Swiza D04Disclaimer: I paid for this with my own money.
Following on from http://www.britishblades.com/forums/...ic-Swiss-knife I had one turn up this morning.
I comes in a little plastic box, nothing else (not that you need anything else but sometimes a bit of paper adds to the feel of quality. maybe.)
The scales are rubber. At first this feels a bit odd as all my other Swiss knives are either red plastic or aluminium. However, get used to it and it feels ok; a bit different but then I don't want a box of knifes all the same.
The blade is a decent size and nice and sharp out of the box.
Rather than a nail nick it has a slot but the can opener means you cannot get at it from both sides.
On the ricasso it says "Swiss Made" on one side and "A16-112" on the other. Heinnies advert says its 440 steel.
It's a locker, something I hadn't realised when I bought it and to release it you press the cross; I found this (admitttedly easily) by trial and error as there's no instructions. when locked there is a little bit of play backwards and forwards by it's also held by the backspring so you'd only really notice that if you were looking for it and it doesn't affect usage. There's no discernable sideways play. Closing, it's a bit firmer than other lockers due to the backspring. I wonder if it actually needs a lock and whether Swiza will produce a "UK friendly version" ?
When opened the handle/blade have a curve to them compared to my SAK camper (see photo at the bottom of the post). Again it's not good or bad, just a bit different.
In the hand it feels fairly comfortable although the slight curve means the other tools sit prouder than they do on a SAK. The rubber scales actually give it a comfortable feel.
The other tools are what you'd expect to find: Can opener, bottle opener, screwdrivers, awl, tweezers. The model I bought has a philips screwdriver but there is one with a corkscrew. All the tools seem to be reasonable but only time will tell (especially the philips).
Price wise it's comparable with similar offerings from Victorinox and it feels of similar quality. The "let down" if there is one, is the lock; I can see a lot of people giving it a swerve simply because it's not UK carryable without a reason.
Overall, it's a keeper because it's different, but useable. Would I buy another ? No, I would (will) probably look at a Victorinox EvoGrip (if only they'd do it in different colours).
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