Wenger Evowood 17 Swiss Army Knife
- By Chris Parkin
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- Last updated: 29/11/2016
In these days of multitools with modern ergonomics, materials and a nod towards the survivalist, we sometimes forget the good-old Swiss Army knife. For over 100 years it has been the accessory of choice for the pocket or backpack when `being ready`, certainly if you were a Boy Scout! Wenger who have always had dual rights to the “Swiss Army Knife” brand (Wenger are now owned by Victorinox, the other brand) have throughout the years made these knives in many sizes and styles to suit both wallet and consequent remaining pocket space. The Evowood series was introduced in 2005 and along with the usual suspects of straight knife, wood saw and scissors, has screwdriver, can opener and nail file alongside. The bottle opener can often be an emergency tool in its own right and this 17 function tool which at 8.5cm long and only 85 grams can happily form the centrepiece of your key ring. Both `10` and `14` models are available for the true minimalists with correspondingly fewer functions. All three versions use eco-friendly walnut side-plates on the handles, obtained from material that would otherwise have been discarded from larger manufacturing processes. The unique nature of the stained timber leaves a durable, tactile finish making every knife unique, inviting engraving for a truly personalised treat or gift. 6.2cm of non-locking blade length should also keep Big Brother happy.