MacGyver In Your Checked Bag

Ever been traveling and need a corkscrew? nail clippers? scissors? screwdriver? tweezers? ruler?  Not too many people are predisposed to bring all that gear separately in their pack – exactly why multitools are so incredibly popular…and there are so many good ones.  But, if I had to choose (and I did), the Victorinox Swiss Army Champion Plus would be at the top of my list.  Look, this is the classic Swiss Army knife on steroids…and for about 30 dollars, you just can’t go wrong.

I will admit that I’ve never found a use for the fish scaler.  But, you never know!

Available at Amazon.

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Champion Plus Features:

  • Large blade, small blade
  • Corkscrew, can opener, bottle opener
  • Small screwdriver, large screwdriver
  • Reamer, punch
  • Key ring, tweezers, toothpick
  • Scissors, multi-purpose hook
  • Wood saw, fish scaler
  • Hook disgorger, ruler
  • Nail file, nail cleaner
  • Metal file, metal saw
  • Fine screwdriver, chisel/scraper
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Magnifying glass, straight pen
  • Pressurized ball point pen
  • Mini screwdriver, sewing eye

About Swiss Army Knives
In 1884, Swiss cutler Karl Elsener set up shop in Ibach-Schwyz, installing a waterwheel in Tobelbach Brook to run his grinding and polishing machines. Thus began what would become the international brand name Victorinox, a combination of Victoria, for Elsener’s mother, and “inox,” or stainless steel. Today, Victorinox produces watches, luggage, clothing, and, famously, Swiss Army Knives. The original product dates to 1897, when Elsener patented the Swiss Officer’s and Sports Knife he supplied to the Swiss Army. Following World War II, American servicemen and women shopping in PX stores shortened the name to Swiss Army Knife, which lives on in English-speaking countries around the world and has become a metaphor for versatility.

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