Thinking about getting a Victorinox Trekker

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  1. leaf and lightning

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    The more I'm looking at them, I'm finding that I like the looks of the Victorinox Trekker. But I'm not sure if I want the plain edged model, or the German military model with the serrated blade. The milsurp model is much less expensive, but I'm not sure if I would like the serrations. I tend to favor plain edged blades. Other than that I actually like the milsurp better, with the green coloration and the emblem. It looks classier. Which should I get?
     
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    I have two One-Hand Trekkers. One with the partly serrated and one with a plain edge. The serrated version is in some tool box; the plain edge version is in my EDC rotation...
     
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    Go for buddy it's a great knife I personally don't care for serrations but some folks like having them. The Trekker itself is well worth the money though.
     
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    My wife bought a Trekker for me many moons ago. It had the partial serrations. There is maybe 30 days I have not carried that knife in my pocket in the last 17 years or so. I have finally used it enough that the serrations are gone. I would heartily suggest going with NO serrations. :)
     
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    It has a Saw, is one handed , and has a screw driver, man what's not to like? I vote no serrations, but vote yes for a Trekker. Looks like a good servicable EDC tool.
     
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    I own a non-serrated One Hand Trekker as I don't care for serrated blades. It's a big knife and a little on the heavy side for pocket carry, so I carry it in a belt sheath. But these days, I edc/prefer a lighter weight Farmer. YMMV.
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    I got a partial serrated Trekkar from my nephews 10years or so ago .

    I disliked the serrations because they were at the tip . And not great for skinning squirrel . last winter I ground them off and reprofiled the edge .

    Love that knife now . One of my favorites
     
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    I have never seen a partially serrated blade, with the serrations at the tip end...that's very odd to me. Any pre-mod pics of that?
     
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    @Doubles

    It was like this. 0.8461.MWC941US2c.jpg


    Now its like this JPEG_20180519_151604.jpg
     
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    Good mod...I'm not a serrated edge guy, either, but, was curious what that looked like, and my Google-fu had shifted into park.
     
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    If they were flipped and the serrations were at the base it wouldn't have bothered me . I dont mind that and find it useful cutting thru leg joints and such
     
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    How about this business? One in the back?

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    The serrations are easy to remove with a belt sander, cool water,
    and a few minutes.
     
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    I used a DMT diamond card set . Ground them off and set the angle with the coarse plate . Went finer from there .

    I didnt time myself but Id say 2hours or so . I did it on my lunch breaks.
     
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    That's another joke knife...wth were they thinkin'?
     
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    Let's do a can opener with a some extra on it. And maybe make it able to cut and saw stuff lol.
     
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    One hand trekker no serations, have a couple of them, one is carried regularly, one is in a bob......
     
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    My pic above, one in the front, is exactly that. Just swapped the GAK scales onto it. Put the regular scales on the "official" GAK and gifted it.
     
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    What Vic "should" do, is the non serrated OHT with just the saw and blade. And a way to open cans in there somewhere.
     
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    hello,
    I love my "Adler" German Bundeswehr pocket knife. My recent addition was a gift (replacement) as one the the scales came off by accident by the user, & a replacement was offered. Still a Cold War souvenir dated post 1985, as the saw blade/bottle opener has a file/match striker. The cork screw takes the additional Victorinox mini screw driver. I was offered either the "Adler" or a Victorinox one handed Trekker German Army. In addition to such, a hank of Woodland DPM 550 paracord to create a lanyard for the GAK. :)
    Regards
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    The saw on the GAK works despite the bottle opener on the end.
     
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    The One Hand Trekker/Soldier Knife is my favorite EDC/Survival tool!
    When I got my Soldier the only reason was that I collect SAK's and it was on clearance so if I hateed it I wouldn't be out much. The thought of serrations especially at the front look so odd. I figured it would be a shelf queen. After carrying it a few weeks I understood just how great the blade design was.
    I have never ever wished I had a Plane edge knife when carrying it but there have been several times I wish I had it when I had a PE.
    If you're looking for a knife to carve a beautiful spoon with then the serrated blade is not for you. If you're looking for a tool designed to slice and slice then cut and slice some more especially man made material's then it may be just what your looking for.
    The Serrations are in the perfect location and they aren't as aggressive as most serrated blades. I've used steak knives that had more aggressive serrations then a Vic serrated blade. This in my experience is one of the reasons it's such a great design. If you've ever had a serrated blade with aggressive serrations hang up when cutting material like hard plastics you well appreciate the less aggressive serrations on the Trekker/Soldier.
    Havein the PE at the back of the blade works great for carving and fether sticks not to mention the serrations and blunt tip make the blade a great choice for a rescue/safety blade.
    I could go on and on about why I like this blade but these are the mane reasons I love that it.
     

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    You know how I feel about it......I love my Trekker. I love my Outrider even more.
     
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    The steel used isn't the hardest so regular maintenance if carried and used a lot is necessary. The serrations are a pain to sharpen and don't cut any better through most materials than a sharp straight edge.
    For a mountain climber or seafarer where hard nylon and tough rope needs cutting then serrations have a place. I think Spyderco do the best. SAK are OK. But here the serrations are bought for a reason as they have to work in an emergency. Specialised.
    For normal EDC then a straight edge is better. Easier to maintain and holds less gunk.

    SAK's are easy to sharpen. Automobile grit paper on a mouse mat works great. Loads of ways to keep them hair popping. The whole family's SAK get a once over each year, doesn't take long. Heavy use then weekly, whenever necessary.

    I love my SAK's. Cost effective and very useful; will give years of great service. Remain a true bargain, life's better for having one.
     
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    As far as the serrated blade "don't cut any better through most materials than a sharp straight edge."
    My personal experience is that there are plenty of times a serrated Vic well far out preform a PE SAK. Zip ties are a great example. A PE SAK is a chore to cut zip ties but my serrated SAK snaps them oppen with little effort.
    Last February we had a windstorm that partly ripped off the plastic over the wheels on my trailer. I assure you a PE SAK would not have touched it but my serrated Soldier took two slices and it was through the Three inch piece that it was hanging on by.
    Your right most things you run into a PE well do the job just fine but many man made plastics like many of us run into ever day well make a PE run home and cry.

    I have had problems with the serrations clogging up but so far that has only happened when I was cutting sausage. The fat collected in the serrations and the knife quit cutting till I cleaned them out. Personally I have to admit the serrated blade sucks in many food prep task. If you're buying it too use as camp cook knife I would suggest the PE.
    I agree serrated blades take longer to sharpen but the Vic design is the easiest serrated blade I've ever sharpened.

    Just my .02 based on my day to day use of the Vic serrated.
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    I have the original black hard nylon scale Trekker which is the military knife with hard scales (military green is a kratonish family rubbery compound) and value added toothpick and tweezers missing from the military model.

    The serrations are a steak/kitchen knife type and more easier delt with than most. Also, FOR A CHANGE, ABOUT %$$!* TIME, the serrations are placed where needed, out front for those difficult materials, while up close to handle, the bare area for whittling, sharpening, etc....

    If you are not planning on emergency ripping of canvas/rope etc, and NOW, then the more maint hog serrations are pointless.

    I DO recommend the Spydercoish hole and one-hand open/close, and the harder slicker scales of black nylon, and the toothpick/tweezers, being that the SAKs have the best toothpick ever invented by mankind, and it lasts and lasts.
     
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    I have a regular one-hand Vic Trekker (the camo one so I can lose it if I set it down in the woods) and it is great. I added the German Military (serrated) version mainly as a steak/pork chop knife.
     
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    Wanted to add that the knife forever holds a warm spot in my heart...
    While living in the Bronx, it was one of the few large one-hand knives that was absolutely unflickable by a cop during a random stop and frisk...if they could flick it, you were busted, along with the other 20,000-30,000 arrested for "illegal gravity knife possession" as they determined a flickable knife to be....

    Not wanting to help DA and precinct pad "deadly weapons siezures off the streets" numbers, was desperate for a larger blade folder which could be carried without fear, and found it right there in the Victornox store in Soho...I felt like a million dollars walking out of the store that bright cold November day, with that knife in my pocket.
     
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    Mine isn't one handed but it works fine and feels better for carving than the one handed trekker.

    This one is my favorite. The Outrider. It stole the show for me.

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    Now I can't decide on my next SAK. There really isn't another version I really want more than these two.
     
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    gene stoner and others have pointed out that the serration blades cut plastics like zip ties or those nylon ropes really well. I agree. I do like their Climbers and Fire Fighter specialised models.
    No serrated blade then the wood saw makes short work of zip ties and nylon rope too. That little saw is a wonderful tool.

    My all time favourite is the Huntsman. I love that they have a cork screw and bottle opener. Those two get you invited to the best parties. I carried one in the military to do all those admin tasks. Toe nails, blister plasters, getting thorns out of ones knees, ingrowing beard hair, all those personal hygiene numbers; why I have one in my wash bag.

    There is a lot of love for the SAK, for good reason. Somehow they are civilisation in a tool, and non threatening. Opening blade time is thinking time. Thinking man's tool rather than brute force. I like Leatherman's too, but they are heavier and more toolbox. SAKS are the biz at the BBQ.

    The only negative is there are so many options, which one? What footwear am I wearing today? Shoes or boots?

    Lastly, whilst being gushy about SAK's, then few girls are impressed with boys toys combat knives, but a SAK can elevate a Red Neck into something classy :cool:. It worked for me ;)
     
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    Im thinking about getting my girls both a SAK for Christmas but cant decide which .

    Does the Trekker with the thumbnail opener (not onehanded) have a locking blade?



    That Outrider model looks pretty sweet! Might be just the ticket
     
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    The Trekker has a liner lock as does the newer Outrider. My Outrider has the push button lock release.
     
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    My wife has the little SwissLite, the scissors and file she finds useful.
    My children had a Huntsman aged eight; as I did. My son took his around the world. My daughter hers to Uni, (she is Ms Practical so has a Leatherman Charge TTi too.) My son is getting the Victorinox Chef's knife for Christmas as he loves his cooking.
    My survival tins have the very slim Excelesior type two blades rather than some razor blade.

    Though I will always like the classic red, the clear red and blue look very smart. Some places do engraving. There a hobby in customising SAK's just for the fun of it; Youtube is your friend for this.

    I'm less of a fan of the huge ones with too many tools. For the pocket then to me the Huntsman is enough.
    As for the larger blades then choose the one you think would be most useful. However, they are getting into the realms of Spyderco, Benchmade, and Leathermans. Forester, Ranger, or Rescue Tool, would be my pick. What size is how they fit in the hand.

    The larger the blade the more need for a lock. However, master a penknife sliplock and the think twice cut once will stop any accidents. Sliplocks just aren't for heaving down on. Most penknives don't have the steel for that either. Nothing they can't do just takes more time.
    SAK locks are good but not bank vault, but then, just like a safety catch of a firearm, who trusts a lock or a safety catch for that matter? I think the Swiss think we are all more intelligent than that.

    Have fun, be safe.
     
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    I typically don’t like serrations on my knives, so I bought both versions. The serrations at the front of the blade make much more sense to me and I think that is the way to go if you have serrations on a blade. The 111 mm SAK knives are a nice size working knife IMHO and some of the most used in my SAK rotation.
     
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    678E9E0F-741B-478B-8610-F1A3BA41B928.jpeg Back when I got this one the only way to get a plain edge OHT was through Swiss Bianco. I bought two....so plain edge.
     
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    This thread pushed me into a SAK ebay frenzy!!
     
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    I have the 08 Soldier which has serrations. I use it more as a tool and generally will also have my Alox Cadet handy for a plain edge.

    As already mentioned, if you plan on using it more for carving or skinning, go for the plain edge. If you anticipate cutting a lot of synthetic materials, go for the serrated edge. I use an aluminaceramic Gatco tri-ceps to sharpen and it makes easy work of dealing with the serrations.

    Another consideration is that the one-handed trekker has a more rounded tip than the regular trekker.
     
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    Does the non-serrated treckers come with a chiseled grind like the serrated version? I would assume not.
     
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    No. They have the normal grind.
     
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    I have the serrated version of the one handed trekker. A lot of folks don’t like the serrations but I have used it a lot and the serrations dont hinder me one bit. IMO the serrations on it aren’t difficult to sharpen. Not that crazy about chisle grinds but it was a gift (came with a case and flashlight) so it’s all good. If I were to buy one tho, I’d get the non serrated version.
     
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