I just recently got a Climber and love it. However it got me thinking about the Explorer. For those of you that have the Explorer is the Phillips worth the extra layer? I find that can opener works pretty well and the Climber is very pocketable.
Whether or not it is worth it really depends.Three layers is such a sweet spot for SAKs, especially if just throwing in a pocket, but the inline Phillips is really nice. So for you it probably comes down to how much you need a 3D phillips vs how much a thicker SAK would bother you.Personally, I use the inline phillips a decent amount and I also think the mag glass is pretty useful too. I normally carry my SAK in pocket organizer in a cargo pocket in which case 4 layers doesn’t phase me. However, if carrying loose in a front pocket, I feel anything larger than 3 layers is just uncomfortable.
Ok, not nit-picking, just asking for clarification. Are we saying that an inline Phillips is the same thing as a 3D Phillips? Why the two terms? To me, every phillips I've ever seen on a 91mm knife has been a 3d phillips, whether it's on the magnifying glass layer, or on the backspring.
Exactly as nate j said. The inline phillips is a 3D phillips, as is the backside phillips. The can opener can be used for some phillips screws, so some consider it a phillips driver, but it is not 3D (cross shaped).
Depends on if you like to have a 3D Phillips on you, i guess. Just remember that the Explorer is noticeable thicker than other 4 layers, due to the thickness of the Phillips/Mag layer.
Do inline phillips drivers take more space than back-side ones?
In my view, the extra layer is definitely worth it to get the inline phillips. The whole world is held together with phillips screws, and the inline driver gives you the reach and accessibility not available from the backside phillips or the 2D can opener. As for the comfort of a 3-layer SAK vs. 4 layers, I cannot tell if either is in my pocket until I reach for it so for me that's a non-issue. After a short while, one's brain becomes accustomed to your pocket toys and tends to forget about them.[/i]
When I use the Explorer, it's so I can look at everything within 300km through the magnifying glass, like I'm an 8-year-old or something.