Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Sweet Wenger Mike Horn Swiss Army
For starters, many of us know that both Victorinox and Wenger brands are authorized Swiss Army Knives. Victorinox was regarded as the "original", and Wenger claimed they were the "genuine". This arose because both companies did and do indeed at various times, manufacture issue knives for the Swiss military. I'm guessing depending on price, and what was needed, the Swiss government chose one company or the other, for their knife needs. In 2005, Victorinox, whose knives I've always preferred, bought Wenger. The two remain separate companies, but both under Victorinox's ownership.
Anyhow, Mike Horn is a noted South African explorer and adventurer, with many feats of impressiveness under his belt. Click on "Horn" above, to read his Wikipedia page.
This badboy is LOADED with functionality:
*Handle is made from recyclable materials and produced partly w/ Pan European Forest Certificate wood
*One-handed-opening emergency blade with lock. Partially serrated with a blunt point
*One-handed-opening 3.9" blade
*Needle nose pliers with wire cutter
*1/4" Bit holder
*Phillips & flat head screw bits
*Specially-developed cutting reamer
*Awl with sewing eye
*Nylon Pouch included
*Made in Switzerland
That's a lotta tools ladies and gents! The Mike Horn Swiss Knife from Wenger is NOT cheap. MSRP is about 175.00 USD. Which is actually fairly reasonable, considering there are lots of folding knives like those by Benchmade that sport a single blade only, and cost @ least that much. So, if this were the only knife you could choose to bring on a long trip, this might qualify. And supposedly, Mike Horn now carries this as his only blade for expeditions.
I think it's neat that the handle is made from recyclable materials and contains wood from certifiably renewable areas. This knife also just looks incredible. As I said, I have a big spot in my heart for Victorinox, as they have the better selection of models and are easier to find. But Wenger manufactured my very first boyscout Swiss Army knife that I found in like-new condition on a softball diamond adjacent to the one where my older sister's team was competing. I was about 9, and it was the coolest thing on Earth, I still have it to this day. Basically, Wenger and Victorinox knives both have merit, and heck, they're both now owned by a single entity. Anyway, I like the looks and the premise of the Mike Horn knife, maybe enough to buy it even!
To learn more, see Wenger's site. Or check out Mike Horn's Pangaea site.