I may not be a massive Victorinox collector but I can definitely appreciate the quality of products that they offer. I have owned a few Swiss Army Knives throughout my life but currently only own the Classic SD and this Tinker that I picked up one day at Target in a knife/sharpener combo. This is the second and last post that will be posted while I am out of town so I am excited to get back and finish editing my posts for next week.
Blade Length: 60mm
Closed Length: 91mm
Overall Length: 157mm
Blade Material: Stainless Steel
Handle Material: Cellidor
Blade Design: Drop Point
Opening Mechanism: Manual Thumb Indention
Pocket Clip: No
Additional Tools: Can Opener, Bottle Opener, Small Blade, Awl, Philips Driver, Two Flat-Head Drivers, Toothpick, Tweezers, Key-Ring, Sharpener
Like most Victorinox products you are familiar with, the Tinker offers a wide variety of tools in a very compact frame. If it weren't for the lack of a corkscrew, the Tinker would be my first thought when visualizing a SAK. All in all, this is a really good knife to have around. I personally actually prefer the addition of a Phillips head screwdriver over a corkscrew as it is just more useful in my life. I like how the knife feels in your hand, the fit feels right and for light to medium tasks I feel confident in the Tinker's ability to get the job done. The addition of two sizes of flat-head screwdrivers really rounds out the Tinker and ensures that it lives up to that name by allowing you to tinker with a wide variety of parts. In addition, the small blade will help you process smaller tasks where the larger blade might be a bit overkill without sacrificing your grip or handle on the blade. Lastly, because Swiss Army Knives lend themselves to a loose style of carry, the incorporation of a split-ring attachment point is critical.
I really don't have a lot to complain about when it comes to the Tinker, obviously, I like pocket clips on my knives but with these knife styles, it just isn't in the picture. I also think that I would prefer Alox scales like those that are on other models just for added grip, but hey, Victorinox offers plenty of models to choose from.
Ultimately, this is one of the few times I wish that I carried a pocket organizer. It would just make it easier to carry certain items like the Tinker. I also recommend that you buy it through Target if you can just to get the sharpener for essentially free as it is also $22 on Amazon and some other sites. The sharpener might not be the greatest, but hey free is free. Anyways, as I said, the Tinker is a good knife that is really calling out to me, trying to get me to carry it more frequently. I will finish with one final thought, I do think of Swiss Army Knives as knives first and foremost. Most of the models come with a knife as its main tool and the other tools are more of a secondary addition in my mind. For some people, these are thought of more like a multi-tool, which I can understand, however, in my mind I view this through the lens of a knife and everything else is just a nice bonus.