The Small but Highly Useful Victorinox Classic SD

          I agree with the conclusions that most of the other reviews on this micro multi-tool reach. The Classic SD is worth the buy. Buy it for yourself or buy it as a gift for a friend, the Classic SD is a tried-and-true, everyday carry item that has truly earned my confident recommendation to anyone who has an entry level sense of responsibility to not accidentally and immediately cut themselves with it.

          I find the Classic SD to provide a lot of function for the mere .74 ounces it weighs. This little guy has 6 tools built in; a 1.55” fine edge blade, spring loaded scissors, a nail file with a small slotted driver on the end, and a tooth pick and tweezers, both of which are housed in the scales. The Classic SD that I have is the “sapphire” variety. I got mine a few years ago at a local Target store for approximately $10 but they now typically go for $15-$20. Mine has held up nicely but one of the scales on it is slightly bowing out. It’s not a super big flaw but is worth mentioning.

I added a short bit of paracord on mine to ease retrieval out of my pocket.

          I find that is multi-tool fits very conveniently into the front coin pocket on my jeans, along with a tube of Burt’s Bees and a Fisher Space Pen Bullet, and that is pretty much the only way I carry one of these with me. They do come with a small split key ring which would allow you to readily attach a Classic SD to your car keys. With a multi-tool this small it definitely helps that the tools are very well designed, especially given the the very small size.

Here is a break down on my analysis of each of the tools it bears.

-The Blade

          Size and other tools considered, the blade is pretty much ideal. It measures 1.55″ from tip to the start of the ricasso with the sharpened portion being 1.28″ long. It is a pen-knife/spear point style blade with an effective nail nick and it is made from “Swiss Made Stainless” steal. According to the Wikipedia page about Swiss Army Knives, Victorinox uses a steal that is designated X55CrMo14, which I find to be compositionally similar to 420HC and 12C27. I am not sure how accurate the figures from Wikipedia are as I cannot find such info on Victorinox’s website so take that with a grain of salt (But if anyone can positively verify that then I am all ears!). In my use I have found the blade to dull at a rate reminiscent of blades made with higher end 420HC. At any rate, this is a thin (.040″ at the spine), full flat ground blade that can readily handle light pressure cutting tasks. I have used the blade on mine mostly for opening letters, boxes, plastic retail packaging, and for peeling oranges, which is quite satisfying to do. I haven’t had any rust form on mine for the time that I have had it. Lastly, the edge on the blade is very easy to maintain via stropping with some kind of stropping compound and a paper slicing edge can be had in less than a minute (assuming your edge doesn’t have significant damage on it).

The blade is vaguely stamped “SWISS MADE STAINLESS”.

-The Nail File (And Slotted Screw Driver)

         I don’t use the nail file that much but it does file finger nails just fine and has made my life less uncomfortable a couple times by filing, so there’s that. The nail nick on the nail file was also added effectively so you shouldn’t have any problems exacting it. The slotted driver measures .105″ wide and is .025″ thick, both of those measurements were taken from the tip as the driver end tapers in both of those dimensions. Like all of the other steel tools on board, it has a satin finish and has softly rounded edges, which might slightly inhibit the driver’s ability tightly lock up in the corresponding end of a screw. I can’t remember if I have ever had to drive a screw with this but I have found other uses for it, like cleaning underneath finger nails.

-The Scissors

          If this thing didn’t have scissors I would probably carry it about half as much as I do now. Much like the blade, the scissors on these are well designed and sharp. The scissors have an effective nail nick in them as well. The scissors come in handy when you need to cut something but need to minimize any sort of “tugging” action on what you are cutting (trimming a lose thread on clothes) or when you need a neat cut with more precise direction (cutting out a coupon). As you could probably imagine these scissors are what many would call “light duty”. The thickest thing I have cut with the scissors was 550 paracord and I wouldn’t recommend cutting anything thicker than that.

-The Toothpick

           I have never used the toothpick but it looks like it could easily and comfortably handle that task. The toothpick is made of some kind of plastic and is stored on the multi-tool in the same fashion as the tweezers.

A view of where the tweezers and toothpick are located in the Classic SD.

-The Tweezers

          The tweezers are can really come in handy with splinters, both wood and metal. I really like how Victorinox integrated the tweezers. They are stored in between the scale and the aluminum spacer and stay there snugly with no concerns of them inadvertently falling out. However, I do have two criticisms for them. One: the grasping end is squared off as apposed to being slanted, I would prefer a slanted end as it would allow for more precise gripping. Two: I would really like the tweezers to have a little bit more spring tension.

The tweezers are unfortunately squared off.

          This micro multi-tool is great and I will surely own one for the foreseeable. Oh, and another thing! These things make great gifts, especially for people who aren’t EDC gear people. Their small size and clean appearance make them look utterly innocuous, especially compared to other SOG, Gerber, and Leatherman multi-tools.

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