Testing Soon: Victorinox Compact

Image courtesy of David Andersen

UPDATE: The full review of this knife is now online here.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I always carry a multi-tool along with my main folding knife. Currently getting some pocket time is the Victorinox Compact. Swiss Army Knives are known for cramming a ton of tools into a very small package, but the Compact really takes it to another level…

At only two layers thick, the Victorinox Compact is currently the thinnest 91mm Swiss Army Knife you can get that comes with a pair of scissors. In addition to the main blade, it also features a Combo Tool, which functions as both a can opener, bottle opener, flathead screwdriver and wire stripper. On the opposite side is a parcel hook and a corkscrew. Nestling inside the corkscrew is a mini-flathead screwdriver for those extra tiny screws!

Image courtesy of David Andersen

Where the Compact gets really interesting is its scales. This model boasts Victorinox’s “Plus Scales”. In addition to the ubiquitous toothpick and tweezers, the Plus Scales also contain a small straight pin, and a ball-point pen.

I’m looking forward to testing this one out. If you want to know anything about the knife, let us know in the comments and I will try to address your questions in the review to come.


  1. jwm says:

    I carried an SAK for practically my whole working life. Still have 2. I found in my day to day on the job that the one tool I used most was a screwdriver. SAK fit in a pocket and provided that basic tool without having to pocket or belt carry a full sized screwdrive.

    Tweezers worked on splinters. Bottle/can opener got used pretty often also. I never found a use for the scissors that couldn’t be done with the knife blade.

    Multi tools, I have a couple, are an improvement on the SAK concept. But they are bulkier and heavier. A lot of fairly simple jobs can be handled by the SAK without that bulk and weight.

  2. Ben Gun says:

    I used a knife at work for years, cutting vinyl and fabric. At first I tried a Gerber because it looked cool and hi-tech. It dulled quickly and turned me off Gerber, they seemed like a ripoff. So it was replaced with a SAK. Always stayed sharp, and it got a lot of work.

  3. I_Like_Pie says:

    I use one all the time and am curious of the metal type in the blades….I can get them really, really sharp and they hold edge pretty darn good.

    They are so ubiquitous that we often forget that they exist. Too much attention spent on these fancy lab made knives.

    One could argue that despite the enthusiast slant here….they are the most popular knife brand in the world. The most well known at least.

  4. Jason says:

    The Vic Compact is one of my favourite Swiss Army Knives (and I own a few).

    It has most of the tools you’d reasonably expect to use, in a very easy to carry package.

    I suppose an extra layer with a saw blade would be an improvement, but at that point you might as well grab a Huntsman.

    A Huntsman with the Pro scales would be nice.

  5. 2hotel9 says:

    I got one of those! Lives in a drawer. Got it for 12th birthday, kinda afraid to use it much, a bit delicate compared to my 110 and Kershaw folders.

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