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The Handyman Owners Club 6049

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,076 Cats have pocket knives of their own
The Handyman Owners Club
« on: April 01, 2013, 12:06:47 PM »
I thought I'd start yet another owners club, for the Vic Handyman this time. Somehow I think that not many appreciate this model. I find it bulky but not unyieldly and it covers almost any small or medium sized task I may come by. It lives in my bag, or coat pocket in winter. Behold:

Omnia vincit amor. Vae victis.
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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013, 12:20:14 PM »
I never thought about carrying mine but it actually has a very useful tool configuration.


You should seriously visit vicfan.com. All the hoopy froods are doing it.
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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2013, 04:59:46 PM »
If you accept Craftsman and Master Craftsman(Astronaut ) them I'm well in!

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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2013, 05:09:01 PM »
Big fan , the only SAK that's seen EDC for about the last year . I think of it as the thinking man's Swisschamp ( don't need no stinking fish scaler/magnifier ) .

Chris
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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2013, 09:53:25 PM »
( don't need no stinking fish scaler/magnifier ) .
I wouldn't be so harsh. Both these could come in handy :facepalm: :D at a give moment but I've never considered getting them. However, if Vic dwarfs could put an in-line Phillips driver on the pliers' back spring  that would really be something I think. Don't know how to put this, while the Vic Handyman isn't my favourite SAK it probably is the most treasured one. I believe I could use a "my precious" emoticon right now >:D

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,909 Any tool is better than nothing. Some not by much
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2014, 07:39:35 PM »
I just came across this thread sort of by accident.

I guess I'm a member. I inherited my late father-in-law's Vic Handyman.

Here's the thread where I discuss it.
http://forum.multitool.org/swiss-forum/al's-handyman/

And a pic...


I personally think it's a little thick for comfort, but still a great tool with a ton of function. This one is well over 20 years old, and still looks excellent.
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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2014, 11:20:52 PM »
I wanted one of these, but the price over what a Ranger costs is to much for some essentially useless pliers.
That single layer seems to add twenty to thirty dollars per knife.
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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2014, 12:57:15 AM »
i'm in.



i carry it pretty often. Nice set of tools on it.  :tu:

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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2014, 11:24:34 PM »
I tried out a Handyman because it has just about the same tools as my Swisstool Spirit X but at only 5.5 ounces (which is right at that tipping point for me in regards to pocket carry. Any heavier, and things get noticeable).

Why not a Craftsman since it's the same knife but with a T-Phillips? ?   I prefer a corkscrew because it can hold the eyeglass screwdriver and I've used the corkscrew to untie knots.

As for the pliers, you have to see them as Turbo Tweezers rather than pliers. In that capacity, they do very well.

I don't have a daily need for a saw and a file, so I sold my Handyman. But it's a great SAK and a recommend it.

 

« Last Edit: January 04, 2014, 11:27:55 PM by shamus »
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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2014, 01:19:43 AM »
I have a Wenger Handyman as well as a Vic Ranger
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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2017, 02:26:24 PM »
It's been a while since this club saw a new member, but I'd like to become one!

I've been carrying a Handyman since 1992. It has been a bit problematic at high-school since we weren't allowed to carry knives. I have however always carried it and always referred to it as a tool  :D
The Handyman is a thicker knife but does not have any redundant tools in my opinion. I'd hate to miss this one! It's been my EDC for nearly 25 years now.

The connoisseurs might see the knife in the image is not 25 years old. And they'd be correct. Unfortunately I've lost/misplaced my first Handyman. I couldn't do without and bought another.
Also, the scales are not original. The scales cracked around 20 years of Handyman carry so I decided to celebrate it by placing black plus scales. The added pen and pin are used all the time.


Originally I carried the Handyman on a leather Victorinox strap like this.

The first one lasted me years, when I replaced it with a new one it wore down in less than two years. I realise now that this is a belt hanger and I've been using it wrong.
The length is ideal for me however, so I made a similar one from paracord. It has the added benefit of clip hooks on both ends. Now I can take of just the knife, that way the strap does not go in the way.
The light on the strap is a Photon Freedom Covert.

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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2017, 08:31:52 PM »
It's a great pattern!  It's basically one of my fav SAKs, the Ranger, with pliers making it even more useful!!
:cheers:

My Stay Glow one is in my EDC rotation   

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 6,076 Cats have pocket knives of their own
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2017, 10:00:57 AM »
It's nice to see the Vic Handyman getting some more love. It's a tremendous SAK and an underrated one IMO.

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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2017, 05:31:28 PM »
Does this club include the Craftsman?

I chose he Craftsman over the Handyman for the Phillips. I don't drink wine and there are at least 3 other tools on the Craftsman for taking out tight knots. I don't wear glasses so I don't need the micro-driver. The Craftsman is my EDC with occasional rotation between the Deluxe Tinker.




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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2017, 05:44:21 PM »
Well... i'm actually an ex-owner since i gave mine away to my father in law  :D
Great sak, but i hardly ever carried it because it's just too big and bulky for my taste. He keeps it in the car :cheers:
« Last Edit: August 23, 2017, 05:46:14 PM by MacGyver »

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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2017, 08:22:33 PM »
might look like all other fat big SAKs, but it has a special place in my collection



the nly one with a lanyard (black) instead of a pocket clip

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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2017, 07:47:13 PM »
Is this a Handyman? :think:  Just scored it for $9  :tu:

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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2017, 04:34:07 PM »
Is this a Handyman? :think:  Just scored it for $9  :tu:

it would look like it is...nice score!!!!
Esa es una de las buenas, más aún por $9! Un poco de limpieza seguro que la deja como nueva, y ahí tienes una compañera de por vida   :cheers:

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MTs: Surge (2x), Skeletool CX, Rebar, Blast, Fuse, Micra, Squirt (3x), Wave, Crunch, Mini, Spirit (2x), Pro Scout, MP700 (2x), Diesel, Powerlock, PowerPlier (2x), PocketPowerPlier, Blacktip , ST6 (2x), 5WR, A100

SAKs: Bantam, Executive, Ambassador, Minichamp, Classic Alox, Champion, Farmer, Explorer, Swisschamp, Golf Tool, Wenger Champ, EVO 52, Pocket Tool Chest
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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2017, 10:37:15 PM »
Hi everyone, this is my 1990/1991 Victorinox Handyman 1.3773.

I love it and I’ve never head problems on carrying it. I’ve been using it about 10 years ago in camping tent. Now it is in a box. I think I have used every single tool, including the corckscrew with whom I opened good bottles of wine.









Recently I riconditioned it, I cleaned it, polished the tools, oiled, fixed a bending in one layer and gently sharpened blades, scissors etc. with an original Victorinox sharpening tool.

Also I replaced toothpick, tweezers and scales. One scale was broken after I drop the Sak, the other one deformed and didn’t fit perfectly the body.



As you can see it has the following differences compared to the current model:

1) old pliers type;



2) old corkscrew type;



3) old metal saw type;



4) small flat-head screwdriver instead of the hook;



5) old keyring type (made of aluminium and slimmer) positioned in the same side of the corckscrew;



Presently I’d like to buy a new one and organizing camping again and collecting this vintage one.

:climber:
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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2017, 10:38:31 PM »
Very nice ! Welcome to MTo !
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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2017, 10:44:14 PM »
Thank you very much Ronald!  :cheers:
No Life Club Posts: 1,544
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2017, 10:52:34 PM »
My Handyman is confined to a box with occasional display opportunities (pictured here with its Ranger cousin)...

Handyman and Ranger by NorCal Jim, on Flickr
Hero Member Posts: 842 There's a SAK for that!
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #22 on: December 10, 2017, 11:22:47 PM »
Hi everyone, this is my 1990/1991 Victorinox Handyman 1.3773.
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I love it and I’ve never head problems on carrying it. I’ve been using it about 10 years ago in camping tent. Now it is in a box. I think I have used every single tool, including the corckscrew with whom I opened good bottles of wine.









Recently I riconditioned it, I cleaned it, polished the tools, oiled, fixed a bending in one layer and gently sharpened blades, scissors etc. with an original Victorinox sharpening tool.

Also I replaced toothpick, tweezers and scales. One scale was broken after I drop the Sak, the other one deformed and didn’t fit perfectly the body.



As you can see it has the following differences compared to the current model:

1) old pliers type;



2) old corkscrew type;



3) old metal saw type;



4) small flat-head screwdriver instead of the hook;



5) old keyring type (made of aluminium and slimmer) positioned in the same side of the corckscrew;



Presently I’d like to buy a new one and organizing camping again and collecting this vintage one.

:climber:

Absolutely lovely! Great to see the Hanyman getting much love!

My SAK collection and more: http://pocketknives.home.blog
Full Member Posts: 164
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #23 on: October 23, 2018, 01:03:51 PM »
I'm in. I EDC ma handyman in a bag and I like it very much. I feel secure with it because it has many tools. I decided to put it inside a LM nylon sheat and the size is perfect!

I have nothing against corkscrew, i'm Italian!!
No Life Club Posts: 1,287
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2018, 09:45:23 PM »
I'll join this club due to having a very generous boss...!
I wish they still made the Craftsman though, that would be perfect, not really got any use for the corkscrew.
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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2018, 10:45:55 PM »
Got to love a generous boss, nice one  :like:

This club has escaped me too, count me in  :tu:


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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #26 on: October 23, 2018, 10:46:49 PM »
Nice posts and photos everyone!  :like: :tu:
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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #27 on: October 28, 2018, 10:20:37 PM »
Does this club include the Craftsman?

I chose he Craftsman over the Handyman for the Phillips. I don't drink wine and there are at least 3 other tools on the Craftsman for taking out tight knots. I don't wear glasses so I don't need the micro-driver. The Craftsman is my EDC with occasional rotation between the Deluxe Tinker.

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It would be nice if it did;

I picked up this nice Craftsman at the markets.
It appears to have been unused, other than pocket time.

Not a mark on any tool or the blades.
It was full of crap though, and very stiff.

I gave it a nice bath, a drop of oil and some serious massaging to bring it back to health.

Its now like a new knife.
Its because of this knife that I purchased my Hercules.
Almost the same tool set.


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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,146 Bon Journee!!
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #28 on: October 29, 2018, 04:27:26 AM »
I'm a Craftsman user and lover too!  They are the original Swisstool!

Barry
Full Member Posts: 147
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #29 on: October 29, 2018, 03:28:55 PM »
The Handyman was my very first SAK


 

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