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The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society 15097

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The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« on: April 10, 2017, 04:19:58 AM »
Guten Tag, people!   In this thread I'd like to highlight the practical, useful, slimline, don't-even-know-it's-in-the-pocket elegance of the Victorinox Waiter.    I feel like the Waiter is one of the most under appreciated SAKs out there.  Talk about usefulness!  If you're sporting a mini screwdriver in the corkscrew and have new scales w/pin hole you're working with 10 functions in a single layer knife...  11 if you count the keyring  :P.  It really puts the "Swiss Army Knife" in "Swiss Army Knife."    This group of members show they have refined, sophisticated, and urbane qualities,  truly understanding the concept of less is more.  Such high caliber members can come here to share, learn, and grow together in this...   Society.

Do we have any other Waiter fans out there?  I know it's all Toolbox this and Super Champ Plus that, but, dang, what a lot of functionality in ONE LAYER!!!

I have pictured below 2 Waiters.  I believe one is the earliest incarnation and the other the most recent (w/out KR) and "Weishaupt" ad.   (Btw, I LOVE German/Swiss/Austrian ads on knives, makes me remember and miss that part of the world.)  Notable differences are the Economy scales on the older one, as well as a slightly more edgy, less-rounded combo tool, fluted corkscrew, no half-stop, old small  "V" stamp.

 :cheers:
« Last Edit: April 10, 2017, 06:51:59 AM by El Corkscrew »

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society.
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2017, 05:46:10 AM »
I've been on a minimalist kick lately and have recently rediscovered my love for the Waiter. So small yet so functional and barely noticeable in a pocket. I find the combo tool, though I wish it was just slightly more robust, handles most of my simple screwdriver and light pry bar needs. If I'm on some sort of job, computer or photo related, I will bring my Crunch and maybe another tool or two, but for my day to day urban existence it really fits nicely :tu:

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society.
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2017, 06:01:35 AM »
It occurred to me that the Waiter is the smallest SAK to support some must have tools unavailable in alox: corkscrew, tweezers and toothpick.
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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2017, 07:04:15 AM »
I've been on a minimalist kick lately and have recently rediscovered my love for the Waiter. So small yet so functional and barely noticeable in a pocket. I find the combo tool, though I wish it was just slightly more robust, handles most of my simple screwdriver and light pry bar needs. If I'm on some sort of job, computer or photo related, I will bring my Crunch and maybe another tool or two, but for my day to day urban existence it really fits nicely :tu:

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You're right, it's definitely not as robust, but really, should we be using our >91mm SAKs for prying in the first place?  The Waiter is not my favorite SAK or even my usual first choice to carry but I feel like it punches way above its weight limit... and the snap on a clean, lightly oiled Waiter, like a mouse trap it is. 


It occurred to me that the Waiter is the smallest SAK to support some must have tools unavailable in alox: corkscrew, tweezers and toothpick.

Excellent point, RS!!!   :salute:
« Last Edit: April 10, 2017, 07:05:19 AM by El Corkscrew »

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2017, 07:18:27 AM »
Got to agree about the snap, in fact I just woke up my dog folding the combo tool closed :D 

The combo tool has no problem prying some keys off my keyboard for de-gunking purposes, so I'm good with it.
« Last Edit: April 10, 2017, 07:27:05 AM by theonew »
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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2017, 07:38:34 AM »
Got to agree about the snap, in fact I just woke up my dog folding the combo tool closed :D 

The combo tool has no problem prying some keys off my keyboard for de-gunking purposes, so I'm good with it.

 :rofl:

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2017, 10:01:07 AM »
I would probably carry Waiter all the time, but I just dont like the combo tool enough.

I can see the charm as I only carry small SAKs anyways. If Tourist wouldnt exist Waiter would be the next to replace it.

Sure Tourist is chunky, it depends from the weather if I am able to carry it, that problem would not be with Waiter.

Good topic!
 :cheers:

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2017, 11:45:14 AM »
As others said, it just punches way above its weight and size and it's incredible useful in urban life.
That minimalist toolset also sharpens your mind and makes you improvise with what you've got, allowing you to discover new uses for these simple yet effective implements


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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2017, 02:02:26 PM »
I really like that relative of the Waiter, the Apprentice.  The Phillips gives it a slimmer profile than the Waiter, and for me it's more useful than the corkscrew.
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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2017, 04:22:39 PM »
I have one I keep as back up in my lunch cooler for work.  I won't use the corkscrew at the office,  but may use the eye glass driver. Unfortunately,  there is something wrong with the spring for the corkscrew which let's it stand proud of the handle.  That makes pocket carry less than optimal. This will fit in the 5th pocket of my jeans nicely.

This one is from sometime in the 80s, and has no half stop on the rounded combo tool.

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2017, 04:23:45 PM »
I really like that relative of the Waiter, the Apprentice.  The Phillips gives it a slimmer profile than the Waiter, and for me it's more useful than the corkscrew.

Sshhhh! El Corkscrew might not approve.  ;)

 :whistle:

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2017, 05:30:30 PM »
Wow, I knew it was light, but only a few more grams than a Manager :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2017, 05:36:45 PM »
Without the mini screwdriver, and without the keyring, I get 33.9 grams.
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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2017, 06:57:01 PM »
Wow, I knew it was light, but only a few more grams than a Manager :ahhh :ahhh :ahhh

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2017, 06:59:09 PM »
I really like that relative of the Waiter, the Apprentice.  The Phillips gives it a slimmer profile than the Waiter, and for me it's more useful than the corkscrew.

Sshhhh! El Corkscrew might not approve.  ;)

 :whistle:

 :rofl:
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« Last Edit: April 10, 2017, 07:28:30 PM by El Corkscrew »

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2017, 07:22:32 PM »
This is one of my favourites, too. Like I do whenever possible, I fit it with a mini SD and a pin in the scale hole to make it even more useful.

 :tu: :salute:

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2017, 07:37:10 PM »
I would probably carry Waiter all the time, but I just dont like the combo tool enough.

I can see the charm as I only carry small SAKs anyways. If Tourist wouldnt exist Waiter would be the next to replace it.

Sure Tourist is chunky, it depends from the weather if I am able to carry it, that problem would not be with Waiter.

Good topic!
 :cheers:


 :like:
 The Tourist is a great SAK!  I have several of them.  I do, however, enjoy the combo tool.  El Compact is still my most ideal EDC but El Waiter makes El Compact look like he needs to improve his diet & exercise routine.   :D

 :cheers:



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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2017, 09:25:08 PM »
I would probably carry Waiter all the time, but I just dont like the combo tool enough.

I can see the charm as I only carry small SAKs anyways. If Tourist wouldnt exist Waiter would be the next to replace it.

Sure Tourist is chunky, it depends from the weather if I am able to carry it, that problem would not be with Waiter.

Good topic!
 :cheers:


 :like:
 The Tourist is a great SAK!  I have several of them.  I do, however, enjoy the combo tool.  El Compact is still my most ideal EDC but El Waiter makes El Compact look like he needs to improve his diet & exercise routine.   :D

 :cheers:

I've been carrying my Sportsman lately and though I've always got a Waiter in the car I've never actually carried it ...  :think:

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2017, 09:39:20 PM »
I would probably carry Waiter all the time, but I just dont like the combo tool enough.

I can see the charm as I only carry small SAKs anyways. If Tourist wouldnt exist Waiter would be the next to replace it.

Sure Tourist is chunky, it depends from the weather if I am able to carry it, that problem would not be with Waiter.

Good topic!
 :cheers:


 :like:
 The Tourist is a great SAK!  I have several of them.  I do, however, enjoy the combo tool.  El Compact is still my most ideal EDC but El Waiter makes El Compact look like he needs to improve his diet & exercise routine.   :D

 :cheers:

I've been carrying my Sportsman lately and though I've always got a Waiter in the car I've never actually carried it ...  :think:

 :like:
Give that thing some pocket time, Phil! Now that I started this thread, I need to do the same... I've just been sort of an aloxaholic lately. :ahhh
 

It's a great picnic/hike-lunch SAK. And, of course, it serves all your party needs. :drink:

 :salute:

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2017, 09:53:25 PM »

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2017, 09:58:45 PM »
Thanks.

I made the previous pic last summer. A few weeks ago I filed down the keyring nub.
« Last Edit: April 10, 2017, 10:05:04 PM by Ronald Schröder »

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2017, 10:25:50 PM »
I have a huge soft spot for the Waiter.  It was the first SAK I bought as an adult and started my interest in all things Vic and Wenger.*  I agree that it's all too easy to forget just how good a SAK it is, stuffed full of features in a small package that still has a proper sized knife blade.




*Come to think of it, that £10 knife has cost me a LOT of money over the years. >:(

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2017, 10:35:27 PM »
A waiter and a classic sd live on my keychain, when I get to the gym, i seperate the two keychains. The waiter comes with me if needed with my locker key attached and the sd stays with the truck/house keys. It sure is light and it sure is useful if its all you have.


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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #24 on: April 10, 2017, 10:55:14 PM »
I would probably carry Waiter all the time, but I just dont like the combo tool enough.

I can see the charm as I only carry small SAKs anyways. If Tourist wouldnt exist Waiter would be the next to replace it.

Sure Tourist is chunky, it depends from the weather if I am able to carry it, that problem would not be with Waiter.

Good topic!
 :cheers:


 :like:
 The Tourist is a great SAK!  I have several of them.  I do, however, enjoy the combo tool.  El Compact is still my most ideal EDC but El Waiter makes El Compact look like he needs to improve his diet & exercise routine.   :D

 :cheers:

I've been carrying my Sportsman lately and though I've always got a Waiter in the car I've never actually carried it ...  :think:

 :like:
Give that thing some pocket time, Phil! Now that I started this thread, I need to do the same... I've just been sort of an aloxaholic lately. :ahhh
 

It's a great picnic/hike-lunch SAK. And, of course, it serves all your party needs. :drink:

 :salute:

Ah yes, the Picnic, a ritual devotion for followers of The Corkscrew Way. Good idea  :cheers:

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2017, 11:02:16 PM »
Me and my team "picnic" every day, at lunchtime (but without the wine). That's why I'm carrying at least two SAKs, for food and work.
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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #26 on: April 10, 2017, 11:50:52 PM »
I have a huge soft spot for the Waiter.  It was the first SAK I bought as an adult and started my interest in all things Vic and Wenger.*  I agree that it's all too easy to forget just how good a SAK it is, stuffed full of features in a small package that still has a proper sized knife blade.




*Come to think of it, that £10 knife has cost me a LOT of money over the years. >:(


 :salute:
Blessing/curse situation. :D

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #27 on: April 11, 2017, 09:01:46 AM »
I had a NIB Waiter laying in my collection. Bought it at a closeout sale once, just for the heck of it.
This thread made me curious and today I have swapped the 108mm Solo for the Waiter.
I'me very curious how it will do today, it's in my watch pocket know and so far it has been used three times already!
I'll rapport back in tonight. :D

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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #28 on: April 11, 2017, 01:23:58 PM »
.

Looks like a risky way of pulling a cork :)
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Re: The Victorinox Waiter Appreciation Society
« Reply #29 on: April 11, 2017, 02:51:59 PM »
I like the Waiter over the Bantam for two reasons: The corkscrew allows for an eyeglass screwdriver to be added, and the pin and bushings for the corkscrew itself acts as the middle attachment for the scales, keeping them on the knife better and preventing them from bowing outward in the middle, which is a pet peeve of mine, whether for the Bantam or for my Hardwood Spartan.

 

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