Swiss Army Knife - SwissChamp XAVT, June 14, 2008
knife_2008_01.JPG (490923 bytes) The SwissChamp XAVT, purchased Saturday, June 14, at Excalibur Cutlery at Bellevue Square Mall, Bellevue, WA. This exquisite tool has 80 implements, including a digital clock, altimeter, barometer, and thermometer. This is the largest Swiss Army Knife made by Victorinox...
knife_2008_02.JPG (804185 bytes) Here the new SwissChamp XAVT is pictured to the left of my old and trusty (regular - smaller) SwissChamp... and a Marine Band "A" harmonica... all of which rest upon my copy of Ranger Doug's "Singing Cowboys"...
knife_2008_03.JPG (662416 bytes) knife_2008_04.JPG (606122 bytes) The new Champ XAVT, almost fully opened in its glory...
There is another collector's model, The Giant Swiss Army Knife, made by Wenger, that defies all attempt at description. If you ever see this behomoth in my collection you will know that I won the lottery...
knife_2008_05.JPG (650434 bytes) The old (regular - smaller) SwissChamp which is always in my side bag... With 33 implements this is a tool with heft, but it is it still practical as an everyday-carry pocket tool. In my opinion, this is the largest Swiss Army knife practical for everyday-carry. The larger SwissChamp XAVT (pictured above) is less practical for everyday-carry...
knife_2008_06.JPG (679097 bytes) knife_2008_07.JPG (615531 bytes) knife_2008_08.JPG (756979 bytes) The Leatherman "Wave" is a favorite tool as well. I like the "Wave" because the knife blades open without the arms having to be opened first...
The SwissChamp XAVT includes the following tools:

Large blade
Small blade
Can opener with small screwdriver 3 mm
Bottle opener with large screwdriver 6 mm and wire stripper
Key ring
Multi-purpose hook (also parcel carrier)
Wood saw
Fish scaler with hook disgorger and ruler (cm & inches)
Nail file with metal file, nail cleaner, and metal saw
Fine screwdriver mm
Pliers with wire cutters and wire crimping tool
Phillips screwdriver
Magnifying Glass
Ball point pen (also to set DIP-Switches)
Min screwdriver
Sewing eye
Wrench with:
- 5mm female Hex drive for D-SUB connectors
- 4mm female Hex drive for the bits
- Bit Phillips 0 (Pozidrive)
- Bit Phillips 1 (Pozidrive)
- Bit Slotted 4 mm
- Bit Phillips 2
- Bit Hex 4 mm
- Bit Torx 8
- Bit Torx 10
- Bit Torx 15
Large blade
LED light, white
Multi-purpose hook with nail file
Pruning blade
Electrician's blade with wire scraper
Pharmaceutical spatula
Combination tool with cap lifter, can opener, screwdriver and wire stripper
Watch opener
Fine screwdriver 2 mm
Digital clock
* I met Chunhee at the Bally Gym at Bridle Trails / Bellevue a couple of days after buying the SwissChamp XAVT. While sitting in the hot tub, Chunhee asked me what I did over the weekend and I told her that I bought a large Swiss Army knife with 80 implements and that I looked forward to showing it off to my nephew Will in North Carolina. Chunhee thought that was funny (or perhaps odd!)...