PC EDC II: The One Handed Swiss Army Knife
Written By Jay
With recent events, coupled with the fact I live in a country that doesnít trust itís citizens to carry a locking pocket knife, the need for a discrete and "sheeple" friendly folding knife has become increasingly apparent. Enter the one handed SAK (Swiss Army Knife) a.k.a. the Victorinox Pocket Service Tool.
In the above picture the knives are (from top to bottom) a Spyderco Endura, Victorinox Service Pocket Tool, and an Emerson CQC7 (with WAVE).
The tools that people require on a SAK are obviously highly varied, The Pocket Service tool does have a reasonable selection though, the most obviously missing feature is the scissors - those of us who carry a Leatherman Micra on our key chains already have this omission covered.
The blades/tools are as follows:
The Blade/Liner Lock
The blade on this knife, is best described as a combo edge, although the serrations and plain edge are reversed when compared to a regular combo edge.
The wavey edge isnít as aggressive as regular serrations, but I find that it cuts fairly well, another plus is that its actually pretty easy to resharpen. The blade lockup is ok, itís certainly not up to the standard of a quality, tactical liner lock as it allows for a little blade movement, but itís a whole lot better than the non-locking type. I did try a light spine whack test, which it passed, but I imagine that it would fail a harder whack.
The other tools all functioned in the usual SAK manner, so no surprises there to anyone whoís owned and used a decent SAK before. The only thing I was disappointed in was the wood saw, it worked perfectly, but the fit & finish on that blade wasnít quite what I expected from Victorinox. A lock wouldíve been a nice feature too, as the teeth on the wood saw could really do some finger damage if it decided to close on your hand.
As A Weapon
I think it would be a little unfair to directly compare any SAK against a tactical folder, in a certain sense I consider this knife to be more of an improvised weapon than a dedicated one. However, itís very easy to open the main blade one handed using either you right of left hand. Closing with you left is easier than with your right hand due to the way the lock is set up.
On the subject of the lock, as I mentioned earlier in this document, the lock doesnít lock up 100% solidly, however it was plenty strong enough to stab thick cardboard, but it may be worth considering this knife to be more of a slasher than a stabber,
More Than A Blade
A SAK does more than just cut, and with that in mind there's a few other defensive options that this knife would lend itself to, such as holding the SAK in you clenched fist with the Phillips head screwdriver protruding between your fingers similar to a push dagger, or Comtech Stinger. You could of course use the Awl for this task, but the one on the Pocket Service Tool has a sharpened edge making a self inflicted cut highly likely.
Options on this theme include holding the knife in a reverse grip with the blade locked out, and the sharp edge backwards (towards your body), and/or the large flat head screwdriver bit locked out.
The above picture shows the SAK with the locking flathead screwdriver & Phillips head screwdriver protruding between index and middle fingers, a Photon Light II.(or similar) can make a useful addition.
Overall I like the Pocket Service Tool, and whilst it isn't a tactical folder, it's multi-purpose role makes for a reasonably discrete carry. If I could change anything about this model I'd opt for a stronger main blade lockup, and to replace the black scales with the standard, and instantly recognizable, red scales such as those on the Victorinox Rucksack or Adventurer models.
Article and pictures by Jay