Victorinox Swiss Army Rambler
This little knife takes care of jobs that are too…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 24.95
This little knife takes care of jobs that are too small for a regular camp knife. It won't split wood, but it's great for opening food packages and cutting up moleskin.
- Weighs just 1.1 oz
- Scissors can cut moleskin
- Includes nail file
- Includes bottle opener
- Tweezers are next to useless
- Toothpick isn't sharp enough
- Not much need for wire stripper
- Not much need for 00 phillips screwdriver
The Swiss Army Rambler knife descends from the Classic knife, which is one item that everyone has either owned or at least seen at some point in their life. At 2.25" long and only 1.1 oz, it's also one of those items that's easy to tuck away somewhere.
DESIGN: The Swiss Army Classic Knife uses a toned-down version of the iconic design found in the original "Soldier Knife" used by the swiss army. This version kept the blade and and screwdriver, but traded the reamer for a 00 phillips head screwdriver and added a nail file, scissors, toothpick, and tweezers.
- Knife Blade: The knife blade on the Swiss Army Classic is pretty slim. Far too slim to be used for splitting wood. However, it works perfectly for opening small packages.
- Flat head Screwdriver: I have yet to encounter flathead screws on a hike, but the nail file does work well for small prying tasks.
- Nail File: Should you tear / split a finger / toe nail, cutting an filing it to a smooth edge will help to prevent further tearing and subsequent pain.
- Phillips head Screwdriver: The Phillips head screwdriver on the Rambler is even less worthwhile than the flathead. The only screws I can think of that use this size (size 00) Phillips head are laptops. I can't think of any reason to use this on the trail.
- Wire Stripper: Much like the screwdrivers, I can't imagine why you'd need a wire stripper in the woods. I guess this was just an attempt to fit as many tools as possible into a small package.
- Bottle Opener: This one isn't much use on a backpacking trip, but can be nice on a canoeing or car camping trip. Is it necessary? No. Is it a nice touch? Absolutely!
- Scissors: The scissors on this knife aren't much. They're enough to open small packages and enough to cut through moleskin. In a pinch, the scissors on this knife can also be used to trip broken / torn nails in order to avoid further damage / pain.
- Toothpick: The toothpick is a nice idea if you're like me and like to carry jerky. However, the toothpick in this knife is too dull to really do much of anything.
- Tweezers: Like the toothpick, these tweezers are a nice idea, but are next to worthless. The shape of these tweezers makes them good for removing ticks, but they have far too little structural integrity for anything else. In the past, I have had issues using these tweezers for both hair and splinters.
- Keyring: If you do want to attach this knife to a keychain / lanyard, you have the option to use the included keyring.
USES: The inclusion of scissors on this knife and their ability to cut moleskin is what really sets this knife apart for me. I use a camp knife / hatchet for just about everything around the campsite. However, there are times when you really need a knife (especially with some modern plastic packaging) or a pair of small scissors.
This is a nice little knife to keep in your hipbelt pocket for trail lunches and for first-aid tasks like cutting up moleskin.