Almost everyone knows the 58mm Victorinox Swiss Army pocket knife series, but many don’t know that in this same size there are other models that go beyond the Classic design. I had the chance to get a hold of a Victorinox Midnite Minichamp, which is the one that offers the widest range of tools. This model has an additional option to the well-known toothpick and tweezers: A ballpoint pen and a LED light. This unique combination also adds a bit to the thickness making it the largest of the 58mm series.
This knife is not a powerful multi-tool or made for camping; but it is indeed very suitable as an EDC (Every Day Carry) for urban life, where it’s unrealistic to need a wood saw but where a pen or scissors will definitely come in handy. I have usually carried it in the small pocket of my jeans and I can assure you that it is truly useful, I often use the bottle opener, the flat and star screwdrivers, the blade, the scissors, the nail file, the pen and the light.
The retractable pen, is one of the tools that I use the most
With so many options in the market, it’s rare to find a pocket tool that accounts for the small necessities of daily life. Trying to peel and orange with your hands, that ingrown hair bothering you, or simply not having a pen when you need to sign a document! The Victorinox Minichamp is there for you in any of those cases.
Don’t let the size of this little guy deceive you. This apparent disadvantage it’s greatly compensated by the ability to carry it without being noticed. The truth is that you end up finding great unexpected uses for it: fix things with the screwdrivers, disassemble an electronic device, make a sandwich, peel an orange or slice some pizza, open that blister package, trim your nails, open a beer, find the right key in the dark… and many more daily situations; but what matters the most is that this mini Swiss Army knife works; the majority of the multitools out there are just big and in the end you don’t take them because they are heavy or don’t fit well in your pocket. The Minichamp is imperceptible and you won’t think about it until you need it.
Another strong point is the Victorinox brand, which, even in this size, offers us great strength and easy-to-sharpen steel blades. As is often the case with this brand of knives, they cope very well with abuse and lack of maintenance. The after-sale service is the same as always: easy-to-find spare parts (pen, toothpick and tweezers) and a lifetime guarantee.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Minichamp has some unnecessary tools. At least for me, the cuticle pusher and the ruler didn’t make much sense; but there are many different models, with different combinations of tools, to choose in order to satisfy your needs. I chose the Minichamp because, although it has some accessories that I never use, it was the only one with the tools I need.
- Key ring
- Secondary blade
- Orange peeler/Package opener
- Cuticle pusher
- Bottle opener
- Wire stripper
- Phillips screwdriver (it’s magnetic)
- Nail file
- Flat screwdriver
- Ruler (cm/in)
The additional blade, which at first I thought was redundant, I finally ended up liking it, because I reserve one for food and another for the tasks that tend to make the blade dirty. The orange peeler, which serves to crack the skin of citrus fruits without damaging the pulp, I initially found it useless when you already have a blade, but I was surprised of how good it was for opening plastic packages and boxes without scratching the contents.
The Victorinox Minichamp definitely won a place in my EDC kit, and I’m sure if you try it, you will feel the same way.
- Small and easy to carry
- Looks great
- Very sharp blades and scissors
- LED light
- Not suitable for heavy tasks
- Some tools are redundant
- Looses edge easly