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The Best Swiss Army Knife for EDC

EDC is all about having the right tool for the job. Multi-tools take that a step further by putting the right tool for a number of different tasks into one compact body. When it comes to keeping your bases covered, one of the most trusted brands of multi-tools is Victorinox, thanks in no small part to their Swiss Army Knife becoming an essential tool to carry since it was invented for the field in 1897. And in the past century Victorinox has only gotten better at what they do, now offering plenty of different variations of the tried and true tool.

If you've never owned a Swiss Army Knife (SAK), picking your first one out of Victorinox's extensive catalog can be daunting at first. Many of the models have specialized tools for specific uses, but they all share a common core of tools for general EDC. To make the decision easier, we're highlighting the 5 most-carried SAKs among our readers in this guide. As we'll be comparing tried-and-true models, you can't go wrong with any of the picks below.

Victorinox EvoGrip 16 Swiss Army Knife

Even if you're new to the world of pocket knives, you'd probably recognize the iconic red handles of a Swiss Army Knife anywhere. As easy as they are to spot, those glossy handles aren't so easy to handle, especially during heavy-duty tasks. That's why the biggest names in Swiss Army knives, Victorinox and Wenger, joined forces to produce the Delemont collection of tools featuring contoured scales. The result? An “evolved” form of the original Swiss Army Knife with more grip than ever.

Ergonomic curves on the Victorinox EvoGrip 16 give your fingers a definitive place to grip onto, adding leverage where you need it and preventing slippage during use. For even more control, especially in wet conditions, the curves are fitted with texturized rubber inlays.

Of all the different Swiss Army Knife configurations to choose from, the EvoGrip 16's toolset is one of the best suited for EDC too. It hits the right balance of having the useful tools you'd need, without the bulk of tools you'd only occasionally use. Most notably, it features a sturdy 3D Philips screwdriver along with 9 other tools that carry out a total of 14 functions — perfect for tackling a variety of everyday tasks.

You can grab one of these Swiss-made tools (with a frim grip, too) for your everyday carry via the link below.

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Interview: Carl Elsener, Global CEO of Victorinox

Interview

Carl Elsener, the global CEO of Victorinox, flew in from Switzerland to kick off the store's grand opening. I took this rare opportunity to scope the new location and talk SAKs with Mr. Elsener himself.

In this quick interview below, Mr. Elsener shares what's in his pockets, what model of SAK he swears by, and two incredible stories he's heard over the years of a SAK coming to the rescue. It's been lightly edited for clarity and length.

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