Just a pair of Explorers... my favorite model probably.(Image removed from quote.)
(Image removed from quote.)The Explorer Plus has been my long-time favorite SAK, and continues to garner most of my pocket time.
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
I’m pretty sure I have/had a Swiss champ from the 90s with the clear plastic magnifier? I think it changed well before 2007?
The scales give it that little something extra.
Great to see your Explorers Steve #2 with pliers will be a great mod
I just found this thread and am happy to join the Explorer club! I have three, all with the gray-rim magnifier. Because of its stronger magnification, that's the one I prefer. As for the small field of view, try this trick: Hold the lens up to your eye like a jeweler's loupe, then bring the item you want to examine up to it.One of my Explorers is pre-1991 (no hook), the other two have hooks.My first (the pre-'91 with red scales) I got at an estate sale for $8, but it was in bad shape, most tools were really stiff. I managed to bring it back to life, detailed here: https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,87409.0.htmlThe second one (post-'91 with red scales) I got on eBay and it's in good shape. I'm going to mod it, adding pliers and black Plus scales. Still trying to decide if I want to add a wood saw also.The third (post-'91 with black scales) was another eBay find, but with messed up scissors. I managed to fix those - https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,87693.0.html (Yes, the blades on the it were well-used by the previous owner, like 1-2mm of width gone.)I've been carrying the pre-'91 since I repaired it, though have temporarily switched to the black one to test it out now that the scissors work.For me, the Explorer is a great combination of tools and size. Easy for me to pocket-carry on a suspension clip. I also carry a Mini Champ so have a lot of options between the two of them. If I'm anticipating needing even more, I switch up to the Swiss Champ.
You're awesome. I finally bought an Explorer so I could be cool like all of you, and now you're going to make me want to rip it apart and add pliers.
thanks for the mag tip
Welcome to the modder's club!I never thought about building my own until I got on this forum. See what it does to you? Then I had to buy several Explorers so I wasn't ripping apart my only one.Then I was buying other SAKs that looked interesting.Then I noticed some Wengers that looked interesting."Hi, my name is Steve and I have an addiction."
I'm documenting the Explorer + pliers build here: https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,87744.0.html