I've been wanting to buy an Explorer for some time now, but not sure whether to buy new or used on account of the magnifier. It's between the original with the 8x glass magnifier with the grey plastic housing, or the most recent model with the 6x glass lens in a clear plastic housing. Swissknifeshoppe has assured me that all their new stock no longer have the lens popping out of the housing issue, so that's not a factor. I was just wondering which you prefer for general "exploring": smaller lens but higher magnification, or larger lens but lower magnification, and why? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
I can’t say I have a preference for the old glass over the new glass. And I certainly dislike the plastic ones. But I prefer the build of older knives over newer ones. So I have a tendency to grab the gray frame magnifiers when I need one. New knives with the 2.0mm tang seem a bit cheap and flimsy to me.
I have been looking at Explorers as well. I believe and maybe someone who has an older one can confirm this that the phillips screwdriver is longer on the older model. Personally if I get one I will go with an older model due to the phillips and higher magnification. Not that I plan on lighting fires with it but the higher magnification might be beneficial for that as well.
Great Info Aloha, Mahalo Nui!