Victorinox Swiss Army Recruit

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The perfect first pocket knife that I recommend for…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $13.95


The perfect first pocket knife that I recommend for all Scouts. It has the most commonly needed tools with a high quality steel that holds an edge well in a size suitable for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts alike.


  • Two blades
  • Can opener
  • Fairly simple
  • High quality


  • Not so many tools

Ease of Use:  Easy to use! Liner lock securely holds blades open and allows Cub Scouts to close blades easily. Blades come sharp and ready to use. Can opener works great!

Features: Large blade, small blade, can opener, small and large screwdrivers, tweezers, and tooth pick. It also has a bottle opener, wire stripper, and key ring. I find that the blades and can opener are used the most, followed by the screwdrivers and tweezers. Additional tools, though occasionally helpful, make the multi-tool harder to use in general.

Construction and Durability: High quality steel that holds an edge well. Will last a very long time if taken care of properly.

Conditions: Used for wood carving, food preparation, opening packages, opening cans of food, removing splinters, tightening and removing screws.

Let Bear Cub Scouts use it to learn about pocket knives with these, sharpening and carving with them. (They frequently make the blades worse when first trying to sharpen them, but quickly get the hang of it.)

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