The History of Swiss army knives is very interesting and worth mentioning. At the time when Germany was the prime supplier of knives for the Swiss army, one man, Karl Elsener began experimenting with various designs for multipurpose knives,after few years of experimenting he was able to insert two blades at the two different ends of the knife using a simple spring mechanism. Thus the first truly multipurpose knife was created. Karl Elsener founded the company. The Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp XAVT could be the crowning achievement , a technological precision marvel.
Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp XAVT Happy Owners
By Steven H. Dymond “sdymondpc” (Englewood, CO USA) – See all my reviews
Well lucky me, I received one for Christmas-early. I am a Swiss Army enthusiast, but frankly when I heard about this knife, I too thought “interesting but absurd”. Its one of those things that you see in a catalog, and decide how less expensive things can fit the bill, ie a separate LED flashlight, pocket knife, and wrist watch-without the bulk and for less $$$. Like many things too, once in hand there is an entirely new understanding.
When I opened the box, I just kept smiling and chuckling. It has everything SAK offers for this size (91 MM) knife. Sometimes 2, such as the old hook without file and the new version with file. It has a watch opening blade-very thin to pry watch backs.It has the new and old version of the bottle openers. I could go on, obviously.
Of particular fascination is the clock, timer, temp, barometer. I have watches that do this stuff, but not as well. Amazingly cool for ONE button operation. BTW, true to SAK-they dont directly mention it anywhere in thier sometime cryptic pictograph instructions (or I was too obtuse to get it but for the “NoLi” message), but the display is lighted-simply hold down the button for a couple of seconds and the digits light gently, in color, not merely the screen-well done.
As reviewer MOM noted -its big-but quite useable. It would fill the backpocket of my Levis. As another noted, its about the width of my medium sized palm. I CAN grasp it and use it, but admittedly a bit more cumbersome than slimmer models indeed. Granted the sheer width is not optimal. But make no mistake it is still VERY useable, unlike the Wenger “foot long” version. Also as noted, the scales are unique-clear red but pebbled in finish, closer to the nylon scales on the larger lockback 111 mm models-never seen anything like them-and in this regard i really like them for thier uniqueness.
While pricey as SAKs go, its really a decent value-a knife with the clock and LED light alone is almost half the price of this one. Truly a portable tool chest of sorts.
Its unique, functional, and FUN for people who love Swiss Army knives. FUN-how often do you get to say that anymore about things you have come to know?
By R. Xadian “Student of Life” (Marietta, GA USA) – See all my reviews
After reading the other reviews, I expected that this thing would be too fat to use. I was pleasantly surprised that it’s still somewhat functional, if not extremely handy to have around. I would not suggest trying to use it for anything you would have to press hard on though. It’s too fat to have a solid enough grip to keep you from slipping and cutting yourself to ribbons for heavy duty work. On the other hand, for light stuff it’s great (opening packages, cans, bottles, etc). Someone who is good with their hands won’t have a problem finding a thousand household uses for it. It’s also very good for small electronics, though turning it in a circle to remove screws is like trying to turn a tire iron inside a shoebox. If you don’t have the right tools on hand, it can be used for just about anything in a pinch. For functionality and ease of use, the plain old Swisschamp is a far better choice, but if you like having a multi-tool with every tool known to mankind, then you’ll still love this knife. As with all Victorinox products, it’s extremely well made and beautiful.
NOTE: I’m sure it’s been corrected, but when I ordered this item from Amazon, they sent me a Swisschamp XLT and charged me for an XAVT. I don’t think it was their fault though, because even though it was an XLT, it said XAVT on the box. Probably a mixup at the factory, but make sure you get the giant XAVT and don’t pay a hundred dollars extra for the wrong knife.
By Amyie “Persnickety power-purchaser” (Oglethorpe CO, GA, USA) – See all my reviews
This knife is perfectly convenient to carry provided you’re accustomed to carrying a handbag. Not only is it useful (but then I’m a Mom, a jeweler, an artist and a computer geek) but it makes an outstanding defense weapon in the bottom of a leather bag.
I’m sure there are plenty of people who are going to think that this is an attempt at comedy but I’ve had a SAK since I was in high school when my Dad brought me back a Champ from Victornox on a trip to Switzerland, I bought the Champ XL back in the 90’s and I’ve upgraded at every opportunity. My teenage daughter has a Champ, when my younger two are a bit older they’ll have them as well. What I can’t figure out is why anyone would buy something just to look at it when they can find perfectly good uses for it, but I guess that’s the pragmatist in me. I’ve used every tool on every SAK I’ve ever owned, right down to the ball point pen, I’ve only lost one pair of tweezers in 25 years and while I realize that this knife might make for a rather lumpy profile in a pair of trousers it’s truly the all-purpose gift for the ladies. Diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend, and the SAKS I love isn’t on 5th Avenue.