When most people think of necessary camping items, most overlook something like a good multi-tool/knife. While things like a tent, a backpack, a sleeping bag, or even a good cooler or other food storage container are important and always will be, a good multitool is also very important. Carrying larger versions of all the tools such an item carries on it can weigh a person down quite a bit and take up a lot of space that can otherwise be used for other more needed items.
Victorinox has the type of tools needed for camping and other physical activities, and this particular model of their multi-tool is made to offer backup as well as everyday use. When looking for the multi-tool which best suits your needs, it is a good idea to know what the one you are looking for can and cannot do. So, let’s take a look and see what exactly the Outrider offers.
Ready for use
Includes a wire stripper
Knife blade is only locking tool
Requires slightly more room to carry
Have to open scissors to reach screwdriver
This is, however, intended to be an E.D.C. or everyday carry tool. What does that mean exactly for a multi-tool? Well, some are built specifically to handle larger projects and are heavier and take up more space, often requiring a sheath rather than simply slipping it into your pocket and heading out.
An EDC is intended to be easily carried, and so the tools inside it are smaller and may not be able to handle much larger projects. They are great for a pinch or for smaller needs, but as the projects get bigger and the call for full-sized tools becomes apparent and EDC just might not cut the bill.
At the same time, if you are heading out into the woods and want to be prepared, this is a perfect carry-along tool. It is also one of the mainstays for every day in the office, home or on the go since it fits in your pocket and won’t weigh you down. Full-sized tools are often unnecessary in day to day activities, but having that backup becomes extremely useful over time.
The lock for this blade is found on the side of the handle. Once the blade is open, the sliding lock slips into place and the blade remains tightly in place. To unlock the blade, all a person needs to do is take their thumb and push the slider down and the blade can now be closed. Of course, something to note is that this particular blade cannot be opened one-handed easily. It is possible, but it takes some practice and works to get the job done one-handed.
You also get small wood saw with this particular multi-tool which is great for use when camping or hiking if you end up needing to get through a branch or need a cut of rope. This little saw has been surprisingly useful for those who have bought it, and many will attest to how strong it actually is and how well it can do despite its size. The saw is not a tool to overlook.
When you are considering the blades, however, a couple of good things to take note of are its material, in this case, stainless steel, and how to sharpen it properly. While it is fairly simple to keep your main blade sharp, it takes true know-how to keep your serrated saw blade sharp as well. There are several places to learn how to best do this, but if you don’t want to risk voiding the warranty, a good idea is to have it done by a professional.
As with most multi-tools, the accessories are in the blade itself and offer quite a few additions for its small size. This is mainly considered an E.D.C. or every day carry tool, which means it was built so that is as useful to have in your pocket daily as it is when you are planning to work on a project. This is the kind of tool people carry for the ‘just in case’ moment where you need something and might not otherwise have it.
So, what are the tools it has? Well, beyond the blade most of the will notice the can opener next, and likely will start hunting down the screwdrivers to see how useful the multi-tool will be. With this model, we have three screwdrivers, with one being at the end of the bottle opener which is another tool that tends to grab our eyes.
It has the normal flathead screwdriver which works fairly well as well as a smaller flathead which is what we find at the end of the bottle opener. It also has the traditional Philips head screwdriver which sits independently from the other tools. You will also find the usual set of small scissors expected with a good multi-tool.
Beyond this we get a corkscrew, toothpick, wire stripper, wood saw a prime with needle eye and a set of tweezers. Of course, due to the fact it is meant to be an EDC pocket tool you also will find a keyring to help keep it easily located and drawn out of your pocket. This definitely has a lot of tools that could and likely would find good use throughout your day.
If you are still concerned after testing your product, then you also get the satisfaction of their lifetime guarantee against manufacturer defects. This means if anything seems to lose you can send it in for repair or replacement right away. The good news is that we didn’t find anything to suggest you would have such issues from any of the owners out there.
This little blade comes with heavy-duty scaled casing for its shell and the tools themselves are sturdy when used properly. If you are finding you have issues when you receive the blade, you may have purchased a counterfeit unfortunately and that can have many issues of its own. Always make sure the seller is reputable if you decide not to purchase directly from the company- which does sell their items through Amazon as well.
Fourteen different functions with a weight of less than one pound and can fit into a person’s pocket effortlessly. How can a person argue with that when many others weigh more that serve the same functions?
You would also want to check that adding further protection would not void the warranty.
If your biggest concern is that the other tools don’t lock, however, you may want to consider a different sort of tool. Most multitools only have a lock for the main blade and require you to have cautious and careful use of the other tools available and this one is no different.
One feature that can be overlooked when thinking of safety, however, is the actual casing of the blade itself and its grip. This one has a polyamide scale cover and an ergonomically styled grip which means it is less likely to slip in your hands when in use. Make no mistake, as pretty as a shiny exterior might be, one with textured grip is often easier to keep hold of while working.
While there may be other EDC multi-tools which are sold for less, this one has a great brand backing it, a lifetime warranty and heavy durability going into its build which makes it worth just that little bit more. Those who have chosen this tool over others have stated that this price is well worth it for the quality craftsmanship they received. Again, however, because it is a Victorinox you have to be aware there are quite a few counterfeits out there, so it is best to purchase this knife from a verified seller.
-Easy to use
A person can carry larger versions of these same fourteen tools and lose a lot of space and add to their carrying weight by a lot more than what this tool is. Between the weight, the size, and the quality there is no doubt that this is worth the price that a person can obtain it for. This is something that can be easily recommended.