Donnerstag, 7. September 2017

A short review of a Victorinox forester wood pocket knife

The other day there arrived a package from Nordisches Handwerk, a supplier of knifemaking goods, knives and bushcraft gear in Germany which I had long anticipated. In fact, I messed up the address, and friendly Mrs. Fischer from rummaged through their dispatch in a frenzy for me, even if she was in no way obliged to do so. I really love that and I am very grateful for it. Opening the package I saw a webbing load strap and a bag of candy gums as a bonus even before the knife came out. It is a Victorinox forester, none too shabby a pocket knife in the first, but this one is the "wood" version with scales of lovely Swiss walnut with a wonderful grain. The knife offers a knife blade, a saw, a cap lifter with flat screwdriver and a grating and de-insulation notch, a corkscrew, an awl and a tin can opener with screwdriver, plus a saw of decent size. The blade comes in at 86mmx2,5 with a high flat grind with secondary edge bevel. 1 mm above the edge line the blade measures in at just 0.5 mm. The saw is ground thinner towards the spine, the saw teeth are ground alternatingly. Both the caplifter and big screwdriver and the blade are locked with a liner block construction with additional spine spring. Both caplifter and knife blade also offer a security stop at 90°, which is Swiss overengineering at its best. The blade came with zero axial play, but due to the nature of the liner block there is about a mm radial play. Since the tempered steel liner locks all the way over against a tempered steel billet, this does not pose a problem, and with a liner block the primary locking system is the spring, and the block is just for safety purposes. Owning several Vics with a locking system like that with similar layout I can safely say, that, sensible use notwithstanding, I have never encountered any problems. All the tools came with a mirror polish and were 100% centered in the body of the knife. The springs are stiff with good stay, but can be taken out with a sensible easiness... The blade is in the middle layer and supported against the other tools and a steel liner. outer liners are made from aluminium to keep the weight down. I was being informed it was aircraft grade duraluminium, so this should pose no problem either. That this is not a knife to use as a prybar, should be obvious in the first! Out of the box the blade came razor-sharp and I could carve curves into free-dangling paper with it. Compared with a Ranger Wood it feels a bit more nimble and more suited for EDC use. Snacking with this knife is a cinch, as is harvesting ´shrooms. The saw bites like your little sister, the awl can be used for drilling holes in wood and leather. All in all the overall package cost me 59,50 €. And, to be honest, for a bimble through the woods that does not involve batoning and other heavy tasks, this knife will quite certainly be all you´ll ever need. It´s shaving sharp, offers a sensible combination of woodworking tools, and is a joy to look at. There are some minor setbacks (the radial play, but that does in no way affect the knife´s functionality). Also, if you´re shopping for a do-it-all pocket knife for your local stroll through the woods, for snacking and a whittling session with your kids, consider having a look at the website... might be you´ll find something else additionally there... . I have grown very fond of their service. Thanks, Janet Fischer😍

The knife in a nice package...

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