Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Locking, Finish, Overall Quality, Included Tools
Just like the Soldier, but with a file, great knife.
I don't know why this knife isn't more popular! It's exactly the same as the OD green Soldier (also excellent), but instead of a saw, it has an aggressively textured file, neither are particularly important to me, I can't remember the last time I needed a file or a small saw & I always have a Swiss Army or a Leatherman style multitool with me. The main blade has the slogan etched into this one, "your companion for life on the road", & I believe this was a special edition 2010/11 model. I collect the more offbeat variations of Victorinox knives, so this was a natural for me. Again, it's just like the soldier, but with gray/blue scales instead of OD green, & it's nearly $10.00 less expensive. This frame/pattern is one of the most robust concepts from Vic-Nox outside of their outstanding pliers-based SwissTool series. I also own the Dual Pro, with the same handles, in red, but with an extra blade. I don't think you can go wrong with this, or any of the knives with this handle pattern. If Wenger (now absorbed/owned by Victorinox, though the 2 companies still exist under the guise of competition) offered something this tough & full featured, it'd probably cost double what this does. I should note, one of my favorite features, is the 2/3rds serrations that begin atypically at the tip of the blade & stop about a 3rd from the heel of the blade. Very handy, I wish more knife companies would serrate the tip of the blade. This piece is a good all around compliment to your EDC tactical folder, for times when drawing your big black Cold Steel, or recurved & waved Emerson etc might not be as appropriate as producing a recognizable Swiss Army knife.