Victorinox SwissChamp XLT Review

Victorinox SwissChamp XLT Review

Introduction

Product Name: SwissChamp XLT
Manufacturer: Victorinox
UK Price: £135.99
US Price: $209.99

Victorinox might not be a household name but their signature product definitely is. Originally founded in 1884, Victorinox started delivering knives to the Swiss Army in 1891 and the Swiss Army Knife has gone on to become a household name. We’ll be looking at one of Victorinox’s top of the line models – the Victorinox SwissChamp XLT.

Design

In keeping with the classic Swiss Army Knife design the SwissChamp XLT features a red body with the famous cross in a shield emblem. In a slight change is the plastic is translucent red rather that a solid colour. Measuring in at 91 x 27 x 43 mm and weighing 255 grams it’s bulkier than average, but this is mostly due to the fact it has more than double the usual number of tools commonly found on a multi-tool. You can also purchase a pouch for the SwissChamp XLT should you find it a bit too big for your pocket.

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Features

The SwissChamp XLT features 50 different tools, considerably more than average multi-tool would feature. Here’s the list of all 50 tools that are included.

1. large blade
2. small blade
3. can opener with
4. -small screwdriver
5. corkscrew
6. reamer, punch
7. wood saw
8. screwdriver 2.5mm
9. Phillips screwdriver
10. chisel
11. key ring
12. toothpick
13. tweezers
14. mini-screwdriver
15. pin stainless
16. multi-purpose hook (parcel carrier)
17. pruning blade
18. pliers with
19. -wire crimping tool
20. -wire cutters
21. bit case
22. cap lifter with
23. -screwdriver
24. -wire stripper
25. scissors
26. fish scaler with
27. -hook disgorger
28. -ruler (cm + inches)
29. magnifying lens
30. nail file with
31. -metal file
32. -nail cleaner
33. -metal saw
34. sewing eye
35. bit wrench with
36. -bit Hex 5 mm female for D-SUB connectors
37. -4 mm female Hex drive for the bits
38. -bit Philips 0
39. -bit Philips 1
40. -bit slotted 4 mm
41. -bit Philips 2
42. -bit Hex 4 mm
43. -bit Torx 8
44. -bit Torx 10
45. -bit Torx 15
46. pharmaceutical spatula
47. electrician’s blade with
48. -wire scraper
49. ballpoint pen with
50. -also to set DIP-Switch

As you can see from the tool list it’s very comprehensive, you would have to be in a very specialized situation to find yourself with the SwissChamp XLT and it not having the tool for the job.

In Use

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Using the SwissChamp XLT is a pleasure, all of the tools are easy to release from the closed position and reassuringly click into place when fully locked open or closed. Some of the more unusual tools prove to be very useful, the pen is handy for making quick notes and the pharmaceutical spatula can be used to pick up or move things you don’t want to touch.

One of the tools is slightly disappointing though, the combined wire cutters and pliers are very small which somewhat limits their usefulness. However that’s really the only problem, the other tools perform well and the sheer number of them means that you should have the tool you need in hand.

Conclusion

Overall the SwissChamp XLT isn’t cheap coming in at over £100 but the premium is worth it, build quality and durability are excellent and having 50 tools available on a single multi-tool is very convenient. If you’re looking for a premium multi-tool the Victorinox SwissChamp XLT is definitely recommended.


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