That is indeed a nice Explorer
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.
Today felt like an explorer day.....(Image removed from quote.)
Flippin 'eck! That GEC's lovely! I'm going to have to dig mine out now... (runs off)...
Don't run with that blade ou......... dials 999 Hello? Ambulance please
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!
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)
Nice trio, Sir Mike.Mine is my first. And I'm becoming a fan.
There is something very cool about Silver Tech scales.
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!
Nice shot, microbe.
So I've been seriously looking into the Explorer model lately. As much as I hate to admit it, the magnifier is quickly becoming indispensable to me. I've gotten old enough now that my bifocals just aren't cutting it for certain jobs anymore, and it's time to end the strategic placement of magnifying glasses throughout my home.Since I've been carrying the Warthog Swisschamp, the magnifier has become a companion to me, allowing me to do tons of little jobs that I often just gave up on or settled for botching up. The Phillips screwdriver has also proven to be absurdly handy. But........ I have a feeling that once the dog days of summer arrive, and the daytime heat grows to sweltering, that the SwissChamp may feel a little too heavy and bulky. So logically speaking, the Explorer is the model to move down to, as the Yeoman is no longer available. But what is it with used Explorers? I've bought tons of used Swiss Army knives over the years, and all have been pretty much in new condition, hardy used. Other than some scratches in the scales, they clean up quite nicely. But I bought two used Explorers maybe ten or 15 years back, and both have some serious use on them. Once has two worn and scratched up blades. One has kinks in the blades and tools. I just bought another used Explorer last week, really wanting that old style glass magnifier, and I can't even describe the damage to the main blade. It looks like the nail nick side of the blade had a dremel taken to it. So strange. I just ordered another last night, hoping to strike gold this time.Does the Explorer just invite a harder life than other models, or have I just gotten totally unlucky thus far?