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Poll

Which do you prefer on the backspring of your SAK's?

Corkscrew
132 (47.3%)
Phillips
120 (43%)
I have no preference
27 (9.7%)

Total Members Voted 275

SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips? 23597

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 9,397
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #270 on: July 30, 2018, 09:40:24 PM »
When I figured out that the can opener is a good #2 Phillips driver I've switched sides to the corkscrew team  :salute:

In that regard the Outrider with its #0/1 inline Phillips and corkscrew suddenly makes a lot of sense to me  :D



Also I have to deal more with glasses lately (mini screwdriver) and as shown a couple of posts up, I do use the corkscrew in autumn/winter often to untie wet laces after riding my bike in rain.

Formerly known as MTMatt
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,238
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #271 on: July 30, 2018, 09:43:59 PM »
When I figured out that the can opener is a good #2 Phillips driver I've switched sides to the corkscrew team  :salute:

In that regard the Outrider with its #0/1 inline Phillips and corkscrew suddenly makes a lot of sense to me  :D

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Also I have to deal more with glasses lately (mini screwdriver) and as shown a couple of posts up, I do use the corkscrew in autumn/winter often to untie wet laces after riding my bike in rain.
:like: :tu: :D

That Outrider looks great!

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 9,397
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #272 on: July 30, 2018, 10:14:46 PM »
Cheers El C.
It's the slide lock version still.
I prefer the more sturdy saw and the sewing eye on the awl  :salute:

Formerly known as MTMatt
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,640 Never gonna run around and desert the SAKs
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #273 on: July 30, 2018, 10:49:10 PM »
When I figured out that the can opener is a good #2 Phillips driver I've switched sides to the corkscrew team  :salute:

In that regard the Outrider with its #0/1 inline Phillips and corkscrew suddenly makes a lot of sense to me  :D

(Image removed from quote.)

Also I have to deal more with glasses lately (mini screwdriver) and as shown a couple of posts up, I do use the corkscrew in autumn/winter often to untie wet laces after riding my bike in rain.
:like: :tu: :D

That Outrider looks great!
+1  :like: :like: :like:

Hooked, like everyone else. ;)

All hail the hook!
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 9,397
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #274 on: July 31, 2018, 08:08:39 AM »
 :cheers:

Formerly known as MTMatt
Sr. Member Posts: 440
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #275 on: July 31, 2018, 09:55:26 AM »
Overall, the corkscrew gets my vote for its multiple uses and heritage. A back tooled 84/85/91mm SAK looks kind of wrong to me without one. But it does make the knife less comfortable in hand and in pocket. Some of the old fluted ones, which otherwise I like for their appearance, can be downright painful! :td: (an installed mini SD helps a little). I gave my nephew a small Tinker and was surprised at how much more comfortable it was to use than my Sportsman.

I've been using a Camper a lot lately and am so tired of the CS gouging my palm and thumb that I'm waiting for a Hiker to hitch a lift to my pocket.  :tu:

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Hero Member Posts: 611
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #276 on: February 15, 2020, 03:58:11 PM »
Resurrecting an old thread...

The ongoing Fieldmaster challenge has sparked my interest in this age old question....

I've preferred the corkscrew, in theory, for many years... Since in reality I have EDCed an alox soldier for the better part of 12 years and carried neither one.

My theoretical preference for the corkscrew has made me partial to the Huntsman over the Fieldmaster.  But alas, last month I have my Huntsman to a friend and now there's a gap in my collection.  The Fieldmaster just might fill that space.  But I'm not sure... I definitely use the micro SD in the corkscrew, that's for certain. I don't suppose I keep a mental note of every time I use the can opener as a Phillips, or the corkscrew.  :think:

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I call upon thee to use the upcoming SAK Stack challenge to help answer this question!
Carve a notch in your walking staff for each time you make a kill with the corkscrew or the Phillips!


At the end, we may have a better idea of what tool is better as an EDC.  Understanding that neither tool is ideal or perfect... That normal people 😂 would reach for an actual screwdriver or wine opener if given the chance, and conversely, that most of us use the corkscrew as a marlinspike...  Percieved need aside, which tool is actually more useful in the pocket for whatever reason arises. Which tool is the duct tape in your kit?
Full Member Posts: 246
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #277 on: February 15, 2020, 04:29:12 PM »
I have more use for a Philips sc than a CS.. Kinda avoid SAKs with the CS but do have a few.. As an eyeglass wearer (55yrs) I have never needed a eyeglass screwdriver that I can remember.. So don't need a CS to hold the tiny screwdriver..

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Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 24,270
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #278 on: February 15, 2020, 04:42:17 PM »
Phillips by a long shot - and with that being said...I rarely use either when I do carry them. The blades, sissors, and saw get the most use.
Newbie Posts: 29
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #279 on: February 24, 2020, 05:12:44 PM »
For the type of work I do (electronics) the Phillips is my choice.  The can opener works good for most Phillips screws but I find I frequently run into recessed screws.  The T handle isn't great but the backside Phillips can access deeper recessed screws better then say a Leatherman Wave.  It's not perfect but in a pinch it works good and I do find I use it over the can opener whenever I can. 

I will say though I currently EDC a Super Tinker (which I love), I have been looking at getting a Sportsman or Climber just because the Corkscrew is cool!
Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 20,669
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #280 on: February 24, 2020, 06:46:30 PM »
Welcome to :MTO:

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No Life Club Posts: 1,298
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #281 on: February 25, 2020, 05:29:27 AM »
For the type of work I do (electronics) the Phillips is my choice.  The can opener works good for most Phillips screws but I find I frequently run into recessed screws.  The T handle isn't great but the backside Phillips can access deeper recessed screws better then say a Leatherman Wave.  It's not perfect but in a pinch it works good and I do find I use it over the can opener whenever I can. 

I will say though I currently EDC a Super Tinker (which I love), I have been looking at getting a Sportsman or Climber just because the Corkscrew is cool!

Welcome aboard!   :cheers:

You might consider an Explorer, which would get you the corkscrew (which is cool  8) ) & end-mounted Phillips.
Newbie Posts: 29
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #282 on: February 25, 2020, 05:09:23 PM »
Welcome aboard!   :cheers:

You might consider an Explorer, which would get you the corkscrew (which is cool  8) ) & end-mounted Phillips.

Thanks! I was considering the Explorer just not sure about that extra layer.  The Spartan Lite looked interesting too but don't know how great that light would actually be.
No Life Club Posts: 1,298
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #283 on: February 25, 2020, 05:36:08 PM »
Thanks! I was considering the Explorer just not sure about that extra layer.  The Spartan Lite looked interesting too but don't know how great that light would actually be.


My experience (as long as the SAKs all have 4 layers or fewer) is that adding or subtracting a layer feels weird for a while, and then you get used to it, but YMMV.  Some people have a “hard limit” of 3 or even 2 layers.  Five or more layers never felt right in the hand to me, but some folks happily EDC a Swisschamp.

The lights/lites are not great, especially by modern LED flashlight standards.  IMO, if you need a small light, you’re much better off with a dedicated 1xAAA keychain light.  C’mon down to the Flashlight sub forum if you want specific suggestions.
Newbie Posts: 29
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #284 on: February 26, 2020, 03:22:40 AM »

My experience (as long as the SAKs all have 4 layers or fewer) is that adding or subtracting a layer feels weird for a while, and then you get used to it, but YMMV.  Some people have a “hard limit” of 3 or even 2 layers.  Five or more layers never felt right in the hand to me, but some folks happily EDC a Swisschamp.

The lights/lites are not great, especially by modern LED flashlight standards.  IMO, if you need a small light, you’re much better off with a dedicated 1xAAA keychain light.  C’mon down to the Flashlight sub forum if you want specific suggestions.

Thanks again.  You really got me thinking about that Explorer now, not that I needed to much convincing, lol. 
No Life Club Posts: 1,180
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #285 on: February 26, 2020, 05:11:37 AM »
Having a phillips capable of working with recessed screws has always been a requirement for me, but I also don't have much use for the nose hair trimming capabilities of 91mm scissors and thus bought an old Explorer Plus for a few bucks and removed the wasteful scissors layer. It is really easy to do.
No Life Club Posts: 1,298
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #286 on: February 26, 2020, 06:07:32 AM »
Thanks again.  You really got me thinking about that Explorer now, not that I needed to much convincing, lol.

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Hero Member Posts: 611
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #287 on: February 26, 2020, 06:16:37 PM »
Having a phillips capable of working with recessed screws has always been a requirement for me, but I also don't have much use for the nose hair trimming capabilities of 91mm scissors and thus bought an old Explorer Plus for a few bucks and removed the wasteful scissors layer. It is really easy to do.

I often have two SAK scissors with me... I use the smaller 58mm scissors for the recessed nose hairs.   :dwts:
Hero Member Posts: 540 The Spirit of Central Asia
Re: SAK's - Corkscrew or Phillips?
« Reply #288 on: February 26, 2020, 07:46:50 PM »
I prefer both.

 

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