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Appreciation for the Explorer 65184

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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #90 on: March 18, 2013, 06:22:19 AM »
That's a nice one :tu:  I like the black magnifier :drool:

K-Tibbs
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #91 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?
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #92 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.

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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #93 on: March 24, 2013, 05:02:03 AM »
Here's my Explorer;D

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K-Tibbs
Full Member Posts: 154 Meet The Youngster: 13 Years Old and SAK Collector
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #94 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.

^^

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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #95 on: March 24, 2013, 06:34:50 PM »
I'm still carrying mine every day.  I love this knife. 

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Sean
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #96 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.

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K-Tibbs
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #97 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.)
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #98 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:

SAW
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #99 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:

K-Tibbs
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #100 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..."
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #101 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:

K-Tibbs
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #102 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

SAW
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #103 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 ;)

K-Tibbs
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #104 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.

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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #105 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.
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #106 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.
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #107 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:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,909 Any tool is better than nothing. Some not by much
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #108 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:
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #109 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).

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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #110 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. 

K-Tibbs
No Life Club Posts: 2,902
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #111 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.

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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #112 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
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #113 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:

K-Tibbs
No Life Club Posts: 2,902
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #114 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.

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Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 23,246 Wooooo!
Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #115 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:

K-Tibbs
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #116 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 ;))

K-Tibbs
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #117 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 ;)

K-Tibbs
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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #118 on: June 09, 2013, 11:22:27 PM »

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Re: Appreciation for the Explorer
« Reply #119 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!

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