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Pocket knife in the test: cult product loses against US brand


The pocket knife is an integral part of the equipment, especially for outdoor enthusiasts. But which model is worth comparing?

The pocket knife is an integral part of the equipment, especially for outdoor enthusiasts.

But which model is worth comparing?

Anyone who imagines a pocket knife usually has the red one with the white cross in their head.

However, the legendary Swiss Army Knife from Victorinox has apparently had competition over the years.

The Swiss consumer portal took a closer look at 12 pocket knives - and only rated three brands as good.

All three knives are also available in Germany.

HEIDELBERG24 summarizes the test result (an overview of other test reports can be found here).

Pocket knife in comparison – US brand beats cult product

For many people, the pocket knife is a must, especially for outdoor activities.

Today's folding knives have many practical functions - from corkscrews to built-in USB sticks.

Nevertheless, the blade remains the most important test criterion - because it has to be able to withstand a lot when camping and the like, it has to be sharp and it shouldn't rust.

However, not all pocket knife blades deliver what they promise.

After their test, the consumer experts were only convinced by three pocket knives.

According to, the Leatherman Free K2 performed best.

According to Stiftung Warentest, this pocket knife, which impressed the most with its sharp blade, costs around 120 euros in Germany.


Several pocket knives from the Swiss company Victorinox (archive photo)

© Daniel Karmann/dpa

Pocket knife in the test: Swiss experts with hardness test

As Stiftung Warentest further reports, the Swiss consumer experts repeatedly dipped the pocket knives in a saline solution and then checked the blades for cracks.

The two Swiss Army Knives from Victorinox and Swiza also did well.

According to the test experts, the classic among pocket knives, the red and white model from Victorinox, feels particularly good in the hand.

In Germany you pay around 100 euros for the knife.

The price-performance winner at around 30 euros was the article SH01R-WM from Swiza.

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Caring for pocket knives: This is how you clean the tool properly

Anyone who invests their money in a pocket knife naturally wants to use it for as long as possible.

When caring for the multifunctional product properly, a number of things should be taken into account.

Experts recommend unscrewing the pocket knife.

But be careful: You should urgently read the manufacturer's guarantee conditions beforehand, because in some cases the guarantee expires when the knife is unscrewed - or it is not possible at all.

The right tool is also important to avoid damage to the screws.

The portal recommends using an old shirt or a piece of kitchen paper to clean a pocket knife.

When the coarsest dirt has been removed, you can wipe off all parts with a few drops of oil.

Because cleaning may also remove some of the lubricating oil, only a few drops should be used.

Very important: When cleaning a pocket knife, always watch out for your fingers - because the blade remains very sharp even as an individual part.


List of rubrics: © Daniel Karmann/dpa

Source: merkur

All life articles on 2022-08-16

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