A Champion in '73-'74....carried it backpacking in the States and then through Europe. Couldn't have asked for a better companion!
I was about fifteen. Not a care in the world. One day, my dad stepped into my room. In his hand, a shiny red thing."I found this on the street. You want it?"He held up his hand in front of me and opened his palm. A Swiss Army Knife. For me. The only person I knew that had one was MacGyver.I dropped my Batman and reached for it with both hands. So excited. I took it in my hands. "Just be careful with it. It's sharp."I started playing with it. Blades, sharp. Scissors? The thing had scissors! How cool!A little saw. The tiniest I had ever seen, but very aggressive. Openers, well, I wasn't going to use them for some time, but they were there. Corkscrew? Now you're getting silly. I had no idea what the awl was. But I didn't care. I didn't even know what Victorinox was, let alone that it was in fact a Huntsman.I only found out about all that a bit over a year ago. My brother bought a Chinese knock-off. "Look, I got a Swiss Army Knife!""That's not a Swiss Army Knife. This is a Swiss Army Knife." I said, and gave him my Huntsman. And I went on-line to buy a new one. And I discovered the wonderful world of Victorinox. So, let's hear your stories. What was your first SAK?
Quote from: SAK Guy on April 10, 2016, 07:30:33 PMA Champion in '73-'74....carried it backpacking in the States and then through Europe. Couldn't have asked for a better companion!+1Very cool. Here's my '75 Champion that replaced the '73 Champion I lost on a fire.
My first was also a Wenger Toolchest, but a pre mag glass model.This is what it looked like after 40 years of use, misuse and abuse.(Image removed from quote.)and what it looks like today after restoring and retiring.(Image removed from quote.)
I come from lower-income backgrounds.At the age of 8 or 9 years my father has gone with me to a big knife store and I might select to me a brand new SAK! There were all sorts of SAKs on display. Most liked the 111mm modelI "Rucksack" I thought my father says this is too expensive and to big. But my dad just bought it for me. I will never forget this moment!Such a big, brand new SAK for me little boy! That was a half sword for me and I felt like a king. I was sooo proud.This knife was the most valuable thing what I owned and I always had it with me.My love to the SAKs was born...