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Victorinox EvoWood 17 Review

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The Swiss Army Knife (SAK) is one of the most iconic multi-tools in the world, and for good reason. Found in toolboxes, pockets, and glove compartments everywhere, the SAK is available in dozens of configurations with different tools, shapes, sizes, and designs. We reached out to the leading SAK manufacturer, Victorinox, to try something new from their lineup that we thought you guys would enjoy. They graciously sent us a sample of their EvoWood 17 to consider. It stands apart from the usual candy red Swiss Army Knives with its genuine walnut hardwood scales, while boasting 9 tools capable of 13 different features in one 85mm package. Read on to find out how the EvoWood 17 held up in our EDC.

Spencer Collection Keychain Tools by Design Unsanctioned

Spencer Collection Keychain Tools by Design Unsanctioned Drawing inspiration from their hometown heritage, Brooklyn-based Design Unsanctioned is premiering their first line of modern keychain tools for everyday carry, dubbed the Spencer Collection. Comprised of a bottle opener, mini bottle opener, key hook, and key fob, the collection beautifully balances both function and form. The products are assembled in Brooklyn from solid quarter inch thick brass, walnut wood inserts, and 4oz top-grain leather—achieving a truly unique blend of industrial and organic in a clean, minimal aesthetic. The Spencer Collection is available for purchase today at the Kickstarter campaign linked below...

MOJO BAZAAR Chambray Handkerchief, REFRACTORY Carbon Fiber Ring, kpurrp braceletSummit Creek Dry Goods Leather Keychain 01: 4sevens MiNi 123, Victorinox Manager, LaCie iamaKeyBurger pouch: misc. charging cablesSandwich pouch: Moleskine Volant Mini, Gatsby Oil Clear Sheets, Kleenex, extra cashMaruman Mnemosyne A5 Notepad: Pilot Birdy Mini SS, Stainless Steel Sharpie, Uni Signo 207, Capacitive Stylus Superior Titanium MoneyclipiPhone 5SCustom woodgrain vinyl wrapped Limeade Blast L156X external batteryVintage leather coin pouchEagleTac D-25C Clicky Ti NWSpyderco Chaparral TiCorter Leather Cardholder (extra cards), Victorinox ClimberCustom woodgrain vinyl wrapped Nintendo 3DS XLCorter Leather Bottlehook: 4sevens MiNi 123 Ti NW, Car KeysRayban RB2140"TNF" Gearslinger BackpackSeiko SNN215 on ZULU Strap Hi everyone, it’s Bernard. I wanted to showcase how my carry has settled by the end of 2013. In my pants pockets I generally just carry my keys, phone, moneyclip, oil sheets, knife, flashlight, and handkerchief. The rest of it is organized in pouches, then fit into pockets in my small EDC backpack. I think my most useful addition this year is my USB external charger — it’s much more reliable to have one than trying to track down and get tied to an outlet to charge my phone. I go through my phone’s battery quickly, especially while using it for navigation and streaming music. If you tend to use a lot of portable electronics, consider grabbing one, as most can charge up to two devices at once...

Fuji X10 with Gordys strapiPhone 4Moleskine NotebookShkira Horween walletSterile Submariner homageFenix LD01Leatherman Style CSKingston SE9 USB stickUniball SignoKeys, lighter etc submitted by lillesiim Editor’s Note: Hey there! You’ve got a pretty sleek carry that looks great for urban use. I noticed your keychain setup could probably benefit from a few small tweaks here and there, especially considering that’s where you’ve designated your light and tools. Consider swapping out that dinky carabiner and consolidate some of your split rings (i.e. one ring for tools, one for keys) to reduce bulk, noise and the risk of rings/clips failing. You can still keep your chain modular but without most of the bulk. Alternatively, you can try suspending and tucking your keys into your pocket, while leaving your tools riding on a belt clip of some sort for quicker access if you need your light or knife in a pinch. I recommend the Lucky Line 40401, here’s an example of how I did it. Otherwise, everything looks great! I hope this helps...

Fallkniven F1 Custom KydexGerber Covert F.A.S.T 3Gerber Multi-Plier 600 + bits0Ultrafire WF-501BBIC LighterPendriveBIC pens submitted by crankafreakEditor’s Note: I always like to see how people decide to set up their pocket organizers. Yours actually looks less “stuffed” compared to other setups I’ve seen, however. In accordance with the rest of your carry, I think adding a weatherproof notebook in one of the larger pockets, some paracord, a capsule lighter, and some small first aid essentials would help round out your carry as it seems you have sort of a survivalist theme going. Otherwise your carry looks good and very cohesive! If your Ultrafire ever bites the dust or doesn’t work out for you, I think a Zebralight or similar right angle/headlamp light might synergize well with your carry too...

Leather iPhone 4 case and wallet.4Sevens quark MiNi AA squared R5. Seiko Dive Watch (SKA413). Seiko Diver Watch (SRP043K2)Victorinox Pioneer (black alox scales). submitted by gary Great website.. I’ve learned from looking at others posts. I only carry 1 of each item, but decided to show alternates/backups.  Editor’s Note: Thanks for the kind words, Gary. I’m glad you’ve learned a thing or two from the site. It’s interesting to see the “two is one, one is none” adage taken quite literally here, but I do agree it’s worth investing in backups especially if the gear is affordable and works really well for you, like these items here. I’ve always been a fan of the Quark MiNi paired with some kind of Swiss Army Knife for an affordable, versatile and minimalist EDC option, and I think Seiko makes some great affordable watches for EDC as well, so I’m glad to see those in your rotation. Despite owning backups for your core EDC I find it interesting that you don’t carry backup tools on your keychain for added redundancy, but that also contributes to streamline your carry overall (as does the wallet/phone case combination)...

iPhone 4Panerai “homage” with tan croc strapJfold walletZebra clicker with 0.7mm gelCar, house keys, Leatherman Skeletool Multitool submitted by pjdunn I primarily work from home, so EDC is a little different for me.  I keep it pretty simple (and cheap).  Would like to upgrade the pen.  Suggestions?On night walks with the pooch, I will take my sog knife with me JIC. Editor’s Note: Hey there! Your carry seems to be off to a good start if you prefer simple and cheap. As for your pen situation, you’ve already got one of the best budget pens for EDC. You could look into a very similar pen, the Zebra F-701, which features more stainless steel in its construction. Pilot pens are also a popular alternative (G2, Hi-Tec, etc) and could probably handle home office wear and tear. I personally really like the Uniball Power Tank line too. If you’re willing to splurge, keep your eyes peeled on kickstarter campaigns, there are usually some really nice pens in the works there. Lastly, for your nightly dog walks I’d maybe recommend keeping a flashlight on you as well!

Blistex(I’m addicted)IFA(liquorice pastille)LV WalletKeys + Bank thingiPhoneiPodMonster Turbine In-ear plugsNintendo DSi XLA Good book(1Q84 right now)Moscot Lemtosh sunglassesDog(Basset Artesien Normand) tries to fit in the bag submitted by 1samurai Did a bag dump for Strawfoot Handmade. No tools or anything, as I don’t really feel like a need any. Might get a knife eventually but right now this is all I need to have a good day. From left:Cheers, Marius Editor’s Note: I think you’re right, seeing that dog was all I needed to have a good day too...

Fifth&Brannan pocket squareMarlboro LightsVintage Dunhill lighter (eBay)Montblanc wallet with money clip (personalised by my three-year old daughter)Kaweco AL Sport fountain penCar park gate passWork entry cardHouse key2 x Lacie USB iamakeysVolkswagen Golf GTI keyiPhone 4 submitted by jamesmattison My everyday carry:Usually no knife or torch, but I have two Victorinox swiss army knifes; in my desk drawer at work and next to my bed at home.Love the site and now definitely thinking of investing in an Al Mar pocket knife Editor’s Note: Hi James, thanks for the support! You’ve got a good carry going with some great pieces — love the Speedy, vintage lighter and Kaweco. I see you have to deal with carrying those bulky key cards, I wish I knew of a better solution to slim that down. Otherwise, your carry is pretty streamlined albeit lacking a primary blade or multitool as you mentioned. Your phone should do okay as a torch in a pinch, but it couldn’t hurt to invest in a small 1xAAA light to throw onto your keys. Lastly, if you’re looking at Al Mar, I say go for it! I think they would fit into your carry quite nicely, functionally and aesthetically speaking...

Love the site. I check it out daily. Here is my EDC:Sunwayman V10R Ti Flashlight - This is a great little light. It has variable brightness from 1-210 lumen. I also have the AA extender so it can use AA or CR123A. It is tough, light and looks great.Saddleback Leather Wallet Sleeve - I am always on the lookout for a slim wallet and have gone through quite a few and this is my favorite so far. The leather quality is fantastic, and I only carry 4 cards with me so it is barley noticeable in my pocket.iPhone 4 - Can’t live without this, connects me to the world.Benchmade Doug Ritter Mini-RSK Mk1 Knife -  Basically a mini Griptilian with S30V steel and a great handle. Stands up to anything I throw at it and looks good doing it.Omega Speed Master Professional Watch - I’ve been through a few watches but I think I have finally found my “one”. I love the tough hand wound movement, great looks, classic lines and feel on the wrist. It’s designed to go to space so I am sure it can handle anything I can throw at it. submitted by TimEditor’s Note: Hi Tim, thanks for your support. I just want to say you have an excellent EDC, and I appreciate your taste in both aesthetics, practicality and quality. The V10R looks to have a great user interface, the battery versatility as you mentioned, and it sure is a looker. The Saddleback is renowned for its durability and opting for a slimmer type of wallet is better to carry, especially if you keep it in your back pocket. Good choice on the Ritter minigrip as you get a premium steel on a great EDC knife (its blade shape, length, lock, handle and clip). The scale color is perhaps not as low key but at least it’s got a friendlier, colorful appearance that should also help with visibility if you need to grab it quickly. Lastly, gorgeous watch… Wear it well and in good health!

MY EDC right to left… Springfield XD .45 (w/thumb safety)Uncle Mike’s Clip-in IWB holster (Surprisingly comfortable for a cheap holster)SOG Access Card 2.0 (Great Knife, Mediocre Clip)UltraFire C3 (Rides in holster, need to replace with something more reliable)iPhone 3GS in $5 Incipio Leather case (protects great in front pocket)Keys: Leatherman Micra (backup knife) Fenix E01 (Backup Light)Basic Wallet with minimum of CC’s and cash. submitted by JamieEditor’s Note: First of all, thanks for sharing what holster you use — a lot of my readers complain that other contributors tend to overlook that piece of gear. I like how you opt for a backup light and multitool on your keychain, that’s a great spot to put them, and you’ve picked very reliable items that serve that purpose. As for your primary light, I echo your sentiment that you could use a more reliable brand. Luckily, there are plenty of options out there. I like Fenix, EagleTac and 4sevens personally, as they put out some high quality, fairly affordable lights for EDC. Beautiful wear on that SOG, nice to see it getting use (I wouldn’t be surprised, I love the action on it and if I had one I’d use it plenty). Good job keeping the wallet slim and minimal too. Overall, you’ve got a strong carry...

Hello Bernard!I love your blog, and your personal efficient take on EDC.  Over the past couple years I have spent hours perusing your archives, and have found out about a lot of great gadgets thanks to you.I am a 24 year old blue collar kid from Colorado.  I have been putting myself through school and am finally about to get my undergraduate in philosophy from the University of Colorado Boulder. I have been collecting knives, flashlights, and fun things since the ripe old age of 6, and have worked very hard for almost every piece in my collection. Here are a few things that I carry on a regular basis, albeit not all at once :)-Muyshondt Aeon from Enrique’s last neutral tint run-McGizmo Sundrop 3S-Mac’s Customs Copper Tri EDC in neutral.-Mike Alsdorf custom slipjoint-Chris English Z automatic-Spyderco Caly 3-Chris Reeve large regular Sebenza and sheath made by my uncle-Handkerchief that I found in my grandma’s house when we moved her out.-Makr Carry Goods wallet-MiNI CR2 from the original warm run with a great super warm tint (~3000k) and an orange cadet attached to a split ring with McGizmo clips.  I usually have a car key on here too.-keys-phone-not pictured: notepad, pen, or chapstickThanks!Ben submitted by BenEditor’s Note: Hi Ben, thanks for the kind words. Lovely collection you’ve got! I see you have discerning taste when it comes to flashlights — great variety of options, and it’s nice to see some love for warmer tints. For most EDCers, I would say color rendition isn’t critically important, but it sure does make real life usage more pleasing, in my opinion anyway. I also like the variety in your knives’ blade lengths, lock types, handle material, styling, and so on. You can’t really go wrong with those. The Mini CR2 x Alox Cadet pairing is great too. I personally find a highly efficient twisty light and a SAK make a great backup system, and you’ve got just that plus some cordage for retrieval and grip retention. Lastly, that wallet looks great — although if I had one, I’d probably experiment with using it as a small gear pouch. Thanks for sharing your collection of high quality, eclectic gear. From a recent graduate myself, congrats on finishing your undergrad!