Some get along with the main blade of a 58mm but its quite small, tho over all the 58s do punch above their weight class. That said, I am a huge fan of the Manager and have carried on now for years. The Rambler and Minichamp are both awesome as well. I no longer have an Executive but theres quite a following for it. That being said, I'd place a strong vote for the Wenger Pocket Tool Chest. Its a wonderful SAK that in many ways is the Goldie Locks between Victorinox 74mm and 58mm offerings. At 65mms its got a decent blade and some great implements.
suppose you were in the market for a sub-84mm SAK. It would be used for unscrewing battery compartments in toys, cutting food into toddler sized bites, opening mail, general suburban dad stuff. What would you buy yourself? I'm leaning towards the executive, but I'm open to suggestions.
I do all that a lot and for the toddler feeding but I'd recommend an 84mm. Either a Bantam / Waiter or a small Tinker. If you are less into chopping apples and sausages, I'd recommend the Manager. It has the indispensable suburban tool that I barely ever need but the few times I do I'm glad to have it: the pen. The small Phillips is not that good for many toddler battery compartments but the combo tool of an 84mm does a cracking job.
How is the pull on the Wengers? The stronger spring is one reason I was considering the 74s over the 58s.
Mind you I also get my SAK on the second hand market.
My vote goes to the Rambler or Minichamp if you want even more utility
I love my small Victorinox knives, but I have to say that for any kind of food prep, the wider blade of the larger models is extremely nice to have. I would suggest an alox cadet. You can use the tip of the nail file as a small phillips. It also pairs well with an alox classic for the scissors.However, I know that’s not what you’re after. I love my executive. The little serrated blade is a nice feature. The tip of the file is useful for small phillips, but not as useful as the full 3d Phillips on models like the minichamp.
I've got a few 84,91, and 93mm's. I agree the 84 is a great size for cutting up apples and all that. I just want to try a smaller knife.
Carrying the cadet is one reason for this post. I purchased a cadet to carry around the house to save a little weight in my pocket while I'm around the house. That got me to thinking as how small I could go and still be satisfied with it as a carry knife.
If you already have a Waiter, Bantam or Small Tinker, get yourself a Manager / Rambler. If you find the blade to be too small for the toddler food prep, pair it with one of the compact 84s. Plus the combo tool does a lot of jar prying and screwing that you wouldn't do on the 58.