Victorinox: A penknife for every occasion

Victorinox yellowEver tried to pull open a pack of snacks in a hotel room? Or attempted to open a well-taped parcel while on the road? Many of us would have had encountered these or similar occasions while travelling. It’s at times like these that a penknife would come in handy. And when it comes to penknives, Victorinox is top of the heap!

The Swiss company began way back in 1884 and was named after the founder’s mother plus the word “inox”, a shortened form of the French term for stainless steel.

Inspired by Enid Blyton and Alfred Hitchcock stories of investigators as a young boy, I’ve been carrying penknives since I was in my primary school. I don’t think that’s a wise thing to do these days with all the security scare but back then, it was the thrill of adventure and being prepared for any contingency.

This love for the penknife (and torchlight for that matter) has stayed with me throughout my adulthood.

In my travels for both work and play, I always carry a Victorinox penknife with me. You just never know when you might need one. I’ve used one for more than a decade and it’s still as good as new.

It has been used to open snack packages, slice boxes, tighten loose screws, and yes, saved me mouth discomfort many times with its toothpick.

Having benefitted much from this nifty gadget, I decided to buy the Victorinox Classic for my friends.

Victorinox blue.jpgAvailable in several colours, it comes with seven features:

  1. key ring
  2. pen knife
  3. screwdriver
  4. nail file
  5. tweezer
  6. toothpick
  7. scissors

The Victorinox is a little pricey at more than S$20 (the price differs from shop to site) but it’s a worthwhile investment and a handy travel companion.

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