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Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« on: March 11, 2010, 06:38:29 PM »
Hi all.

Here's what landed yesterday morning: a Wenger Evo S557, all the way from Athens :P and trailmaster (for SOSAK denizens), through our beloved EDCS! :salute:



This is the first Wenger I ever bought and the only one I actually felt interested in from their lineup (I had another Wenger that I sold to Grant a while back but that one was a freebie memorabilia from a conference I attended a few years ago).

First impressions: this thing was big! I mean, if you thought an 84mm SAK would be on the small side, think twice. :) Well, it is 84mm in length ::) but it is a full 5-layer SAK (plus some little extra width for the evo scales).  Speaking of which, the Wenger Giant much be quite "funny", having all those implements at an 84mm form factor. :P

That aside, the engineering that went in this SAK is just impressive. A few (mostly known but I'll mention them nevertheless) highlights:

  - The main blade is a locking one, and a lock-back at that. Having the corkscrew on the backspring means there is no space for a lock release button, so the button goes in the front just by the blade. Pressing on this button actually lifts the backspring only just enough to disengage the lock.



The blade also features a half stop so that you can remove your finger from its way. ;)



The downside to having both the lock release button and a second implement (nail file... :) on the same layer on a 84mm SAK means the blade is noticeably narrower than the blades on Vic 91mm SAKs.



  - It features a phillips (x-type, like on Vic SAKs) and a flat driver, both of which "lock" with Wenger's patended system (the drivers recess a bit, engaging a lock, when pressed against a screw).
  - It has a mini plier (with wire cutters) which happens to be of the slip-joint type.



    The wire cutter is actually a whole in the plier through which you put the wire. (see how it "disappears" in the following shot)



  - It also sports a serrated pair of scissors.



  - A feature of both the pliers and scissors I find impressive is the way their springs are made: the spring engages only when the tools are fully open, as it sits on the backspring. Lift the tool from its backspring and the spring goes all floppy, so it has no tension when in the closed position (plus it's quite beefy, compared to other spring-like contraptions). That also means that when operating the pliers or scissors, you put some pressure on the backspring on every push of the pliers/scissors handle, which could probably lead to the backspring weakening with use... :-\



  - Another very interesting implement in this SAK is the nut wrench.



    Arguably it's a small one (around 8mm at its widest, around 5mm at its narrowest), but it's a joy to look at anyway. :P

* Things I didn't like:
  - The awl is not grounded or sharpened in any way. ???
  - The T&T are sort-of sad excuses of their Vic counterparts.



  - The wrench is on the middle layer. That means you can't use it on nuts that are flush with and not on the edge of the surface under them, which is what holds with all of the nuts of its supported sizes that I found around the house and office.
  - There's no "plus" option (that I know off) so no way to get the pressurized pen and security pin.
  - The can opener lacks the Vic screwdriver extension (allegedly good on phillips screws), but the s557 has the above mentioned full phillips driver so it's not much of a loss... :)
  - The corkscrew sits a bit proud of the scale. Could be a sign of use or a lemon to start with, but it doesn't matter that much to me.



Versus a Vic Explorer Plus (the closest I have in a Vic SAK):
* you gain:
  - pliers
  - wrench
  - nail file
  - locking main blade and screwdrivers
  - serrations on the scissors
* you loose:
  - mag glass
  - mini screwdriver on the end of the can opener.
  - small blade
  - hook
  - pressurized pen
  - safety pin
  - mini screwdriver (you can use the Vic one with the s557, but it was not part of the original package ;))
  - sharpened awl and seweing eye

Given that I always have a plier-based MT on my person (and a Spirit at that), and that I can get all of the remaining tools (plus a bit more) on my Explorer Plus which is only a tad longer (6mm) but also quite a bit narrower (~8mm), I don't think I'm likely to EDC this one. However, being an engineer myself, I can't but drool at its innovations.

There... It took me the whole of 2100+ posts to actually write up a useful review-ish one. :D
Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 42,959 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
Re: Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010, 06:44:05 PM »
Bloody fine write up mate :tu:

There is a lot to recommend Wenger's isn't there :)

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Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,167 North American Meetup: May13-15 2011
Re: Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010, 06:52:51 PM »
I'm a fan of the S557.  The locking blade is superb. Pliers are very good, (for SAK pliers) and I really like the wrench.

Mine went out of EDC rotation after springing the corkscrew pretty badly.  Wenger replaced it under warranty, but somehow the replacement hasn't returned to service...


yet.  :D

May have to reconsider...

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Re: Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2010, 06:57:00 PM »
i love both my wengers, nice write up and a great knife  :tu:
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Re: Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2010, 08:55:01 PM »
Nice pics mate.  :)

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Re: Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2010, 09:09:50 PM »
Regard blade thickness, even the non-locking models have the same blade, it just replaces lock tab with a spacer instead.
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Re: Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2010, 09:24:38 PM »

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Re: Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2010, 09:35:43 PM »
Darnit, now I want that one too! 

Sean

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Re: Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2010, 10:51:14 PM »
Darnit, now I want that one too! 
Sounds like you have SAKolitis pretty bad. Better not go and look here or your wallet may take a big hit.
http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,14058.0.html

Multitool.org Main Site Manager Zombie Apprentice Posts: 15,287
Re: Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2010, 10:57:35 PM »
Good write-up we don't see too many for Wengers :tu:

I'm not taking any more mod orders at present, sorry.
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Re: Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2010, 01:06:53 AM »
It is a nice knife. Good write up.  :salute:

A little Leatherman information.

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Re: Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2010, 01:52:10 PM »
Thanks guys. I've spent the last couple of days fondling this tool. Ahh, the feel of a fresh SAK is so invigorating... :D
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Re: Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2010, 04:30:04 PM »
Nice one Nikos! :tu: This would make a fine SOSAKOnline article methinks :salute:

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Admin Team Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,901 Wearer of the Cloak of Band-aye-eed.
Re: Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2010, 05:26:16 PM »
Thanks guys. I've spent the last couple of days fondling this tool. Ahh, the feel of a fresh SAK is so invigorating... :D

+1 to that!  I love a brand new shiny knife!

Sean

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Re: Wenger s557 (image intensive)
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2010, 02:12:27 AM »
[Thread necromancy alert]

Nice one Nikos! :tu: This would make a fine SOSAKOnline article methinks :salute:

I hadn't logged on sosakonline for some time. Guess what I found the other day? :D Thanks guys... 8)

 

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