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        Q: What age should you be to get a Swiss army knife?
A: If you want a multi-tool , buy a multi-tool , and not a Victorinox . Either the first is a good choice . Victorinox knives , though very useful in a survival situation , are far more orientated to day-to-day used and carry . They 're semi-fragile instrument meant for lighting used , not survival . In a survival situation , you want an enormous , very sustainable , very sharp , credible blade . Nothing overpowers a fixed blade knife made of good quality stainless or carbon ( Which I prefer ) steel in that situation .   Back to your question :  The SwissChamp xlt is a very pleasant instruments . But it be constructed like a multi-tool . A multi-tool a 3.5 '' long Victorinox 're not , and were not able feasibly be . They are multi-tools , but not in the sense that they were able be pulled out and replace expected single instruments needed without issuance . They bend too readily and the instrument is far too little . If you are after something like the xlt , pick up a Gerber multi-tool -- something made specially to have all the nifty little things on it usage . Rugged , sustainable , cheaper , and not constructed to the sized of a 3.5 '' pocket knife . You 'll never use a pharmaceuticals spatula , , and everything that is necessary for be bent will be needed pliers you are able use with more than two fingers . Wire scrapers : Because you truly wish to rub a hunk of ungrounded metal against electrical wired .   I personally own a Spartan , and while a light constructed into it would be pleasant , a bit key chain flashlight does the same thing . I 've never used the reamer ( And for its intentionioned aim , I do n't know where he is how you could . ) and the only time I has ever used the can opener was previously on a schooling voyage , and different times to acts as an Allen key when I said you did n't one handy . I 've used all else , and do frequently , but more , I doubt I ever will . A saw would be pleasant , however , if I truly needed a saw for something , I would not be using a 3.2 '' or so one on a pocket knife .