Pros: Included Tools, Overall Quality, Locking, Finish
Cons: Blade Material, None
I choose this version over the Hiker because of the thinner profile. The saw on the Hiker would be nice for constructing survival snares, but I don't go into the woods without more substantial tools in my kit. Anyway, for the price and size, this is the most useful knife I've ever owned. It's unnoticeable in my front pocket (with the key ring removed) and has every tool I can imagine needing for day to day tasks. Having a Phillips driver in place of a corkscrew is a huge improvement. I've even found myself using the often-ridiculed toothpick daily. The tools have no wiggle when open or closed. An interesting feature is that, as well as fully opening, the bottle opener/large screwdriver also locks open perpendicular to the handle. The factory edges were pretty dull on both blades. A few strokes through a V-sharpener, followed by honing on a steel fixed that. I use the larger blade for utility and save the smaller one for emergencies, such as preforming a field tracheotomy. The steel used is mediocre in quality, but it doesn't rust, its easy to sharpen, and keeps cost down. I use all three screwdriver tips regularly. Everything from firearms disassembly to changing batteries in the kids' toys. The can opener and bottle opener have made me the savior of more than one camping trip. Speaking of sociality, its great having a knife that won't cause a panic when seen, like a "tactical" folder might do. Not a defensive weapon by any means (I don't think its appropriate to call it a weapon in the first place), but that's what I carry a pistol for. It's definitely not a replacement for a true multi-tool, nor would I want to dress a deer with it. Its simply a very useful and convenient tool that's unobtrusive enough to carry at all times. Cheap enough that you wouldn't mind too much if confiscated by TSA. Outside of airports, courthouses, etc., there should be no legal issues with this knife. If you live somewhere that prohibits carrying a little Boy Scout knife, you need to move. Seriously.