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The Handyman Owners Club 6062

Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 24,490
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #30 on: October 29, 2018, 05:39:17 PM »
Nice  :like:
Hero Member Posts: 842 There's a SAK for that!
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2018, 11:55:34 AM »
The Handyman was my very first SAK

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Looks great! Did you do the scales yourself?

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Full Member Posts: 147
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #32 on: November 01, 2018, 09:17:44 PM »
The Handyman was my very first SAK

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Looks great! Did you do the scales yourself?

Yes I made them thicker than normal by accident but I do like it more. Made from Mahogony I got from a demo job on an old cottage the wood is about 60 plus years old I have so much of the wood to make hundreds of scales  :D 
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,750
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #33 on: June 27, 2019, 06:28:19 PM »
One of these days I make you all carry the Handyman. It might take a few years though  :pok:

Newbie Posts: 24
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #34 on: March 10, 2020, 11:59:35 AM »
Hi everyone

I had posted my query in another thread, but just realised this could be the more appropriate thread.  :oops:

I need help in identifying this slightly older SAK. Based on SAKWiki, the layered tools seem to point this to the Handyman. However, it does not have a hook and I don’t recall it came with a mini-screwdriver.

Is this an older Handyman model, and if so, can you guys help point when this model was sold?  Interestingly, the cockscrew is grooved.

Thanks in advance for your inputs.

Best, Firetower
Newbie Posts: 8 Mr Lambik
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #35 on: May 10, 2020, 02:02:39 PM »
Hi all. I'm new on the forum, so I thought I'd come here to make a post about the SAK I've been carrying for years: the Victorinox Handyman.

I got my first knife when I was 10 years old on a skiing trip with my parents in Switzerland. While there, I had an unfortunate accident and broke my leg. Had to be rescued by helicopter and everything.
Prior to this, I had been obsessively admiring the SAK selection in stores and catalogues for months. Being in Switzerland hadn't helped toning down this obesssion either.  :D  So as a cheer up present, my parents bought me the Handyman. I guess it worked, because 10 year old me was completely in awe of this gift. I remember opening and closing all the tools repeatedly, with an almost religious reverence.

Since then, the Handyman has been a trusty  companion. It has helped me do and amazing range of tasks, from building camps and making pointy sticks, to installing furniture in my apartment as an adult. Sadly, it is not the original knife I got almost 20 years ago, because that one got lost while out in the woods. I was devastated of course, because that knife had a lot of sentimental value. But I immediately replaced it with the same model, even though it was pretty expensive for me at the time.

While I still find this to be a great knife, I've recently been looking at other knives for two reasons:
1. The number one flaw of this knife for me personally, is its screwdriving capability. It's the number one simple task for which my Handyman has had to call for backup from regular tools.
2. It's a lot of knife for an EDC. Both for pocket space, as for it's people-friendliness. Pulling out this knife in public has attracted some frowns in the past.

However, the Handyman will always have a special place in my heart, in I will surely keep carrying it on camping trips and such.

So that's how I've landed on this forum, and let me tell you: it has rekindled some of that original wonder and admiration for the Swiss Army Knife. I've absorbed heaps of information, stories, and some astonishing mod ideas.
You haven't seen the last of me, that's for sure  8)
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,750
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #36 on: May 10, 2020, 02:25:59 PM »
Great story, Lambik! Welcome to MTo! Be careful though, in this place admiration turns into obsession with frequent SAK buying followed by more SAK buying  :rofl:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,750
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #37 on: May 10, 2020, 02:34:42 PM »
Here is one of mine:



 :cheers:
Newbie Posts: 8 Mr Lambik
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #38 on: May 10, 2020, 09:30:13 PM »
Gorgeous  :tu:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,750
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #39 on: May 10, 2020, 10:14:29 PM »
 :hatsoff: :cheers:
No Life Club Posts: 2,370
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #40 on: May 10, 2020, 10:26:16 PM »
Hi everyone

I had posted my query in another thread, but just realised this could be the more appropriate thread.  :oops:

I need help in identifying this slightly older SAK. Based on SAKWiki, the layered tools seem to point this to the Handyman. However, it does not have a hook and I don’t recall it came with a mini-screwdriver.

Is this an older Handyman model, and if so, can you guys help point when this model was sold?  Interestingly, the cockscrew is grooved.

Thanks in advance for your inputs.

Best, Firetower
I case you didn’t get an answer earlier, your knife is ‘89-‘90. Before that it would have the thin 2.5mm pliers and after that it would have the hook.


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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,750
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #41 on: May 10, 2020, 11:21:50 PM »
Good information, kamakiri  :like: :tu:
Sr. Member Posts: 428
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #42 on: July 22, 2020, 04:55:53 AM »
I don't yet own a Handyman, but I gifted one to my father who has been without a SAK/MT for some years now.

After considering pretty much every aspect of every currently available model (the Mrs still makes fun of me for how much time I spent researching SAKs), I found that it's quite literally the best "handyman" or "craftsman" SAK (the name given to the same tool with phillips in place of corkscrew). Some of the names can be rather arbitrary, but here they're spot on. We've used it alone to craft things like fishing lures or make repairs.

While the Swiss Champ is slightly larger than is ideal for comfort and dexterity in the hand, I find the Handyman to fit perfectly in hand and allow for good purchase on the tool while using it. It really has about everything you need and excludes the niche tools like fish scaler and magnifying glass. Plus-scales standard would be a plus ( :hatsoff: ).

I'm going to have to get one because I think it might actually be the best all-rounder they make and the closest thing to what I consider to be an ideal 'multitool'.
Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 21,400

Nix us

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Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #43 on: October 28, 2020, 06:55:23 PM »
 :whistle:

heterodox, not in the box
Hero Member Posts: 959
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #44 on: October 28, 2020, 08:45:28 PM »


While the Swiss Champ is slightly larger than is ideal for comfort and dexterity in the hand, I find the Handyman to fit perfectly in hand and allow for good purchase on the tool while using it. It really has about everything you need and excludes the niche tools like fish scaler and magnifying glass. Plus-scales standard would be a plus ( :hatsoff: ).


 :iagree: Interesting that others have that feeling as well. The difference in size and weight may be subtle, but as EDCs Handyman/Champion/CT 34 still feel "right" (but only just) whereas Swisschamp/CT Lite/CT41 all are ever so slightly over the top, at least imho.
No Life Club Posts: 2,370
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #45 on: October 28, 2020, 09:02:54 PM »
:iagree: Interesting that others have that feeling as well. The difference in size and weight may be subtle, but as EDCs Handyman/Champion/CT 34 still feel "right" (but only just) whereas Swisschamp/CT Lite/CT41 all are ever so slightly over the top, at least imho.

Although all the phillips options have their compromises, that is the one reason I don’t have or carry a modern Handyman.

Though I think I’d grab one with thin pliers from ‘86-‘87 or so if I happened on one. But no such luck there and I only have the sibling Craftsmans of the era, and only ‘87+ on top of that.

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Full Member Posts: 135
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #46 on: November 03, 2020, 11:58:01 AM »
Still getting used to the weight. It’s a big difference from my Ranger, surprisingly.



Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,750
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #47 on: November 03, 2020, 03:27:36 PM »
Nice pictures! After carrying the MP600 and 400 for a while, I find the Handyman surprisingly light. It is all perspective i guess  :D

Also makes a big difference in my experience how you carry a tool. With the Vic belt hanger you can hardly feel the Handyman at all  :tu:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,750
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #48 on: November 06, 2020, 02:49:52 PM »


Getting more pocket time again  :cheers:
No Life Club Posts: 1,663
Re: The Handyman Owners Club
« Reply #49 on: November 06, 2020, 02:53:53 PM »
 :like: :cheers: :tu:

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