For several decades I have carried a SAK Executive. It has close to an ideal set of tools for my EDC needs. This is assuming that I also have my Leatherman with me as well. I just want a little longer sharp blade for food, as in when a restaurant has dull knives or no knives at all. I have ordered a Mountaineer as the start for a mod and a Spartan for a donor. For years now I have thought that I would like a pocket knife with a long and a short blade for every day tasks. And a long serrated blade for food (serrations to protect sharp edge when cutting on a plate). And a short blade, extra sharp, saved for special needs.I am planning on starting with a Mountaineer, replacing the two openers with the two sharp blades from the Spartan (along with the spring). The awl on the back side looks like it will operate with the spring (just based on photos that I have looked at) but it is narrower so it will need a spacer to fill the gap.I believed that I had it all thought through but today I realized that the key ring on both the Mountaineer and Spartan is part of the opener layer spring. So my mod would not have a key ring. It will not be carried with keys but used for a safety lanyard when needed.My 30 year old 91mm multi-layer Champ(?) has the key ring lug on the sharp blade layer.Soooo, is there a way of getting a blade spring with a key ring lug that is compatible with the Mountaineer / Spartan? Or some other way of having a key ring?
Is this correct?
Where can I get one of those?
Thanks for the input comis. For my pocket EDC I do not want the openers. There is one on my Leatherman. I do want the two additional blades.I am not going to take parts from the old Champ. I was just pointing out that other tools have the key ring attached to other layers than the opener layer.The Spartan was purchased as a donor for the two additional blades but I was not thinking about the key ring lug.I have looked at the exploded photos on this forum. Most helpful.So the question is where can I get compatible parts to include a key ring lug? The Compact you mentioned has only one blade, not two so it does not look like it will be of any use. From what I can see in the photos on the Victorinox web site, for 91mm, if it has an opener layer that is were the key ring lug is. If no opener layer it also has only one blade.Looking at the exploded photos it looks as if it might be possible to reshape the opener spring a little to make it work with the knives while keeping the key ring lug.I have taken apart and modded several 111mm SAKs so I have a little experience dealing with all the pieces.
A Compact is the only common source. You could make one yourself fairly easily if you can find brass or aluminium sheet of the correct thickness. Cutting and filing a new spacer shouldn't take too long.