The basic rule of thumb regarding Swiss Army Knives is this: Victorinox follows the same basic template every time, so you, the buyer, just has to think about which tools you want and which you’d rather go without. Your love for the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Trekker will hinge on how many tools you want in your knife.
Do you want the Fieldmaster or the Hiker? The Huntsman or the Climber? Maybe the Mountaineer?
These knives don’t have a lot of differences other than that one might have a corkscrew instead of a screwdriver, or one might forego the file – little things like that. They all use steel that’s about the equivalent of 440A steel, making the tools fairly resistant to corrosion and resistant to chipping. This does mean that the knives will need sharpened a bit more than other knives, but I’ve never had to resharpen my saw, for what it’s worth. Resharpening the knives doesn’t take long and can be done easily on anything that can sharpen at 15 degrees.
The Trekker, on the other hand, feels like a different knife. It sits in the same type of category as the Rescue Tool or Cybertool: unique. With its large, serrated, locking blade and only featuring the essential tools of any SAK, the Victorinox Trekker is a solid EDC and trail knife.
I wouldn’t use this knife as an EDC, but I love taking on my outdoor excursions. The blade is fantastic and it has the tools I need when hiking and camping. Definitely check it out if you’re the outdoorsy type; you can’t go wrong.
Table of Contents
Weight: 4.6 oz
Blade Lockable: Yes
One-Hand Blade: Yes
No. of Features: 12
- Serrated Blade
- Reamer, punch
- Bottle opener, lockable
- Wire stripper
- Screwdriver 7 mm
- Wood saw
- Phillips screwdriver 1/2
- Can opener
- Screwdriver 3 mm
Normally Swiss Army Knives with minimal tools don’t impress me much. I like my SAKs loaded up with every gadget conceived by mankind, personally. However, this knife has something few Victorinox knives have: a lockable, ‘serrated’ blade that can be opened with one hand. That knife alone makes this what it is. The rest of the tools are standard SAK tools (bottle openers and can openers that double as flat-headed screwdrivers, tweezers, toothpicks, wood saw, etc.), but this blade stands on its own.
Now, there are other Swiss Army Knives with this blade (the Rescue Tool comes to mind), but they aren’t numerous. This knife is great as an EDC or to take on a trek through the great outdoors.
Even better, the tools aren’t really nail-breakers. At least they weren’t on mine, save the reamer. The rest were much easier to work with than in many of my other SAKs.
If there are any cons, it’s these:
- No scissors. I love the scissors on my SAKs and I definitely feel the loss here.
- I wish the Phillips screwdriver was positioned differently.
Neither of these is a deal-breaker for me. I use this knife primarily for hiking and camping instead of as an EDC, so I don’t necessarily use those tools quite as often as I normally would.
As I said, most of the tools on this knife are standard Victorinox Swiss Army Knife tools. That being said, I would like to point out that the selection was clearly well thought-out with tasks such as hiking and camping in mind. I like to take this knife with me on hiking trips for that reason alone. It’s light enough to not feel like a stone in my pocket but versatile enough to finish whatever job I want to be done.
Let’s start with the flagship tool, the blade. This blade is a wavy blade (I hesitate to actually call it ‘serrated’ because it’s in a class of its own) that locks and can be opened with your thumb. The blade is also locking, which is important to some people. I personally never had a problem with any of my SAKs not having lockable blades, but this one locks for those who really prefer it.
As with most Victorinox products, the Trekker’s blade comes razor-sharp out of the box. This is good because sharpening it is a pain. You can’t just grab you whetstones with this one, and because the serrations aren’t normal, I had to turn to Felix Immier (Swiss Army Knife expert) to figure out how I should do it.
Another thing I like about this knife is that the blade isn’t at the edge of the handle, it’s centered more in the middle. Usually, the blades (there’s often a large blade and a small blade) are on the edge of the handle where they can sometimes be difficult to use depending on the width of your knife and what you’re trying to do.
Now, there’s a con I should address. The tip is blunted. Obviously, this is to improve knife safety, but I use my knife tips a lot. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but for such a large blade I was hoping that the tip would be a nice, solid point.
But when all is said and done, I’m really impressed with the blade on the Victorinox Trekker. It’s easily one of my favorite blades and I can overlook its lackluster tip.
The reamer isn’t much different from those on other SAKs. The Victorinox Trekker’s doesn’t have a sewing eye, though, so it’s not quite as versatile as, say, the SwissChamp’s.
I should also point out that, I don’t know why, but I’ve managed to slice myself more on this than any other Victorinox awl. I cut myself once on the SwissChamp awl, but it wasn’t serious. Sam cut herself pretty bad while pressing down on the Trekker’s (didn’t think to snap pictures), so make sure you be careful.
Other than that, this is the same basic tool. Sharpened on one side and non-locking, the only thing different about this reamer is the lack of a sewing eye.
Bottle Opener/Wire Stripper/7mm Screwdriver
The bottle opener does exactly what it says on the box. I don’t use it an awful lot, but I’ve never had it slip, nor has it given me any other problems whenever I’ve used it.
The bottle opener has a locking mechanism, which is part of the reason why it functions so well. Not only does the bottle opener never slip, but the flat-head screwdriver (which I use a lot) never accidentally folds up on me.
I don’t ever use the wire stripper, so I can’t really comment on that.
Am I ever not praising this thing? The wood saw is one of the best tools on a SAK! I use it all the time when trimming bushes (little jobs, not big ones in which I’d just grab a hedge clipper), cutting branches for kindling, and ripping through fabric.
Not tarp, though. My mom called me because she wound up hitting the edge of a tarp with her riding lawn mower and wanted me to come remove it from the blades. That stuck was wrapped thick around the bottom of the mower. I started trying to cut it with the saw, but the tarp started getting caught in the teeth, so I switched to the large knife. I was using my SwissChamp at the time so I’d have all the tools necessary to remove the deck.
Anyway, the teeth on this thing are aggressive. I wish large, dedicated saws had teeth like this! The double-layer of teeth cut not just when pushing but when pulling as well. This keeps the saw from getting stuck as frequently as others.
The Swiss Army Knife Trekker wouldn’t be complete without it, as I’m always collecting things while hiking. Sometimes I find myself wanting a new walking stick, other times I’m looking to make camp and need some kindling.
Phillips Screwdriver 1/2
Last weekend, I assembled a TV stand using just a hex key and the Phillips Screwdriver on my SwissChamp. The quality of the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Trekker’s Phillips screwdriver is the same excellent quality. However, it’s positioned differently on the Trekker than it is on the SwissChamp, and this will be a good thing or bad thing depending on the job.
It’s positioned in a t-shape (see photo) along with the reamer, so if you have to insert it into a narrow space, you won’t be able to. I wouldn’t have been able to assemble my TV stand with this (or the Fieldmaster) because of the tight fit. A couple of times, I even wondered if I’d get the bulky SwissChamp in there!
However, if you’re tightening a screw and have plenty of room, the t-shape the handle makes when the screwdriver is inserted means you can turn the screwdriver more easily than with a traditional Phillips screwdriver.
Basically, this tool will be your best friend depending on the job. For most outdoor stuff, it should be fine. As an EDC, you might find yourself having to run to the toolbox sometimes.
Can Opener/3mm Screwdriver
I’ve got to admit that I love this can opener. It can rip through any can’s lid like nothing, so if you’re making camp and getting ready to crack open a can of Dinty Moore, this is the tool you want to use. No dedicated can opener is necessary.
The small flathead screwdriver is also a handy tool. As I’ve said before, we use a lot of screwdrivers around the house (not as much at a campsite or on a hike), and I’ve never been disappointed with the flathead screwdrivers.
This tool doesn’t lock. No biggie for me, but keep it in mind.
These staples of every Victorinox Swiss Army Knife are tucked into the ends of the handle. The toothpick is a sturdy piece of plastic that can withstand a lot of use. The tweezers are great for getting into small spaces or removing splinters.
You also don’t have to worry about losing them. They fit snuggly into their slots and I’ve never had them slip out yet.
Weight, Handling, and Carrying
This is a thinner knife than some of Victorinox’s other SAKs, but it’s a bit longer owing to the longer knife. If you have tiny pockets, as Sam likes to harp on, then this may not be something you want to carry around. If your pockets are a little larger or you wear cargo pants (and if you’re camping or hiking, you really should be wearing better pants) then this is an excellent knife to carry.
It does have a keyring on it, so if you feel inclined you can hook it to your keychain or even fix it to a lanyard. I keep mine in my pocket, though.
As for handling, it’s a sturdy knife. The casing isn’t too slippery and it fits well in my hand. Unlike many other Swiss Army Knives, the Victorinox Trekker has an ergonomic grip, giving it a bit more stability when using that nice, long blade to accomplish tough tasks.
While I wouldn’t stick this knife into my EDC rotation, I love taking it on outdoor excursions. That’s what it’s designed for and that’s what it excels at. The tools are well-made, durable, and handy to have.
My only issue is with the angle of the Phillips screwdriver (and the lack of scissors), but that’s not a deal-breaker for me.
Definitely check it out if you spend a lot of time outdoors or going camping and hiking.