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Pocket Powerhouse

It’s still called a pocketknife, but the definition seems to have changed. The Victorinox Swiss Champ XAVT is a monolith of compact tool accessories. Made of 118 parts and featuring 83 functions, it weighs 12.4 ounces and is 2.6 inches both wide and tall.

Described as the “ultimate companion for indoor and outdoor life,” the collector’s piece also defines versatility: a digital watch to a fish scaler, three universal wrench devices to an LED light and a magnifying glass to a metal saw. The Swiss Champ XAVT is tempered steel, polished and annealed for optimum corrosion resistance. It’s manufactured in 500 steps, hand-assembled and food safe. The knife’s intricacy requires special cleaning, including opening and closing the multitude of blades several times in warm water. When dry, applying a drop of oil between the blade, tool shank and spring or locking mechanism is recommended. Sharpening should be done with a whetstone at a 15- to 20-degree angle. Carrying the knife in your pocket is not required.

Photo Courtesy Victorinox Swiss Army Inc.

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