's three tools, BTW...don't forget about the awl.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: splico on February 02, 2014, 10:26:15 AM
I much prefer my 2 explorers(grey mag glass and clear mag glass with plus scales) to the yeoman Ive owned for a few hours.  So much is to be said about the 2 tools instead of the combo tool.

After carrying knives with a combo tool for years, recently my opinion has changed to reflect yours.  It's three tools, BTW...don't forget about the awl.
+1
And small blade. So much better SAK with just 1 more layer Explorer is apsolute winner.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NutSAK on February 02, 2014, 12:41:20 PM
I much prefer my 2 explorers(grey mag glass and clear mag glass with plus scales) to the yeoman Ive owned for a few hours.  So much is to be said about the 2 tools instead of the combo tool.

After carrying knives with a combo tool for years, recently my opinion has changed to reflect yours.  It's three tools, BTW...don't forget about the awl.
+1
And small blade. So much better SAK with just 1 more layer Explorer is apsolute winner.

 :cheers: Indeed.

However, I do find that the Yeoman is noticeably more pocket friendly than the Explorer.  If I am pairing the SAK with another multitool having an awl and screwdrivers, I will carry it instead.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Luna Knife on February 02, 2014, 04:29:27 PM
I much prefer my 2 explorers(grey mag glass and clear mag glass with plus scales) to the yeoman Ive owned for a few hours.  So much is to be said about the 2 tools instead of the combo tool.

After carrying knives with a combo tool for years, recently my opinion has changed to reflect yours.  It's three tools, BTW...don't forget about the awl.
+1
And small blade. So much better SAK with just 1 more layer Explorer is apsolute winner.

 :cheers: Indeed.

However, I do find that the Yeoman is noticeably more pocket friendly than the Explorer.  If I am pairing the SAK with another multitool having an awl and screwdrivers, I will carry it instead.

The scientist on the other hand, is as about as slim as a waiter and compared to the yeoman, you only lose the scizzors and awl
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sawman on February 02, 2014, 04:49:40 PM
I much prefer my 2 explorers(grey mag glass and clear mag glass with plus scales) to the yeoman Ive owned for a few hours.  So much is to be said about the 2 tools instead of the combo tool.
I also prefer the two separate tools. They're infinitely more useful than a combo tool.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on February 02, 2014, 04:56:41 PM
I much prefer my 2 explorers(grey mag glass and clear mag glass with plus scales) to the yeoman Ive owned for a few hours.  So much is to be said about the 2 tools instead of the combo tool.
I also prefer the two separate tools. They're infinitely more useful than a combo tool.

I agree. Except for the 108 mm. combo, it simply looks somewhat flimsy to me.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NutSAK on February 02, 2014, 05:15:36 PM
I much prefer my 2 explorers(grey mag glass and clear mag glass with plus scales) to the yeoman Ive owned for a few hours.  So much is to be said about the 2 tools instead of the combo tool.

After carrying knives with a combo tool for years, recently my opinion has changed to reflect yours.  It's three tools, BTW...don't forget about the awl.
+1
And small blade. So much better SAK with just 1 more layer Explorer is apsolute winner.

 :cheers: Indeed.

However, I do find that the Yeoman is noticeably more pocket friendly than the Explorer.  If I am pairing the SAK with another multitool having an awl and screwdrivers, I will carry it instead.

The scientist on the other hand, is as about as slim as a waiter and compared to the yeoman, you only lose the scizzors and awl

True, or you could go the Passenger route and, compared the Explorer you only lose the scissors and hook, and keep the openers and awl.

Yeoman, Passenger, Scientist... These are all some of my favorite SAKs, and it's a shame that the Explorer is the only one still produced from the same family!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: splico on February 02, 2014, 05:19:35 PM
Yeoman, Passenger, Scientist... These are all some of my favorite SAKs, and it's a shame that the Explorer is the only one still produced from the same family!

Agree  :rant:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Jothra on February 02, 2014, 08:02:30 PM
I agree. Except for the 108 mm. combo, it simply looks somewhat flimsy to me.

I really liked the Compact when I first picked it up. The combo tool made an excellent can opener, which I needed almost every day. Unfortunately, the first time I really cranked a tough screw...

Anyway, now that I'm comfortably out of the construction labourer business, I'm trying to talk myself out of carrying a Victorinox with a saw. I love the saw to pieces, but have only used it twice since September, and my satchel has a Rebar and Forester in it anyway. I'm thining of an Exporer or a Climber. I've always kind of liked the idea of having the magnifying glass...
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ICanFixThat on February 02, 2014, 09:49:49 PM
Like some others on here my thinking as evolved on the Yeoman a bit from use of many different SAKs.  However for me the Yeoman is still a great knife, and I still love it for what it is.

For one, I've never been impressed with the drivers on a SAK.  I've grown up from electronics to computers and general tinker'r.  I've always used quality hand tools, and my tool kit is stocked with really nice drivers, and I recently even updated a few of them and replaced a couple I had from when I was a kid in my early teens as the edges were damaged from my own heavy use, and sometimes abuse.  The SAK flat screwdriver is several times too wide for any screws I tend to want to fiddle with.

As mentioned also if the SAK is paired with another tool, the considerations can change quite a bit.  The real sad thing is the reduction in the number of different models which means they each become a bit more homogenized making them less ideal in more situations even if they cover a wider variety of situations.

One thing I've really come to appreciate is the small blade on a SAK.  So to me this might be the most important difference.  In fact, as mentioned in by others in other threads, I'm coming to think that Victorinox should offer models with the option of a serrated small blade.  If there is any one simple change to the Explorer than would improve it, it would be a small serrated blade.  It would have been so cool if the C.E. Explorer had both a Damascus main blade and a serrated small blade... or even a serrated Damascus small blade.

The inline Phillips driver on a SAK while too soft and not good for precision equipment, does get some use by me and since the world has not outlawed this rediculus drive system and while the incompatible variations continue to expand the original out-dated version continues to be used.  As such having such a driver handy can be useful.

The larger driver is also so outdated and too soft, but other than the blades and the cap-lifter I feel all the other SAK tools are just tools to be used as is required at the time.  In this light, the cap-lifter is a useful tool, an it can be modified into more specific tools more easily as needed.  The combo tool is a much better cap-lifter, but not as good a general thing-a-ma-jig tool for other uses.

The magnifier is also a less versitile tool, but I like it for what it is.  I tend to like SAKs with a Magnifier even though it fits in a rather wide layer.

A reamer (even the 91mm version) is a very useful tool, the 93mm version is the best.  In fact I used the 93mm version a lot, more like a small blade for package opening and other stuff.  It actually taught me how useful the small blade on a 91mm SAK would be as I often use to carry those without one.  When I didn't have a 93mm Alox on me I missed the small-blade or Reamer.

So the summary is that I like my Yeomans, they pair great, and they are quite slim when that is what I need.  Often a Yeoman is all I personally need.  Based on other knives I've carried and used I believe I will like the Explorer, although I've never EDC'd one before and never even used one much as I tended to use the Champion plus or other lage knife when I needed a mag glass or I used a Yeoman.  Since I have the best Yeoman in the world (custom Bushido's Ti) it's hard to not pick that up when I need a mag glass.

I was planning on writing about my year+ with the Battle Series Climber that some how ended up replacing Alox as my EDC, and now ending up with the C.E. Explorer as my EDC for at least a year. However; I'm not likely to get to that, because it just sort of happened I didn't plan it that way it was not a choice based much on needs at all.  Except I need scissors, my EDC must have good scissors.  I also almost always have a Spirit with-in reach, I always have my keychain vagabond. At least 1/2 the year I probably have a 111mm Soldier on me in my coat pocket.  It's possible I might have others on any given day.  MY EDC though is in my pants pocket, usually dedicated pocket. Anyway I forgot what i was going to say that was actually on topic, it had something to do with why I'm carrying the Explorer, and why I'm quite sure I'll be happy with it, and that is even though I love the Alox knives... in fact I'm going to go open a package from Syph007.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NutSAK on February 02, 2014, 10:25:16 PM
The combo tool is a much better cap-lifter

How so?  My experience with the two tools over many years has shown that the dedicated cap lifter works better for me.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Philby on February 02, 2014, 10:33:06 PM
Also the less layers you have, the more the Sak flexes when you use the screw drivers. For me any less than 4 layers and the Sak feels a lot less solid.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ICanFixThat on February 03, 2014, 03:20:56 AM
The combo tool is a much better cap-lifter

How so?  My experience with the two tools over many years has shown that the dedicated cap lifter works better for me.
My experience is the standard cap-lifter usually takes two passes to complete the job, the combo tool seems to slip less often more often getting it done in one go.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NutSAK on February 03, 2014, 04:43:38 AM
The combo tool is a much better cap-lifter

How so?  My experience with the two tools over many years has shown that the dedicated cap lifter works better for me.
My experience is the standard cap-lifter usually takes two passes to complete the job, the combo tool seems to slip less often more often getting it done in one go.

Oddly, my experience is exactly the opposite.  It must be a difference in technique...
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: papercut on February 04, 2014, 02:57:21 AM
My alox explorer is on the way!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on February 04, 2014, 03:09:58 AM
My alox explorer is on the way!

Alox Explorer.... :drool:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 04, 2014, 04:53:06 AM
My alox explorer is on the way!

Alox Explorer.... :drool:

I think if I'm ever able to get another Alox custom, it would have to be an Explorer, likely with a nailfile in place of the small blade or awl. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: papercut on February 05, 2014, 11:55:21 PM
A few teasers til I make a proper post:

(http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n450/papercut54321/Mobile%20Uploads/IMAG1082.jpg) (http://s339.photobucket.com/user/papercut54321/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMAG1082.jpg.html)

(http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n450/papercut54321/Mobile%20Uploads/IMAG1086.jpg) (http://s339.photobucket.com/user/papercut54321/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMAG1086.jpg.html)

Thinner than a Yeoman!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: splico on February 06, 2014, 12:05:14 AM
papercut  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: burnside on February 06, 2014, 01:42:31 AM
very cool  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on February 06, 2014, 08:13:26 AM
Looking good. :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Ross on February 07, 2014, 06:42:55 PM
Have to say the Explorer is so far hand down the perfect knife for me. Want to get my hand on ONS with the only style mag.  I took mine to NZ with me so used for a month, since I have been home I have been using different knifes like my soldier 82 and my weekender but I find myself going to grab the Explorer time and time again. Tonight I have just opened a bottle of wine (lucky my favourite wine still had a cork) and without thinking I've graded my Explorer. I must admit it's not in great shape since after been thrown around in my suitcase the front scale now no longer stays on and I lost the toothpick ahhhhhhhhhh but I love it. Time will tell if it stays my favourite but for now it is. (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/02/08/qe6yjure.jpg)(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/02/08/ypudenyq.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: colt 1911 on February 07, 2014, 07:15:15 PM

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc421/JAfromMn/IMG-20121201-02554.jpg)

my explorer out exploring  :P

That is WICKED ! Hella nice explorer . :)


Swiss Army knives .


Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 07, 2014, 07:31:12 PM
Yeah, that's a sweet Explorer :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: captain spaulding on February 07, 2014, 08:11:35 PM

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc421/JAfromMn/IMG-20121201-02554.jpg)

my explorer out exploring  :P

That is WICKED ! Hella nice explorer . :)


Swiss Army knives .


 :whistle: :whistle:


(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad112/ChadV_2010/Knives%20and%20MT%204/image_zpsc515ecb4.jpg) (http://s927.photobucket.com/user/ChadV_2010/media/Knives%20and%20MT%204/image_zpsc515ecb4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 07, 2014, 09:09:47 PM
Is that the same one Capt.?  I am thinking I may end up getting a custom Alox Explorer actually....
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: captain spaulding on February 07, 2014, 09:29:27 PM
Is that the same one Capt.?  I am thinking I may end up getting a custom Alox Explorer actually....


Yup it's the same knife. I removed the clip though.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 07, 2014, 09:47:53 PM
Is that the same one Capt.?  I am thinking I may end up getting a custom Alox Explorer actually....


Yup it's the same knife. I removed the clip though.

Cool :tu:  I wouldn't have wanted the clip either. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: colt 1911 on February 07, 2014, 10:46:07 PM
Is that the same one Capt.?  I am thinking I may end up getting a custom Alox Explorer actually....

for sure huh, after seeing that beauty i want an alox explorer.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: captain spaulding on February 07, 2014, 10:54:04 PM
Is that the same one Capt.?  I am thinking I may end up getting a custom Alox Explorer actually....


Yup it's the same knife. I removed the clip though.

Cool :tu:  I wouldn't have wanted the clip either.

I tried carrying it with the clip, but I pocket carry it inside my pocket not clipped onto my pocket so it just made it extra thick and much more noticeable while carrying. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: captain spaulding on February 07, 2014, 10:55:55 PM
Is that the same one Capt.?  I am thinking I may end up getting a custom Alox Explorer actually....

Do it!  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on February 07, 2014, 11:13:56 PM
Kudos on the Alox Explorer!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on February 07, 2014, 11:16:38 PM
Yep, someday I have to get me one of those alox Explorer's!  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: captain spaulding on February 07, 2014, 11:23:06 PM
Technically (in my book) for it to be a alox Explorer it would need a small blade instead of the awl.  ;)

Im just being a smartass though.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Ross on February 07, 2014, 11:39:53 PM

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc421/JAfromMn/IMG-20121201-02554.jpg)

my explorer out exploring  :P

That is WICKED ! Hella nice explorer . :)


Swiss Army knives .


 :whistle: :whistle:


(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad112/ChadV_2010/Knives%20and%20MT%204/image_zpsc515ecb4.jpg) (http://s927.photobucket.com/user/ChadV_2010/media/Knives%20and%20MT%204/image_zpsc515ecb4.jpg.html)
Wtf I want one of these!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: captain spaulding on February 07, 2014, 11:58:59 PM
 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: mrynnr on February 08, 2014, 12:02:02 AM


(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc421/JAfromMn/IMG-20121201-02554.jpg)

my explorer out exploring  :P

That is WICKED ! Hella nice explorer . :)


Swiss Army knives .


 :whistle: :whistle:


(http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad112/ChadV_2010/Knives%20and%20MT%204/image_zpsc515ecb4.jpg) (http://s927.photobucket.com/user/ChadV_2010/media/Knives%20and%20MT%204/image_zpsc515ecb4.jpg.html)
Wtf I want one of these!!!!!!!!!!
me too!


Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: papercut on February 08, 2014, 12:10:11 AM
Mine only cost $38 total, hehe. That includes donors, shipping and mod fee. :p
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on February 08, 2014, 01:31:24 AM
Technically (in my book) for it to be a alox Explorer it would need a small blade instead of the awl.  ;)

Im just being a smartass though.

Yeah, I guess you are right so we could call it an alox Pioneer Explorer! :)

Either way, I like it and I think the awl makes it more versatile than a second blade!  IMO.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: captain spaulding on February 08, 2014, 01:49:40 AM
Technically (in my book) for it to be a alox Explorer it would need a small blade instead of the awl.  ;)

Im just being a smartass though.

Yeah, I guess you are right so we could call it an alox Pioneer Explorer! :)

Either way, I like it and I think the awl makes it more versatile than a second blade!  IMO.


Agreed.   :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ICanFixThat on February 08, 2014, 08:43:28 PM
My 2013 Carl Elsener Explorer after 1 week of pocket carry.  I've lightly sanded, oiled, and waxed this knife.

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 21, 2014, 09:40:04 PM
I'm still appreciating with my new ruby Explorer Plus :D

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u649/khtibbetts/MTs-SAKs/IMG_20140221_110742_834_zps05a49fcd.jpg) (http://s1326.photobucket.com/user/khtibbetts/media/MTs-SAKs/IMG_20140221_110742_834_zps05a49fcd.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: burnside on February 21, 2014, 09:51:04 PM
My Explorer. A true classic.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5479/10819639705_c21d1d3311_c.jpg)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2810/10819642125_11e218da79_c.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5507/10819663176_3f31b9e349_c.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/10819933763_ec149013ee_c.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5524/10819930983_34b87eaefa_c.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7322/10819932563_4568911937_c.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3773/10819668296_88cffc3d6d_c.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3768/10819932043_45c8346f69_c.jpg)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 21, 2014, 10:00:47 PM
Nice one burnside :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: burnside on February 21, 2014, 10:07:26 PM
Nice one burnside :tu:

Thanks!  :cheers:

The 1980's era SAKs really seem to appeal to me. I like both celidor and alox models from the 80s. It seems like Victorinox was really on top of their production's quality control in those days. I also grew up in the 80's using SAKs so there is a bit of nostalgia involved as well.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NutSAK on February 21, 2014, 10:20:59 PM
Nice one burnside :tu:

Thanks!  :cheers:

The 1980's era SAKs really seem to appeal to me. I like both celidor and alox models from the 80s. It seems like Victorinox was really on top of their production's quality control in those days. I also grew up in the 80's using SAKs so there is a bit of nostalgia involved as well.

+1.  I couldn't agree more.  Vic was definitely at the top of their game during our childhood, up through the early 90's.

That is a beautiful Explorer you have there.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on February 21, 2014, 10:28:45 PM
Yes - very nice. Mine is from the 80's too, but not in such good condition. It's a fine user, but the main blade is a bit bent!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sawman on February 21, 2014, 10:50:59 PM
I'm still appreciating with my new ruby Explorer Plus :D

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u649/khtibbetts/MTs-SAKs/IMG_20140221_110742_834_zps05a49fcd.jpg) (http://s1326.photobucket.com/user/khtibbetts/media/MTs-SAKs/IMG_20140221_110742_834_zps05a49fcd.jpg.html)
That's a nice one. As I said before, love that Ruby.  :drool:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: daverobson on February 21, 2014, 11:08:12 PM
Amazon UK are selling them for £26.26 at the moment. could this be a good time for me to join the Explorer Club?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Victorinox-Explorer-Army-Knife-Red/dp/B0001GS19K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393020255&sr=8-1&keywords=victorinox+explorer
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: burnside on February 21, 2014, 11:09:24 PM
Nice one burnside :tu:

Thanks!  :cheers:

The 1980's era SAKs really seem to appeal to me. I like both celidor and alox models from the 80s. It seems like Victorinox was really on top of their production's quality control in those days. I also grew up in the 80's using SAKs so there is a bit of nostalgia involved as well.

+1.  I couldn't agree more.  Vic was definitely at the top of their game during our childhood, up through the early 90's.

That is a beautiful Explorer you have there.

Thanks, NutSAK! Most of my favorite keepers and users are from the 80's and 90's for sure.  :tu:

Yes - very nice. Mine is from the 80's too, but not in such good condition. It's a fine user, but the main blade is a bit bent!

Gotta love the 80's SAKs!  :tu: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 22, 2014, 03:32:58 AM
Amazon UK are selling them for £26.26 at the moment. could this be a good time for me to join the Explorer Club?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Victorinox-Explorer-Army-Knife-Red/dp/B0001GS19K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393020255&sr=8-1&keywords=victorinox+explorer

I would say it's an excellent time to join :tu: :pok:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sticktodrum on February 22, 2014, 04:47:04 AM
I just picked up this little gem: http://www.ebay.com/itm/151237444370?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on February 22, 2014, 05:11:10 AM
I just picked up this little gem: http://www.ebay.com/itm/151237444370?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

Nicely done!  I seen it listed and before too long it was gone! :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 22, 2014, 05:22:45 AM
I just picked up this little gem: http://www.ebay.com/itm/151237444370?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

Nice grab :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: burnside on February 22, 2014, 06:38:45 AM
I just picked up this little gem: http://www.ebay.com/itm/151237444370?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

Nice score!  :tu: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NutSAK on February 22, 2014, 10:31:35 PM
Here is my new 90's Explorer.  I have a "beater" just like it that I carry:

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-rwaPr-C2nW0/UwkVu6AzzNI/AAAAAAAABg8/eIpxdTCfD1Y/s800/P1012979.JPG)


...and an Explorer "family" photo, with knives that, IMO, never should have been retired.

Scientist, Yeoman, Passenger, Explorer, Woodsman:

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-b-nS8vqh76g/UwkVv-PQbXI/AAAAAAAABhA/p8ycc2Vvd8I/s800/P1012980.JPG)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on February 23, 2014, 12:39:09 AM
 Nice collection Terry! :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NutSAK on February 23, 2014, 01:42:05 AM
Nice collection Terry! :salute:

Thanks Mike!  I wouldn't have any of these retired SAKs if it weren't for the generosity and help from my friends here at MTO!

 :multi:

P.S.  Note that the retired knives are all older than the Explorer, obvious from the older type of keyring attachment.  That is, with the exception of the Passenger, which has no keyring.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on February 23, 2014, 03:41:29 AM
Awesome family pic there NutSAK :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: derekmac on February 23, 2014, 03:53:39 AM
So many nice knives and pictures! :drool:


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Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on February 23, 2014, 04:16:02 AM
Nice collection Terry! :salute:

Thanks Mike!  I wouldn't have any of these retired SAKs if it weren't for the generosity and help from my friends here at MTO!

 :multi:

P.S.  Note that the retired knives are all older than the Explorer, obvious from the older type of keyring attachment.  That is, with the exception of the Passenger, which has no keyring.

+1 :)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Ross on February 23, 2014, 05:38:57 PM
...and an Explorer "family" photo, with knives that, IMO, never should have been retired.

Scientist, Yeoman, Passenger, Explorer, Woodsman:

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-b-nS8vqh76g/UwkVv-PQbXI/AAAAAAAABhA/p8ycc2Vvd8I/s800/P1012980.JPG)

Nice family Photo there - Should the Modeler be in this shot?  :think:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sawman on February 23, 2014, 05:56:05 PM
That's an awesome assortment you have there! Are any of them "users"?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: twiliter on February 23, 2014, 06:46:30 PM
...and an Explorer "family" photo, with knives that, IMO, never should have been retired.

Scientist, Yeoman, Passenger, Explorer, Woodsman:

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-b-nS8vqh76g/UwkVv-PQbXI/AAAAAAAABhA/p8ycc2Vvd8I/s800/P1012980.JPG)

Nice family Photo there - Should the Modeler be in this shot?  :think:

+1

Or the Outdoorsman? Another retiree before it's time. :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NutSAK on February 24, 2014, 01:40:27 AM
Indeed, the Modeler and Outdoorsman definitely belong in the family.  I would have included them if I owned examples of them!! ;)

All knives in that photo are users with the exception of the NIB Scientist and the Explorer.  The Yeoman, Passenger and Woodsman were all used when I got them, so I figured I might as well just let 'em keep working!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: AlephZero on May 12, 2015, 01:12:58 PM
[Aleph78 uses THREAD NECRO] [It's SUPER effective]

Since I finished the makeover on my Explorer, I feel I need to spam about in every possible thread... :rofl:

Seriously though, I'm beginning to think that this may actually be my new favorite SAK, even surpassing my beloved Huntsman  :ahhh

(http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx12/CaineKitty/Forum/20150508_170646.jpg)


 :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Grass on May 12, 2015, 02:36:40 PM
Hmm... it seems to cost A$25 or so more to get an Explorer Plus rather than an Explorer in Australia. Weird.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on May 12, 2015, 02:41:02 PM
[Aleph78 uses THREAD NECRO] [It's SUPER effective]

Since I finished the makeover on my Explorer, I feel I need to spam about in every possible thread... :rofl:

Seriously though, I'm beginning to think that this may actually be my new favorite SAK, even surpassing my beloved Huntsman  :ahhh

(http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx12/CaineKitty/Forum/20150508_170646.jpg)


 :cheers:

Gorgeous yellow! Great SAK!

I have an 80's Explorer and I modded a Woodsman which is my EDC.

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: parman53 on May 12, 2015, 04:56:00 PM
(http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h372/rocker853/Knives/IMG_3218.jpg)
One of my favorite SAK's I bought in the early 80's. Not a EDC but I always take it when I travel
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on May 12, 2015, 05:28:23 PM
(http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h372/rocker853/Knives/IMG_3218.jpg)
One of my favorite SAK's I bought in the early 80's. Not a EDC but I always take it when I travel

Got to have an Explorer when you go Exploring.  :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on May 12, 2015, 06:29:15 PM
Good thread bump.  I said it elsewhere but I'll say it again here; I'm really liking my new Explorer. :tu:  I've also managed to snag one with the new style glass magnifier, though I wasn't bothered by the plastic lensed one TBH.

Wow, over a year since I got my Explorer, I didn't think I'd had it quite that long.  Still like it a lot, even if it is plain old red and not a fantastic yellow. :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on May 12, 2015, 09:40:38 PM
Good thread bump.  I said it elsewhere but I'll say it again here; I'm really liking my new Explorer. :tu:  I've also managed to snag one with the new style glass magnifier, though I wasn't bothered by the plastic lensed one TBH.

Wow, over a year since I got my Explorer, I didn't think I'd had it quite that long.  Still like it a lot, even if it is plain old red and not a fantastic yellow. :D

Time flies when you're having fun.  :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kirk13 on May 12, 2015, 10:57:42 PM
[Aleph78 uses THREAD NECRO] [It's SUPER effective]

Since I finished the makeover on my Explorer, I feel I need to spam about in every possible thread... :rofl:

Seriously though, I'm beginning to think that this may actually be my new favorite SAK, even surpassing my beloved Huntsman  :ahhh

(http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx12/CaineKitty/Forum/20150508_170646.jpg)


 :cheers:

Yellow looks good on a SAK  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Weasel on May 12, 2015, 11:55:03 PM
I agree it certainly does
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mextreme on May 13, 2015, 05:57:00 AM
i prefer the yeoman but for saks you can go into the store and buy it's a good one
While I can see why you would prefer the yoeman, I personally like the seperate driver and canopener implements over the compact tool.  For my uses, the screwdriver is a better fit and I find the individual canopener quite faster as well.

Do you find much cans without pullrings any more? I open like 1-2 cans a year,if that, nowadays and then the combotool is more than enough. Since you also have a separate philips on Yeoman the canopener/driver is not necessary in my opinion.
3 layers of the Yeoman is much easier to EDC carry in my opinon without losing much utility, if any.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mercury on May 13, 2015, 01:52:44 PM
i prefer the yeoman but for saks you can go into the store and buy it's a good one
While I can see why you would prefer the yoeman, I personally like the seperate driver and canopener implements over the compact tool.  For my uses, the screwdriver is a better fit and I find the individual canopener quite faster as well.

Do you find much cans without pullrings any more? I open like 1-2 cans a year,if that, nowadays and then the combotool is more than enough. Since you also have a separate philips on Yeoman the canopener/driver is not necessary in my opinion.
3 layers of the Yeoman is much easier to EDC carry in my opinon without losing much utility, if any.


Most of the chili/soup cans I buy for my lunches don't have a pullring, so my Multitool can opener gets a ton of use.  I really prefer the can opener on my Leatherman though, I don't like the SAK can opener as much.


That said, I carry an Explorer with me everywhere, either in my bag or on my belt.  Fantastic SAK.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: shark_za on May 13, 2015, 02:08:40 PM
Can I post my favourite explorer here?

Green plus scales added.
I also have a red one and a blue one too. (Grey magnifiers)
Love the Explorer, back it up with a Farmer and its happy days,

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a200/shark_za/SAK/2928A11A-0AD3-42F7-B174-9B06C0730B6E_zpsvnpneosz.jpg) (http://s11.photobucket.com/user/shark_za/media/SAK/2928A11A-0AD3-42F7-B174-9B06C0730B6E_zpsvnpneosz.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: twiliter on May 13, 2015, 02:22:52 PM
Can I post my favourite explorer here?

Green plus scales added.
I also have a red one and a blue one too. (Grey magnifiers)
Love the Explorer, back it up with a Farmer and its happy days,

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a200/shark_za/SAK/2928A11A-0AD3-42F7-B174-9B06C0730B6E_zpsvnpneosz.jpg) (http://s11.photobucket.com/user/shark_za/media/SAK/2928A11A-0AD3-42F7-B174-9B06C0730B6E_zpsvnpneosz.jpg.html)


Those green scales are great.  :tu:

Here's my black Explorer with my only factory green 91mm.  :)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on May 13, 2015, 03:05:11 PM
I love the green scales. :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Weasel on May 13, 2015, 03:13:18 PM
Can I post my favourite explorer here?

Green plus scales added.
I also have a red one and a blue one too. (Grey magnifiers)
Love the Explorer, back it up with a Farmer and its happy days,

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a200/shark_za/SAK/2928A11A-0AD3-42F7-B174-9B06C0730B6E_zpsvnpneosz.jpg) (http://s11.photobucket.com/user/shark_za/media/SAK/2928A11A-0AD3-42F7-B174-9B06C0730B6E_zpsvnpneosz.jpg.html)

Very nice :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Demel on June 09, 2015, 07:47:21 PM
Off topic: is there a sak with explorer tools plus pliers?

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Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Shalom on June 09, 2015, 08:40:17 PM
Demel,
there are Victorinox Explorer type  SAKs with Pliers

CyberTool 34 (no Magnifier but many bits)
Yeoman-Mechanic (Swiss Bianco sold those -but combo tool ipo usual openers)
and of course Swiss Champ (but that's 8 Layers thick )
 You could also just add a Leatherman P4 or PS 4 to your EDC Explorer. (Heresy to suggest that, I know).
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Demel on June 09, 2015, 10:43:34 PM


Demel,
there are Victorinox Explorer type  SAKs with Pliers

CyberTool 34 (no Magnifier but many bits)
Yeoman-Mechanic (Swiss Bianco sold those -but combo tool ipo usual openers)
and of course Swiss Champ (but that's 8 Layers thick )
 You could also just add a Leatherman P4 or PS 4 to your EDC Explorer. (Heresy to suggest that, I know).

Thanks. The Yeoman Mechanic looks good, but not available for now. Thanks for the reply

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Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on August 25, 2015, 11:02:43 PM

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Do you find much cans without pullrings any more? I open like 1-2 cans a year,if that, nowadays and then the combotool is more than enough. Since you also have a separate philips on Yeoman the canopener/driver is not necessary in my opinion.
3 layers of the Yeoman is much easier to EDC carry in my opinon without losing much utility, if any.
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Every now and then pullrings fail. Then you still need the can opener.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: cody6268 on August 25, 2015, 11:41:56 PM
The can opener, even though I don't see much use for it (my grandmother has an electric can opener, and various cranked manual ones), I have another use for.  It makes an excellent wire stripper, much better than the pathetic excuse for one on the bottle opener.   

I find four layers is the minimum for me.   

I love the Explorer myself.  A much better layout for when I won't be needing the saw.  The corkscrew on the backside is much more versatile than a Phillips driver.   I can use it for untangling knots, pulling things out (well, other than the obvious cork), and carry the eyeglass screwdriver as well (which I already had which had come with  some replacement toothpicks for another SAK), which to me is a great screwdriver.  The in-line Phillips will reach places the back-side Phillips would never be able to get to. It's also more comfortable to use.    I still consider the full openers layer (I'm not a combination tool fan), two blades, and the scissors a necessity, and can't do without those. The magnifying glass, despite not being the original gray plastic frame/glass lens version with the highest magnification, still magnifies well.  I often use it when photographing close-up things like tang stamps.   The hook is a tool, despite my dislike of it for most of the 10 years I've owned SAKs, that anymore is a perfect tool.  One can pull laces through sleeves on shoes, carry thin-handled items, screw in eye hooks, and many more things.

It's a perfect model for me.  Four screwdrivers is plenty enough for me, and all the other tools are what I use the most.  I use a saw frequently, but not as much as the screwdrivers and magnifying lens. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: VoetSak on August 25, 2015, 11:53:52 PM

Do you find much cans without pullrings any more? I open like 1-2 cans a year,if that, nowadays and then the combotool is more than enough. Since you also have a separate philips on Yeoman the canopener/driver is not necessary in my opinion.
3 layers of the Yeoman is much easier to EDC carry in my opinon without losing much utility, if any.
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Every now and then pullrings fail. Then you still need the can opener.
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Just checked my "can collection" out of interest. I seem to be constantly opening cans. I like the opener layer. (http://IMG_20150825_234525_zps05d919cd.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on August 26, 2015, 12:21:33 AM

Do you find much cans without pullrings any more? I open like 1-2 cans a year,if that, nowadays and then the combotool is more than enough. Since you also have a separate philips on Yeoman the canopener/driver is not necessary in my opinion.
3 layers of the Yeoman is much easier to EDC carry in my opinon without losing much utility, if any.


I agree with regards to the Yeoman being easier to carry but unfortunately they are not easy to come by!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Luna Knife on August 26, 2015, 05:06:25 AM
Much Explorer love here
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: AimlessWanderer on August 26, 2015, 11:04:14 AM
I just sold my Yeoman and my Explorer.

If I'm carrying a 91/84/85 SAK (which is not everyday), I'll almost certainly have a pliers based tool on me as well. That pliers tool will almost certainly have a Phillips driver, so I don't really need one on my SAK as well.

I do like the Yeoman and Explorer, I just tend to cover the toolset in other ways. As to the mag glass, I'd rather have a True Utility Eyeglass, or a fresnel lens in the wallet
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: shibafu on August 26, 2015, 01:56:15 PM
Quote
Do you find much cans without pullrings any more? I open like 1-2 cans a year,if that, nowadays and then the combotool is more than enough. Since you also have a separate philips on Yeoman the canopener/driver is not necessary in my opinion.
3 layers of the Yeoman is much easier to EDC carry in my opinon without losing much utility, if any.


Every now and then pullrings fail. Then you still need the can opener.

I still see a lot of cans without ring pulls.  Here it often seems to be that branded products, like Heinz or Green Giant, have ring pulls, but supermarket own-brand ones don't.
Harry Ramsden's mushy peas :drool: don't have ring pulls!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on August 26, 2015, 03:19:15 PM
Much Explorer love here


Indeed.

As for my insignificant self: I have been carrying the Explorer as an EDC almost since the day I bought one.  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: SAK Guy on August 26, 2015, 03:32:36 PM
Quote
Do you find much cans without pullrings any more? I open like 1-2 cans a year,if that, nowadays and then the combotool is more than enough. Since you also have a separate philips on Yeoman the canopener/driver is not necessary in my opinion.
3 layers of the Yeoman is much easier to EDC carry in my opinon without losing much utility, if any.


Every now and then pullrings fail. Then you still need the can opener.

I still see a lot of cans without ring pulls.  Here it often seems to be that branded products, like Heinz or Green Giant, have ring pulls, but supermarket own-brand ones don't.
Harry Ramsden's mushy peas :drool: don't have ring pulls!

Same over here...the less expensive store brands (which we buy) never have pull rings.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mercury on August 27, 2015, 01:34:21 AM
The can opener on SAK's is actually my least favorite tool.  I never use it, I always use the can opener on my Leatherman, which, IMHO, is far superior. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: windson on September 03, 2015, 09:30:46 PM
I gave in and got an Explorer. Mostly for the magnifying glass.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Wilfried on September 04, 2015, 05:10:46 PM
I gave in and got an Explorer. Mostly for the magnifying glass.


I'm confident that you will not regret it.    ;)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zed on September 04, 2015, 06:41:32 PM
I gave in and got an Explorer. Mostly for the magnifying glass.


I'm confident that you will not regret it.    ;)

me as well,its a good urban edc  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: windson on September 04, 2015, 08:02:02 PM
I already love it, suspended in my front pocket today, mag used twice. (Also, the Explorer weighs in at about 100g compared to the Deluxe Tinker, which is 125g heavy.) I'm not a fan of the corkscrew on my. Swisschamp either, that's why I hesitated for the longest time. I do like the mag/Phillips layer and having a backlayer Phillips in addition would be too much redundancy. I see a custom, no-backlayer Alox Explorer in my future... Either way, that Explorer is very complete for the big city and its challenges.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on September 06, 2015, 09:24:40 AM
I gave in and got an Explorer. Mostly for the magnifying glass.

Me too. After much time wondering what the fuss about the in line Phillips was. That made sense, for the fiddle factor if nothing else, about a minute after I'd picked it up  :clap:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: windson on September 28, 2015, 10:12:27 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/7jp0WdR.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: murrydan on September 28, 2015, 11:25:52 PM
Carried mine yesterday, love the inline phillips.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/09/28/7dffbae111c7d2735dbe6c258e8e1a16.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on September 28, 2015, 11:44:26 PM
I love the Explorer and it was my EDC for a long time as I use the mag lens quite often and like the inline philips alot and I also have an adapter that fits over it with a bunch of 1/4 inch bits if needed.

I am however finding or should I my EDC plans to just go with a Swisschamp as once I was hiking with the misses and she wanted a walking stick so I found a nice one but had a bunch of little branch nubs on it, which I had to try cut off with just a blade cause the Explorer that I had always carried didnt have the little saw and I really could have used that saw so now I want more of my basics covered.  Part of it was we didn't plan on the hike, just a last minute thing or I would have swapped out my Explorer with a Ranger (better outside tools).

 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Smaug on September 29, 2015, 12:30:09 AM
I love the Explorer and it was my EDC for a long time as I use the mag lens quite often and like the inline philips alot and I also have an adapter that fits over it with a bunch of 1/4 inch bits if needed.

I am however finding or should I my EDC plans to just go with a Swisschamp as once I was hiking with the misses and she wanted a walking stick so I found a nice one but had a bunch of little branch nubs on it, which I had to try cut off with just a blade cause the Explorer that I had always carried didnt have the little saw and I really could have used that saw so now I want more of my basics covered.  Part of it was we didn't plan on the hike, just a last minute thing or I would have swapped out my Explorer with a Ranger (better outside tools).

Explorer = urban or suburban carry
Trekker = rural or hiking carry
Swisschamp = does everything, but is bulky
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sawman on September 29, 2015, 12:39:36 AM
That's just a matter of preference. I don't find the Swisschamp bulky at all. In fact, it's quite comfortable to use :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on September 29, 2015, 02:09:33 AM
I love the Explorer and it was my EDC for a long time as I use the mag lens quite often and like the inline philips alot and I also have an adapter that fits over it with a bunch of 1/4 inch bits if needed.

I am however finding or should I my EDC plans to just go with a Swisschamp as once I was hiking with the misses and she wanted a walking stick so I found a nice one but had a bunch of little branch nubs on it, which I had to try cut off with just a blade cause the Explorer that I had always carried didnt have the little saw and I really could have used that saw so now I want more of my basics covered.  Part of it was we didn't plan on the hike, just a last minute thing or I would have swapped out my Explorer with a Ranger (better outside tools).

What you need is a Woodsman. :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on September 29, 2015, 02:55:23 AM
I love the Explorer and it was my EDC for a long time as I use the mag lens quite often and like the inline philips alot and I also have an adapter that fits over it with a bunch of 1/4 inch bits if needed.

I am however finding or should I my EDC plans to just go with a Swisschamp as once I was hiking with the misses and she wanted a walking stick so I found a nice one but had a bunch of little branch nubs on it, which I had to try cut off with just a blade cause the Explorer that I had always carried didnt have the little saw and I really could have used that saw so now I want more of my basics covered.  Part of it was we didn't plan on the hike, just a last minute thing or I would have swapped out my Explorer with a Ranger (better outside tools).

Explorer = urban or suburban carry
Trekker = rural or hiking carry
Swisschamp = does everything, but is bulky

SC might be a bit bulky if carried a certain way but none of those items listed above give me good plier's.  We all know the SC are like super tweezers only!  :)

I love the Explorer and it was my EDC for a long time as I use the mag lens quite often and like the inline philips alot and I also have an adapter that fits over it with a bunch of 1/4 inch bits if needed.

I am however finding or should I my EDC plans to just go with a Swisschamp as once I was hiking with the misses and she wanted a walking stick so I found a nice one but had a bunch of little branch nubs on it, which I had to try cut off with just a blade cause the Explorer that I had always carried didnt have the little saw and I really could have used that saw so now I want more of my basics covered.  Part of it was we didn't plan on the hike, just a last minute thing or I would have swapped out my Explorer with a Ranger (better outside tools).

What you need is a Woodsman. :tu:

Woodman?  Just did a quick search and found one for like $100 and nah, cant do that! :)

That's just a matter of preference. I don't find the Swisschamp bulky at all. In fact, it's quite comfortable to use :D


I am gonna try it and see if I like it.  Hopefully we have a bit more summer/shorts weather to try it, then onto the Fall with jeans!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on September 29, 2015, 09:32:14 AM
I love the Explorer and it was my EDC for a long time as I use the mag lens quite often and like the inline philips alot and I also have an adapter that fits over it with a bunch of 1/4 inch bits if needed.

I am however finding or should I my EDC plans to just go with a Swisschamp as once I was hiking with the misses and she wanted a walking stick so I found a nice one but had a bunch of little branch nubs on it, which I had to try cut off with just a blade cause the Explorer that I had always carried didnt have the little saw and I really could have used that saw so now I want more of my basics covered.  Part of it was we didn't plan on the hike, just a last minute thing or I would have swapped out my Explorer with a Ranger (better outside tools).

Explorer = urban or suburban carry
Trekker = rural or hiking carry
Swisschamp = does everything, but is bulky

SC might be a bit bulky if carried a certain way but none of those items listed above give me good plier's.  We all know the SC are like super tweezers only!  :)

I love the Explorer and it was my EDC for a long time as I use the mag lens quite often and like the inline philips alot and I also have an adapter that fits over it with a bunch of 1/4 inch bits if needed.

I am however finding or should I my EDC plans to just go with a Swisschamp as once I was hiking with the misses and she wanted a walking stick so I found a nice one but had a bunch of little branch nubs on it, which I had to try cut off with just a blade cause the Explorer that I had always carried didnt have the little saw and I really could have used that saw so now I want more of my basics covered.  Part of it was we didn't plan on the hike, just a last minute thing or I would have swapped out my Explorer with a Ranger (better outside tools).

What you need is a Woodsman. :tu:

Woodman?  Just did a quick search and found one for like $100 and nah, cant do that! :)

That's just a matter of preference. I don't find the Swisschamp bulky at all. In fact, it's quite comfortable to use :D


I am gonna try it and see if I like it.  Hopefully we have a bit more summer/shorts weather to try it, then onto the Fall with jeans!

Fair enough. :D  The Ranger is definitely a good alternative IMO.  I don't mind using the Swiss Champ at all, but for my taste it's too big for pocket carry and so I tend to go with something a little slimmer.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: parman53 on September 29, 2015, 11:04:34 AM
(http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h372/rocker853/Knives/IMG_3218.jpg)

Just thought I would post a pic of my old Explorer. My favorite SAK but I don't EDC it. Bought it new in the early 80's I think.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on September 29, 2015, 12:33:06 PM
(http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h372/rocker853/Knives/IMG_3218.jpg)

Just thought I would post a pic of my old Explorer. My favorite SAK but I don't EDC it. Bought it new in the early 80's I think.

Do you not EDC it because it's precious to you? I can see why people choose to keep their treasures safe.

My daughter bought me an Explorer from a junk shop for my birthday a few years back. I still use it, but am very careful what I do with it.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: parman53 on September 29, 2015, 10:07:14 PM
I did lose it a few years ago and was pissed but I found it almost a year later in a coat pocket. The main reason I don't EDC it is it's a little too bulky in the pocket of my jeans. Been carrying my small tinker this week.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: HarleyXJGuy on September 29, 2015, 11:45:02 PM
Big fan of the Explorer, use a suspension clip and you won't even know it is there.

Like my Yeoman better but as you know they can't be bought new anymore.

Here is a picture of mine from last year right before we got Lynn's favorite multi tool sorted.

(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i86/HarleyXJGuy/5074e249-0085-4523-80d7-85fd97f0cba4.jpg~original) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/HarleyXJGuy/media/5074e249-0085-4523-80d7-85fd97f0cba4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: zoidberg on September 29, 2015, 11:48:32 PM
Big fan of the Explorer, use a suspension clip and you won't even know it is there.

Like my Yeoman better but as you know they can't be bought new anymore.

Here is a picture of mine from last year right before we got Lynn's favorite multi tool sorted.

(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i86/HarleyXJGuy/5074e249-0085-4523-80d7-85fd97f0cba4.jpg~original) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/HarleyXJGuy/media/5074e249-0085-4523-80d7-85fd97f0cba4.jpg.html)

Where are my shells at?  :twak:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Lynn LeFey on October 01, 2015, 02:58:50 AM
I don't know if I'd call the Explorer my 'favorite', but it's still my EDC MT.

I had to use the magnifying glass on it the other day to read the fine print on a burger coupon. It was still good, and I got a free Wendy's cheeseburger with it. NOW we're talking super useful. :D

I also found something weird the other day. It seems if I'm doing harder work with the big blade, the 4-layer SAK works best for grip. My Climbers and super-tinker are too thin, and the Handyman (6 layer) is too thick. I was whittling a branch into a stake, requiring some fairly forceful cuts, and the Explorer was most comfortable. As a lefty, the corkscrew is less of an issue when gripping firmly.

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: HarleyXJGuy on October 01, 2015, 03:25:23 AM
Big fan of the Explorer, use a suspension clip and you won't even know it is there.

Like my Yeoman better but as you know they can't be bought new anymore.

Here is a picture of mine from last year right before we got Lynn's favorite multi tool sorted.

(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i86/HarleyXJGuy/5074e249-0085-4523-80d7-85fd97f0cba4.jpg~original) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/HarleyXJGuy/media/5074e249-0085-4523-80d7-85fd97f0cba4.jpg.html)

Where are my shells at?  :twak:

Well it would be against the rules to keep government property and give it away.

On a completely unrelated and totally legitimate and legal matter pm me your address. Lynn also.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on October 01, 2015, 01:03:18 PM
Big fan of the Explorer, use a suspension clip and you won't even know it is there.

Like my Yeoman better but as you know they can't be bought new anymore.

Here is a picture of mine from last year right before we got Lynn's favorite multi tool sorted.

(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i86/HarleyXJGuy/5074e249-0085-4523-80d7-85fd97f0cba4.jpg~original) (http://s70.photobucket.com/user/HarleyXJGuy/media/5074e249-0085-4523-80d7-85fd97f0cba4.jpg.html)

Where are my shells at?  :twak:

Well it would be against the rules to keep government property and give it away.

On a completely unrelated and totally legitimate and legal matter pm me your address. Lynn also.

 :facepalm: arms dealing? really Harley? How do you know Zoidberg isn't the head of Hydra, or the leader of a rogue nation and he's just pretending to live in Austrailia or England, or wherever New Zealand is?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: firiki on October 01, 2015, 01:16:06 PM
Hydra? Which one?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_%28genus%29
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_%28island%29
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lernaean_Hydra

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on October 01, 2015, 01:20:19 PM
Hydra? Which one?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_%28genus%29
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_%28island%29
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lernaean_Hydra

Knowing Harley (which I don't), probably all of them including the made up James Bond organisation.

So, fresh water hydra don't die of old age they regenerate like Dr Who!

On the island of Hydra Rubbish trucks are the only motor vehicles on the island, as cars and motorcycles are not allowed by law. Horses, mules and donkeys, and water taxis provide public transportation. The inhabited area, however, is so compact that most people walk everywhere.
The mythical Hydra possessed many heads ("more than the vase-painters could paint")Thanks firiki  :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Etherealicer on October 01, 2015, 01:21:50 PM
Hydra? Which one?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_%28genus%29
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_%28island%29
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lernaean_Hydra

Knowing Harley (which I don't), probably all of them including the made up James Bond organisation.

So, fresh water hydra don't die of old age they regenerate like Dr Who! Thanks firiki  :salute:
They are awesome... IIRC their "harpoon" is the fastest moving thing in biology... eat that turtle
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on October 01, 2015, 01:25:06 PM
Hydra? Which one?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_%28genus%29
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_%28island%29
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lernaean_Hydra

Knowing Harley (which I don't), probably all of them including the made up James Bond organisation.

So, fresh water hydra don't die of old age they regenerate like Dr Who! Thanks firiki  :salute:
They are awesome... IIRC their "harpoon" is the fastest moving thing in biology... eat that turtle

I am learning so much today! It goes to show that for every one disappointment (harley, I'm looking at you) there are twice as many things to celebrate ( :salute: firiki and Etherealicer)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: zoidberg on October 01, 2015, 02:06:42 PM
On a completely unrelated and totally legitimate and legal matter...

Will come back to this in Oct. Should have built another letterbox by then.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Smaug on October 01, 2015, 02:21:17 PM
I don't know if I'd call the Explorer my 'favorite', but it's still my EDC MT.

I had to use the magnifying glass on it the other day to read the fine print on a burger coupon. It was still good, and I got a free Wendy's cheeseburger with it. NOW we're talking super useful. :D

I also found something weird the other day. It seems if I'm doing harder work with the big blade, the 4-layer SAK works best for grip. My Climbers and super-tinker are too thin, and the Handyman (6 layer) is too thick. I was whittling a branch into a stake, requiring some fairly forceful cuts, and the Explorer was most comfortable. As a lefty, the corkscrew is less of an issue when gripping firmly.

Nice to hear from you Lynn; haven't seen you around as much these days.

Am I looking in the wrong places, or is your MT fascination in remission?  ;)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Lynn LeFey on October 01, 2015, 03:16:21 PM
Yeah, I haven't been around much lately, because reasons (actually excuses).

I wouldn't so much say my fascination is in remission as my bank account is in remission. :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: windson on October 03, 2015, 12:33:21 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/PxS3hhg.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: KiwiMark on October 03, 2015, 09:57:42 PM
or wherever New Zealand is?

*looks out window*
Found it!

Personally I have trouble deciding on what the perfect SAK is.
The Explorer has the magnifying glass which is pretty handy but the Cybertool has the bit driver that makes it an excellent urban EDC, then again the Ranger has a file which I've found useful plenty of times.
I keep my Explorer near for when I need a magnifier though - there are definitely times when you need to closely inspect some small detail.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: HarleyXJGuy on October 03, 2015, 11:10:11 PM
or wherever New Zealand is?

*looks out window*
Found it!

Personally I have trouble deciding on what the perfect SAK is.
The Explorer has the magnifying glass which is pretty handy but the Cybertool has the bit driver that makes it an excellent urban EDC, then again the Ranger has a file which I've found useful plenty of times.
I keep my Explorer near for when I need a magnifier though - there are definitely times when you need to closely inspect some small detail.

Did someone say CT with a mag glass?

(http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i86/HarleyXJGuy/Mobile%20Uploads/rps20150409_202641_378.jpg~original) (http://s70..com/user/HarleyXJGuy/media/Mobile%20Uploads/rps20150409_202641_378.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on October 04, 2015, 11:54:16 AM
or wherever New Zealand is?

*looks out window*
Found it!

Personally I have trouble deciding on what the perfect SAK is.
The Explorer has the magnifying glass which is pretty handy but the Cybertool has the bit driver that makes it an excellent urban EDC, then again the Ranger has a file which I've found useful plenty of times.
I keep my Explorer near for when I need a magnifier though - there are definitely times when you need to closely inspect some small detail.
Sorry Mark - I wasn't being facetious - I know exactly where yor beautiful country is but I'm a big fan of 'Flight of the Conchords' and it cracks me up when Dave tries to guess where Brett and Jermaine come from.  :salute: Nice Explorer too. It's the most fun SAK off all I think.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zed on October 06, 2015, 08:02:05 PM
Going too give my craftsman a break on tonights shift,going to carry my old grooved cs plus scaled explorer,no hook  :tu: this was a gift a while back from our reinner, its one of my favourite sak's   :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Caranthanus on October 06, 2015, 10:13:50 PM
Great tool, I really appreciate it - dismantled few of them for mods :facepalm:
Otherwise is great urban SAK, just lacks saw/file or pliers or both of them :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zed on October 07, 2015, 09:57:55 AM
I discovered at work last night,i could find a barrel key so tried the phillips whola  :salute: worked a treat  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on October 07, 2015, 11:58:56 AM
I discovered at work last night,i could find a barrel key so tried the phillips whola  :salute: worked a treat  :tu:

Gotta love the in-line philips - one of my fave SAK tools.  :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zed on October 07, 2015, 01:57:39 PM
I discovered at work last night,i could find a barrel key so tried the phillips whola  :salute: worked a treat  :tu:

Gotta love the in-line philips - one of my fave SAK tools.  :salute:

 :tu: i still think the explorer is one of the best urban edc's  :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on October 07, 2015, 02:05:50 PM
I discovered at work last night,i could find a barrel key so tried the phillips whola  :salute: worked a treat  :tu:

Gotta love the in-line philips - one of my fave SAK tools.  :salute:

 :tu: i still think the explorer is one of the best urban edc's  :salute:

Without doubt! Not only does it come with an extremely useful toolset, but the mag raises the fun bar so high! It's well named too - you really can Explore with it. Unlike the Spartan.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zed on October 07, 2015, 02:09:48 PM
I discovered at work last night,i could find a barrel key so tried the phillips whola  :salute: worked a treat  :tu:

Gotta love the in-line philips - one of my fave SAK tools.  :salute:

 :tu: i still think the explorer is one of the best urban edc's  :salute:

Without doubt! Not only does it come with an extremely useful toolset, but the mag raises the fun bar so high! It's well named too - you really can Explore with it. Unlike the Spartan.

Oddly the name is one of many reasons i like it  :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on October 07, 2015, 02:19:25 PM
I discovered at work last night,i could find a barrel key so tried the phillips whola  :salute: worked a treat  :tu:

Gotta love the in-line philips - one of my fave SAK tools.  :salute:

 :tu: i still think the explorer is one of the best urban edc's  :salute:

Without doubt! Not only does it come with an extremely useful toolset, but the mag raises the fun bar so high! It's well named too - you really can Explore with it. Unlike the Spartan.

Oddly the name is one of many reasons i like it  :D

Yeah, it's like you put it in your pocket and no matter what you're really doing, you're on a mission.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zed on October 07, 2015, 02:22:09 PM
I discovered at work last night,i could find a barrel key so tried the phillips whola  :salute: worked a treat  :tu:

Gotta love the in-line philips - one of my fave SAK tools.  :salute:

 :tu: i still think the explorer is one of the best urban edc's  :salute:

Without doubt! Not only does it come with an extremely useful toolset, but the mag raises the fun bar so high! It's well named too - you really can Explore with it. Unlike the Spartan.

Oddly the name is one of many reasons i like it  :D

Yeah, it's like you put it in your pocket and no matter what you're really doing, you're on a mission.

spot on mate  :salute: think ill carry mine for a few more night shifts,im full of cold and last night was a bad shift so need something too make me feel better  :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on October 07, 2015, 03:23:28 PM
I discovered at work last night,i could find a barrel key so tried the phillips whola  :salute: worked a treat  :tu:

Gotta love the in-line philips - one of my fave SAK tools.  :salute:

 :tu: i still think the explorer is one of the best urban edc's  :salute:

Without doubt! Not only does it come with an extremely useful toolset, but the mag raises the fun bar so high! It's well named too - you really can Explore with it. Unlike the Spartan.

Oddly the name is one of many reasons i like it  :D

Yeah, it's like you put it in your pocket and no matter what you're really doing, you're on a mission.

spot on mate  :salute: think ill carry mine for a few more night shifts,im full of cold and last night was a bad shift so need something too make me feel better  :salute:

Feel better soon Zed.  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zed on October 07, 2015, 03:56:27 PM
I discovered at work last night,i could find a barrel key so tried the phillips whola  :salute: worked a treat  :tu:

Gotta love the in-line philips - one of my fave SAK tools.  :salute:

 :tu: i still think the explorer is one of the best urban edc's  :salute:

Without doubt! Not only does it come with an extremely useful toolset, but the mag raises the fun bar so high! It's well named too - you really can Explore with it. Unlike the Spartan.

Oddly the name is one of many reasons i like it  :D

Yeah, it's like you put it in your pocket and no matter what you're really doing, you're on a mission.

spot on mate  :salute: think ill carry mine for a few more night shifts,im full of cold and last night was a bad shift so need something too make me feel better  :salute:

Feel better soon Zed.  :tu:

cheers mate,ive not been ill for ages, sadly ive no time for illness as cant afford even one day off,the worst part is its kept me awake today so ill pay big time later at work  :-\
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: hiraethus on October 07, 2015, 04:23:29 PM
I like the Explorer, and seem to have acquired three different variants* (most recent plastic framed glass magnifier, 2004-onwards all-plastic magnifier and old grey plastic framed magnifier) but they rarely make their way into my pocket for some reason. :think:

* I wonder if this is how collections start ...
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on October 07, 2015, 04:30:14 PM
I like the Explorer, and seem to have acquired three different variants* (most recent plastic framed glass magnifier, 2004-onwards all-plastic magnifier and old grey plastic framed magnifier) but they rarely make their way into my pocket for some reason. :think:

* I wonder if this is how collections start ...

I'll say this on Harleys behalf; Send them to me then! My address is Harley, Texas etc etc
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Grass on October 22, 2015, 12:47:56 PM
Apologies if this has been discussed before... but has anyone managed to start a fire with the current new explorer magnifying glass? I can't seem to get anywhere (though admittedly I haven't used magnifying glass to start fires since teen years!)

On unrelated explorer comments; this truly is a great model. I would like one with added pliers and nail cleaner/file instead of the small knife ;)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ducttapetech on October 22, 2015, 12:52:03 PM
I have not. Did you try using it on char material?

That's us mobile.
Nate

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: shibafu on October 22, 2015, 01:01:36 PM
Apologies if this has been discussed before... but has anyone managed to start a fire with the current new explorer magnifying glass? I can't seem to get anywhere (though admittedly I haven't used magnifying glass to start fires since teen years!)

I think it's probably too small.  When you did that as a kid I bet you used something like a 2" magnifying glass that would gather about 10 times as much sunlight as the Explorer's glass.

On unrelated explorer comments; this truly is a great model. I would like one with added pliers and nail cleaner/file instead of the small knife ;)

That's an interesting idea.  The Swiss Bianco Yeoman Mechanic is pretty close to that.
I wonder if there have been any regular production models below the Champion Plus that combined the pliers and inline phillips.  Seems like a pairing that could be useful to a lot of people.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Shalom on October 22, 2015, 01:43:19 PM
CT 34 (medium)
CT 41 (large)
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The Champion Plus doesn't have pliers, perhaps you meant Swiss Champ

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I wonder if there have been any regular production models below the Champion Plus that combined the pliers and inline phillips.  Seems like a pairing that could be useful to a lot of people.
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Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: shibafu on October 22, 2015, 09:41:39 PM
The Champion Plus doesn't have pliers, perhaps you meant Swiss Champ

I did of course, thanks for the correction.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: windson on October 23, 2015, 05:24:02 PM
Going to swap scales...

(http://i.imgur.com/AXYrnzS.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: windson on October 23, 2015, 09:53:23 PM
.....and done:

(http://i.imgur.com/KTEV1Nv.jpg)

Top scale in translucent Ruby; the bottom scale stays standard red until I decide about a complementary color.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on October 23, 2015, 10:58:18 PM
These are the Explorer's that I still have!   :tu:

Thx.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sawman on October 25, 2015, 02:34:12 AM
These are the Explorer's that I still have!   :tu:

Thx.
Lookin' good Mike. The yellow scales are my favorite, followed by Silvertech :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on October 25, 2015, 02:19:49 AM
These are the Explorer's that I still have!   :tu:

Thx.
Lookin' good Mike. The yellow scales are my favorite, followed by Silvertech :D

Yeah, thanks sawman!   I too like the yellow the best but I do like the blue sapphire ones too.  I guess they would be my second fav.  I try to pick ones that will show up if dropped outside whether it is the summer or winter!  :)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: jerseydevil on October 25, 2015, 02:53:12 AM
I had Tweety Bird, my yellow Explorer, in my pocket all day today. :tu: It's the only knife or tool I own that has a name. :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: windson on October 25, 2015, 12:07:02 PM
I had Tweety Bird, my yellow Explorer, in my pocket all day today. :tu: It's the only knife or tool I own that has a name. :D
I suspect a glorious backstory behind that name...
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sawman on October 25, 2015, 01:15:27 PM
I had Tweety Bird, my yellow Explorer, in my pocket all day today. :tu: It's the only knife or tool I own that has a name. :D
I suspect a glorious backstory behind that name...
:D  :rofl:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kirk13 on October 27, 2015, 10:45:29 PM
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy104/kirk130013/kirk130013087/image_zpshkrww5v1.jpeg) (http://s782.photobucket.com/user/kirk130013/media/kirk130013087/image_zpshkrww5v1.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: windson on October 27, 2015, 11:04:45 PM
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy104/kirk130013/kirk130013087/image_zpshkrww5v1.jpeg) (http://s782.photobucket.com/user/kirk130013/media/kirk130013087/image_zpshkrww5v1.jpeg.html)
Nice white scales! I just bought a white Compact because I liked the white in the picture. I hope it convinces in person as well.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kirk13 on October 27, 2015, 11:31:38 PM
White really works! It nudged my Million Dollar Wenger from great to  :drool:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: SAK Guy on October 27, 2015, 11:50:44 PM
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy104/kirk130013/kirk130013087/image_zpshkrww5v1.jpeg) (http://s782.photobucket.com/user/kirk130013/media/kirk130013087/image_zpshkrww5v1.jpeg.html)

Love it!!!!!!


White really works! It nudged my Million Dollar Wenger from great to  :drool:

The MDW RULES!!!!!   :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kirk13 on October 28, 2015, 12:03:28 AM
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy104/kirk130013/kirk130013087/image_zpshkrww5v1.jpeg) (http://s782.photobucket.com/user/kirk130013/media/kirk130013087/image_zpshkrww5v1.jpeg.html)

Love it!!!!!!


White really works! It nudged my Million Dollar Wenger from great to  :drool:

The MDW RULES!!!!!   :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:

Might have to break it out for Wenger Wednesday
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kosmo on October 28, 2015, 04:21:42 PM
I like the combo tool of the Yeoman over the opener layer, but I do also like having a small blade.  I rarely use a can opener and even the combo tool and opener layer is getting rarely necessary because I've got other tools at home and tools in my vehicle.

Now I have thoughts on building an Explorer with a large serrated blade and small blade.  Maybe even remove the opener layer completely. ... A Yeoman with a large serrated blade and a small pen blade and no combo tool.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zed on October 28, 2015, 04:34:57 PM
Explorer today  :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mercury on October 29, 2015, 01:15:39 PM
Lately my explorer has been living in my EDC bag.  It still see's a fair bit of use, but not as much as I'd like.  I might try pocket carry again, but the four layer Vic's are just too thick for me.  I prefer a narrower profile for pocket carry.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zephon on November 11, 2015, 05:31:34 AM
Time for me to join the club!

I got the Explorer due to it's unique layer of the inline philips and magnifying glass.  I could have been good with a Ecoline Climber but I couldn't say no to 1) magnifying glass in a 4-layer SAK 2) inline philips 3) black, Plus scales 4) eyeglass driver

Although honestly, after signing the credit card bill with the pen, I'd rather use the 58mm pen versus the scales version... :think:

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: windson on November 27, 2015, 11:58:16 PM
Old, gray mag glass, scissors with screw, but already with the hook, should make my newest one a 1990-92 Explorer. Bicolor plus scales retrofitted.

(http://i.imgur.com/HEDN0JC.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Dunkeld on November 28, 2015, 07:45:12 PM
I have a nice Explorer story from a couple of nights back. I was breaking down some furniture for a nun we know who is moving abroad. Managed to do everything with my newly-acquired Vic Spirit and a hammer but one shelving unit had about twenty screws, so I got out my Explorer to compare it's philips with the Spirit's. At this point the nun spots it and says 'Oh, that's the same as mine' and promptly produced an Explorer from a thin leather sheath in her pocket!

Had fun showing her the differences between her model (newer magnifying glass, standard scales) and mine (older style magnifier and plus scales). She immediately saw the usefulness of the mini driver as she said she's always having to try and adjust her glasses. Obviously I had to give it to her. 

Who knows, might turn out to be my get out of jail free card at the pearly gates.  ;)

Here's a funny thing though, why am I reluctant to take the mini driver from my Spirit's corkscrew attachment (which I doubt I will ever use) and put it in my Explorer (which I probably will)?  ???
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: KiwiMark on November 28, 2015, 09:55:20 PM
Here's a funny thing though, why am I reluctant to take the mini driver from my Spirit's corkscrew attachment (which I doubt I will ever use) and put it in my Explorer (which I probably will)?  ???

Why not just buy spares?
I put the mini driver into all my SAKs that have corkscrews, I also put stainless steel pins in SAKs that have the hole for them but didn't come with them.
You just never know when you might appreciate having these things available.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: HarleyXJGuy on November 29, 2015, 06:12:05 PM
Time for me to join the club!

I got the Explorer due to it's unique layer of the inline philips and magnifying glass.  I could have been good with a Ecoline Climber but I couldn't say no to 1) magnifying glass in a 4-layer SAK 2) inline philips 3) black, Plus scales 4) eyeglass driver

Although honestly, after signing the credit card bill with the pen, I'd rather use the 58mm pen versus the scales version... :think:

Just do the trick where you put the pen under the hook. Works much better like that.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: strmliner on November 29, 2015, 07:35:59 PM
Here's a funny thing though, why am I reluctant to take the mini driver from my Spirit's corkscrew attachment (which I doubt I will ever use) and put it in my Explorer (which I probably will)?  ???

Why not just buy spares?
I put the mini driver into all my SAKs that have corkscrews, I also put stainless steel pins in SAKs that have the hole for them but didn't come with them.
You just never know when you might appreciate having these things available.


     +1    :tu:

I bought spares and have them in all my SAK corkscrews...don't use the mini CS much, but I like having it available!

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zed on February 28, 2016, 11:07:39 PM
Still love the explorer but carry my explorer mechanic more ,made by our hiraethus  :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on February 29, 2016, 02:00:43 PM
I have an old Explorer, but am currently EDC'ing either my Pikachu (Explorer minus scissors and small blade, plus in-line awl) or Greenwood (Explorer with wood saw)
(http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/ad80/magentus2112/WP_20160229_004_zpsib1ryyuv.jpg) (http://s923.photobucket.com/user/magentus2112/media/WP_20160229_004_zpsib1ryyuv.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: HarleyXJGuy on February 29, 2016, 02:10:14 PM
Nice mods guys.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: SAK Guy on May 02, 2016, 04:38:26 PM
Vintage, no hook Explorer today....
(http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz256/SAKGuy/No%20Hook%20Explorer_zpsbos8o5kl.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: trichosirius on May 02, 2016, 06:05:49 PM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160502/1691ba5541cbbae13399a7fb0876642d.jpg)

Me too
This is my first 4 layer with no hook, and I don't miss it. I love the extra snap the scissors have on this one.


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Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: parman53 on May 02, 2016, 07:20:24 PM
(http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h372/rocker853/Knives/IMG_4190.jpg)

My old Explorer with a new scissor spring. SAK Guy walked me through the replacement process. :salute: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: parman53 on May 02, 2016, 07:23:47 PM
I have an old Explorer, but am currently EDC'ing either my Pikachu (Explorer minus scissors and small blade, plus in-line awl) or Greenwood (Explorer with wood saw)
(http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/ad80/magentus2112/WP_20160229_004_zpsib1ryyuv.jpg) (http://s923.photobucket.com/user/magentus2112/media/WP_20160229_004_zpsib1ryyuv.jpg.html)
These are SWEEET!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: pfrsantos on May 02, 2016, 07:48:29 PM
I have an old Explorer, but am currently EDC'ing either my Pikachu (Explorer minus scissors and small blade, plus in-line awl) or Greenwood (Explorer with wood saw)
(http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/ad80/magentus2112/WP_20160229_004_zpsib1ryyuv.jpg) (http://s923.photobucket.com/user/magentus2112/media/WP_20160229_004_zpsib1ryyuv.jpg.html)
These are SWEEET!!

These are DUUDE!!

 8) 8)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on May 02, 2016, 07:53:07 PM
 :facepalm: Sob.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: SAK Guy on May 02, 2016, 08:06:27 PM
(http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h372/rocker853/Knives/IMG_4190.jpg)

My old Explorer with a new scissor spring. SAK Guy walked me through the replacement process. :salute: :tu:

Glad to help buddy!!!  :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on May 02, 2016, 08:08:45 PM
(http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h372/rocker853/Knives/IMG_4190.jpg)

My old Explorer with a new scissor spring. SAK Guy walked me through the replacement process. :salute: :tu:

Glad to help buddy!!!  :salute:
Blimey! You can help people after you've found that gravity knife SG.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: SAK Guy on May 02, 2016, 10:04:54 PM
(http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h372/rocker853/Knives/IMG_4190.jpg)

My old Explorer with a new scissor spring. SAK Guy walked me through the replacement process. :salute: :tu:

Glad to help buddy!!!  :salute:
Blimey! You can help people after you've found that gravity knife SG.  :facepalm:

 :whistle:
Title: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Sir_Blinky on August 18, 2016, 10:05:04 PM
Explorer is the ideal weekend carry for me. Recently outfitted mine with a spiffy new set of cobalt blue scales. :)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160818/2142559cd10154d5f69151ee255b8947.jpg)


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Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on August 18, 2016, 11:29:44 PM
Looking sharp Sir Blinky!!   :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: JamesJ on August 19, 2016, 12:00:07 AM
Explorer is the ideal weekend carry for me. Recently outfitted mine with a spiffy new set of cobalt blue scales. :)

GOOD CHOICE! Blue rules.

Hey Magentus, does Pikachu have the reamer awl as well? I'm seeing the openers so I'm guessing it does. Do you ever use it instead the IL awl? What was the donor for that IL?

I had a Wenger Handyman and fake crappy SwissChamp growing up. When I was around 21 years old, one of my roommates moved out of state and left behind a "junk drawer" of household tools, saying I could keep any of it I wanted.

Found my first Explorer in there. This was back in the day, but it was already about a 10 year old knife, no hook, gray mag/long phillips, but it did have the sewing eye in the awl. (Looked like Magentus' vintage one) This knife went with me all over the world on a bunch of adventures, and had all the small parts/scissor spring replaced more than once.

One day my friend was visiting and I showed him the knife "oh yeah, remember this?". Even though I had mentioned finding the SAK to him years ago, he didn't realize that it was one of the 2 his father had given to him and his brother. Their dad passed away when they were kids. So of course I had him take it, he didn't even have a SAK anyway (how wass he even getting through life???). But I knew I wasn't done Exploring so I grabbed one used of the 'bay, great condition with the updated tools, and slapped on some cobalt blue plus scales.

This one's been on the job a few times, but hasn't seen any adventures yet, it doesn't feel "charged up" with mojo yet.

Great SAK, the Explorer.  Though Climber Lite would also be pretty cool. Mainly I like the IL phillips. But the mag glass is cool cuz it makes the SAK seem like it's for scientists and smarties.

Kirk 13's white one looks like a Doctor!

What are these 2 up to?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Sir_Blinky on August 19, 2016, 12:05:57 AM
Explorer is the ideal weekend carry for me. Recently outfitted mine with a spiffy new set of cobalt blue scales. :)

GOOD CHOICE! Blue rules.

Hey Magentus, does Pikachu have the reamer awl as well? I'm seeing the openers so I'm guessing it does. Do you ever use it instead the IL awl? What was the donor for that IL?

I had a Wenger Handyman and fake crappy SwissChamp growing up. When I was around 21 years old, one of my roommates moved out of state and left behind a "junk drawer" of household tools, saying I could keep any of it I wanted.

Found my first Explorer in there. This was back in the day, but it was already about a 10 year old knife, no hook, gray mag/long phillips, but it did have the sewing eye in the awl. (Looked like Magentus' vintage one) This knife went with me all over the world on a bunch of adventures, and had all the small parts/scissor spring replaced more than once.

One day my friend was visiting and I showed him the knife "oh yeah, remember this?". Even though I had mentioned finding the SAK to him years ago, he didn't realize that it was one of the 2 his father had given to him and his brother. Their dad passed away when they were kids. So of course I had him take it, he didn't even have a SAK anyway (how wass he even getting through life???). But I knew I wasn't done Exploring so I grabbed one used of the 'bay, great condition with the updated tools, and slapped on some cobalt blue plus scales.

This one's been on the job a few times, but hasn't seen any adventures yet, it doesn't feel "charged up" with mojo yet.

Great SAK, the Explorer.  Though Climber Lite would also be pretty cool. Mainly I like the IL phillips. But the mag glass is cool cuz it makes the SAK seem like it's for scientists and smarties.

Kirk 13's white one looks like a Doctor!

What are these 2 up to?

Nice! Where'd you pick up those blue plus scales? That's what I wanted originally, but couldn't find any except shops in Europe with a shipping cost that exceeded the price of the scales themselves, so I gave in and got the regular ones.


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Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: JamesJ on August 19, 2016, 12:12:28 AM

Nice! Where'd you pick up those blue plus scales? That's what I wanted originally, but couldn't find any except shops in Europe with a shipping cost that exceeded the price of the scales themselves, so I gave in and got the regular ones.

SwissBianco

EDIT: Looks like they don't have them right now
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Sir_Blinky on August 19, 2016, 12:25:25 AM

Nice! Where'd you pick up those blue plus scales? That's what I wanted originally, but couldn't find any except shops in Europe with a shipping cost that exceeded the price of the scales themselves, so I gave in and got the regular ones.

SwissBianco

EDIT: Looks like they don't have them right now

I was going to purchase scales from him once but his shipping is pretty hefty as well. I'll just have to keep an eye on eBay, I guess.


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Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: cali-SAK-attack on August 19, 2016, 08:30:08 AM
 :like: Those BLUE scales are nice , Guys  :cheers:

I Dig my Explorer, GREAT carry for any Day that ends in d.a.y . 8)  :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThePeacent on August 19, 2016, 02:03:29 PM
Favorite Vic in that layer range...

(http://i1314.photobucket.com/albums/t562/ThePeacent/CAM03002_zpsvi4u4jae.jpg)

In-line Phillips plus magnifier makes an awesome combo

(http://i1314.photobucket.com/albums/t562/ThePeacent/CAM03004_zpsk6xx0y2l.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NutSAK on August 19, 2016, 05:40:36 PM
One day my friend was visiting and I showed him the knife "oh yeah, remember this?". Even though I had mentioned finding the SAK to him years ago, he didn't realize that it was one of the 2 his father had given to him and his brother. Their dad passed away when they were kids. So of course I had him take it, he didn't even have a SAK anyway (how wass he even getting through life???). But I knew I wasn't done Exploring so I grabbed one used of the 'bay, great condition with the updated tools, and slapped on some cobalt blue plus scales

Great story James!  :cheers:

(how wass he even getting through life???)

Indeed!  ???  :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Poncho65 on August 19, 2016, 11:19:28 PM
One day my friend was visiting and I showed him the knife "oh yeah, remember this?". Even though I had mentioned finding the SAK to him years ago, he didn't realize that it was one of the 2 his father had given to him and his brother. Their dad passed away when they were kids. So of course I had him take it, he didn't even have a SAK anyway (how wass he even getting through life???). But I knew I wasn't done Exploring so I grabbed one used of the 'bay, great condition with the updated tools, and slapped on some cobalt blue plus scales

Great story James!  :cheers:

(how wass he even getting through life???)

Indeed!  ???  :D

 :like: I can't fathom life with out a MT and a SAK  ??? :D and it was nice to pass the SAK to him :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Poncho65 on August 19, 2016, 11:20:32 PM
I have a boyscout edition Explorer that I need to get out and take a pic of I guess :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: JamesJ on August 20, 2016, 02:35:41 AM
I have a boyscout edition Explorer that I need to get out and take a pic of I guess :cheers:

Boyscout Explorer? Blue or red? Does it have phillips on back as well as with the mag?? I'm thinking of the Boyscout Hunstman that's actually a Fieldmaster.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NutSAK on August 22, 2016, 11:34:34 PM
I'm thinking of the Boyscout Hunstman that's actually a Fieldmaster.

The Boyscout Explorer was called the Yeoman for years.  It was pretty confusing.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on August 23, 2016, 06:32:11 PM
And I think Fieldmaster actually sounds more Boy Scout to me!  My youngest has one and it's an awesome knife.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Poncho65 on August 23, 2016, 07:03:46 PM
I'm thinking of the Boyscout Hunstman that's actually a Fieldmaster.

The Boyscout Explorer was called the Yeoman for years.  It was pretty confusing.

It is the red one and I still have yet to take a pic even though I got it out the other night and was looking at it along with s few others :facepalm: :whistle: :D

I think I still have the box but can't remember if it said Yeoman or Explorer :think: I am wanting to say Explorer but can't say for sure until I look ;) :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Poncho65 on August 27, 2016, 03:43:09 AM
I'm thinking of the Boyscout Hunstman that's actually a Fieldmaster.

The Boyscout Explorer was called the Yeoman for years.  It was pretty confusing.

It is the red one and I still have yet to take a pic even though I got it out the other night and was looking at it along with s few others :facepalm: :whistle: :D

I think I still have the box but can't remember if it said Yeoman or Explorer :think: I am wanting to say Explorer but can't say for sure until I look ;) :cheers:

Well I checked my box finally :whistle: It said BSA Yeoman on it :D SO I was wrong and it's still kinda neat that I have this version :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on November 11, 2016, 08:45:39 PM
I've joined the club!!  :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on November 11, 2016, 09:11:07 PM
Can't go wrong with the Explorer!  It is my choice for EDC and has been for a long time.  I try to carry other sak's but always go back to the Explorer! 

This might be way I have three of them.  One with the old mag, one with the new mag and one with the previous mag setup!  :)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Poncho65 on November 11, 2016, 09:15:48 PM
I've joined the club!!  :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh

Nice Barry :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

 :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Poncho65 on November 11, 2016, 09:16:35 PM
Can't go wrong with the Explorer!  It is my choice for EDC and has been for a long time.  I try to carry other sak's but always go back to the Explorer! 

This might be way I have three of them.  One with the old mag, one with the new mag and one with the previous mag setup!  :)

Would love to see all of them together in a pic and the different mag glass out :dd: :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on November 12, 2016, 02:20:43 AM
Can't go wrong with the Explorer!  It is my choice for EDC and has been for a long time.  I try to carry other sak's but always go back to the Explorer! 

This might be way I have three of them.  One with the old mag, one with the new mag and one with the previous mag setup!  :)

Would love to see all of them together in a pic and the different mag glass out :dd: :like:

Here is a quick group shot.  I included the Swissbianco Yeoman that has sapphire scales cause it is close to an Explorer. :)

I have new ruby scales for the other two but I haven't changed them out yet.  The old mag one had sapphire ones on it but I chipped one so I swapped the scales out with what I had at the time.  Soon they will all have ruby plus scales!!

The red scaled one with clip has the second mag lens and the ruby one has the newest mag lens.  The Yeoman also has the newest mag lens!  :)

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: jalind on November 12, 2016, 04:53:32 AM
In the absence of a Woodsman, which is a five layer that is an Explorer with a wood saw layer added, I would choose the Explorer as the absence of the wood saw I could deal with more than the absence of any of the other tools. I have an Explorer now, and put 3rd Party Titanium scales on it, and it has reinforced my that in the absence of a Woodsman, the 2nd clear choice would be the Explorer which I find to be the best SAK in current production as the Woodsman - other than a very special small regional build - has been long discontinued.

(http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l290/j_a_lind/Other/Knives/SAK/New%20Arrivals/Explorer%20Plus%20Titanium.jpg)

The Explorer Plus is my second love!

John
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on November 12, 2016, 12:28:12 PM
Beautiful knives all!!  :like: :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on November 12, 2016, 10:39:17 PM
Just so happens that I've had my Explorer in my pocket today.  I'm definitely a fan of four layer SAKs and the Explorer packs a lot of punch for it's size.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on November 15, 2016, 12:15:27 PM
I can't pin it on any one reason, but I really enjoy packing this knife.  It just seems to fit!! :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: FolderBeholder on February 12, 2017, 10:08:29 PM
Bought one of my used Explorers some new plus scales.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/467/32023182834_a11d6f9fea_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QMMbzY)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on February 13, 2017, 01:15:29 AM
 :like: :like: :tu: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: WolfyW on February 13, 2017, 02:12:21 AM
You know,I don't own that model but I can see tons of everyday opportunities to use it. The plus scales make it irresistible  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on February 13, 2017, 03:58:15 AM
Can't go wrong with the Explorer!  It is my choice for EDC and has been for a long time.  I try to carry other sak's but always go back to the Explorer! 

This might be way I have three of them.  One with the old mag, one with the new mag and one with the previous mag setup!  :)

Would love to see all of them together in a pic and the different mag glass out :dd: :like:

Here is a quick group shot.  I included the Swissbianco Yeoman that has sapphire scales cause it is close to an Explorer. :)

I have new ruby scales for the other two but I haven't changed them out yet.  The old mag one had sapphire ones on it but I chipped one so I swapped the scales out with what I had at the time.  Soon they will all have ruby plus scales!!

The red scaled one with clip has the second mag lens and the ruby one has the newest mag lens.  The Yeoman also has the newest mag lens!  :)

 :like:

Great to see another Explorer fan!

Love the group photo!

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on February 13, 2017, 04:04:47 AM
Bought one of my used Explorers some new plus scales.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/467/32023182834_a11d6f9fea_z.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/QMMbzY)

 :like: :like:

Looks great!  It's practically a twin (fraternal in that mine has a grey frame magnifier and orange paracord lanyard)  of one that I have...
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: FolderBeholder on February 13, 2017, 04:08:01 AM

Looks great!  It's practically a twin (fraternal in that mine has a grey frame magnifier and orange paracord lanyard)  of one that I have...

I kept thinking I've seen a translucent blue scale recently, and it was on your Explorer, it's all coming back to me now after seeing your orange lanyard.
 :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on February 13, 2017, 05:14:45 AM

Looks great!  It's practically a twin (fraternal in that mine has a grey frame magnifier and orange paracord lanyard)  of one that I have...

I kept thinking I've seen a translucent blue scale recently, and it was on your Explorer, it's all coming back to me now after seeing your orange lanyard.
 :tu:

I thought for a moment that my Sapphire Explorer inspired your change to blue scales.   :)

Seeing your latest photo and recalling that the photos you post are excellent, reminds me that I need to look into a better solution for inserting photos.  I like your Explorer photo as well as most of the photos that are posted on this forum.  It is good to look at a larger photo with detail filling the frame versus a resized and reduced photo.  I see you are using Flickr...I'll have to check it out.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: FolderBeholder on February 13, 2017, 02:20:35 PM
I thought for a moment that my Sapphire Explorer inspired your change to blue scales.   :)
 :cheers:
I bet subconsciously your Sapphire Explorer was the inspiration because I know I complimented it a while back.
As for flikr, it works well with my cell phone, makes it easy to post photos, but I don't know much about the security aspects of that site. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on February 15, 2017, 12:46:53 AM
Here is an updated pic of my Explorer's.  I have two old style and two latest style mag lens.  I just put emerald green plus scales on one of the new style ones and thinking about putting a set of the old style too.  Oh and I also put a set on my new Swisschamp that had black scales so I had to include it in the pic!  :)

Poll -  Should I put emerald's on the old style one in top right corner or should I put the black plus ones from the SC or just leave it as it with ruby ones?   :tu:

Thx.

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on February 15, 2017, 01:37:31 AM
Here is an updated pic of my Explorer's.  I have two old style and two latest style mag lens.  I just put emerald green plus scales on one of the new style ones and thinking about putting a set of the old style too.  Oh and I also put a set on my new Swisschamp that had black scales so I had to include it in the pic!  :)

Poll -  Should I put emerald's on the old style one in top right corner or should I put the black plus ones from the SC or just leave it as it with ruby ones?   :tu:

Thx.

 :like:

Thanks for the group photo!

Concerning your poll, my own preference is to leave good configurations alone.  For example, if the stock red is in good shape, I don't replace the scales just for cosmetic appeal.  When evaluating a possible purchase, I consider variety a plus, e.g., BSA, hunter green, black, etc.  If the tools are in great shape and the scales are dinged or chipped, I would have no hesitation in applying new and interesting scales after a thorough cleaning and conditioning.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on February 15, 2017, 03:49:27 AM
Here is an updated pic of my Explorer's.  I have two old style and two latest style mag lens.  I just put emerald green plus scales on one of the new style ones and thinking about putting a set of the old style too.  Oh and I also put a set on my new Swisschamp that had black scales so I had to include it in the pic!  :)

Poll -  Should I put emerald's on the old style one in top right corner or should I put the black plus ones from the SC or just leave it as it with ruby ones?   :tu:

Thx.

 :like:

Thanks for the group photo!

Concerning your poll, my own preference is to leave good configurations alone.  For example, if the stock red is in good shape, I don't replace the scales just for cosmetic appeal.  When evaluating a possible purchase, I consider variety a plus, e.g., BSA, hunter green, black, etc.  If the tools are in great shape and the scales are dinged or chipped, I would have no hesitation in applying new and interesting scales after a thorough cleaning and conditioning.

The Explorer that I did put the emerald's on did need replacing as they ones on it were older red ones that weren't the "plus" ones!  LOL  I mainly replaced scales for the plus versions on the ones I use or if the scales need it like you mentioned.  That said, I wanted to tryout the emerald ones so I picked up a couple of sets to see and really wanted a set for my only Swisschamp (at this time)!  I now have plenty or even too many sets of scales here vs actual sak's I own!

I too try to find other sak's that I am interested in with other scale colors but that is harder to do most times.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on February 16, 2017, 12:03:08 AM
Here is an updated pic of my Explorer's.  I have two old style and two latest style mag lens.  I just put emerald green plus scales on one of the new style ones and thinking about putting a set of the old style too.  Oh and I also put a set on my new Swisschamp that had black scales so I had to include it in the pic!  :)

Poll -  Should I put emerald's on the old style one in top right corner or should I put the black plus ones from the SC or just leave it as it with ruby ones?   :tu:

Thx.

 :like:

Thanks for the group photo!

Concerning your poll, my own preference is to leave good configurations alone.  For example, if the stock red is in good shape, I don't replace the scales just for cosmetic appeal.  When evaluating a possible purchase, I consider variety a plus, e.g., BSA, hunter green, black, etc.  If the tools are in great shape and the scales are dinged or chipped, I would have no hesitation in applying new and interesting scales after a thorough cleaning and conditioning.

The Explorer that I did put the emerald's on did need replacing as they ones on it were older red ones that weren't the "plus" ones!  LOL  I mainly replaced scales for the plus versions on the ones I use or if the scales need it like you mentioned.  That said, I wanted to tryout the emerald ones so I picked up a couple of sets to see and really wanted a set for my only Swisschamp (at this time)!  I now have plenty or even too many sets of scales here vs actual sak's I own!

I too try to find other sak's that I am interested in with other scale colors but that is harder to do most times.

Do you have a photo with the emerald scales?

BTW, this thread has inspired me to review my own Explorers and to at least count them (11).  I'll need a closer look but a quick perusal shows that I have at least one all-plastic magnifier.  I think the rest are split with the majority grey-framed glass magnifier and the balance clear-framed glass magnifier.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on February 16, 2017, 01:54:21 AM
Here is an updated pic of my Explorer's.  I have two old style and two latest style mag lens.  I just put emerald green plus scales on one of the new style ones and thinking about putting a set of the old style too.  Oh and I also put a set on my new Swisschamp that had black scales so I had to include it in the pic!  :)

Poll -  Should I put emerald's on the old style one in top right corner or should I put the black plus ones from the SC or just leave it as it with ruby ones?   :tu:

Thx.

 :like:

Thanks for the group photo!

Concerning your poll, my own preference is to leave good configurations alone.  For example, if the stock red is in good shape, I don't replace the scales just for cosmetic appeal.  When evaluating a possible purchase, I consider variety a plus, e.g., BSA, hunter green, black, etc.  If the tools are in great shape and the scales are dinged or chipped, I would have no hesitation in applying new and interesting scales after a thorough cleaning and conditioning.

The Explorer that I did put the emerald's on did need replacing as they ones on it were older red ones that weren't the "plus" ones!  LOL  I mainly replaced scales for the plus versions on the ones I use or if the scales need it like you mentioned.  That said, I wanted to tryout the emerald ones so I picked up a couple of sets to see and really wanted a set for my only Swisschamp (at this time)!  I now have plenty or even too many sets of scales here vs actual sak's I own!

I too try to find other sak's that I am interested in with other scale colors but that is harder to do most times.

Do you have a photo with the emerald scales?

BTW, this thread has inspired me to review my own Explorers and to at least count them (11).  I'll need a closer look but a quick perusal shows that I have at least one all-plastic magnifier.  I think the rest are split with the majority grey-framed glass magnifier and the balance clear-framed glass magnifier.

I have attached a pic showing the scales that I just copied from Ebay so you can see them.  I can get a pic later of them on the sak's if you need one, just let me know.

I thought I had alot of Explorer's with four but I can see I have like none compared to you!  LOL  I don't have any all plastic ones, just either the older or the latest at this time.

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: WolfyW on February 20, 2017, 01:34:12 AM
I....couldn't...take...it...anymore.... :surrender:

After reading every page of this I had a weak moment and hit the button on a used/excellent condition Explorer  :facepalm:

Oh, well. Working 60 hour weeks lately, gotta treat myself after all that effort.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on February 20, 2017, 10:48:03 AM
 :cheers: Congrats WolfyWizzle. You won't regret it! Don't forget to post pics once it's in your mitts.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Padre on February 20, 2017, 11:00:20 AM
So do people like plus scales? I am fan of smaller tools Explorer being probably the largest SAK I can carry around, but I like normal scales more as I have no use for the pin or pen.

Do you enjoy scales with the pen?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on February 20, 2017, 11:40:59 AM
So do people like plus scales? I am fan of smaller tools Explorer being probably the largest SAK I can carry around, but I like normal scales more as I have no use for the pin or pen.

Do you enjoy scales with the pen?
Yes, definitely- I don't get much use from the pen but it's really handy to have when you do need one, and the pin I use regularly to prod stuff.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Grass on February 20, 2017, 12:30:24 PM
Do you enjoy scales with the pen?

I have come to the view that... given it makes no noticeable difference to the weight, that it's best to have the plus scales. I'm also haunted by being at a bucks party a year ago with a trekker on me and for the life of me, there was no pen anywhere, and I needed to make a drunken diagram!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: WolfyW on February 20, 2017, 02:33:10 PM
:cheers: Congrats WolfyWizzle. You won't regret it! Don't forget to post pics once it's in your mitts.

Thanks, Mags ! Will do that  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on February 20, 2017, 05:24:01 PM
So do people like plus scales? I am fan of smaller tools Explorer being probably the largest SAK I can carry around, but I like normal scales more as I have no use for the pin or pen.

Do you enjoy scales with the pen?

I first started getting the plus scales cause I was finding them at a very good price so they were the same cost or less of the non plus ones.  I will admit I don't use the pen much but have used the pin a few times or more.  I also think that why not have them both when it doesn't add much if any more weight and they fit in the same size package of the Explorer or Swisschamp and by that I mean it doesn't change the size or shape of the sak.  :)

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fortytwo on February 20, 2017, 06:11:53 PM
So do people like plus scales? I am fan of smaller tools Explorer being probably the largest SAK I can carry around, but I like normal scales more as I have no use for the pin or pen.

Do you enjoy scales with the pen?

I really like the pin but have no use for the pen, luckily all modern scales have the hole for the pin and a "standard" pin works fine.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on February 20, 2017, 09:31:17 PM
So do people like plus scales? I am fan of smaller tools Explorer being probably the largest SAK I can carry around, but I like normal scales more as I have no use for the pin or pen.

Do you enjoy scales with the pen?

I first started getting the plus scales cause I was finding them at a very good price so they were the same cost or less of the non plus ones.  I will admit I don't use the pen much but have used the pin a few times or more.  I also think that why not have them both when it doesn't add much if any more weight and they fit in the same size package of the Explorer or Swisschamp and by that I mean it doesn't change the size or shape of the sak.  :)

I love this thread since the Explorer is by far my favorite SAK!  It is good to see the widespread enjoyment of this special SAK.

I agree with you about the advantages of the plus scales.  They cost the same (at least from one e-bay source) and allow the addition of the pen and pin, which add functionality without a noticeable increase in weight.  Since the concept behind the SAK is to provide an assortment of multiple tools to help the owner be prepared for daily challenges that can be solved with these tools, adding functionality without impacting size and weight considerations just makes sense.  I definitely prefer plus scales but don't retrofit non plus scales.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on March 11, 2017, 01:49:41 AM
Sure appreciating my Explorer today!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on March 11, 2017, 07:00:08 PM
Sure appreciating my Explorer today!

Nice one Barry. I bet you're lovin' the layers now  :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: clown on March 11, 2017, 07:09:41 PM
I love this thread!  *sigh* One of these days I'll get an Explorer of my own  :)  Until then I'll enjoy all you guys' pictures!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: SAK Guy on March 11, 2017, 09:43:52 PM
I have some of these. Used to be one of my favorite patterns....don't get to carry it much anymore.

Here is my newest... (been looking for a grey mag BSA for a while to match my Yeoman)
(http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz256/SAKGuy/BSA%20Explorer%20-%20Grey%20Mag%203-11-17_zpstoxsk1ad.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on March 11, 2017, 10:20:01 PM
I sure an Bill!! 

Nice one Robert!!  :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: SAK Guy on March 11, 2017, 10:38:19 PM
I sure an Bill!! 

Nice one Robert!!  :like:

Thanks buddy!!!!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kottskrapa on March 20, 2017, 08:15:14 PM
Guess I might post here as well. Got an Explorer a couple of weeks ago and having trouble getting the other models some pocket time. The Explorer might be the one! Never thought I would end up in 4 layer country but the huntsman showed the way and here I am!

About the pin, I don't have the plus scales but there is still a spot for I pin. Outfitted it with a pin day one and now I mini screwdriver is on its way

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170320/28c11e18eff258c3b118be96a35f0a87.jpg)

It's not failure if you learn something from it

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on March 20, 2017, 08:48:32 PM
Welcome to the club and great picture!  There's just something about an Explorer... :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on March 20, 2017, 08:49:44 PM
Guess I might post here as well. Got an Explorer a couple of weeks ago and having trouble getting the other models some pocket time. The Explorer might be the one! Never thought I would end up in 4 layer country but the huntsman showed the way and here I am!

About the pin, I don't have the plus scales but there is still a spot for I pin. Outfitted it with a pin day one and now I mini screwdriver is on its way

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170320/28c11e18eff258c3b118be96a35f0a87.jpg)

It's not failure if you learn something from it

Explorer is my fav so congrats on getting one and liking it.  It is even handier to have the pin and mini driver with it as it makes a very nice tool set.

I carry one most of the time unless I am experimenting with others to see if I can go more minimal or just to see if I can go bigger with like a Swisschamp or Champ Plus!  I have four of them now and carried this one in honor of St. Patricks Day on Friday as well as Four Layer Friday!  It was great that it fit in to both occasions!  :)

I have had the emerald one in my pocket today running errands too!   :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on March 20, 2017, 08:53:17 PM
Great looking scales Sir Mike!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kottskrapa on March 20, 2017, 09:02:08 PM
Welcome to the club and great picture!  There's just something about an Explorer... :D
Thanks!

It's not failure if you learn something from it

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kottskrapa on March 20, 2017, 09:03:54 PM
Guess I might post here as well. Got an Explorer a couple of weeks ago and having trouble getting the other models some pocket time. The Explorer might be the one! Never thought I would end up in 4 layer country but the huntsman showed the way and here I am!

About the pin, I don't have the plus scales but there is still a spot for I pin. Outfitted it with a pin day one and now I mini screwdriver is on its way

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170320/28c11e18eff258c3b118be96a35f0a87.jpg)

It's not failure if you learn something from it

Explorer is my fav so congrats on getting one and liking it.  It is even handier to have the pin and mini driver with it as it makes a very nice tool set.

I carry one most of the time unless I am experimenting with others to see if I can go more minimal or just to see if I can go bigger with like a Swisschamp or Champ Plus!  I have four of them now and carried this one in honor of St. Patricks Day on Friday as well as Four Layer Friday!  It was great that it fit in to both occasions!  :)

I have had the emerald one in my pocket today running errands too!   :tu:
Thanks! That one does look great! When carrying my farmer I miss the red so probably won't get a green one but might try the Ruby red

It's not failure if you learn something from it

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on March 20, 2017, 10:21:39 PM
Guess I might post here as well. Got an Explorer a couple of weeks ago and having trouble getting the other models some pocket time. The Explorer might be the one! Never thought I would end up in 4 layer country but the huntsman showed the way and here I am!

About the pin, I don't have the plus scales but there is still a spot for I pin. Outfitted it with a pin day one and now I mini screwdriver is on its way

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170320/28c11e18eff258c3b118be96a35f0a87.jpg)

It's not failure if you learn something from it

Explorer is my fav so congrats on getting one and liking it.  It is even handier to have the pin and mini driver with it as it makes a very nice tool set.

I carry one most of the time unless I am experimenting with others to see if I can go more minimal or just to see if I can go bigger with like a Swisschamp or Champ Plus!  I have four of them now and carried this one in honor of St. Patricks Day on Friday as well as Four Layer Friday!  It was great that it fit in to both occasions!  :)

I have had the emerald one in my pocket today running errands too!   :tu:
Thanks! That one does look great! When carrying my farmer I miss the red so probably won't get a green one but might try the Ruby red

It's not failure if you learn something from it

Ruby red is a good choice too!  Here is an older pic that kinda sucks but shows the four Explorer's and a Swisschamp after I put the green scales on them.  As you can see, I have the Ruby and Sapphire also!  :)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on March 20, 2017, 10:22:43 PM
Great looking scales Sir Mike!!

Thank you sir!    :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on March 20, 2017, 11:29:41 PM
My first daily SAK carry was the Tinker and it was perfect for opening the numerous packages that I had been receiving.  I was really happy to discover that I could add scissors with the Super Tinker.  I was ecstatic when I discovered the Explorer with its inline Philips and magnifier--such a perfect combination of tools that still fits comfortably in the pocket!

There is something about the old magnifier that resonates with me.  Here is a photo of one of my Explorers that I posted in another section:

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/IMG_0101_zpsq7tvk3yx.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/IMG_0101_zpsq7tvk3yx.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on March 21, 2017, 12:13:05 AM
I'm going to go get my Explorer now and carry it!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on March 21, 2017, 12:40:16 AM
I'm going to go get my Explorer now and carry it!

 :like:   :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on March 21, 2017, 03:23:25 AM
I'm going to go get my Explorer now and carry it!

 :like:   :tu:

+1

 :tu: :tu: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kottskrapa on March 21, 2017, 07:29:32 AM


Ruby red is a good choice too!  Here is an older pic that kinda sucks but shows the four Explorer's and a Swisschamp after I put the green scales on them.  As you can see, I have the Ruby and Sapphire also!  :)

Not feeling the tingling "I want" feeling at all nice collection!

It's not failure if you learn something from it
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on March 21, 2017, 10:40:24 AM
Just realized i haven't posted any pics of my Explorer on this topic yet. Had to change that.... :D

Here it is, with my gal' Greenie, after assisting in a string change :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: powernoodle on March 21, 2017, 05:12:44 PM
(http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u497/todd_x7/691d1362-3d67-411b-9000-39f2a7733ef6.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on March 21, 2017, 05:44:53 PM
(http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u497/todd_x7/691d1362-3d67-411b-9000-39f2a7733ef6.jpg)

 :like: :like: :like:

I need to add a solid blue scale Explorer! 

Thanks for sharing!

 :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: asmitty on March 21, 2017, 07:59:02 PM
Another Explorer fan here.  I used to think the Yeoman was a better choice but after going back and forth between them for EDC I've found I like the Explorer better for a couple of reasons.  When I first got a Yeoman to carry, it was because I wanted the functionality of the Explorer in a 3-layer SAK.  However, I discovered that the extra width that the phillips/magnifier layer adds over the opener layer on my Climber made me feel like I was carrying more than 3-layers anyway.  For this reason, if I want the extra tools, I now just reach for my Explorer and leave the Yeoman in the collection.

Another reason I carry the Explorer is this.  I used to have a Minichamp on my keychain; however, I came to feel as if I were only using half the tools on it.  I bought a Manager and put it on my keychain for EDC and never looked back.  The Manager is all of the useful tools from the Minichamp and none of the useless ones.  I feel that the Explorer is to the Swisschamp what the Manager is to the Minichamp.  The Explorer provides all of the tools for my urban EDC needs with none of the extra tools I don't need.  Obviously, tools like the saw, metal saw/file, fish scaler, and pliers have their place, but they are not tools I need regularly, and I'm always able make sure I carry a SAK that has them when I know I will need them.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on March 21, 2017, 09:26:04 PM
Mine getting some sun with its cousin, the Woodsman. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: powernoodle on March 21, 2017, 10:10:42 PM
I need to add a solid blue scale Explorer! 


Yes you do.  I had to slap some blue plus scales on one to get what I wanted.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kottskrapa on March 22, 2017, 08:24:39 AM
Same same today as yesterday

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170322/38f91d93eb82778d0d67e3962039954e.jpg)


It's not failure if you learn something from it

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on March 22, 2017, 08:33:18 AM
Mine getting some sun with its cousin, the Woodsman.

Nice bright sunshine there Barry ... do I detect some red jelly scales glowing there on your Woodsman ? Very nice. :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on March 22, 2017, 01:13:06 PM
 :cheers:  They are indeed Bill! 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on April 07, 2017, 08:06:47 PM
He'll stop to take a rest on a cactus. Explorer don't give a smurf. :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sawman on April 07, 2017, 08:36:02 PM
My beloved Explorer sees a good deal of use from my watch repair kit. I find the mag glass indispensable and straight pin is perfect for unlatching many battery covers.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on April 07, 2017, 10:43:13 PM
My beloved Explorer sees a good deal of use from my watch repair kit. I find the mag glass indispensable and straight pin is perfect for unlatching many battery covers.

Just the right toolset  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on April 07, 2017, 11:14:58 PM
My beloved Explorer sees a good deal of use from my watch repair kit. I find the mag glass indispensable and straight pin is perfect for unlatching many battery covers.

Just the right toolset  :cheers:

+1
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on April 07, 2017, 11:39:17 PM
My beloved Explorer sees a good deal of use from my watch repair kit. I find the mag glass indispensable and straight pin is perfect for unlatching many battery covers.

Funnily enough, my Explorer was also on watch repair duty today, fixing up my wife's watch  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on April 07, 2017, 11:40:21 PM
*double post*
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: carboncopy101 on April 08, 2017, 07:14:25 AM
I appreciate my explorer because of the magnifier. It helps me see markings and letters on electronic parts. Really nice especially when you're working with smd. Kinda sad the scales gave up on me making me rely on the swisschamp more
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on April 20, 2017, 11:34:48 AM
I'm just loving this thing  :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on April 20, 2017, 11:44:13 AM
Great pic and knife!  They really do grow on you don't they?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on April 20, 2017, 12:06:32 PM
Great pic and knife!  They really do grow on you don't they?

They sure do  :D
Never thought it would replace my trusty Tinker for EDC, even more being a 4 layer. Now a 3 layer just feels a bit strange to me... :shrug:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Brock O Lee on April 20, 2017, 02:41:29 PM
Love that inline Philips

(http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg548/hansjkruger/Swiss%20Armies/DSC_0488_zpsftugigl7.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kottskrapa on April 20, 2017, 04:45:41 PM
Love that inline Philips

(http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg548/hansjkruger/Swiss%20Armies/DSC_0488_zpsftugigl7.jpg)
That make at least two of us

It's not failure if you learn something from it

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on April 20, 2017, 04:51:24 PM
Love that inline Philips

(http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg548/hansjkruger/Swiss%20Armies/DSC_0488_zpsftugigl7.jpg)

 :like: :like: :like:

Even though I am trying to show the Super Tinker a little love by carrying it this week, I have two Explorers in easy reach and many more in another room.  The inline Philips driver and magnifier with a 4 layer form factor set it apart from other SAKs.  The Explorer is my favorite SAK!

 :cheers:

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on April 20, 2017, 11:47:31 PM
I really have to get another one or two... Having no backup for my Explorer bother's me a bit...  :think:
I have plenty of backups for the Tinker and Spartan though, even have two Huntsman's.  :ahhh
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on April 22, 2017, 12:57:54 AM
Great pic and knife!  They really do grow on you don't they?

If they grew in MY garden I'd be over the moon. :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on April 22, 2017, 01:03:01 AM
Me too sir!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on April 22, 2017, 01:44:46 AM
I submit that the fact that I keep buying Explorers is evidence of my great appreciation.  :)

I must have 15 or 20 by now.  At least I am trying to add to my colorful assortment...


(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Emerald%20Explorer_zpsxwy4oice.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Emerald%20Explorer_zpsxwy4oice.jpg.html)

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Yellow%20Explorer_zpsuxldspsi.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Yellow%20Explorer_zpsuxldspsi.jpg.html)

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Blue%20Explorer_zps5xhiwwzv.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Blue%20Explorer_zps5xhiwwzv.jpg.html)
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Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: gdoolittle on April 22, 2017, 03:16:08 PM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170422/310dda0e1d34cb368ce60b20d6e3d4b2.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on April 22, 2017, 03:19:39 PM
Nice scales!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: gdoolittle on April 22, 2017, 06:43:37 PM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170422/2c1162eaf13415fa4b2aa6cd9b71d572.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on April 23, 2017, 12:56:33 AM
those really are cracking scales mate. :)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on April 28, 2017, 02:36:48 PM
Great day for an Explorer!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on April 28, 2017, 05:35:34 PM
What's not to appreciate?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on April 28, 2017, 11:10:33 PM
Great minds think alike  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on April 29, 2017, 06:08:42 AM
All three of these purchases have arrived and they look great in person!  I already have a Sapphire, White, Black and Red (plus Camo scales).  I am looking forward to a group photo of the various scale colors.

Here are the new additions with the seller photos:

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Emerald%20Explorer_zpsxwy4oice.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Emerald%20Explorer_zpsxwy4oice.jpg.html)

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Yellow%20Explorer_zpsuxldspsi.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Yellow%20Explorer_zpsuxldspsi.jpg.html)

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Blue%20Explorer_zps5xhiwwzv.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Blue%20Explorer_zps5xhiwwzv.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: clown on April 29, 2017, 05:56:10 PM
All three of these purchases have arrived and they look great in person!  I already have a Sapphire, White, Black and Red (plus Camo scales).  I am looking forward to a group photo of the various scale colors.

Here are the new additions with the seller photos:

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Emerald%20Explorer_zpsxwy4oice.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Emerald%20Explorer_zpsxwy4oice.jpg.html)

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Yellow%20Explorer_zpsuxldspsi.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Yellow%20Explorer_zpsuxldspsi.jpg.html)

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Blue%20Explorer_zps5xhiwwzv.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Blue%20Explorer_zps5xhiwwzv.jpg.html)


An explorer will be my next SAK purchase I think.  Love the blue and yellow especially! :gimme:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on April 29, 2017, 07:31:51 PM
All three of these purchases have arrived and they look great in person!  I already have a Sapphire, White, Black and Red (plus Camo scales).  I am looking forward to a group photo of the various scale colors.

Here are the new additions with the seller photos:

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Emerald%20Explorer_zpsxwy4oice.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Emerald%20Explorer_zpsxwy4oice.jpg.html)

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Yellow%20Explorer_zpsuxldspsi.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Yellow%20Explorer_zpsuxldspsi.jpg.html)

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Blue%20Explorer_zps5xhiwwzv.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Blue%20Explorer_zps5xhiwwzv.jpg.html)


An explorer will be my next SAK purchase I think.  Love the blue and yellow especially! :gimme:

After seeing a photo of someone's blue Explorer on this site, I was hooked!  The problem was that I couldn't find one.  I did see some blue scales from a Switzerland seller on e-bay but I have a preference for keeping my purchases within the continental US, probably to limit complications.  After several months of searching, I was amazed to see a blue Explorer for sale and the same seller was offering a yellow Explorer (both "Buy-it now" offerings).  I was beside myself with joy since I had just purchased the Emerald Explorer (probably should have bought a Lottery ticket :) ).  So, keep looking!  They are out there!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: clown on April 29, 2017, 07:47:44 PM
All three of these purchases have arrived and they look great in person!  I already have a Sapphire, White, Black and Red (plus Camo scales).  I am looking forward to a group photo of the various scale colors.

Here are the new additions with the seller photos:

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Emerald%20Explorer_zpsxwy4oice.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Emerald%20Explorer_zpsxwy4oice.jpg.html)

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Yellow%20Explorer_zpsuxldspsi.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Yellow%20Explorer_zpsuxldspsi.jpg.html)

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Blue%20Explorer_zps5xhiwwzv.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Blue%20Explorer_zps5xhiwwzv.jpg.html)


An explorer will be my next SAK purchase I think.  Love the blue and yellow especially! :gimme:

After seeing a photo of someone's blue Explorer on this site, I was hooked!  The problem was that I couldn't find one.  I did see some blue scales from a Switzerland seller on e-bay but I have a preference for keeping my purchases within the continental US, probably to limit complications.  After several months of searching, I was amazed to see a blue Explorer for sale and the same seller was offering a yellow Explorer (both "Buy-it now" offerings).  I was beside myself with joy since I had just purchased the Emerald Explorer (probably should have bought a Lottery ticket :) ).  So, keep looking!  They are out there!

Oh I think both those listings are on my Watch list already LOL.  I think I'll be getting one with us scales.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: rivercity on May 09, 2017, 01:31:33 AM
Several days in to carrying an Explorer, and I  :like: it.  :cheers:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4166/34533664745_e48cf28f26_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on May 09, 2017, 06:12:30 AM
Hiding out with my Camo Explorer...

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p437/NorCalJim/SAK/Camo%20Explorer_zpsoyvj9xgu.jpg) (http://s346.photobucket.com/user/NorCalJim/media/SAK/Camo%20Explorer_zpsoyvj9xgu.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on May 12, 2017, 12:58:48 PM
Out for 4 Layer Friday!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Spartan19 on May 30, 2017, 01:11:22 AM
Got another shot of mine, along with the buck 110 at this evening's fire. :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: rivercity on May 30, 2017, 01:26:07 AM
Great pics guys! :like: :like:

I love me some explorer!  :cheers:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4195/34959928955_4dc2a4681a_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on May 30, 2017, 01:54:15 AM
 :like: :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Spartan19 on May 30, 2017, 02:41:33 AM
+1! :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThePeacent on May 30, 2017, 04:12:40 PM
carried today, loved everyday!

(http://i1314.photobucket.com/albums/t562/ThePeacent/Mobile%20Uploads/2017-05/20170528_164031_zpsuejdzjuf.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThePeacent on June 02, 2017, 05:31:49 PM
that Phillips...

(http://i1314.photobucket.com/albums/t562/ThePeacent/Mobile%20Uploads/2017-05/20170528_164513_zpsewuglgky.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on June 02, 2017, 11:37:34 PM
that Phillips...

(http://i1314.photobucket.com/albums/t562/ThePeacent/Mobile%20Uploads/2017-05/20170528_164513_zpsewuglgky.jpg)

 :like: :like: :like:

I agree that there is something compelling about the inline Philips!  I have the same high regard for the inline awl on most of the alox SAKs.

:cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: rivercity on June 05, 2017, 09:05:19 AM
 :cheers:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4243/34675761650_ddd9d66169_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on June 05, 2017, 09:56:39 AM
:cheers:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4243/34675761650_ddd9d66169_c.jpg)

 :like:

Kickstand style 8)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on June 05, 2017, 04:39:12 PM
:cheers:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4243/34675761650_ddd9d66169_c.jpg)

:like:

Nice photo!  It looks like I could reach out and touch the Explorer.

:cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: rivercity on June 05, 2017, 04:50:01 PM
Thanks guys!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Aloha on June 05, 2017, 05:12:36 PM
I dream of an 84mm Explorer Plus  :dd:.  In the mean time my Explorer Plus is one of my most favorites.  When I got it nearly all other SAKs were relegated to the sideline.  That mag glass and inline phillips are lovely.   
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on June 05, 2017, 09:25:25 PM
I dream of an 84mm Explorer Plus  :dd:.  In the mean time my Explorer Plus is one of my most favorites.  When I got it nearly all other SAKs were relegated to the sideline.  That mag glass and inline phillips are lovely.

I know what you mean about the Explorer taking center stage and sidelining the other SAKs.  :)

I was bitten by the Explorer bug and purchased several (don't know how many but it is north of 15).  I loved the magnifier & inline Philips and if I carried a second SAK, it was as a secondary SAK. For example, I would have an Explorer in my right front pocket and a CyberTool in the left. 

I showed an Explorer with the grey-framed magnifier to my wife shortly after Christmas and she thanked me for it (how do they do that?) and placed it on a two-tier wooden organizer she keeps in the kitchen.  She uses it quite often but doesn't like the glue residue that is hard for her to remove after opening packages (I have become responsible for putting it back in pristine condition).  I promoted an old Spartan for her package opening convenience and added a Tinker for my use.  This worked out so well, that I have been caching SAKs in strategic places throughout the house for my convenience.  Although I keep several Explorers on a table near my recliner, I have managed to incorporate various other SAKs into my daily use including some very nice alox models. 

The Explorer still has a lock on center stage but I am now enjoying the other models as well.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on June 06, 2017, 03:04:09 PM
 :like: Me too Aloha!!!
I dream of an 84mm Explorer Plus  :dd:.  In the mean time my Explorer Plus is one of my most favorites.  When I got it nearly all other SAKs were relegated to the sideline.  That mag glass and inline phillips are lovely.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on June 06, 2017, 05:21:05 PM
:like: Me too Aloha!!!
I dream of an 84mm Explorer Plus  :dd:.  In the mean time my Explorer Plus is one of my most favorites.  When I got it nearly all other SAKs were relegated to the sideline.  That mag glass and inline phillips are lovely.

+1  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Ron Who on June 06, 2017, 08:20:17 PM
:like: Me too Aloha!!!
I dream of an 84mm Explorer Plus  :dd:.  In the mean time my Explorer Plus is one of my most favorites.  When I got it nearly all other SAKs were relegated to the sideline.  That mag glass and inline phillips are lovely.

+1  :cheers:

I don't dream about Swiss Army Knives. I dream about Smurfette!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThePeacent on June 07, 2017, 03:18:31 PM
only real thing the Spirit lacks!

(http://i1314.photobucket.com/albums/t562/ThePeacent/Mobile%20Uploads/2017-05/20170530_112116_zpsaz7pegty.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThePeacent on June 08, 2017, 03:13:26 PM
more love, so lovely it is!

(http://i1314.photobucket.com/albums/t562/ThePeacent/Mobile%20Uploads/2017-05/20170530_112609_zpsb1eegtcz.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on June 09, 2017, 03:20:30 AM
 :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: fivesense on July 03, 2017, 06:53:25 AM
The Explorer is one of my two favorite SAK's, the other one being the Swisschamp  8).

(http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx39/Rikske77/Dodengang%20Mei%202011/IMG_6949.jpg)

(http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx39/Rikske77/Dodengang%20Mei%202011/IMG_6830.jpg)

I've got a Swiss Champ and a Huntsman BSA (Phillips sd instead of the corkscrew) but I also have an Explorer on the way. The Swiss Champ has pretty much everything I need but when I want pocket carry capability, I think the Explorer is going to get the nod. I suppose I can upgrade the scales on the Explorer if needed but I don't think I will need to.

The Swiss Champ sits in the pouch on my belt for most EDC. But again, when I need a slimmer, equally capable SAK, the Explorer will suit me well.

Does the regular Explorer model have a slot for the pin? Or does that require the extra scales? In looking at my SC, I imagine the new scales are required. Where does one order the upgraded scales?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: fivesense on July 03, 2017, 06:55:06 AM
I'm fond of the Explorer myself.  For my needs, my Yeoman is a more economical choice, but I understand the benefit of the full sized Explorer.  The next two mods I'm planning on doing are both going to be based on Explorers in fact.  One with a saw, to make a Woodsman, and another with pliers.

Are you keeping the scissors on the planned pliers mod or taking them off?

I'm new to the idea of modifying a SAK. How does one go about adding something like the pliers?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: fivesense on July 03, 2017, 07:01:38 AM
Well, it isn't available in my country, but that doesn't mean I don't like it. I think what it misses from being perfect is a light, but thinking I can get that externally(although I would like having EVERYTHING I need in a single SAK(magnifier, LED, Phillips, openers/combo tool, scissors, pen optionally small blade) that is impossible, but Yeoman and Explorer get VERY close, alongside Cybertool Lite(cheaper one of the two SAKs that have both the LED and the magnifier, the other being swisschamp XAVT- Vic's largest SAK yet.)

This post made me consider the addition of a light and it occurs to me that a simple key chain flashlight could be attached to the SAK key ring. I'd never thought about this before (probably just me). There are so many good options for key ring lights now, including micro USB rechargeable. I may give it a shot for my travel EDC SAK.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: fivesense on July 03, 2017, 07:07:12 AM
I received a clip to attach to my Explorer's keyring for better pocket carry.  I am happy to say that it works like a charm and makes the Explorer much less noticeable and uncomfortable to pocket carry.  So now I appreciate my Explorer even more :tu: :D

I realize this is an older thread, but can you please post pictures of the clip you have? I'd be interested in seeing clip options for pocket carry.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Aloha on July 03, 2017, 07:25:41 AM
I'm fond of the Explorer myself.  For my needs, my Yeoman is a more economical choice, but I understand the benefit of the full sized Explorer.  The next two mods I'm planning on doing are both going to be based on Explorers in fact.  One with a saw, to make a Woodsman, and another with pliers.

Are you keeping the scissors on the planned pliers mod or taking them off?

I'm new to the idea of modifying a SAK. How does one go about adding something like the pliers?

Well worth the pages and pages of what he's come from to.  Incredible work he's producing. 
https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,34772.0.html
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: fivesense on July 03, 2017, 07:26:57 AM
I'm fond of the Explorer myself.  For my needs, my Yeoman is a more economical choice, but I understand the benefit of the full sized Explorer.  The next two mods I'm planning on doing are both going to be based on Explorers in fact.  One with a saw, to make a Woodsman, and another with pliers.

Are you keeping the scissors on the planned pliers mod or taking them off?

Thank you!

I'm new to the idea of modifying a SAK. How does one go about adding something like the pliers?

Well worth the pages and pages of what he's come from to.  Incredible work he's producing. 
https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,34772.0.html

Thank you!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on July 03, 2017, 07:30:53 AM
I'm fond of the Explorer myself.  For my needs, my Yeoman is a more economical choice, but I understand the benefit of the full sized Explorer.  The next two mods I'm planning on doing are both going to be based on Explorers in fact.  One with a saw, to make a Woodsman, and another with pliers.

Are you keeping the scissors on the planned pliers mod or taking them off?

I'm new to the idea of modifying a SAK. How does one go about adding something like the pliers?

Don't feel bad, I'm an avid collector and still don't have a mod.  If I was going to ... it would probably be the very simple but difficult task of putting Vic can opener in an old school Wenger Traveler... 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Don Pablo on July 03, 2017, 11:14:54 AM
The Explorer is one of my two favorite SAK's, the other one being the Swisschamp  8).

(http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx39/Rikske77/Dodengang%20Mei%202011/IMG_6949.jpg)

(http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx39/Rikske77/Dodengang%20Mei%202011/IMG_6830.jpg)

I've got a Swiss Champ and a Huntsman BSA (Phillips sd instead of the corkscrew) but I also have an Explorer on the way. The Swiss Champ has pretty much everything I need but when I want pocket carry capability, I think the Explorer is going to get the nod. I suppose I can upgrade the scales on the Explorer if needed but I don't think I will need to.

The Swiss Champ sits in the pouch on my belt for most EDC. But again, when I need a slimmer, equally capable SAK, the Explorer will suit me well.

Does the regular Explorer model have a slot for the pin? Or does that require the extra scales? In looking at my SC, I imagine the new scales are required. Where does one order the upgraded scales?
As far as I know, new regular scales have the pin hole. My Hiker(a smaller model) had it when I bought it new on amazon 2015. I don't see why it would be different.  :think:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on July 03, 2017, 01:59:42 PM
The Explorer is one of my two favorite SAK's, the other one being the Swisschamp  8).

(http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx39/Rikske77/Dodengang%20Mei%202011/IMG_6949.jpg)

(http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx39/Rikske77/Dodengang%20Mei%202011/IMG_6830.jpg)

I've got a Swiss Champ and a Huntsman BSA (Phillips sd instead of the corkscrew) but I also have an Explorer on the way. The Swiss Champ has pretty much everything I need but when I want pocket carry capability, I think the Explorer is going to get the nod. I suppose I can upgrade the scales on the Explorer if needed but I don't think I will need to.

The Swiss Champ sits in the pouch on my belt for most EDC. But again, when I need a slimmer, equally capable SAK, the Explorer will suit me well.

Does the regular Explorer model have a slot for the pin? Or does that require the extra scales? In looking at my SC, I imagine the new scales are required. Where does one order the upgraded scales?
As far as I know, new regular scales have the pin hole. My Hiker(a smaller model) had it when I bought it new on amazon 2015. I don't see why it would be different.  :think:

Quite right, all the new scales have the pin hole these days.  You'll need to add your own pin though.  :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: powernoodle on July 03, 2017, 02:42:52 PM
Since Photobucket decided to stop linking my pics   :twak:, here is a repost of them via Imgur.   :cheers:

(http://i.imgur.com/HvlfTwc.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/KIAX3wo.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/qMCpdly.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/lUNOc2z.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/kjJqXGN.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/6rxg7BK.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on July 03, 2017, 03:50:48 PM
Nice collection!!  I've only one, but I like 👍it!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Don Pablo on July 03, 2017, 04:31:22 PM
Powernoodle specialises in pictures that make his SAK collection seem twice as large.  :whistle:
 :rofl:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on July 03, 2017, 04:59:37 PM
 :tu: :rofl:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: fivesense on July 04, 2017, 02:51:28 AM
My Explorer arrived today- it's always exciting to get a new SAK, especially when it's one you know will be in the EDC rotation!

Beautiful little toolbox of course- nice, crisp in and out of the tools and the magnifier is magnificent. Seems clearer and slightly more resolution than my Swiss Champ but that's probably just because it's fresh out of the box. If this post allows, I'll post a side by side with my Huntsman BSA which is about the same except the Huntsman has a saw and Phillips combo and the Explorer has the magnifier and corkscrew. I've got the micro screwdriver coming later this week for the corkscrew.

I may get the Plus scales for this Explorer but we'll see. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: fivesense on July 04, 2017, 02:53:14 AM
Side by side with the Huntsman BSA.

• Anyone know why the images show sideways? They are formatted properly when I attach.  :rant:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on July 04, 2017, 05:42:55 AM
My Explorer arrived today- it's always exciting to get a new SAK, especially when it's one you know will be in the EDC rotation!

Beautiful little toolbox of course- nice, crisp in and out of the tools and the magnifier is magnificent. Seems clearer and slightly more resolution than my Swiss Champ but that's probably just because it's fresh out of the box. If this post allows, I'll post a side by side with my Huntsman BSA which is about the same except the Huntsman has a saw and Phillips combo and the Explorer has the magnifier and corkscrew. I've got the micro screwdriver coming later this week for the corkscrew.

I may get the Plus scales for this Explorer but we'll see.

Does it have the hole in the scales for the pin?  It should since it looks like a newer model.  I wouldn't upgrade it to the Plus scales unless you NEED or WANT the pen or the scales are in bad shape, which they don't look like!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on July 04, 2017, 05:58:12 AM
 :like: You're going to love the Explorer!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: fivesense on July 04, 2017, 06:23:57 AM
My Explorer arrived today- it's always exciting to get a new SAK, especially when it's one you know will be in the EDC rotation!

Beautiful little toolbox of course- nice, crisp in and out of the tools and the magnifier is magnificent. Seems clearer and slightly more resolution than my Swiss Champ but that's probably just because it's fresh out of the box. If this post allows, I'll post a side by side with my Huntsman BSA which is about the same except the Huntsman has a saw and Phillips combo and the Explorer has the magnifier and corkscrew. I've got the micro screwdriver coming later this week for the corkscrew.

I may get the Plus scales for this Explorer but we'll see.



Does it have the hole in the scales for the pin?  It should since it looks like a newer model.  I wouldn't upgrade it to the Plus scales unless you NEED or WANT the pen or the scales are in bad shape, which they don't look like!

The new Explorer does indeed have the pin hole. Changing scales is not the highest priority but simply like the look of the translucent ruby scales.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on July 04, 2017, 09:29:15 AM
Excellent choice. I think plus scales are top-notch.  :tu:  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Don Pablo on July 04, 2017, 10:59:24 AM
My Explorer arrived today- it's always exciting to get a new SAK, especially when it's one you know will be in the EDC rotation!

Beautiful little toolbox of course- nice, crisp in and out of the tools and the magnifier is magnificent. Seems clearer and slightly more resolution than my Swiss Champ but that's probably just because it's fresh out of the box. If this post allows, I'll post a side by side with my Huntsman BSA which is about the same except the Huntsman has a saw and Phillips combo and the Explorer has the magnifier and corkscrew. I've got the micro screwdriver coming later this week for the corkscrew.

I may get the Plus scales for this Explorer but we'll see.
For your information, there are two versions of the new large magnifier. One with a plastic lens and a newer one with a glass lens. That might account for the difference that you perceive?
http://www.sakwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page=Magnifying+Glass
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: fivesense on July 05, 2017, 03:48:25 AM
My Explorer arrived today- it's always exciting to get a new SAK, especially when it's one you know will be in the EDC rotation!

Beautiful little toolbox of course- nice, crisp in and out of the tools and the magnifier is magnificent. Seems clearer and slightly more resolution than my Swiss Champ but that's probably just because it's fresh out of the box. If this post allows, I'll post a side by side with my Huntsman BSA which is about the same except the Huntsman has a saw and Phillips combo and the Explorer has the magnifier and corkscrew. I've got the micro screwdriver coming later this week for the corkscrew.

I may get the Plus scales for this Explorer but we'll see.
For your information, there are two versions of the new large magnifier. One with a plastic lens and a newer one with a glass lens. That might account for the difference that you perceive?
http://www.sakwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page=Magnifying+Glass

Thank you for sharing this information. Here's the key info- "In 2012 Victorinox changed the Magnifier to use a glass lens with a 6x magnification while retaining the clear plastic housing."

I'd previously contacted Victorinox USA for this information and it was a bit disconcerting that they didn't know this. Oh well- I know where to go for my SAK questions- here and SAKWIKI!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Monrogue on July 05, 2017, 03:51:45 AM
I received a clip to attach to my Explorer's keyring for better pocket carry.  I am happy to say that it works like a charm and makes the Explorer much less noticeable and uncomfortable to pocket carry.  So now I appreciate my Explorer even more :tu: :D

I realize this is an older thread, but can you please post pictures of the clip you have? I'd be interested in seeing clip options for pocket carry.
Sorry, I don't use it anymore, and am not sure where it is.  This was a long time ago.  Sorry I couldn't help you out here :(

Proud SAKMC member :)

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on July 05, 2017, 05:40:22 AM
My Explorer arrived today- it's always exciting to get a new SAK, especially when it's one you know will be in the EDC rotation!

Beautiful little toolbox of course- nice, crisp in and out of the tools and the magnifier is magnificent. Seems clearer and slightly more resolution than my Swiss Champ but that's probably just because it's fresh out of the box. If this post allows, I'll post a side by side with my Huntsman BSA which is about the same except the Huntsman has a saw and Phillips combo and the Explorer has the magnifier and corkscrew. I've got the micro screwdriver coming later this week for the corkscrew.

I may get the Plus scales for this Explorer but we'll see.

Belated congratulations!  The Explorer is my favorite SAK and I keep telling myself that it is time for a group photo (hopefully, this month).  It will give me an opportunity to count my Explorers since I have no idea how many I have.  :)

:cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: fivesense on July 05, 2017, 08:37:18 AM
My Explorer arrived today- it's always exciting to get a new SAK, especially when it's one you know will be in the EDC rotation!

Beautiful little toolbox of course- nice, crisp in and out of the tools and the magnifier is magnificent. Seems clearer and slightly more resolution than my Swiss Champ but that's probably just because it's fresh out of the box. If this post allows, I'll post a side by side with my Huntsman BSA which is about the same except the Huntsman has a saw and Phillips combo and the Explorer has the magnifier and corkscrew. I've got the micro screwdriver coming later this week for the corkscrew.

I may get the Plus scales for this Explorer but we'll see.



Belated congratulations!  The Explorer is my favorite SAK and I keep telling myself that it is time for a group photo (hopefully, this month).  It will give me an opportunity to count my Explorers since I have no idea how many I have.  :)

:cheers:



Thank you! If I'm not careful, the Explorer could challenge my Swiss Champ for the lion's share of EDC duty.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on July 05, 2017, 12:27:29 PM
I've got mine on me right now!   I've been packing my Ranger but I switched out to my Explorer since I started reading your posts Five!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on July 05, 2017, 02:03:19 PM
I've been carrying my Explorer for the last couple of days.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4260/34874044064_33331a413a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/V8GAiN)explorer 1 (https://flic.kr/p/V8GAiN) by Gareth Hunt (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152099617@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on July 05, 2017, 03:17:09 PM
 :like: Great pic Gareth!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: fivesense on July 05, 2017, 07:18:59 PM
My Explorer arrived today- it's always exciting to get a new SAK, especially when it's one you know will be in the EDC rotation!

Beautiful little toolbox of course- nice, crisp in and out of the tools and the magnifier is magnificent. Seems clearer and slightly more resolution than my Swiss Champ but that's probably just because it's fresh out of the box. If this post allows, I'll post a side by side with my Huntsman BSA which is about the same except the Huntsman has a saw and Phillips combo and the Explorer has the magnifier and corkscrew. I've got the micro screwdriver coming later this week for the corkscrew.

I may get the Plus scales for this Explorer but we'll see.
For your information, there are two versions of the new large magnifier. One with a plastic lens and a newer one with a glass lens. That might account for the difference that you perceive?
http://www.sakwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page=Magnifying+Glass

Regarding the magnifying glass- Victorinox global HQ customer service sent me the attached PDF below to provide the timeline on production.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Don Pablo on July 05, 2017, 07:27:23 PM
My Explorer arrived today- it's always exciting to get a new SAK, especially when it's one you know will be in the EDC rotation!

Beautiful little toolbox of course- nice, crisp in and out of the tools and the magnifier is magnificent. Seems clearer and slightly more resolution than my Swiss Champ but that's probably just because it's fresh out of the box. If this post allows, I'll post a side by side with my Huntsman BSA which is about the same except the Huntsman has a saw and Phillips combo and the Explorer has the magnifier and corkscrew. I've got the micro screwdriver coming later this week for the corkscrew.

I may get the Plus scales for this Explorer but we'll see.
For your information, there are two versions of the new large magnifier. One with a plastic lens and a newer one with a glass lens. That might account for the difference that you perceive?
http://www.sakwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page=Magnifying+Glass

Regarding the magnifying glass- Victorinox global HQ customer service sent me the attached PDF below to provide the timeline on production.
Nice!  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on July 05, 2017, 10:44:27 PM
My Explorer arrived today- it's always exciting to get a new SAK, especially when it's one you know will be in the EDC rotation!

Beautiful little toolbox of course- nice, crisp in and out of the tools and the magnifier is magnificent. Seems clearer and slightly more resolution than my Swiss Champ but that's probably just because it's fresh out of the box. If this post allows, I'll post a side by side with my Huntsman BSA which is about the same except the Huntsman has a saw and Phillips combo and the Explorer has the magnifier and corkscrew. I've got the micro screwdriver coming later this week for the corkscrew.

I may get the Plus scales for this Explorer but we'll see.
For your information, there are two versions of the new large magnifier. One with a plastic lens and a newer one with a glass lens. That might account for the difference that you perceive?
http://www.sakwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page=Magnifying+Glass

Regarding the magnifying glass- Victorinox global HQ customer service sent me the attached PDF below to provide the timeline on production.

Awesome!!!! :like: :like: :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Faddy Daddy on July 09, 2017, 07:36:59 AM
I'm wanting to order myself an Explorer but have several questions I thought I'd throw at you guys.
First, it looks like Victorinox went back to a glass lens on the magnifier in 2012, and from 5x to 6x. If I order from Amazon, it looks like I could save a few bucks but I wonder what the odds are of getting an older plastic 5x magnifier? (Maybe I should just order straight from Vic.
I'm probably just going to stick with the standard explorer, though I notice on Amazon the plus is still available. I'm thinking a pin and pen probably isn't worth the extra 10 bucks or so. Anyhow, I am reading in this thread about later getting plus scales. I can't seem to find these on Vic's web site or much reference to the plus at all. I'm thinking that model might be going by the wayside?

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: shibafu on July 15, 2017, 12:16:14 PM
I'm wanting to order myself an Explorer but have several questions I thought I'd throw at you guys.
First, it looks like Victorinox went back to a glass lens on the magnifier in 2012, and from 5x to 6x. If I order from Amazon, it looks like I could save a few bucks but I wonder what the odds are of getting an older plastic 5x magnifier? (Maybe I should just order straight from Vic.
I'm probably just going to stick with the standard explorer, though I notice on Amazon the plus is still available. I'm thinking a pin and pen probably isn't worth the extra 10 bucks or so. Anyhow, I am reading in this thread about later getting plus scales. I can't seem to find these on Vic's web site or much reference to the plus at all. I'm thinking that model might be going by the wayside?

From a retailer like Amazon that's turning over a lot of stock, it's near certain you'll get the latest version I think.

Yes the plus version is gone from the current Vic catalogue.  Victorinox don't sell replacement scales directly but there are various internet retailers that do, try ebay and amazon.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on July 15, 2017, 12:45:24 PM
Yes the plus version is gone from the current Vic catalogue.  Victorinox don't sell replacement scales directly but there are various internet retailers that do, try ebay and amazon.

Well that may depend on the country's and the distributer on each country... :-\ They just don't sell them in general from stores.
I can get as many scales as i want (with in reason obviously) from my country's official distributer, at least all sizes classic red ones, never really bothered much to find out what other colors or variant's they have available there, but i'll sure find out next time i go there in the near future  :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThePeacent on July 15, 2017, 01:39:11 PM
winky SAK!

(http://i.imgur.com/iGtgC8E.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on July 15, 2017, 04:05:59 PM
My Explorer has been my constant companion for the last week or more having taken up residence in my travel bag.  Very useful it's been as well.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Faddy Daddy on July 15, 2017, 06:37:20 PM
I'm happily anticipating the arrival of mine  :gimme:

Ended up ordering directly through Vic figuring I should definitely get the newest magnifier, (glass at 6x I think?).

I also did find some nice plus scales on ebay so ordered some of those as well. I know I will enjoy having that magnifier handy, probably been 4 or 5 times I wished I'd had it already just this past week.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: fivesense on July 15, 2017, 06:41:34 PM
My Explorer (which I made a plus with ruby translucent scales) accompanied me on a cross country business trip this past week. It had to fly in my checked luggage but was quickly placed in my pocket upon landing. I enjoyed having such a trusty tool in my pocket as I went in and out meetings. I used it for various tasks.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on July 15, 2017, 09:05:14 PM
My Explore helps me explore my other SAKs.  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on August 06, 2017, 03:41:31 PM
 :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on August 09, 2017, 08:02:54 AM
My latest addition  :climber:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: StanleyKoolbrick on August 09, 2017, 08:31:12 AM
My latest addition  :climber:

 :like:

White scales and gray magnifiers always look so clean together
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on August 09, 2017, 10:46:55 AM
 :like: +1!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on August 11, 2017, 12:44:53 AM
Started using a sheath again. Not always the most practical or aesthetically pleasing, but I do appreciate the extra pocket real estate.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: strmliner on August 11, 2017, 01:04:45 AM
Started using a sheath again. Not always the most practical or aesthetically pleasing, but I do appreciate the extra pocket real estate.

I've got to agree on using a sheath elC...when an SAK is more than 2- to 3-layers, I carry on the belt.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: fivesense on August 11, 2017, 01:11:19 AM
I use a sheath for my Swiss Champ and Explorer. The convenience and lack of perceived weight on the belt make it a no brainer.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on August 11, 2017, 02:12:20 AM
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on August 28, 2017, 09:25:04 PM
Black and white pic 

Always carried in a black belt sheath. The Explorer that is. Be silly to do that with the Classic  :think:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on August 29, 2017, 08:31:25 PM
Great pic Bill!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Spartan19 on August 29, 2017, 08:37:47 PM
Nice ones guys! :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on August 29, 2017, 08:40:42 PM
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on August 29, 2017, 08:55:20 PM
Great pic Bill!

And the same honours to you Barry  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Semajmarx007 on August 30, 2017, 05:12:32 AM
I have been in love with the Explorer for the longest time but has only acquired one just recently (i keep buying other models and delaying the inevitable).

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170830/9dbc9fb23cc4c79c1fb531cd85bcc29c.jpg)

It actually complements my other hobby of collecting fountain pens!

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170830/03f8c48ff1915ba294c1f87d1f9e631b.jpg)


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Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: captain spaulding on August 30, 2017, 06:07:18 AM
I found a new love for the Explorer. Decided to put some camp scales on as well as a dangler and make it my carry for a while.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: AimlessWanderer on August 30, 2017, 12:03:44 PM
The nearest I have to the Explorer are these two.

Both get occasional carry, but my Explorer got sold on.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Peter1960 on August 30, 2017, 03:36:55 PM
For my taste an Explorer is too bulky for EDC, but from time to time I  can't resist ...

(http://i.imgur.com/IeN5JhK.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on August 30, 2017, 06:05:46 PM
The nearest I have to the Explorer are these two.

Both get occasional carry, but my Explorer got sold on.

Those are both awesome!  Lmk if you ever want to trade the Wenger...  I'll give you an Explorer and another SAK  :D

Since I put white plus scales on one of my Explorers... I think it's the only one I need.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: AimlessWanderer on August 30, 2017, 06:10:45 PM
The nearest I have to the Explorer are these two.

Both get occasional carry, but my Explorer got sold on.

Those are both awesome!  Lmk if you ever want to trade the Wenger...  I'll give you an Explorer and another SAK  :D

Since I put white plus scales on one of my Explorers... I think it's the only one I need.

Thanks Corky, but Brian (that's the Wenger) is going nowhere  :D It wasn't easy coming by the parts to make it, and I wouldn't like to start hunting afresh  :ahhh (particularly not having the ebay access that you do)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on August 30, 2017, 06:12:18 PM
The nearest I have to the Explorer are these two.

Both get occasional carry, but my Explorer got sold on.

Those are both awesome!  Lmk if you ever want to trade the Wenger...  I'll give you an Explorer and another SAK  :D

Since I put white plus scales on one of my Explorers... I think it's the only one I need.

Thanks Corky, but Brian (that's the Wenger) is going nowhere  :D It wasn't easy coming by the parts to make it, and I wouldn't like to start hunting afresh  :ahhh (particularly not having the ebay access that you do)

Oh! I didn't even know it was Mod.  There are simply not enough cool multi-layer Wengers in the used markets.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: AimlessWanderer on August 30, 2017, 06:16:00 PM
The nearest I have to the Explorer are these two.

Both get occasional carry, but my Explorer got sold on.

Those are both awesome!  Lmk if you ever want to trade the Wenger...  I'll give you an Explorer and another SAK  :D

Since I put white plus scales on one of my Explorers... I think it's the only one I need.

Thanks Corky, but Brian (that's the Wenger) is going nowhere  :D It wasn't easy coming by the parts to make it, and I wouldn't like to start hunting afresh  :ahhh (particularly not having the ebay access that you do)

Oh! I didn't even know it was Mod.  There are simply not enough cool multi-layer Wengers in the used markets.

Yeah, finding the right Wenger can be hard work alright. I'm not sure if that's because there weren't enough produced, or that folks really don't want to let them go
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on August 30, 2017, 06:18:44 PM
The nearest I have to the Explorer are these two.

Both get occasional carry, but my Explorer got sold on.

Those are both awesome!  Lmk if you ever want to trade the Wenger...  I'll give you an Explorer and another SAK  :D

Since I put white plus scales on one of my Explorers... I think it's the only one I need.

Thanks Corky, but Brian (that's the Wenger) is going nowhere  :D It wasn't easy coming by the parts to make it, and I wouldn't like to start hunting afresh  :ahhh (particularly not having the ebay access that you do)

Oh! I didn't even know it was Mod.  There are simply not enough cool multi-layer Wengers in the used markets.

Yeah, finding the right Wenger can be hard work alright. I'm not sure if that's because there weren't enough produced, or that folks really don't want to let them go

Probably a little of both,  but overall, Wenger has made a small fraction of what Vic has made as far as numbers go.    I think Vic has made like 10x as many.  I should at least get a Handyman, they're pretty common... but I want one with that clip on it.  :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: AimlessWanderer on August 30, 2017, 06:30:30 PM
Yeah, I built this as I wanted an inline Phillips but have no love for that aligator wrench thing that's normally opposite :-\ I got this one off an in-line skater model (but I think there's a few other models that have it) and dumped it in the middle of a Traveller, so it's like a Wenger version of an Explorer, but with the carabiner instead of mag glass
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: strmliner on August 30, 2017, 10:38:22 PM
Yeah, I built this as I wanted an inline Phillips but have no love for that aligator wrench thing that's normally opposite :-\ I got this one off an in-line skater model (but I think there's a few other models that have it) and dumped it in the middle of a Traveller, so it's like a Wenger version of an Explorer, but with the carabiner instead of mag glass

I like your Brian, 50ft, very nice mod!  :hatsoff:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: AimlessWanderer on August 30, 2017, 10:48:55 PM
Yeah, I built this as I wanted an inline Phillips but have no love for that aligator wrench thing that's normally opposite :-\ I got this one off an in-line skater model (but I think there's a few other models that have it) and dumped it in the middle of a Traveller, so it's like a Wenger version of an Explorer, but with the carabiner instead of mag glass

I like your Brian, 50ft, very nice mod!  :hatsoff:

Thank Strm  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: AlephZero on September 05, 2017, 03:19:57 AM
Pic reposting, yaddiyaddiyaa, smurfbucket, you know the drill...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4109/34920268864_83bc70650e_b.jpg)


Edit: Not the original pic, but rather newer better one  :D

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zed on September 14, 2017, 07:39:54 PM
Exploring the shed  :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on September 14, 2017, 07:58:14 PM
That's what it's all about Zed!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Tired_Yeti on September 14, 2017, 08:02:27 PM
HELL Yes sawman
That's why I've got 3 4 of them.
You've got thirty-four if them?!
Good lord!


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Title: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Tired_Yeti on September 14, 2017, 08:23:39 PM
Funnily enough that's exactly the reason why I DO like the Explorer. Here in the UK, it's very unwise to pull out a knife, whether it be non-locking or whatever. But the small blade on the Vic's seems to be perfectly acceptable and totally unthreatening
Honest, non-trolling question. Even the large blade is only about 3 or so inches long. What consequences are there for opening a 3 inch, non-locking blade for non-assaultive use?

Have you or someone you know ever been busted by the police for it?


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Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zed on September 14, 2017, 08:29:53 PM
That's what it's all about Zed!

 :cheers:  Shed life  ;)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: AimlessWanderer on September 14, 2017, 10:20:52 PM
Funnily enough that's exactly the reason why I DO like the Explorer. Here in the UK, it's very unwise to pull out a knife, whether it be non-locking or whatever. But the small blade on the Vic's seems to be perfectly acceptable and totally unthreatening
Honest, non-trolling question. Even the large blade is only about 3 or so inches long. What consequences are there for opening a 3 inch, non-locking blade for non-assaultive use?

Have you or someone you know ever been busted by the police for it?


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Tosh doesn't log in that often these days, but I'll offer my thoughts on the matter  :salute:

I've never had an issue with the police, but I did once get questioned about one. I used my knife (Byrd Wings Slipit) in front of an officer, and he raised an eyebrow and asked to see it. I said, "sure" and handed it over, and said "non-locking, before you ask" with a smile. We were both in an office setting at the time, and he reached for a rule. "Less than three inches too" I said. "Oh, you know your stuff do you" he retorted, and we ended up having a good conversation about them. In the end, he was asking my advice on what type of knives might be suitable for him in his line of work, saying many of his colleagues had "Leatherman type things" but he didn't have that kind of money. I threw a few suggestions his way (can't remember what to be honest), and that was that.

Farmman who is a member here, but whose life has gone off in a different direction to multitools had a couple of incidents too. One was when he was in a supermarket with his kids, and an officer saw the clip on his pocket, and asked if it was a knife, to which he replied yes. They asked to see it (again, it was a Wings Slipit) and as he handed it over, he told her it was non-locking and less than three inches. She had a good look over the knife, and asked why he carried it. He replied "Just the usual pocket knife cutting tasks, it's just a modern version of a traditional locking knife, and I also carry a knifeless multitool too". Her eyebrows raised at that, and she asked to see that it, so he showed her the Knifeless Fuse. She apparently looked as if she wasn't particularly happy about it, but handed them back to him, and thanked him for his time. They both knew he was carrying them legally.

On another occasion, he was rigging at a local theatre, and come out of the stage door of the theatre to get some lunch. He started crossing the road outside the road, and before he got to the other side an officer shouted him over. "What's that on your belt sir?". Mark thought, "Oh crap, here we go" - it was his ST300, a large locking blade tool. He said it's a Leatherman, and the officer scowled and asked him why he was carrying it. "Lighting crew" said Mark "You've just seen me walk out of the stage door, I'm just going to grab a sandwich and never thought to take it off my belt". "No problem, Sir" replied the officer "Just take it off your belt and put it in your pocket so it's not on show". He stood there while Mark did so, then both parties walked away happy.

As an aside, I have also walked outside a court house with a fixed blade knife in a sheath on my belt. I was penning a narrowboat though the lock in front of the courthouse at the time. No questions were asked.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: italophil on September 18, 2017, 09:03:24 PM
Inline phillips and scissors are great!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4386/37136914262_d7e6a5a457_h.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on September 18, 2017, 11:40:18 PM
Great pic!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: KandiKlover on September 19, 2017, 06:18:27 AM
Nice, I was wondeeing what that smaller layered one with an inline phillips and magnifier I've been seeing is.  :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on September 21, 2017, 01:25:26 AM
I saw this thread over the weekend and since the Explorer is my favorite SAK, I definitely have appreciation for this remarkable tool!

Since I spent some time organizing my SAKs today so that like SAKs are grouped together, I decided to get a count of my Explorers. Right now, they number 23 22 (one turned out to be a Woodsman and was hiding with the Explorers) and counting (possibly 2 more to join the collection)!

 :climber:

Jim
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: KandiKlover on September 21, 2017, 01:28:28 AM
I saw this thread over the weekend and since the Explorer is my favorite SAK, I definitely have appreciation for this remarkable tool!

Since I spent some time organizing my SAKs today so that like SAKs are grouped together, I decided to get a count of my Explorers. Right now, they number 23 22 (one turned out to be a Woodsman and was hiding with the Explorers) and counting (possibly 2 more to join the collection)!

 :climber:

Jim

Nice, hide them in little caches outside hidden around places you frequent so you'll always one close by :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on September 21, 2017, 02:55:21 AM
A Woodsman?  That's not a bad knife to find in any group!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on September 21, 2017, 06:39:00 AM
A Woodsman?  That's not a bad knife to find in any group!

Yes, it's got the grey-framed magnifier and typical Explorer tools along with the saw. After it arrived, I must have put it with my used SAKs and then forgot all about it. I probably wouldn't have noticed it except for some initials in the scales. Looking closer, I noticed the saw before it dawned on me that it was the Woodsman with unsightly scales that I bought in an e-bay auction. I only paid $29 for it--why people can't see past flawed scales is puzzling since they are easily replaced with new scales.

Jim
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on September 21, 2017, 07:00:14 AM
I saw this thread over the weekend and since the Explorer is my favorite SAK, I definitely have appreciation for this remarkable tool!

Since I spent some time organizing my SAKs today so that like SAKs are grouped together, I decided to get a count of my Explorers. Right now, they number 23 22 (one turned out to be a Woodsman and was hiding with the Explorers) and counting (possibly 2 more to join the collection)!

 :climber:

Jim

Nice, hide them in little caches outside hidden around places you frequent so you'll always one close by :tu:

 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

I have all I can handle with my around-the-house caches.

I started out with some reasonable purchases for my first Explorers (one new black & one new red Explorer with clear magnifier) and then noticed an auction for a grey-framed magnifier in excellent condition. When it arrived, it was in almost new condition and the grey-framed magnifier made a huge impression. I was so excited, I had to show my wife who also loved it and thanked me for it--how do they do that? Naturally, I had to get another and the hunt was on! Mostly, I've looked for unique features such as BSA or BSA Eagle Scout scales, Silver Tech Scales plus other colors (White, Solid Blue, Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby, Hunter Green), Plus Scales (includes Pen) and various older NIB and unusual offerings. I didn't set out to collect these things but that is how it turned out. I do have plenty of duplicates which makes it convenient to have them in various places throughout the house.

I have discovered that I really like the magnifier SAKs like the Scientist, Yeoman, Explorer, Woodsman and Swiss Champ. There are others but I only listed ones that I have collected.

 :climber:

Jim
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on September 21, 2017, 11:34:49 AM
I do too Jim!  I'm packing my Swisschamp now, and use that mag glass more and more as time goes by.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on September 21, 2017, 01:44:54 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/tAM49OIIoX-Pd19OcDQpNlCfl1C35L7AzXrQz3CvJLL_DG3Z8BX3V5pHtHqeLOEiuf_Fq1YrvkX7RXGu2W97rAbIRAyR9ovraDqPwXozktdChl7AyGb415U6VkzXdRjLzFRoCyRkTn1msY1pyn8FeBiCsmkbB7t2zEo0wvaonholIqQf037cbFIolSmwp6V-tv4npHdIXDNG9XXCMmx2LDS_qtsKXbVjgvRp5mZs4Kx89OEGyFCJuu-4vkqv5R2rUUsKrqgFQ8IUgXQ0iqgj3ZmLwpN3Fj_a7UNRk-DtUAfOR-TTY-1q5SkjvKgBrM9XNPvFFyOgWmk7xDjxwJUFAn6sy0UsaSPOn-x627PfzdZSuBRR0Z98PxXm8mn8HdNZ14wqBa5oywLToloEy_UgjHzm09enc8S2VmZfPK1_ExR2Uz-gg-hk-RgwIFmgYLQvZ0mJZIeqFDZy8T2thpaYbggSap0nYmTuZK7J1nJ88sVTogCnUZJAM9QOHEz57A1hq4NUQJFpAU8xGCvLwL3AwWYjaSAmtKycSeI7Y2Xvnb7PD6xcg0zsTLlvPjqxWmqUCj7oUWN2oASQiHGJUSdmeLon-xfAqVlArjgX0CmrjA=w842-h635-no)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on September 21, 2017, 01:54:48 PM
Classy pic Gareth!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on September 21, 2017, 01:56:53 PM
Classy pic Gareth!!

Cheers Barry.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Don Pablo on September 21, 2017, 03:23:34 PM
I can't see the pic and the url is scary long...
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on September 21, 2017, 05:14:35 PM
Lets try that again then. :)

(https://forum.multitool.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=42876.0;attach=338185)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on September 21, 2017, 06:04:25 PM
Lets try that again then. :)

(https://forum.multitool.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=42876.0;attach=338185)

 :like: :like: :like:

Nice photo!

For me, it's Camo today...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4294/36032886601_cd87afa6bc_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WU6XPx)Explorer Camo (https://flic.kr/p/WU6XPx) by Jim Person (https://www.flickr.com/photos/148245174@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThePeacent on September 23, 2017, 05:00:11 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/4ze1hNm.jpg)

glassy companion to the Shiny tool
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on September 23, 2017, 05:31:05 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/4ze1hNm.jpg)

glassy companion to the Shiny tool

Good tool set!

Jim
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on September 23, 2017, 08:41:00 PM
 :like:  :tu: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput on September 28, 2017, 01:56:22 AM
Silly question coming at y'all.

Do they make a similar tool to the explorer with something else in the place of the magnifying glass?

Mainly concerned with having the 3 under tools, knife scissors, and especially having the philips out the front.

Thanks
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on September 28, 2017, 02:18:49 AM
Silly question coming at y'all.

Do they make a similar tool to the explorer with something else in the place of the magnifying glass?

Mainly concerned with having the 3 under tools, knife scissors, and especially having the philips out the front.

Thanks

The inline philips driver takes up half the space in a SAK layer and is typically paired with the magnifier, which takes up the remaining space within the layer. I can't think of any exceptions but there are so many SAKs past and present that I don't know for sure.

On a lighter side, you have a good question but posting it in the Explorer's Appreciation thread is like fingernails on the blackboard since the magnifier is one of the reasons many of us like the Explorer. :)

The people in this Swiss Army Knights forum are friendly and helpful and if there is a tool like the one you are seeking, there is a strong likelihood that someone knows about it.  Alternatively, there is a group of folks with the skills to modify SAKs and create configurations that Victorinox hasn't created.

Good luck!

Jim
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kottskrapa on September 28, 2017, 02:20:44 AM
Silly question coming at y'all.

Do they make a similar tool to the explorer with something else in the place of the magnifying glass?

Mainly concerned with having the 3 under tools, knife scissors, and especially having the philips out the front.

Thanks
There is some with a light instead of the magnifying glas. I think huntsman lite and spartan lite if I remember correctly..

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

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Demel on September 28, 2017, 02:35:46 AM
Silly question coming at y'all.

Do they make a similar tool to the explorer with something else in the place of the magnifying glass?

Mainly concerned with having the 3 under tools, knife scissors, and especially having the philips out the front.

Thanks

The inline philips driver takes up half the space in a SAK layer and is typically paired with the magnifier, which takes up the remaining space within the layer. I can't think of any exceptions but there are so many SAKs past and present that I don't know for sure.

On a lighter side, you have a good question but posting it in the Explorer's Appreciation thread is like fingernails on the blackboard since the magnifier is one of the reasons many of us like the Explorer. :)

The people in this Swiss Army Knights forum are friendly and helpful and if there is a tool like the one you are seeking, there is a strong likelihood that someone knows about it.  Alternatively, there is a group of folks with the skills to modify SAKs and create configurations that Victorinox hasn't created.

Good luck!

Jim
I guess it depends on the size you want. The S557 is 85mm has the inline Phillips and a "wrench"

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170928/a744affa3e8c65e87dd1f0399229b7b3.jpg)

There is also the 111mm Workchamp that has a #1 and #2 inline Phillips

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170928/3d53a89eefe4dd7bd6a79c287b9b970f.jpg)
Come to think of it, the 111mm line has quite a few options: Workchamp pic above

Hercules
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170928/26f650561a0bbbb57b28142d6c06bb7d.jpg)

And the outrider come to mind
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170928/a7a554b9920c31b93736479089f1d3cf.jpg)

I guess it depends on how much knife you want to carry

Lastly, SakWiki http://www.sakwiki.com/tiki-index.php is the best place to go to for sake of past and present. Check it out, hope you find what you want :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput on September 28, 2017, 03:46:47 AM
Thanks guys. Appreciate the response. I was just curious, not saying the mag isn't useful. In fact I really want a explorer. Looks to be a fantastic piece. Thanks guys, hope to join your crew soon!

Thanks Demel for the pics and models of other out the front philips  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on September 28, 2017, 04:17:08 AM
Thanks guys. Appreciate the response. I was just curious, not saying the mag isn't useful. In fact I really want a explorer. Looks to be a fantastic piece. Thanks guys, hope to join your crew soon!

Thanks Demel for the pics and models of other out the front philips  :tu:

Good deal!

I had taken your "like the Explorer" to pertain to the 91mm SAKs. As Demel pointed out, there are some excellent 111mm choices. I have Work Champ and think it is an excellent tool that feels great in the hand.

The Explorer is my favorite SAK partly because of the magnifier (I am also partial to other SAKs with magnifiers). For me, it helps when I need to read small print or serial numbers. If you have young eyes with better than 20/20 vision, the magnifier won't have the same usefulness. I'm definitely not impartial. For example, tonight I ordered my 23rd Explorer (Eagle Scout insignia).

Jim
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: AimlessWanderer on September 28, 2017, 04:40:03 AM
Silly question coming at y'all.

Do they make a similar tool to the explorer with something else in the place of the magnifying glass?

Mainly concerned with having the 3 under tools, knife scissors, and especially having the philips out the front.

Thanks

If you can cope with having slightly thicker and more delicate scales, there's the Voyager Lite. Not only does it replace the mag glass with the light, it also has an alarm clock countdown timer, and all the plus scale tools on the rear scale. I agree totally with your motivation for this question, and that's what inspired me to build the Wenger mod a while back too.

(https://forum.multitool.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=42876.0;attach=335397)

Pic already used earlier in this thread, but thanks for giving me the excuse to show it again  :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput on September 28, 2017, 05:29:48 AM
Perfect guys. Thanks for the responses again. Feels good narrowing down the options to "the right one"  :cheers:

Makes sense now that the mag and in line philips are a 1-2 punch on the 91mm because of size and placement  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput on October 03, 2017, 10:38:51 PM
Just got the explorer. Couldn't wait, had to have it!! Question, is it supposed to come with the pin needle? Mine has the spot for it, but not there. Can these be bought off the shelf to fit from a store or something, (I don't have any laying around to try.)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on October 03, 2017, 10:49:03 PM
Just got the explorer. Couldn't wait, had to have it!! Question, is it supposed to come with the pin needle? Mine has the spot for it, but not there. Can these be bought off the shelf to fit from a store or something, (I don't have any laying around to try.)

Congratulations on your first Explorer! Both of my original Explorer Plus purchases from Amazon came with the pin in place but with all my many purchases both new and used (just purchased my 25th Explorer), it is a coin toss as to whether an Explorer will arrive with a pin or not.  Older models had scales with no hole for the pin.  Newer ones are likely to have the hole. I mostly ignore the pins since I don't really have a use for one but I imagine that most pins available in stores will fit.

Jim
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mechanickal on October 03, 2017, 11:40:12 PM
Just got the explorer. Couldn't wait, had to have it!! Question, is it supposed to come with the pin needle? Mine has the spot for it, but not there. Can these be bought off the shelf to fit from a store or something, (I don't have any laying around to try.)

Congratulations on your first Explorer! Both of my original Explorer Plus purchases from Amazon came with the pin in place but with all my many purchases both new and used (just purchased my 25th Explorer), it is a coin toss as to whether an Explorer will arrive with a pin or not.  Older models had scales with no hole for the pin.  Newer ones are likely to have the hole. I mostly ignore the pins since I don't really have a use for one but I imagine that most pins available in stores will fit.

Jim
Got an Explorer myself recently.
It came without pin but with the hole. I know from past experience that a variety of pins will fit.

To be honest though, it's not really the SAK for me :(
Maybe when I get older and actualy need the mag glas to read small writing...
:shrug:

Edit: it's an ad knife with a metal inlayed ad for a Swiss paper-machine company, complete with company name and logo, Vic shield on backside.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput on October 04, 2017, 12:20:40 AM
I've already used the mag glass on a couple occasions. One to read a serial number, again to inspect another knife. Very cool!  8)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kottskrapa on October 04, 2017, 12:28:25 AM
Just got the explorer. Couldn't wait, had to have it!! Question, is it supposed to come with the pin needle? Mine has the spot for it, but not there. Can these be bought off the shelf to fit from a store or something, (I don't have any laying around to try.)
I belive that the pin only comes with the plus model. But go to the nearest sewing chop and by a case really cheap. At least that what I did. It is a spartan in the picture but also the pins I use for all of my SAK's


(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171003/28fb184e4f8f450fb1c2d073e54d34b5.jpg)

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

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: WolfyW on October 04, 2017, 01:00:32 AM
Mine isn't the Plus model, but it does have the pin hole. Bought it used/like new, but came with no pin. Strangely, one went missing from my wife's sewing kit   :whistle:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on October 04, 2017, 02:01:52 AM
Mine too Wolfy!!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput on October 04, 2017, 02:10:14 AM
Just got the explorer. Couldn't wait, had to have it!! Question, is it supposed to come with the pin needle? Mine has the spot for it, but not there. Can these be bought off the shelf to fit from a store or something, (I don't have any laying around to try.)
I belive that the pin only comes with the plus model. But go to the nearest sewing chop and by a case really cheap. At least that what I did. It is a spartan in the picture but also the pins I use for all of my SAK's


(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171003/28fb184e4f8f450fb1c2d073e54d34b5.jpg)

[It's not failure if you learn something from it]
I saw that. Went into Michaels hobby store and they have a box of a thousand for like $5... but I only need 1! And the need is subjective at this point. Although I'd like to have it.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kottskrapa on October 04, 2017, 05:52:13 AM
Just got the explorer. Couldn't wait, had to have it!! Question, is it supposed to come with the pin needle? Mine has the spot for it, but not there. Can these be bought off the shelf to fit from a store or something, (I don't have any laying around to try.)
I belive that the pin only comes with the plus model. But go to the nearest sewing chop and by a case really cheap. At least that what I did. It is a spartan in the picture but also the pins I use for all of my SAK's


(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171003/28fb184e4f8f450fb1c2d073e54d34b5.jpg)

[It's not failure if you learn something from it]
I saw that. Went into Michaels hobby store and they have a box of a thousand for like $5... but I only need 1! And the need is subjective at this point. Although I'd like to have it.
I know the feeling.. My box was cheaper, but then I have extra

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

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: theonew on October 04, 2017, 05:56:34 AM
I had to buy a couple of dress shirts. Between the two there were about 8 of these pins that fit perfectly.

(https://i.imgur.com/0AqzTXF.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: strmliner on October 05, 2017, 04:58:18 AM
Just got the explorer. Couldn't wait, had to have it!! Question, is it supposed to come with the pin needle? Mine has the spot for it, but not there. Can these be bought off the shelf to fit from a store or something, (I don't have any laying around to try.)
I belive that the pin only comes with the plus model. But go to the nearest sewing chop and by a case really cheap. At least that what I did. It is a spartan in the picture but also the pins I use for all of my SAK's


(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171003/28fb184e4f8f450fb1c2d073e54d34b5.jpg)

[It's not failure if you learn something from it]
I saw that. Went into Michaels hobby store and they have a box of a thousand for like $5... but I only need 1! And the need is subjective at this point. Although I'd like to have it.

If your wife/girlfriend/sister/aunt has a sewing kit, ask for one of their straight pins...it will work.  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on October 05, 2017, 05:24:54 AM
+1. The only Vic pin I have is the one that came with my Swisschamp.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on October 06, 2017, 11:30:18 PM
Red/white  I'm liking it better than black/white :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput on October 15, 2017, 08:21:56 PM
Is this the perfect SAK? (For me) It's seems to be! I love every tool on this, I don't have a big use for a tiny saw (don't even care for them on my LMs)

I love this toolset and size. I feel like I found the one  :cheers:

Or has this already been established as such? Lol
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mechanickal on October 15, 2017, 08:56:38 PM
Carried it today and still don't get the Explorer.
A Ranger is like 1mm thicker but adds so much more usefullness for me. Going to look for one of those I think. Or maybe a Master Craftsman.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on October 15, 2017, 10:58:08 PM
Carried it today and still don't get the Explorer.
A Ranger is like 1mm thicker but adds so much more usefullness for me. Going to look for one of those I think. Or maybe a Master Craftsman.

I think it's more about the feeling than anything else...  I feel the whole MG family is too cool... Scientist, yeoman, passenger, Explorer... Awl so rad.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on October 15, 2017, 11:14:36 PM
Carried it today and still don't get the Explorer.
A Ranger is like 1mm thicker but adds so much more usefullness for me. Going to look for one of those I think. Or maybe a Master Craftsman.

Victorinox has produced and is still producing such a wonderful and wide variety of Swiss Army Knives that there is bound to be a good fit for most everybody. This is definitely not a case of one size fits all!

The Explorer is a great match for me with its tool set and the magnifier comes in handy for reading small print. If a wood or metal saw/file is needed that the Explorer is not the best fit.

I am obviously biased in favor of the Explorer and my count is now up to 27.

 :climber:

Here is the Explorer accompanying my Swiss Champ today...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4364/37368827652_26708c03db_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YWa1xW)Sapphire Explorer - Emerald Swiss Champ (https://flic.kr/p/YWa1xW) by NorCal Jim (https://www.flickr.com/photos/148245174@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput on October 16, 2017, 01:35:09 AM
Carried it today and still don't get the Explorer.
A Ranger is like 1mm thicker but adds so much more usefullness for me. Going to look for one of those I think. Or maybe a Master Craftsman.
The files nice, the saw I already touched on briefly, these saws this size are just ok imo. But no out the front philips, or magnifying glasses... the out the front philips really is a great great feature and is proving to be amazingly useful on a SAK. All my Leathermans have a saw and file anywhoo  , so there's that. But yeah they make enough to fit everyone's needs ultimately. And if not, that's why there's modders modding
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on November 15, 2017, 02:45:21 AM
Just got this old NIB Explorer.  Best I can tell it's late 70's - early 80's era.  I'll cawl it my Birth Year Explorer  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: NorCalJim on November 15, 2017, 03:43:47 AM
Just got this old NIB Explorer.  Best I can tell it's late 70's - early 80's era.  I'll cawl it my Birth Year Explorer  :tu:

 :like:

Good acquisition!  I am highly in favor of people buying Explorers!

:tu:

Jim
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mactire404 on November 15, 2017, 09:29:03 AM
Just got this old NIB Explorer.  Best I can tell it's late 70's - early 80's era.  I'll cawl it my Birth Year Explorer  :tu:

You can discern '70's and '80's by the inlay. Before '80 it was nickel-silver, after that stainless steel.

Pretty cool to find an Explorer NIB by the way. That's really cool.

Ever since I got my Explorer I know I have a soft spot for this one. I've been carrying it alongside my Handyman for the past weeks. Great SAK.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on November 15, 2017, 12:57:34 PM
Nice grab El C!!  I love the boxes in general and really love finding them with the price tag on them or with the original receipt.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: VICMAN on November 15, 2017, 02:47:18 PM
Congratulations on the great find El C!   :like: :tu: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on November 15, 2017, 03:50:24 PM
Just got this old NIB Explorer.  Best I can tell it's late 70's - early 80's era.  I'll cawl it my Birth Year Explorer  :tu:

You can discern '70's and '80's by the inlay. Before '80 it was nickel-silver, after that stainless steel.

Pretty cool to find an Explorer NIB by the way. That's really cool.

Ever since I got my Explorer I know I have a soft spot for this one. I've been carrying it alongside my Handyman for the past weeks. Great SAK.

Thanks Mactire.  I think this one is probably 79-81... I assume it took a little while to use up all the old scales as it seems to take a while to phase out most of the changes.
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput on December 24, 2017, 09:38:45 PM
Does anyone sell a explorer with the wooden handle scales like the Evo series?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on December 29, 2017, 05:27:08 PM
Appreciating my Explorer today  :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: FolderBeholder on December 29, 2017, 05:29:47 PM
Appreciating my Explorer today  :D
Nice one El C!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on December 29, 2017, 08:08:16 PM
+1!!!  :like: :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on December 29, 2017, 08:44:56 PM
:hatsoff:  :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Marc_in_NS on December 29, 2017, 08:50:30 PM
Love those Explorers, what a neat package. So complete!


:B:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on December 29, 2017, 09:20:41 PM
This one is still my main one but I do have another one not pictured.  I wanted to put new scales on the other one before pics but can't decide on black, sapphire, red, ruby or another emerald set!  :)

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput on January 08, 2018, 01:48:35 AM
Does anyone sell a explorer with the wooden handle scales like the Evo series?
Or can you purchase replacement handles scales like the wooden evos? Please help  :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on January 08, 2018, 05:49:45 PM
Does anyone sell a explorer with the wooden handle scales like the Evo series?
Or can you purchase replacement handles scales like the wooden evos? Please help  :salute:

It looks like they can be had.  Looks like these are custom made.  Price is pretty high, though

https://www.ebay.com/itm/WOOD-SCALES-Custom-VICTORINOX-91-mm-Cross/253343538109?hash=item3afc739bbd:g:U7UAAOSw~fpZuwW2

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on January 08, 2018, 05:51:11 PM
maybe you could find someone here to make some?
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Douglas on January 09, 2018, 03:08:43 AM
 :mail:
Just got a beautiful 80's prehook.  :D
Got to give this baby a workout... I don't think its seen much action. 
I'll have to fix that. :whistle:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Butch on January 09, 2018, 03:12:42 AM
:mail:
Just got a beautiful 80's prehook.  :D
Got to give this baby a workout... I don't think its seen much action. 
I'll have to fix that. :whistle:

 :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: VICMAN on January 09, 2018, 07:12:00 PM
:mail:
Just got a beautiful 80's prehook.  :D

Great  find Douglas!  :like: :tu: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput on January 29, 2018, 10:24:54 PM
Don't ya wanta, wanta Fanta
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on January 30, 2018, 06:13:32 PM
 :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh :like: :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on February 05, 2018, 08:38:31 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:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on February 05, 2018, 09:02:53 PM
Nice one Dan!!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on February 05, 2018, 10:16:53 PM
Nice one Dan!!!

Agree with you Barry that's nice  :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on February 06, 2018, 02:30:39 AM
Thanks, gents!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Robert Vaughan on February 08, 2018, 08:18:16 PM
HELL Yes sawman
That's why I've got 3 4 of them. I made one into a "plus" with white scales.. :drool:

You're obviously a man of taste - no less.
[/quote]

Did someone say Plus with white scales? I just recently went to the Explorer as my EDC over the Compact. I carried that Compact for a long time wishing it had a Phillips, adding plus scales to an older style explorer (longer screwdriver)  fit the bill perfectly.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: VICMAN on February 08, 2018, 08:23:04 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:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew 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:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on February 08, 2018, 08:39:47 PM
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Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: armi101 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. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Lynn LeFey 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.org/index.php/topic,75871.0.html

It's in pretty awesome shape for the price.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4721/28428598939_76e0196185_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Kj912z)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on February 12, 2018, 05:22:34 AM
I agree!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThePeacent 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.org/index.php/topic,75871.0.html

It's in pretty awesome shape for the price.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4721/28428598939_76e0196185_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Kj912z)

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
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Lynn LeFey 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.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: VICMAN 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:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: VICMAN 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.org/index.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.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Lynn LeFey 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:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput 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!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Thunderpants on February 13, 2018, 02:28:18 PM
Gotta tell the postman to stop dumping this stuff in my letter box....
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on February 13, 2018, 09:25:07 PM
Very nice, Thunderpants  :tu:  :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Thunderpants 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!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: VICMAN 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:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: VICMAN 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:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kottskrapa 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!

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

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Doc1911 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.

(https://i.imgur.com/AYw2Krn.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput 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.

(https://i.imgur.com/AYw2Krn.jpg)
Is the philips still magnetized?  ???
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on February 25, 2018, 07:18:27 AM
Nice Explorers guys!!  :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew 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.

(https://i.imgur.com/AYw2Krn.jpg)


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:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Lynn LeFey 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.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kottskrapa 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]

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike 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!

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: pfrsantos 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:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Lynn LeFey 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...
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: pfrsantos 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:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThundahBeagle 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.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThundahBeagle 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?

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Doc1911 on March 02, 2018, 03:31:58 AM

Is the philips still magnetized?  ???
[/quote]

Still magnetized. It picks up the mini screwdriver.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: pfrsantos on March 02, 2018, 07:27:42 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.

How did you manage to find awl of those?

 :think: :think:

Wait, don't tell me...

Show content
Are you an explorer?

 :whistle:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThundahBeagle on March 02, 2018, 09:41:05 PM
:mail:
Just got a beautiful 80's prehook.  :D
Got to give this baby a workout... I don't think its seen much action. 
I'll have to fix that. :whistle:

Nice one Doug! I just got one used with box and paperwork. Also pre-hook, early to mid 80's, but has the eye in the awl. The tool stack sequence is different on these compared to ones with the hook.

I will be placing my 30 year old Super Tinker on the workbench, in a state of semi-retirement and begin carrying my Explorer and Pioneer daily
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThundahBeagle on March 02, 2018, 09:43:15 PM
Just got this old NIB Explorer.  Best I can tell it's late 70's - early 80's era.  I'll cawl it my Birth Year Explorer  :tu:

Very nice, Corky!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThundahBeagle on March 02, 2018, 10:06:36 PM
I love the Explorer but have a hard time with pocket carry as the four layers make it tough so I normally carry the Super Tinker instead.  I wish I could get by that and maybe if I carried it more, I would get used to it.  It has the tools I need as I really use the mag glass quite often.

Maybe I need a custom with the opener layer, blade and mag. glass/inline philips!  That would get me to three layers! :D

Hi Mike

I carried the Super Tinker for the last 30 years. Great knife. I finally got an Explorer and I think the extra layer on it is something I can deal with. Thinner than a Tinker Deluxe!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on March 02, 2018, 10:08:19 PM
Had to swap out the license plate on the wifey's SUV so I used my EDC Explorer for the job!  Love the inline philips and I couldn't have done it with a back philips!  Just sayin'  :)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Spartan19 on March 04, 2018, 04:28:11 AM
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on March 04, 2018, 04:17:00 PM
:cheers:

Very nice.  Not only a boyscout but an Eagle Scout!  :tu:(http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/birds/eagle-smiley-emoticon.gif) (http://www.sherv.net/)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Spartan19 on March 04, 2018, 06:37:10 PM
:cheers:

Very nice.  Not only a boyscout but an Eagle Scout!  :tu:(http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/birds/eagle-smiley-emoticon.gif) (http://www.sherv.net/)

Thanks El C! :salute: :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput on April 02, 2018, 02:39:37 AM
Exploring how to tackle this orange glazed cinnamon roll, mmmmm
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: jalind on April 02, 2018, 04:46:49 AM
I'm a big Woodsman fan but there's a soft spot for the Explorer with its opposing magnifier and Phillips, one of the features I value most on the five Woodsman, two Champions and two Scientists along with the Swiss Champ in the stables.

Got this red Explorer Plus and added it to the stables . . .

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/884/40277368075_41ccce7dc5_b.jpg)

Wanted to do something special with it to distinguish it from the others with magnifiers and Phillips so I put these nice titanium scales on it to dress it up and have something different.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/792/40460539634_5a4dea5950_b.jpg)

Turned out much better than I had anticipated and I'm extremely pleased with the result.

John
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: stoneshank on April 02, 2018, 08:25:39 PM
I'm a big Woodsman fan but there's a soft spot for the Explorer with its opposing magnifier and Phillips, one of the features I value most on the five Woodsman, two Champions and two Scientists along with the Swiss Champ in the stables.

Got this red Explorer Plus and added it to the stables . . .

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/884/40277368075_41ccce7dc5_b.jpg)

Wanted to do something special with it to distinguish it from the others with magnifiers and Phillips so I put these nice titanium scales on it to dress it up and have something different.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/792/40460539634_5a4dea5950_b.jpg)

Turned out much better than I had anticipated and I'm extremely pleased with the result.

John
Do you make your own scales btw?

~ if you're not good, be creative ~

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: jalind on April 02, 2018, 10:45:16 PM
I'm a big Woodsman fan but there's a soft spot for the Explorer with its opposing magnifier and Phillips, one of the features I value most on the five Woodsman, two Champions and two Scientists along with the Swiss Champ in the stables.

Got this red Explorer Plus and added it to the stables . . .

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/884/40277368075_41ccce7dc5_b.jpg)

Wanted to do something special with it to distinguish it from the others with magnifiers and Phillips so I put these nice titanium scales on it to dress it up and have something different.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/792/40460539634_5a4dea5950_b.jpg)

Turned out much better than I had anticipated and I'm extremely pleased with the result.

John
Do you make your own scales btw?

~ if you're not good, be creative ~

No, I don't. I would except I don't have the tooling or time to create the precision tooling for making wood scales, and don't have the machine shop equipment to make metal ones. Swiss Bianco had these made a couple years ago along with some copper ones in a slightly different design. Had them for sale on his site and on eBay. Snagged one set of each while they were available. Put the copper ones on a Tinker.

John
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: stoneshank on April 03, 2018, 12:01:22 AM
I'm a big Woodsman fan but there's a soft spot for the Explorer with its opposing magnifier and Phillips, one of the features I value most on the five Woodsman, two Champions and two Scientists along with the Swiss Champ in the stables.

Got this red Explorer Plus and added it to the stables . . .

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/884/40277368075_41ccce7dc5_b.jpg)

Wanted to do something special with it to distinguish it from the others with magnifiers and Phillips so I put these nice titanium scales on it to dress it up and have something different.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/792/40460539634_5a4dea5950_b.jpg)

Turned out much better than I had anticipated and I'm extremely pleased with the result.

John
Do you make your own scales btw?

~ if you're not good, be creative ~

No, I don't. I would except I don't have the tooling or time to create the precision tooling for making wood scales, and don't have the machine shop equipment to make metal ones. Swiss Bianco had these made a couple years ago along with some copper ones in a slightly different design. Had them for sale on his site and on eBay. Snagged one set of each while they were available. Put the copper ones on a Tinker.

John
Aight, yeah I've seen some of his Ti scales on eBay. Still makes them but not the same design (I think).

Looks

~ if you're not good, be creative ~

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: FA Tre on April 14, 2018, 05:48:45 PM
Cleaned up an inexpensive explorer I picked up on the *bay. Really liking it. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180414/d16d519c8b8a5c227391d488e9a9465b.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on April 14, 2018, 07:25:47 PM
Cleaned up an inexpensive explorer I picked up on the *bay. Really liking it. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180414/d16d519c8b8a5c227391d488e9a9465b.jpg)

looking smart with those translucent red scales. My favourite  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: jalind on April 14, 2018, 07:34:27 PM
The Explorer Plus in traditional livery . . .

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/884/40277368075_41ccce7dc5_b.jpg)

John
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Gareth on April 16, 2018, 09:15:10 AM
Cleaned up an inexpensive explorer I picked up on the *bay. Really liking it. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180414/d16d519c8b8a5c227391d488e9a9465b.jpg)

looking smart with those translucent red scales. My favourite  :cheers:

Agreed.  I'm a fan of the Eagetac lights as well. :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on April 16, 2018, 04:10:45 PM
 :like: :like: :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on April 25, 2018, 01:04:15 PM
Red & Black Explorers
(https://i.imgur.com/cvFuFlR.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kottskrapa on April 25, 2018, 01:30:32 PM
Red & Black Explorers
(https://i.imgur.com/cvFuFlR.jpg)
Really digging that Damascus blade!

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

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: VICMAN on April 25, 2018, 01:50:41 PM
Red & Black Explorers


Great pic microbe! :like: :tu: :tu:

Beautiful Damascus blade! :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on April 25, 2018, 02:05:55 PM
Really digging that Damascus blade!

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


Great pic microbe! :like: :tu: :tu:

Beautiful Damascus blade! :cheers:

Cheers guys, It's the 2013 LE Carl Elsener Explorer, but with black Plus scales on it.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: jalind on April 25, 2018, 05:15:00 PM
Red & Black Explorers
(https://i.imgur.com/cvFuFlR.jpg)
Beautiful blade!
 :tu:

John
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on April 27, 2018, 08:29:37 PM
Black Explorer Plus.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on April 27, 2018, 10:30:10 PM
 :like: plain ol'red for me.   :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput on April 28, 2018, 12:22:38 AM
Black Explorer Plus.
Like the kickstand pose  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kaput on April 28, 2018, 12:23:25 AM
:like: plain ol'red for me.   :cheers:
I wish I had one of those clip danglers.

I use the sheath it came with on my belt. Nice easy carry
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: FolderBeholder on April 28, 2018, 12:47:52 AM
:like: plain ol'red for me.   :cheers:
I like 'em like that.  Seems folks are less worried when they see a red Victorinox coming out of a pocket.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: VICMAN on April 28, 2018, 12:55:17 AM
:like: plain ol'red for me.   :cheers:

Nice pic El C! :like: :tu: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on April 28, 2018, 01:43:33 AM
Thanks yawl!   :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on April 28, 2018, 01:44:18 AM
:like: plain ol'red for me.   :cheers:
I like 'em like that.  Seems folks are less worried when they see a red Victorinox coming out of a pocket.
Agreed,  starting to feel the same way about StayGlo
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: The Lone Wanderer on April 28, 2018, 04:23:39 AM
I'd like one, but no local shops sell it, so I was either going to get one on Amazon or second hand and replace the scales/customize it a tad.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on April 28, 2018, 07:27:18 AM
Black Explorer Plus.
Like the kickstand pose  :tu:

Thanks K  :hatsoff:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on April 28, 2018, 07:29:02 AM
:like: plain ol'red for me.   :cheers:
I like 'em like that.  Seems folks are less worried when they see a red Victorinox coming out of a pocket.
Agreed,  starting to feel the same way about StayGlo

We don't seem to get a lot of Stayglo this side of the pond which is a real pity  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: m47mu74nt on May 06, 2018, 09:55:48 PM
"Exploring" my brand new 'old high end' GPU  :whistle:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on May 07, 2018, 10:19:02 PM
An Explorer and a good hat. Ideal ingredients for a sunny bank holiday in the countryside.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on May 07, 2018, 10:36:12 PM
An Explorer and a good hat. Ideal ingredients for a sunny bank holiday in the countryside.

Love that Black Explorer Plus, Phil!!  :tu: :like:

The hat is pretty cool too!!  :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: powernoodle on May 07, 2018, 11:24:19 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/Rqij1D2.jpg)
The new clear, Lexan main blade on the Explorer Plus is awesome.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Greg Jones on May 07, 2018, 11:37:28 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/Rqij1D2.jpg)
The new clear, Lexan main blade on the Explorer Plus is awesome.


 :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on May 08, 2018, 01:06:39 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/Rqij1D2.jpg)
The new clear, Lexan main blade on the Explorer Plus is awesome.


 :like:

+1  :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: FolderBeholder on May 08, 2018, 01:30:48 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/Rqij1D2.jpg)
The new clear, Lexan main blade on the Explorer Plus is awesome.


 :like:

+1  :like:
Cool effect!  8)  :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Greg Jones on May 08, 2018, 01:43:52 AM
An Explorer and a good hat. Ideal ingredients for a sunny bank holiday in the countryside.

You should start a Saks and Hats thread, that photo is deserving  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mactire404 on May 08, 2018, 12:40:43 PM
You should start a Saks and Hats thread, that photo is deserving  :cheers:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on May 08, 2018, 06:56:12 PM
An Explorer and a good hat. Ideal ingredients for a sunny bank holiday in the countryside.

Love that Black Explorer Plus, Phil!!  :tu: :like:

The hat is pretty cool too!!  :D

Thanks Dan. It's a Tilley hemp and, as they all do, it's faded to a pleasing pinky brown which is quite unlike the underside of the brim (which is proper brown). It's a great hat though and the wide brim keeps the sun off well though it can flap a bit when the wind gets up  :rofl:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on May 08, 2018, 06:57:01 PM
You should start a Saks and Hats thread, that photo is deserving  :cheers:

 :cheers:

 :think:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on May 08, 2018, 06:57:41 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/Rqij1D2.jpg)
The new clear, Lexan main blade on the Explorer Plus is awesome.


 :like:

+1  :like:
Cool effect!  8)  :like:

+1 that blade is nearly invisible  :ahhh
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zed on May 12, 2018, 07:14:13 PM
Got another explorer with new style mag glass ,I prefer the grey version  :tu: added my home made dandler  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on May 12, 2018, 08:25:01 PM
Got another explorer with new style mag glass ,I prefer the grey version  :tu: added my home made dandler  :tu:

I bet that's done some Exploring Zed. if it could talk...  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zed on May 12, 2018, 09:08:19 PM
Got another explorer with new style mag glass ,I prefer the grey version  :tu: added my home made dandler  :tu:

I bet that's done some Exploring Zed. if it could talk...  :cheers:

The guy said it was hardly used but it's got a bit of wear but all the tools and liners are mint,needed oiling and I'll give the scales a polish Sunday  :salute:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: armi101 on May 12, 2018, 10:14:54 PM
Hot off the press. Made in my little shop last night.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: stoneshank on May 13, 2018, 05:53:56 PM
Hot off the press. Made in my little shop last night.
Very impressed! Wish I had threaded pivots - but I do ok with premium for the moment. But screws looks so much better!

- stoneshank

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: El Corkscrew on May 13, 2018, 05:59:51 PM
Hot off the press. Made in my little shop last night.
well done!  :like: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: armi101 on May 13, 2018, 08:23:06 PM
Well I can say this. I like the threaded pivots because i can easily take it apart and tweek something....but the threaded pivot mod isn't as easy as it looks. This was alot of work. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on May 13, 2018, 08:25:47 PM
My Explorer is with Victorinox for a spa treatment. I'm curious how it will come back.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThePeacent on May 14, 2018, 02:36:24 PM
My Explorer is with Victorinox for a spa treatment. I'm curious how it will come back.

They are Exploring it to see what needs to be done  :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on May 14, 2018, 02:59:55 PM
My Explorer is with Victorinox for a spa treatment. I'm curious how it will come back.

They are Exploring it to see what needs to be done  :D
Mean while, in Switzerland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl5iYL9NYzU&list=PL3A6A6A8AA8DD138A

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Exeter on May 20, 2018, 03:28:16 PM
This week I became a proud Explorer owner too, what's more, I got two of them in the span of three days. One is a brand new piece with white Plus scales, and the other one is a flea market find from today, which came out very-very nice after some TLC.

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: HarleyXJGuy on May 21, 2018, 02:26:14 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/Rqij1D2.jpg)
The new clear, Lexan main blade on the Explorer Plus is awesome.


Sigh.

Totally got me for a second.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on May 21, 2018, 05:00:36 AM
 :like: :drool: +1!!!
Hot off the press. Made in my little shop last night.
well done!  :like: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Aloha on May 21, 2018, 03:20:10 PM
I picked up a second Explorer for myself.  It has the grey magnifier, grooved corkscrew, no hook version.  Its well used and needed a good soak but its ready for duty.  The issue are the bottle opener is slightly bent, the small blade was missing its tip, no T&T but, and no key ring split ring.  None of those things made any difference as the guy only wanted $2  :whistle:.   
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on May 21, 2018, 04:12:27 PM
Aloha, you couldn't have gone wrong there!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Zed on May 23, 2018, 06:57:48 AM
I still prefer the old mag glass to the new one  :-\
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on May 23, 2018, 02:17:29 PM
I do too Zed.  While the field of view is smaller, it just seems like a higher quality build.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Exeter on May 23, 2018, 02:22:47 PM
I do too Zed.  While the field of view is smaller, it just seems like a higher quality build.

+1 on both counts!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: ThePeacent on May 26, 2018, 12:49:22 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/1m1TeXU.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Schroedingers SAK on June 05, 2018, 11:11:22 PM
I do too Zed.  While the field of view is smaller, it just seems like a higher quality build.

+1 on both counts!

To be honest, since they switched back to a glass lens, also for the new transparent design, I came to like the new magnifier on my explorer even more than the old one on my champion. Bigger field of view just helps a lot, I find.  ::)
I do like the older, longer Phillips on the champion more than the newer shorter one, though.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 03, 2018, 05:46:01 PM
My old style magnifier Explorer got a shiny new tuxedo black Plus scale set today. Made the whole knife look brand new. :D
(https://i.imgur.com/FDxAmRu.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on December 03, 2018, 06:13:09 PM
Nice!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 03, 2018, 06:18:28 PM
Nice!!
Thanks! That $8 was well worth it. :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: gerleatherberman on December 03, 2018, 06:19:50 PM
Woah! Great thread and photos, y'all! :dd:

The Explorer is the only SAK I EDC. The same one has been in my back pocket for over 13 years. Recently got a new set of SilverTech scales though. :) it doesn't have much snap anymore due to liner corrosion, but still works fine. Gonna metaphorically 'drive the tires off' of that one.  :)
I've got two spare Explorers as backups as well(one vintage w/o hook and one new one[shorter phillips] with hook) Will post a photo on a bit. The one I carry has the hook, but still has the grey magnifier glass mount. Great to have when the main plier-tool drivers can't be used, because the pliers are holding something.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 03, 2018, 06:20:40 PM
My old style magnifier Explorer got a shiny new tuxedo black Plus scale set today. Made the whole knife look brand new. :D
(https://i.imgur.com/FDxAmRu.jpg)
Very nice...I thought it was new. Was going to ask but don’t have to now.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Serena on December 03, 2018, 06:23:02 PM
Oeh, this topic also needs a picture of my Explorer…

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181203/ab038f3587a89c8c37904e71800b779c.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: gerleatherberman on December 03, 2018, 06:26:42 PM
Oeh, this topic also needs a picture of my Explorer…

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181203/ab038f3587a89c8c37904e71800b779c.jpg)
Excellent photo of an excellent tool! :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 03, 2018, 06:31:49 PM
 :iagree: :tu:
Title: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Serena on December 03, 2018, 06:37:19 PM

Is the philips still magnetized?  ???

Still magnetized. It picks up the mini screwdriver.
Wait what???
Oh yes!!!

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181203/f812140691b4581b3d85aecd26e71636.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 03, 2018, 06:39:03 PM
Oeh, this topic also needs a picture of my Explorer…

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181203/ab038f3587a89c8c37904e71800b779c.jpg)

Nice one! I could live with white.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Serena on December 03, 2018, 06:40:21 PM
Yes, been lurking it for weeks. Really happy that I've bought it…
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 03, 2018, 06:45:28 PM
Around 6 months ago, I ordered black Plus scales for my 2013 LE Explorer with damaged scales.
(https://i.imgur.com/cvFuFlR.jpg)
The LE then went to the Spa in Switzerland over summer, to get the broken scales fixed, and came back like new.
(https://i.imgur.com/5I1x1o7.jpg)
But as I no longer had a black Explorer, I decided to swap the top red one to black.  :whistle:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: gerleatherberman on December 03, 2018, 06:57:33 PM
 :drool: at those Explorers,  microbe.

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: gerleatherberman on December 03, 2018, 06:58:50 PM
My modest trio of Explorers.
(http://imgur.com/ym7leDD.jpg)
(http://imgur.com/w6mkeKU.jpg)
(http://imgur.com/Eiy4Uh9.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 03, 2018, 07:12:14 PM
My modest trio of Explorers.
(http://imgur.com/ym7leDD.jpg)
(http://imgur.com/w6mkeKU.jpg)
(http://imgur.com/Eiy4Uh9.jpg)

Nice trio! :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 03, 2018, 07:21:17 PM
The Explorer was the late Carl Elsener's favorite pocket carry. And if the man that made hundreds of SAK knife models picks one as his favorite, that must count for something special.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 03, 2018, 07:22:31 PM
Around 6 months ago, I ordered black Plus scales for my 2013 LE Explorer with damaged scales.
(https://i.imgur.com/cvFuFlR.jpg)
The LE then went to the Spa in Switzerland over summer, to get the broken scales fixed, and came back like new.
(https://i.imgur.com/5I1x1o7.jpg)
But as I no longer had a black Explorer, I decided to swap the top red one to black.  :whistle:
That black Damascus is beautiful  :drool:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 03, 2018, 07:23:06 PM
My modest trio of Explorers.
(http://imgur.com/ym7leDD.jpg)
(http://imgur.com/w6mkeKU.jpg)
(http://imgur.com/Eiy4Uh9.jpg)
Very nice collection  :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: gerleatherberman on December 03, 2018, 09:04:18 PM

Nice trio! :cheers:
Thanks, microbe! :cheers:

The Explorer was the late Carl Elsener's favorite pocket carry. And if the man that made hundreds of SAK knife models picks one as his favorite, that must count for something special.
:iagree:
Cool information! There isn't much that I would change about the Explorer. Maybe replace the small pen blade with a little file, but that would be it. Love the mag/inline phillips layer. :)

Very nice collection  :like:
Thank you, Ray! :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Aloha on December 04, 2018, 12:58:58 AM
Whole lotta  :like: here. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 04, 2018, 01:04:13 AM
Whole lotta  :like: here.
I’m thinking we need a LOVE sign because some of these SAK deserve better!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Kraken on December 04, 2018, 04:20:57 PM
The Explorer was the late Carl Elsener's favorite pocket carry. And if the man that made hundreds of SAK knife models picks one as his favorite, that must count for something special.
:iagree:  I've carried a few different models, but always came back to the Explorer. It's pretty much the perfect balance of tools for my every day needs. Here's mine with the plus scales.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 04, 2018, 04:54:38 PM
The hook transforms the Explorer to a comfy handle to carry 2 heavy trash bags, without cutting off the bloodstream to my fingers.
(https://i.imgur.com/GN2fJsu.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 04, 2018, 04:59:45 PM
The Explorer was the late Carl Elsener's favorite pocket carry. And if the man that made hundreds of SAK knife models picks one as his favorite, that must count for something special.
:iagree:  I've carried a few different models, but always came back to the Explorer. It's pretty much the perfect balance of tools for my every day needs. Here's mine with the plus scales.
Nice one for sure.  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 04, 2018, 05:00:36 PM
The hook transforms the Explorer to a comfy handle to carry 2 heavy trash bags, without cutting off the bloodstream to my fingers.
(https://i.imgur.com/GN2fJsu.jpg)
Very handy! Great usage!  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Aloha on December 07, 2018, 05:32:03 PM
My 2 Explorers with plus scales.  Need to add a pin to my older one as well as pen.  I like the older one with glass lens and without hook.  Looks like my tweezers are trying to escape  :) 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on December 07, 2018, 05:42:13 PM
Nice pics everyone!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 07, 2018, 09:29:46 PM
My 2 Explorers with plus scales.  Need to add a pin to my older one as well as pen.  I like the older one with glass lens and without hook.  Looks like my tweezers are trying to escape  :)
:like: nice
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 12, 2018, 12:07:17 AM
I just ordered my first Explorer.

After the Huntsman challenge, I found that I had become quite comfortable carrying a 4-layer SAK. The Huntsman seems like a pretty ideal SAK to me, no complaints there.

However, I find that as my eyes have become more far-sighted with age, and I find myself picking up a magnifying glass to read the bits off small-print that come my way, I thought it would be a good idea to try an Explorer with it's glass.

The Yeoman (sadly out of production) looks great, too, but I really like the looks of the Explorer's tool set....and now realize that I don't mind carrying a 4-layer SAK in the least. So an Explorer is now on its way.....

 :climber:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 12, 2018, 12:11:32 AM
Excellent. The magnifying glass is a great help! Well worth having, even if you have good eyes! Hope you get it real soon. :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 12, 2018, 12:23:08 AM
Thanks, Ray! I'm stoked to give it a try.   :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on December 12, 2018, 01:08:16 AM
Here are my two Explorer's with plus scales!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 12, 2018, 01:09:04 AM
 :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 12, 2018, 01:10:04 AM
I had the choice between Red and Black scales.


Chose black.   :dunno:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 12, 2018, 01:13:06 AM
I had the choice between Red and Black scales.


Chose black.   :dunno:
Black sounds good - real good  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 12, 2018, 11:21:27 AM
I had the choice between Red and Black scales.


Chose black.   :dunno:

 :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Aloha on December 12, 2018, 03:52:29 PM
Here are my two Explorer's with plus scales!

Somethings are really better in twos.   :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 12, 2018, 06:05:19 PM
Here are my two Explorer's with plus scales!

Somethings are really better in twos.   :like:
You are so right!  :rofl:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on December 13, 2018, 04:22:51 AM
Here are my two Explorer's with plus scales!

Somethings are really better in twos.   :like:

I concur with that!  lol

All this chat about the Explorer lately so guess what I had to carry today running around town.  It was missed and felt good in the pocket!  :)

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 13, 2018, 04:26:23 AM
 :tu:   :like:


Eagerly awaiting mine now.......
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 13, 2018, 05:43:08 AM
:tu:   :like:


Eagerly awaiting mine now.......
That black one will be a looker! :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on December 13, 2018, 08:52:19 AM
Awl this latest talk about the Explorer reminded me i haven't touched mine in months, so i played around with it a bit, and just remembered why it doesn't work for me for regular edc pocket carry... Just too darn big and bulky to justify it. The Phillips/mag layer is too thick for the real usability I'd get out of it. I got a just as good Phillips solution and can save up a lot of space and bulk...  :-\
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 13, 2018, 04:49:10 PM
Awl this latest talk about the Explorer reminded me i haven't touched mine in months, so i played around with it a bit, and just remembered why it doesn't work for me for regular edc pocket carry... Just too darn big and bulky to justify it. The Phillips/mag layer is too thick for the real usability I'd get out of it. I got a just as good Phillips solution and can save up a lot of space and bulk...  :-\

Oh dear, you are speaking to my fears. I only just got used to carrying the slightly slimmer Huntsman........  :ahhh
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on December 13, 2018, 06:40:26 PM
Awl this latest talk about the Explorer reminded me i haven't touched mine in months, so i played around with it a bit, and just remembered why it doesn't work for me for regular edc pocket carry... Just too darn big and bulky to justify it. The Phillips/mag layer is too thick for the real usability I'd get out of it. I got a just as good Phillips solution and can save up a lot of space and bulk...  :-\

Oh dear, you are speaking to my fears. I only just got used to carrying the slightly slimmer Huntsman........  :ahhh

I don't think there is much difference in width/thickness from the Huntsman to the Explorer, maybe a 1mm so you should be fine!  :)

I will say that I when I wear jeans I prefer to use a suspension clip and let it ride right down the outside inseam but when I wear casual pants or cargo type pants I just pocket carry without any issues!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 13, 2018, 07:11:10 PM
My eyes are not 100% anymore, and an extra layer to have a magnifier is a win for me.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 13, 2018, 07:39:45 PM
My eyes are not 100% anymore, and an extra layer to have a magnifier is a win for me.
:iagree: 110%
I need the magnifying glass also. It is well worth the real estate!   :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on December 13, 2018, 08:01:06 PM
Awl this latest talk about the Explorer reminded me i haven't touched mine in months, so i played around with it a bit, and just remembered why it doesn't work for me for regular edc pocket carry... Just too darn big and bulky to justify it. The Phillips/mag layer is too thick for the real usability I'd get out of it. I got a just as good Phillips solution and can save up a lot of space and bulk...  :-\

Oh dear, you are speaking to my fears. I only just got used to carrying the slightly slimmer Huntsman........  :ahhh

I don't think there is much difference in width/thickness from the Huntsman to the Explorer, maybe a 1mm so you should be fine!  :)

I will say that I when I wear jeans I prefer to use a suspension clip and let it ride right down the outside inseam but when I wear casual pants or cargo type pants I just pocket carry without any issues!

Yes the Huntsman is slightly thinner but not by much. But i don't really edc any sak over 3 layers anyway, just can't justify the extra tools, the weight and bulk. If o go to a specific envoirmant that i can justify it ill take them occasionally, but regular urban edc 3 layers with scissors is the max ill go.

Regarding the mag glass, my eyes are not what they used to be as well, but for magnification, ill just take a pic with my phone and enlarge, much more quick and effective, with no extra weight... :whistle:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 14, 2018, 01:42:16 AM
 :rofl:  I've done that, too!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on December 14, 2018, 02:59:26 AM
Awl this latest talk about the Explorer reminded me i haven't touched mine in months, so i played around with it a bit, and just remembered why it doesn't work for me for regular edc pocket carry... Just too darn big and bulky to justify it. The Phillips/mag layer is too thick for the real usability I'd get out of it. I got a just as good Phillips solution and can save up a lot of space and bulk...  :-\

Oh dear, you are speaking to my fears. I only just got used to carrying the slightly slimmer Huntsman........  :ahhh

I don't think there is much difference in width/thickness from the Huntsman to the Explorer, maybe a 1mm so you should be fine!  :)

I will say that I when I wear jeans I prefer to use a suspension clip and let it ride right down the outside inseam but when I wear casual pants or cargo type pants I just pocket carry without any issues!

Yes the Huntsman is slightly thinner but not by much. But i don't really edc any sak over 3 layers anyway, just can't justify the extra tools, the weight and bulk. If o go to a specific envoirmant that i can justify it ill take them occasionally, but regular urban edc 3 layers with scissors is the max ill go.

Regarding the mag glass, my eyes are not what they used to be as well, but for magnification, ill just take a pic with my phone and enlarge, much more quick and effective, with no extra weight... :whistle:

I guess the Explorer don't work for everyone but try it and see sometime!  I too have done the pic thing with my phone but only when I needed a mag lens and didn't have it on me!  lol
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 14, 2018, 03:17:10 AM
Awl this latest talk about the Explorer reminded me i haven't touched mine in months, so i played around with it a bit, and just remembered why it doesn't work for me for regular edc pocket carry... Just too darn big and bulky to justify it. The Phillips/mag layer is too thick for the real usability I'd get out of it. I got a just as good Phillips solution and can save up a lot of space and bulk...  :-\

Oh dear, you are speaking to my fears. I only just got used to carrying the slightly slimmer Huntsman........  :ahhh

I don't think there is much difference in width/thickness from the Huntsman to the Explorer, maybe a 1mm so you should be fine!  :)

I will say that I when I wear jeans I prefer to use a suspension clip and let it ride right down the outside inseam but when I wear casual pants or cargo type pants I just pocket carry without any issues!

Yes the Huntsman is slightly thinner but not by much. But i don't really edc any sak over 3 layers anyway, just can't justify the extra tools, the weight and bulk. If o go to a specific envoirmant that i can justify it ill take them occasionally, but regular urban edc 3 layers with scissors is the max ill go.

Regarding the mag glass, my eyes are not what they used to be as well, but for magnification, ill just take a pic with my phone and enlarge, much more quick and effective, with no extra weight... :whistle:

I guess the Explorer don't work for everyone but try it and see sometime!  I too have done the pic thing with my phone but only when I needed a mag lens and didn't have it on me!  lol

Usually in a dark restaurant, using the flashlight on my phone, and with the camera zoomed in, reading the menu...
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 14, 2018, 03:21:37 AM
Awl this latest talk about the Explorer reminded me i haven't touched mine in months, so i played around with it a bit, and just remembered why it doesn't work for me for regular edc pocket carry... Just too darn big and bulky to justify it. The Phillips/mag layer is too thick for the real usability I'd get out of it. I got a just as good Phillips solution and can save up a lot of space and bulk...  :-\

Oh dear, you are speaking to my fears. I only just got used to carrying the slightly slimmer Huntsman........  :ahhh

I don't think there is much difference in width/thickness from the Huntsman to the Explorer, maybe a 1mm so you should be fine!  :)

I will say that I when I wear jeans I prefer to use a suspension clip and let it ride right down the outside inseam but when I wear casual pants or cargo type pants I just pocket carry without any issues!

Yes the Huntsman is slightly thinner but not by much. But i don't really edc any sak over 3 layers anyway, just can't justify the extra tools, the weight and bulk. If o go to a specific envoirmant that i can justify it ill take them occasionally, but regular urban edc 3 layers with scissors is the max ill go.

Regarding the mag glass, my eyes are not what they used to be as well, but for magnification, ill just take a pic with my phone and enlarge, much more quick and effective, with no extra weight... :whistle:

I guess the Explorer don't work for everyone but try it and see sometime!  I too have done the pic thing with my phone but only when I needed a mag lens and didn't have it on me!  lol

Usually in a dark restaurant, using the flashlight on my phone, and with the camera zoomed in, reading the menu...
:rofl: :rofl:
I can picture that!  :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on December 14, 2018, 09:15:30 AM

I guess the Explorer don't work for everyone but try it and see sometime!  I too have done the pic thing with my phone but only when I needed a mag lens and didn't have it on me!  lol

Oh but i did tried it, i carried it last year for a couple of months or so, that's why i say i cant really justify carrying a 4layer sak for those tools. I really just hate to carrying stuff with me, so the fewer and lighter and best tool/usability ratio the better.
I too had one or two situations i wish a has a mag glass with me, but that's life. If we start to anticipate awl the tools we "may" need eventually, soon we would be carrying a tool box in the pocket...  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 14, 2018, 11:03:09 AM

I guess the Explorer don't work for everyone but try it and see sometime!  I too have done the pic thing with my phone but only when I needed a mag lens and didn't have it on me!  lol

Oh but i did tried it, i carried it last year for a couple of months or so, that's why i say i cant really justify carrying a 4layer sak for those tools. I really just hate to carrying stuff with me, so the fewer and lighter and best tool/usability ratio the better.
I too had one or two situations i wish a has a mag glass with me, but that's life. If we start to anticipate awl the tools we "may" need eventually, soon we would be carrying a tool box in the pocket...  :facepalm:

That's exactly why SAK's and multi tools where invented.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on December 14, 2018, 04:03:34 PM

I guess the Explorer don't work for everyone but try it and see sometime!  I too have done the pic thing with my phone but only when I needed a mag lens and didn't have it on me!  lol

Oh but i did tried it, i carried it last year for a couple of months or so, that's why i say i cant really justify carrying a 4layer sak for those tools. I really just hate to carrying stuff with me, so the fewer and lighter and best tool/usability ratio the better.
I too had one or two situations i wish a has a mag glass with me, but that's life. If we start to anticipate awl the tools we "may" need eventually, soon we would be carrying a tool box in the pocket...  :facepalm:

That's exactly why SAK's and multi tools where invented.

Not really...
Im afraid you didn't really understood what I meant....  :think:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 14, 2018, 04:25:25 PM

I guess the Explorer don't work for everyone but try it and see sometime!  I too have done the pic thing with my phone but only when I needed a mag lens and didn't have it on me!  lol

Oh but i did tried it, i carried it last year for a couple of months or so, that's why i say i cant really justify carrying a 4layer sak for those tools. I really just hate to carrying stuff with me, so the fewer and lighter and best tool/usability ratio the better.
I too had one or two situations i wish a has a mag glass with me, but that's life. If we start to anticipate awl the tools we "may" need eventually, soon we would be carrying a tool box in the pocket...  :facepalm:

That's exactly why SAK's and multi tools where invented.

Not really...
Im afraid you didn't really understood what I meant....  :think:


I am afraid I understood you perfectly.
As an example, the only time I ever need a can opener is when the pull tab of a can breaks off.  If at that point, I have a tool in my pocket or in my bag that has a can opener, I can eat.
I am not planning for every eventuality that can happen, but having some things on me that cover some eventualities helps a lot. If I look at a SAK Pioneer with your perspective, then can opener, the bottle opener, and the awl are redundant, because I don't even use them 3 times a year. Then I better carry a Solo.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on December 14, 2018, 06:34:56 PM

I guess the Explorer don't work for everyone but try it and see sometime!  I too have done the pic thing with my phone but only when I needed a mag lens and didn't have it on me!  lol

Oh but i did tried it, i carried it last year for a couple of months or so, that's why i say i cant really justify carrying a 4layer sak for those tools. I really just hate to carrying stuff with me, so the fewer and lighter and best tool/usability ratio the better.
I too had one or two situations i wish a has a mag glass with me, but that's life. If we start to anticipate awl the tools we "may" need eventually, soon we would be carrying a tool box in the pocket...  :facepalm:

Well at least you tried it.  Like I said, it doesn't work for everyone!  Life goes on!

I am not one that carries a pile of stuff in my pockets for "what ifs" and have always considered myself somewhat of a minimalist in EDC carry.  That said, I would much rather have my Explorer on me and not need it daily then to not have it.

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 14, 2018, 06:56:43 PM
Still waiting for mine..... :wait:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 14, 2018, 07:03:56 PM
Still waiting for mine..... :wait:
Patience my young Padawan  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fast Bill on December 14, 2018, 07:14:59 PM
Still waiting for mine..... :wait:
Patience my young Padawan  :cheers:

The journey to an Explorer is a road worth travelling  :iagree:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Serena on December 14, 2018, 07:26:08 PM
Been carrying my Exploree for a couple of weeks now and I simply love it. The extra layer doesn't bother me at all.
Actually, the extra size doesn't. Last three years I carried a MiniChamp or a classic.
But a bigger knive is just so nice. And I love the fact it has a Phillips screwdriver.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Sawl Goodman on December 14, 2018, 10:05:54 PM
I was asked recently to help choose a gift SAK for a mutual friend. He's a musician and works in electronics, and the Explorer quickly came to mind. A black Plus model would be best but was impossible to find in stores, and since there was no time to buy black plus scales we gave him the regular version in black, adding a mini SD from my box of spares. Hmmm - he wouldn't miss the pen if he didn't know about it!  ;)

Our friend was delighted. He carries it everywhere and uses it all the time.  :tu:

My ex's brother is on his second Explorer after losing his first one; he also carries it everywhere. He likes the inline Phillips especially. It gives him more confidence than the can opener tip and fits into more crowded spaces.

One of the great things about SAKs is that there's a model for nearly everyone. I have an Explorer and while I love its design, I prefer to carry other models. It does, however, fit certain people's needs very well. The world would be a poorer place without it.  :cheers:

P.S. I'd love to see an Explorer Lite, with an LED in place of the magnifier. Would be useful, say, for exploring the wardrobe and under furniture and car seats as you search for that misplaced SAK.

P.P.S. There's a nifty phone app called Army Knife for Android (it used to have "Swiss" in front but I believe Vic or someone cried foul). A suite of everyday functions, it includes a magnifier function and flashlight that I use regularly. You can use the light together with the magnifier - very handy. Easier and better than using the camera for some things, such finding and digging out splinters. The app's icon is a blue Explorer. :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on December 14, 2018, 10:22:50 PM

I guess the Explorer don't work for everyone but try it and see sometime!  I too have done the pic thing with my phone but only when I needed a mag lens and didn't have it on me!  lol

Oh but i did tried it, i carried it last year for a couple of months or so, that's why i say i cant really justify carrying a 4layer sak for those tools. I really just hate to carrying stuff with me, so the fewer and lighter and best tool/usability ratio the better.
I too had one or two situations i wish a has a mag glass with me, but that's life. If we start to anticipate awl the tools we "may" need eventually, soon we would be carrying a tool box in the pocket...  :facepalm:

That's exactly why SAK's and multi tools where invented.

Not really...
Im afraid you didn't really understood what I meant....  :think:


I am afraid I understood you perfectly.
As an example, the only time I ever need a can opener is when the pull tab of a can breaks off.  If at that point, I have a tool in my pocket or in my bag that has a can opener, I can eat.
I am not planning for every eventuality that can happen, but having some things on me that cover some eventualities helps a lot. If I look at a SAK Pioneer with your perspective, then can opener, the bottle opener, and the awl are redundant, because I don't even use them 3 times a year. Then I better carry a Solo.

I'm afraid you still don't haven't understood what i meant...   :facepalm:
I actually agree with what you've said above. But that's just the point, i only need a few basic tools that cover the basics and can be used for improvised uses that hehe nothing to do with their intended function...
I was only giving the example how i feel the extra phillips/mag layer (for me, for my use) doesn't justify the extra weight and bulk.
I can use other means of magnification, and I've already have a good tool for Philips screws (can opener), not to mention my bit system if i need it, so why would i need that extra layer...? Not to mention those too tools only have (practically) one use/function, the phillips could serve as a great glass breaker as well, but that's pretty much it.
You've mentioned, for example, the can opener and bottle opener, the actual functions of opening tin cans or pop bottle caps are at the bottom basement of my priority list, however those are my two most used tools on a sak, even more than the blade itself. I've improvised so many uses and tasks with those two tools that are just to many to mention. Similar thing for all other most used tools.

That's the beauty of sak's, even more the more simple ones, the amount of things/uses you can improvise with those implements. Almost nothing on a sak is ever "the right tool" for anything, just the beat possible that you have on your pocket to help you with a task in hand, in a pinch.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 14, 2018, 10:34:16 PM

I guess the Explorer don't work for everyone but try it and see sometime!  I too have done the pic thing with my phone but only when I needed a mag lens and didn't have it on me!  lol



Oh but i did tried it, i carried it last year for a couple of months or so, that's why i say i cant really justify carrying a 4layer sak for those tools. I really just hate to carrying stuff with me, so the fewer and lighter and best tool/usability ratio the better.
I too had one or two situations i wish a has a mag glass with me, but that's life. If we start to anticipate awl the tools we "may" need eventually, soon we would be carrying a tool box in the pocket...  :facepalm:

That's exactly why SAK's and multi tools where invented.

Not really...
Im afraid you didn't really understood what I meant....  :think:


I am afraid I understood you perfectly.
As an example, the only time I ever need a can opener is when the pull tab of a can breaks off.  If at that point, I have a tool in my pocket or in my bag that has a can opener, I can eat.
I am not planning for every eventuality that can happen, but having some things on me that cover some eventualities helps a lot. If I look at a SAK Pioneer with your perspective, then can opener, the bottle opener, and the awl are redundant, because I don't even use them 3 times a year. Then I better carry a Solo.

I'm afraid you still don't haven't understood what i meant...   :facepalm:
I actually agree with what you've said above. But that's just the point, i only need a few basic tools that cover the basics and can be used for improvised uses that hehe nothing to do with their intended function...
I was only giving the example how i feel the extra phillips/mag layer (for me, for my use) doesn't justify the extra weight and bulk.
I can use other means of magnification, and I've already have a good tool for Philips screws (can opener), not to mention my bit system if i need it, so why would i need that extra layer...? Not to mention those too tools only have (practically) one use/function, the phillips could serve as a great glass breaker as well, but that's pretty much it.
You've mentioned, for example, the can opener and bottle opener, the actual functions of opening tin cans or pop bottle caps are at the bottom basement of my priority list, however those are my two most used tools on a sak, even more than the blade itself. I've improvised so many uses and tasks with those two tools that are just to many to mention. Similar thing for all other most used tools.

That's the beauty of sak's, even more the more simple ones, the amount of things/uses you can improvise with those implements. Almost nothing on a sak is ever "the right tool" for anything, just the beat possible that you have on your pocket to help you with a task in hand, in a pinch.

I have seen your shows, you don't have to explain it
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on December 14, 2018, 11:15:42 PM

I guess the Explorer don't work for everyone but try it and see sometime!  I too have done the pic thing with my phone but only when I needed a mag lens and didn't have it on me!  lol



Oh but i did tried it, i carried it last year for a couple of months or so, that's why i say i cant really justify carrying a 4layer sak for those tools. I really just hate to carrying stuff with me, so the fewer and lighter and best tool/usability ratio the better.
I too had one or two situations i wish a has a mag glass with me, but that's life. If we start to anticipate awl the tools we "may" need eventually, soon we would be carrying a tool box in the pocket...  :facepalm:

That's exactly why SAK's and multi tools where invented.

Not really...
Im afraid you didn't really understood what I meant....  :think:


I am afraid I understood you perfectly.
As an example, the only time I ever need a can opener is when the pull tab of a can breaks off.  If at that point, I have a tool in my pocket or in my bag that has a can opener, I can eat.
I am not planning for every eventuality that can happen, but having some things on me that cover some eventualities helps a lot. If I look at a SAK Pioneer with your perspective, then can opener, the bottle opener, and the awl are redundant, because I don't even use them 3 times a year. Then I better carry a Solo.

I'm afraid you still don't haven't understood what i meant...   :facepalm:
I actually agree with what you've said above. But that's just the point, i only need a few basic tools that cover the basics and can be used for improvised uses that hehe nothing to do with their intended function...
I was only giving the example how i feel the extra phillips/mag layer (for me, for my use) doesn't justify the extra weight and bulk.
I can use other means of magnification, and I've already have a good tool for Philips screws (can opener), not to mention my bit system if i need it, so why would i need that extra layer...? Not to mention those too tools only have (practically) one use/function, the phillips could serve as a great glass breaker as well, but that's pretty much it.
You've mentioned, for example, the can opener and bottle opener, the actual functions of opening tin cans or pop bottle caps are at the bottom basement of my priority list, however those are my two most used tools on a sak, even more than the blade itself. I've improvised so many uses and tasks with those two tools that are just to many to mention. Similar thing for all other most used tools.

That's the beauty of sak's, even more the more simple ones, the amount of things/uses you can improvise with those implements. Almost nothing on a sak is ever "the right tool" for anything, just the beat possible that you have on your pocket to help you with a task in hand, in a pinch.

I have seen your shows, you don't have to explain it

My shows...?  I don't quite understand what you mean there...?  :think:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 14, 2018, 11:27:00 PM

I guess the Explorer don't work for everyone but try it and see sometime!  I too have done the pic thing with my phone but only when I needed a mag lens and didn't have it on me!  lol



Oh but i did tried it, i carried it last year for a couple of months or so, that's why i say i cant really justify carrying a 4layer sak for those tools. I really just hate to carrying stuff with me, so the fewer and lighter and best tool/usability ratio the better.
I too had one or two situations i wish a has a mag glass with me, but that's life. If we start to anticipate awl the tools we "may" need eventually, soon we would be carrying a tool box in the pocket...  :facepalm:

That's exactly why SAK's and multi tools where invented.

Not really...
Im afraid you didn't really understood what I meant....  :think:


I am afraid I understood you perfectly.
As an example, the only time I ever need a can opener is when the pull tab of a can breaks off.  If at that point, I have a tool in my pocket or in my bag that has a can opener, I can eat.
I am not planning for every eventuality that can happen, but having some things on me that cover some eventualities helps a lot. If I look at a SAK Pioneer with your perspective, then can opener, the bottle opener, and the awl are redundant, because I don't even use them 3 times a year. Then I better carry a Solo.

I'm afraid you still don't haven't understood what i meant...   :facepalm:
I actually agree with what you've said above. But that's just the point, i only need a few basic tools that cover the basics and can be used for improvised uses that hehe nothing to do with their intended function...
I was only giving the example how i feel the extra phillips/mag layer (for me, for my use) doesn't justify the extra weight and bulk.
I can use other means of magnification, and I've already have a good tool for Philips screws (can opener), not to mention my bit system if i need it, so why would i need that extra layer...? Not to mention those too tools only have (practically) one use/function, the phillips could serve as a great glass breaker as well, but that's pretty much it.
You've mentioned, for example, the can opener and bottle opener, the actual functions of opening tin cans or pop bottle caps are at the bottom basement of my priority list, however those are my two most used tools on a sak, even more than the blade itself. I've improvised so many uses and tasks with those two tools that are just to many to mention. Similar thing for all other most used tools.

That's the beauty of sak's, even more the more simple ones, the amount of things/uses you can improvise with those implements. Almost nothing on a sak is ever "the right tool" for anything, just the beat possible that you have on your pocket to help you with a task in hand, in a pinch.

I have seen your shows, you don't have to explain it

My shows...?  I don't quite understand what you mean there...?  :think:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKTNWI0eYJ4
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on December 14, 2018, 11:37:29 PM

I guess the Explorer don't work for everyone but try it and see sometime!  I too have done the pic thing with my phone but only when I needed a mag lens and didn't have it on me!  lol



Oh but i did tried it, i carried it last year for a couple of months or so, that's why i say i cant really justify carrying a 4layer sak for those tools. I really just hate to carrying stuff with me, so the fewer and lighter and best tool/usability ratio the better.
I too had one or two situations i wish a has a mag glass with me, but that's life. If we start to anticipate awl the tools we "may" need eventually, soon we would be carrying a tool box in the pocket...  :facepalm:

That's exactly why SAK's and multi tools where invented.

Not really...
Im afraid you didn't really understood what I meant....  :think:


I am afraid I understood you perfectly.
As an example, the only time I ever need a can opener is when the pull tab of a can breaks off.  If at that point, I have a tool in my pocket or in my bag that has a can opener, I can eat.
I am not planning for every eventuality that can happen, but having some things on me that cover some eventualities helps a lot. If I look at a SAK Pioneer with your perspective, then can opener, the bottle opener, and the awl are redundant, because I don't even use them 3 times a year. Then I better carry a Solo.

I'm afraid you still don't haven't understood what i meant...   :facepalm:
I actually agree with what you've said above. But that's just the point, i only need a few basic tools that cover the basics and can be used for improvised uses that hehe nothing to do with their intended function...
I was only giving the example how i feel the extra phillips/mag layer (for me, for my use) doesn't justify the extra weight and bulk.
I can use other means of magnification, and I've already have a good tool for Philips screws (can opener), not to mention my bit system if i need it, so why would i need that extra layer...? Not to mention those too tools only have (practically) one use/function, the phillips could serve as a great glass breaker as well, but that's pretty much it.
You've mentioned, for example, the can opener and bottle opener, the actual functions of opening tin cans or pop bottle caps are at the bottom basement of my priority list, however those are my two most used tools on a sak, even more than the blade itself. I've improvised so many uses and tasks with those two tools that are just to many to mention. Similar thing for all other most used tools.

That's the beauty of sak's, even more the more simple ones, the amount of things/uses you can improvise with those implements. Almost nothing on a sak is ever "the right tool" for anything, just the beat possible that you have on your pocket to help you with a task in hand, in a pinch.

I have seen your shows, you don't have to explain it

My shows...?  I don't quite understand what you mean there...?  :think:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKTNWI0eYJ4

LOL  :rofl:

Oh man com'on... now you are just being silly.... I'm actually serious here... 
And no, i don't think i'm Macgyver, just a fan of the show, and also like his way of thinking  ;)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 15, 2018, 12:01:09 AM

I guess the Explorer don't work for everyone but try it and see sometime!  I too have done the pic thing with my phone but only when I needed a mag lens and didn't have it on me!  lol



Oh but i did tried it, i carried it last year for a couple of months or so, that's why i say i cant really justify carrying a 4layer sak for those tools. I really just hate to carrying stuff with me, so the fewer and lighter and best tool/usability ratio the better.
I too had one or two situations i wish a has a mag glass with me, but that's life. If we start to anticipate awl the tools we "may" need eventually, soon we would be carrying a tool box in the pocket...  :facepalm:

That's exactly why SAK's and multi tools where invented.

Not really...
Im afraid you didn't really understood what I meant....  :think:


I am afraid I understood you perfectly.
As an example, the only time I ever need a can opener is when the pull tab of a can breaks off.  If at that point, I have a tool in my pocket or in my bag that has a can opener, I can eat.
I am not planning for every eventuality that can happen, but having some things on me that cover some eventualities helps a lot. If I look at a SAK Pioneer with your perspective, then can opener, the bottle opener, and the awl are redundant, because I don't even use them 3 times a year. Then I better carry a Solo.

I'm afraid you still don't haven't understood what i meant...   :facepalm:
I actually agree with what you've said above. But that's just the point, i only need a few basic tools that cover the basics and can be used for improvised uses that hehe nothing to do with their intended function...
I was only giving the example how i feel the extra phillips/mag layer (for me, for my use) doesn't justify the extra weight and bulk.
I can use other means of magnification, and I've already have a good tool for Philips screws (can opener), not to mention my bit system if i need it, so why would i need that extra layer...? Not to mention those too tools only have (practically) one use/function, the phillips could serve as a great glass breaker as well, but that's pretty much it.
You've mentioned, for example, the can opener and bottle opener, the actual functions of opening tin cans or pop bottle caps are at the bottom basement of my priority list, however those are my two most used tools on a sak, even more than the blade itself. I've improvised so many uses and tasks with those two tools that are just to many to mention. Similar thing for all other most used tools.

That's the beauty of sak's, even more the more simple ones, the amount of things/uses you can improvise with those implements. Almost nothing on a sak is ever "the right tool" for anything, just the beat possible that you have on your pocket to help you with a task in hand, in a pinch.

I have seen your shows, you don't have to explain it

My shows...?  I don't quite understand what you mean there...?  :think:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKTNWI0eYJ4

LOL  :rofl:

Oh man com'on... now you are just being silly.... I'm actually serious here... 
And no, i don't think i'm Macgyver, just a fan of the show, and also like his way of thinking  ;)

 :rofl:

Yeah, I was kidding. Carry on....



Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Sawl Goodman on December 15, 2018, 12:13:11 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKTNWI0eYJ4

Wow, that brings back a memory! 8)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on December 15, 2018, 12:47:39 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKTNWI0eYJ4

Wow, that brings back a memory! 8)

Yeah it does!  Awhile ago I watched a few episodes on the original show on Netflix but now I think they are gone!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 15, 2018, 12:49:22 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKTNWI0eYJ4

Wow, that brings back a memory! 8)

Yeah it does!  Awhile ago I watched a few episodes on the original show on Netflix but now I think they are gone!
I have been watching some of the movies on YouTube.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: MacGyver on December 15, 2018, 12:54:47 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKTNWI0eYJ4

Wow, that brings back a memory! 8)

Yeah it does!  Awhile ago I watched a few episodes on the original show on Netflix but now I think they are gone!
I have been watching some of the movies on YouTube.

I finished watching the whole 7 seasons again (for the n'th time) last month...  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mactire404 on December 15, 2018, 11:49:05 AM
Picked up this beauty yesterday. It's my third explorer.

(https://i.imgur.com/iNxnIXO.jpg)
Explorer White Christmas 2017

I'm a bit late to the party, but I found this on an unsuccessful hunt for a 2018 Christmas Sportsman.
The lady actually had two! So she still has one on display.
I'm afraid this one will not see a lot of use. Perhaps this christmas unwrapping gifts!

On a side note, I really dig the latest version of the magnifying lens (clear fitting, glass lens). It's a good trade-off between magnification and lens diameter.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Reinier on December 15, 2018, 11:56:24 AM

lady actually


Lady Actually :hatsoff:

I'm on pfrsantos duty today.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 15, 2018, 12:15:57 PM
Picked up this beauty yesterday. It's my third explorer.

(https://i.imgur.com/iNxnIXO.jpg)
Explorer White Christmas 2017

I'm a bit late to the party, but I found this on an unsuccessful hunt for a 2018 Christmas Sportsman.
The lady actually had two! So she still has one on display.
I'm afraid this one will not see a lot of use. Perhaps this christmas unwrapping gifts!

On a side note, I really dig the latest version of the magnifying lens (clear fitting, glass lens). It's a good trade-off between magnification and lens diameter.

What is the magnification on the new mag glass?
I prefer the old grey housing one for its 8x magnification, while on the other side, I really like the looks of the transparent housing.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Reinier on December 15, 2018, 12:23:11 PM
Picked up this beauty yesterday. It's my third explorer.

(https://i.imgur.com/iNxnIXO.jpg)
Explorer White Christmas 2017

I'm a bit late to the party, but I found this on an unsuccessful hunt for a 2018 Christmas Sportsman.
The lady actually had two! So she still has one on display.
I'm afraid this one will not see a lot of use. Perhaps this christmas unwrapping gifts!

On a side note, I really dig the latest version of the magnifying lens (clear fitting, glass lens). It's a good trade-off between magnification and lens diameter.

What is the magnification on the new mag glass?
I prefer the old grey housing one for its 8x magnification, while on the other side, I really like the looks of the transparent housing.

The current version is 6x according to the wiki.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 15, 2018, 12:42:37 PM
Picked up this beauty yesterday. It's my third explorer.

(https://i.imgur.com/iNxnIXO.jpg)
Explorer White Christmas 2017

I'm a bit late to the party, but I found this on an unsuccessful hunt for a 2018 Christmas Sportsman.
The lady actually had two! So she still has one on display.
I'm afraid this one will not see a lot of use. Perhaps this christmas unwrapping gifts!

On a side note, I really dig the latest version of the magnifying lens (clear fitting, glass lens). It's a good trade-off between magnification and lens diameter.

What is the magnification on the new mag glass?
I prefer the old grey housing one for its 8x magnification, while on the other side, I really like the looks of the transparent housing.

The current version is 6x according to the wiki.

Thanks for the info. I'll be sticking with the gray housed old ones :-)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Sawl Goodman on December 15, 2018, 07:20:30 PM
My Explorer has the new glass magnifier. The wider field of view is welcome for reading fine print and I find 6x magnification sufficient.

The only negatives are the flimsy-feeling housing and that the lens can occasionally come out and perhaps get lost. My used Explorer came with the lens loose in the package. It was easy to pop back in, though, and I haven't been able to pop it out again. A couple of tiny dabs of epoxy would secure it for keeps.

Still, I use the excellent magnifying app on my phone much more as I don't carry my Explorer.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Aloha on December 16, 2018, 04:12:37 PM
I'll be carrying my ruby Explorer today.  Whats funny is I think many of us have made use of our phones camera zoom to sees things better  :rofl:

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Mactire404 on December 17, 2018, 08:21:44 AM
What is the magnification on the new mag glass?
I prefer the old grey housing one for its 8x magnification, while on the other side, I really like the looks of the transparent housing.

My Explorer has the new glass magnifier. The wider field of view is welcome for reading fine print and I find 6x magnification sufficient.
The only negatives are the flimsy-feeling housing and that the lens can occasionally come out and perhaps get lost. My used Explorer came with the lens loose in the package. It was easy to pop back in, though, and I haven't been able to pop it out again. A couple of tiny dabs of epoxy would secure it for keeps.
...

That's exactly why I like the latest magnifier @Sawl Goodman. Sure, the higher magnification of the old grey magnifier is better if you need things really up close. But the slightly lower magnificatioin (6x instead of 8x) and the wider lens diameter both add to the field of view and make it very comfortable to use.
I wouldn't want to trade my grey ones, but I'm pleasantly surprised by the latest one.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 18, 2018, 10:20:34 PM
 :mail:

My new Explorer arrived today.   :tu:

(https://i.imgur.com/7RWzvTP.jpg)


After carrying exclusively 2-layer SAKs for the past couple of weeks, the Explorer feels big. Even so, It feels good in hand.

I do like the tool set (this one has a hook  :ahhh). I like the magnifier, too. Powerful enough to focus on fine print, decent field of view (for a small lens). I don't think I'd want a stronger glass at the moment.

It's quite possible this SAK could become a regular EDC SAK for me now. I always thought I preferred the Huntsman or Fieldmaster, but the Explorer is winning me over straightaway.  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 18, 2018, 10:31:09 PM
Glad to see you got it in today! Looks good! Enjoy!  :like: :tu:  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 18, 2018, 10:41:03 PM
Thanks, Ray.   :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Serena on December 18, 2018, 10:57:22 PM
I'm carrying this one every day now for the last couple of weeks. It is a bit bulky, but got used to this pretty fast.
Also carried a Huntsman, but I just couldn't justify why on earth I was carrying a saw. In al those years, never used it once.
But with this, only thing missing is a nail file.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 18, 2018, 10:58:22 PM
I'd rather have a nail file tool than the small blade.  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Serena on December 18, 2018, 11:02:36 PM
I'd rather have a nail file tool than the small blade.  :tu:
Agree!!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on December 18, 2018, 11:31:41 PM
 :tu:. Looking Sharp in those black scales.... congratulations buddy!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 18, 2018, 11:53:12 PM
Thanks, Barry.

Of course, the Explorer will likely seem rather small after the SwissChamp challenge..... :rofl:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on December 19, 2018, 03:30:47 AM
It's all a matter of perspective my friend!!  :rofl:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Sawl Goodman on December 19, 2018, 10:58:36 AM
Nice one, Nix! The Explorer really does like black scales.  :tu:

Sharp elegance and stuff. I'm reminded of a geology professor from years ago. In hindsight, a man who might have had a black Explorer. 8)

And it does feel comfortable for its size. Something about its square profile. The inline Phillips is really nice to use. This thread has got me appreciating my (red) Explorer more and more... and thinking of changing its scales.  ;)  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on December 19, 2018, 02:33:07 PM
That reminds me of a review of the Explorer on the Victorinox site.  This gentleman is a Physics professor, I believe, who has carried a SAK since 1961 and now carries the Explorer exclusively.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 19, 2018, 02:58:40 PM
I could see that being a perfect carry for a physics professor.  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on December 19, 2018, 03:05:51 PM
I just re read that review and went and got mine!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 19, 2018, 03:11:23 PM
I just re read that review and went and got mine!
:rofl:
That must of been some review!   :tu: :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 19, 2018, 03:47:06 PM
Nice one, Barry!

I think the Physics prof liked using the various tools in the lab, right?  He advocated using the hook as a tool to twist wire into loops for making secure contacts, or something, if I remember.

Love live the hook!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 19, 2018, 03:55:18 PM
I added a micro-driver and glass headed pin to mine. Plus a temporary lanyard. I haven't decide if I'm going to grind off the key ring attachment yet. 


(https://i.imgur.com/z9N5Z27.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on December 19, 2018, 03:56:52 PM
That's the guy Jack!  You know, I used to use an old safety wire tool of Dad's, and I'll bet that hook works almost as well.  I might try it next month :D
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on December 19, 2018, 03:57:19 PM
Sweet!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 19, 2018, 04:02:55 PM
I added a micro-driver and glass headed pin to mine. Plus a temporary lanyard. I haven't decide if I'm going to grind off the key ring attachment yet. 


(https://i.imgur.com/z9N5Z27.jpg)
Nice addition there!  :like: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on December 19, 2018, 04:08:05 PM
Nice brisk Northeast USA morning
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 19, 2018, 04:13:51 PM
Is there a secret to balancing the SAK for photo’s??? I just can’t get mine to act right.
Great photo  :like: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on December 19, 2018, 04:15:44 PM
 :cheers:. Thanks Ray!  That was one of the few times I actually pulled it off :facepalm:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on December 19, 2018, 04:24:05 PM
:cheers:. Thanks Ray!  That was one of the few times I actually pulled it off :facepalm:
The Force is strong with you!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on December 19, 2018, 04:28:57 PM
 :cheers: :tu: :rofl:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 19, 2018, 04:51:01 PM
 :ahhh  :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Sawl Goodman on December 19, 2018, 07:43:19 PM
That reminds me of a review of the Explorer on the Victorinox site.  This gentleman is a Physics professor, I believe, who has carried a SAK since 1961 and now carries the Explorer exclusively.

I checked it out just now. Nice review, details how it works so well for him. Dunno if he's a professor, just says he's a physicist.

Another chap there keeps an Explorer on his keyring. I tried it and found it surprisingly OK.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Sawl Goodman on December 19, 2018, 07:50:03 PM
I added a micro-driver and glass headed pin to mine. Plus a temporary lanyard. I haven't decide if I'm going to grind off the key ring attachment yet. 


(https://i.imgur.com/z9N5Z27.jpg)

Looking good!

I'm always in two minds about lanyards. Love the look of them, don't like how they get in the way sometimes. So far I haven't had the courage to grind keyring nubs off, although I definitely prefer the feel of knives without them. I can't get past the "just in case" aspect of them, which SAKs represent for me.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on December 19, 2018, 07:51:47 PM
 :iagree:

Which is why I'm waiting to see which way the inconstant wind of my mind blows...... :rofl:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on December 19, 2018, 08:38:28 PM
Is there a secret to balancing the SAK for photo’s??? I just can’t get mine to act right.
Great photo  :like: :tu:

If you can balance an egg with salt....
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on February 01, 2019, 03:47:51 PM
Using the pen from my Plus scale, pinched under the hook.
(https://i.imgur.com/LJZXzAC.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on February 01, 2019, 04:15:06 PM
Nice one!  :like: :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Aloha on February 01, 2019, 04:41:49 PM
The Explorer Plus was a nice surprise for me.  I bought mine off fleabay as just an Explorer.  I was very pleasantly surprised when it arrived.  I had wanted this SAK after reading up on the different models and when I got it in hand I was not disappointed at all.  It quickly dominated pocket time.  The inline phillips is really what sets this SAK apart.  Heck any SAK with the inline phillips is a win. 

My Explorer over the years has had to sit out from time to time in favor of my Swisschamp and a variety of other SAKs I was trying out.  It has never sat for very long or ever got placed into the SAK drawer.  There is just to much to like about the Explorer if you can do the layers.  Mine lives in my Skinth and my older one in my hike pack.  These are go to tools when I don't want to have to decide what to bring.  Having my Explorer with me is like having a trusted friend.  I know what it can and cannot do ( which is very little ).  The addition of the plus scales are nice and the mini driver just adds to the utility of this wonderful SAK.  I dream sometimes that VIC would make an 84mm version someday.  Until then the Explorer will always be one of my most favorite SAKs. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on February 01, 2019, 05:18:13 PM
It really is kind of a pocket friendly Swisschamp!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Aloha on February 01, 2019, 05:31:35 PM
It really is kind of a pocket friendly Swisschamp!

 :iagree:.  The Swisschamp and Champion are both great SAKs.  I no longer have a Champion as I gifted both away to a member.  I find the Explorer the goldilocks of SAK sizes for pocket carry.  Yes my 84mm are more preferred these days due to wanting to slim down but I have no issues carrying my Explorer in pocket.  My skinth simplifies my carry.  I have a AAA light, bullet pen, PW2, and Explorer. 
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: microbe on February 01, 2019, 05:47:59 PM
Well said Aloha!   :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on February 02, 2019, 04:27:39 PM
 :iagree:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kamakiri on February 02, 2019, 07:57:28 PM
I appreciate Explorers!  I got another one in yesterday! ('12+ copy)

I have most, if not all of the major iterations of them, including a c.'73 clip point (sellers pic):

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/b94AAOSwzcNcHBN9/s-l1600.jpg)

Hoffritz and black spring to boot. Less than perfect copies make for excellent mod fodder and are very reasonably price for their toolset.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: SirVicaLot on February 03, 2019, 05:12:29 AM
That is indeed a nice Explorer  :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: kamakiri on February 03, 2019, 08:05:20 AM
That is indeed a nice Explorer  :like:

 :iagree: :cheers: Thank you Sir SirVicaLot!  :salute: It's certainly one of my favorites!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Kraken on February 06, 2019, 09:13:55 PM
The Explorer Plus was a nice surprise for me.  I bought mine off fleabay as just an Explorer.  I was very pleasantly surprised when it arrived.  I had wanted this SAK after reading up on the different models and when I got it in hand I was not disappointed at all.  It quickly dominated pocket time.  The inline phillips is really what sets this SAK apart.  Heck any SAK with the inline phillips is a win. 

My Explorer over the years has had to sit out from time to time in favor of my Swisschamp and a variety of other SAKs I was trying out.  It has never sat for very long or ever got placed into the SAK drawer.  There is just to much to like about the Explorer if you can do the layers.  Mine lives in my Skinth and my older one in my hike pack.  These are go to tools when I don't want to have to decide what to bring.  Having my Explorer with me is like having a trusted friend.  I know what it can and cannot do ( which is very little ).  The addition of the plus scales are nice and the mini driver just adds to the utility of this wonderful SAK.  I dream sometimes that VIC would make an 84mm version someday.  Until then the Explorer will always be one of my most favorite SAKs.

 :iagree: Well said Aloha! Just this morning I switched my work SAK back to an Explorer from a Deluxe Tinker. The backside Phillips failed to get the job done one too many times; the T-handle design limits where I can use it and you really can't put too much torque on it without risking damage to the knife. Also, I didn't use the pliers on the DT as much as I thought, so it sits in a box while my old Explorer gets a change of scales and a mini driver and put to use while I'm at work.  I have an Explorer Plus that is my EDC and I have a hard time thinking about every carrying anything else because it covers all of my bases.
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on March 05, 2019, 04:43:25 PM
Today felt like an explorer day.....

(https://i.imgur.com/W02d5Er.jpg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fuzzbucket on March 05, 2019, 04:55:45 PM
Today felt like an explorer day.....

(https://i.imgur.com/W02d5Er.jpg)

Flippin 'eck! That GEC's lovely!  :drool:

I'm going to have to dig mine out now... (runs off)...
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: magentus on March 05, 2019, 04:58:35 PM
Flippin 'eck! That GEC's lovely!  :drool:

I'm going to have to dig mine out now... (runs off)...
Don't run with that blade ou......... dials 999 Hello? Ambulance please
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fuzzbucket on March 05, 2019, 05:03:16 PM
Don't run with that blade ou......... dials 999 Hello? Ambulance please

Mags... The chances of it happening a secon____________________
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on March 05, 2019, 08:48:26 PM
 :facepalm:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Fuzzbucket on March 05, 2019, 10:08:00 PM
Inspired by Nix's latest acquisition...

(http://u.cubeupload.com/Fuzzbucket/825FB01EEB2B4B78A6A6.jpeg)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on March 05, 2019, 11:31:59 PM
 :like: :like:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Aloha on March 05, 2019, 11:33:10 PM
Oh yeah  8)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Barry Rowland on March 06, 2019, 01:33:53 AM
Nice!!
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on March 06, 2019, 01:53:52 AM
Nice play on the knives!  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on March 06, 2019, 02:30:59 AM
Did someone say Explorer's?  I can't live without mine (the three amigo's) and even though I try others, I always come back to the Explorer!  Usually carry the one in the middle with Ruby Plus scales!  ;)
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Rapidray on March 06, 2019, 02:48:03 AM
Did someone say Explorer's?  I can't live without mine (the three amigo's) and even though I try others, I always come back to the Explorer!  Usually carry the one in the middle with Ruby Plus scales!  ;)
Nice selection!  :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: gerleatherberman on March 06, 2019, 03:32:34 AM
Did someone say Explorer's?  I can't live without mine (the three amigo's) and even though I try others, I always come back to the Explorer!  Usually carry the one in the middle with Ruby Plus scales!  ;)
:like:
I've got SilverTech scales on the Explorer I carry(when not doing challenges). I'm also an Explorer only guy(as far as carry saks go) :cheers:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on March 06, 2019, 04:49:20 AM
Nice trio, Sir Mike.

Mine is my first. And I'm becoming a fan.   :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Nix on March 06, 2019, 04:50:11 AM
:like:
I've got SilverTech scales on the Explorer I carry(when not doing challenges). I'm also an Explorer only guy(as far as carry saks go) :cheers:

There is something very cool about Silver Tech scales.   :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on March 06, 2019, 04:52:29 AM
Nice selection!  :tu:

Thanks!

:like:
I've got SilverTech scales on the Explorer I carry(when not doing challenges). I'm also an Explorer only guy(as far as carry saks go) :cheers:

Nice!  I like the Silvertech scales!  I also have the White Tech/Snow style scales (not sure what they are called) but I don't have another Explorer to put them on!  Of course since we have quite a few feet of snow here, white scales may not be the best idea!  :)

Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: sir_mike on March 06, 2019, 04:54:34 AM
Nice trio, Sir Mike.

Mine is my first. And I'm becoming a fan.   :tu:

Thanks!  There is just something about the Explorer and its tool set that just works for me!  I like the inline philips alot and it fits in places where the back philips or MT bit philip setups can't get into!
 :tu:
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: Antti Lammi on March 06, 2019, 05:26:19 AM
Did someone say Explorer's?  I can't live without mine (the three amigo's) and even though I try others, I always come back to the Explorer!  Usually carry the one in the middle with Ruby Plus scales!  ;)
Those looks awesome especially that green one


Only Tools Matters
Title: Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
Post by: gerleatherberman on March 06, 2019, 05:47:29 AM
There is something very cool about Silver Tech scales.   :tu:
Indeed! :cheers:
I put SilverTech on the Champ XLT also. The Explorer wears them better though. :)

Nice trio, Sir Mike.

Mine is my first. And I'm becoming a fan.   :tu:
Glad you're liking your first exploration into that particular model. :)

Thanks!

Nice!  I like the Silvertech scales!  I also have the White Tech/Snow style scales (not sure what they are called) but I don't have another Explorer to put them on!  Of course since we have quite a few feet of snow here, white scales may not be the best idea!  :)

You'd get frost bite trying to find it! :ahhh
But, the Snow scales would look awesome on the Explorer.

There is something very cool about Silver Tech scales.   :tu:
They really do have a "look". Almost like they are what Vic should have as standard scales in the 21st century. I like the traditional red, but the SilverTech would look more relevant these days. IMO of course.