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Victorinox Swiss Army Knives come in four (4) frame sizes.

Mini-knives like the Classic (with scissors, blade and nail file), are 58mm (2-1/4") long
The large lock-back Swiss Army Knives are 111 mm (4 3/8 inch) long

The "regular" Swiss Army Knives actually come in two sizes!
The knives most of us are familiar with, the larger "regular" Swiss Army knives (such as the Spartan) are 91mm, 3 1/2 inches long.
The smaller models (such as the Recruit) are 84 mm, 3 1/4 inches long AND fit inside an Altoids tin. They are smaller, and appropriate to carry to the office or church.
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I have a Swiss Champ that a friend gave me back in the 90's. Apparently, Marlboro gave them away as incentives for cigarette purchases (Marlboro Miles).

I carry it in my bag and love it. Nifty little knife; good quality too.
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I have a Swiss Champ. Nifty little knife; good quality too.
I don't think Marlboro gave away $80 knives. Little?? Good quality?? It's one of their top of line knives.
Does your knife look like this one??:

http://www.swissarmy.com/MultiTools/...&product=53501
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I've got a Wenger Ranger that hasn't left my left pocket for almost 2 years now. I use the scissors, the toothpick, the tweezers, and the file all the time. For real cutting, I use the knife in my other pocket which could vary day to day. SAKs rock!
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I don't think Marlboro gave away $80 knives. Little?? Good quality?? It's one of their top of line knives.
Does your knife look like this one??:

http://www.swissarmy.com/MultiTools/...&product=53501
Edit: I just checked on the web and on the product listing. These were in fact Victorinox Swiss Army Knives they gave away. My knife has every option of the Champ with the exception of the pliers and ball point pen.

Everything else is there. And yes, by my usual carry standards, it is a little knife. I can only assume Victorinox is a quality product.
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I have one made by victorinox, can't even remember the name now, it's basically a medium sized guy with blade, opener, scissors and screwdriver.
The only time I carry it is when I can't carry a leatherman in my vest or coat, and a pocket clip would be considered inappropriate, (church, school, hospital, etc.)
the craftmanship is superb.
I just can't get over the blade thinness and non locking blade.
wouldn't be my first choice if I had to "**** n' git"
Better that NOT having something though.
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Carried a Victorinox Champion (no pliers) for years until I broke off the can opener prying open a window, but it is a little large. Now EDC a Compact: blade, scissors, multi-opener with driver, corkscrew w/ mini driver, T & T. I use it every day on something.
You can't go wrong with a Climber or even a Ranger which adds saw and file. A SwissChamp is in the glove compartment.
Must mention the excellent Swiss Army Knife Owner's Manual which covers everything SAK: history, improvised uses, repairs, true stories...
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I'll have to look online at that manual.

The tweezers aren't much though I once was able to pull a broken off key from a lock. Also its possible to damage the red plastic scales. Much lighter than a multitool though.
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Don't go overboard. After all it has to fit comfortably in your pocket. The model I like has a small magnifying glass, scissors and a can opener. Right now I can't remember the name, but that magnifying glass is very useful when utilizing the tweezers to pull out splinters.

That might not qualify as end of the world stuff but it sure can be irritating.

The can opener, yes I do harp on this, is one of the the most important items available. Unless when the SHTF you will stumble across pull top cans exclusively.

The scissors, I have used for cutting Moleskin. Again, not world shattering but hey why suffer?

Good Luck.
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The swisschamp pockets easily.
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Don't go overboard. After all it has to fit comfortably in your pocket. The model I like has a small magnifying glass, scissors and a can opener. Right now I can't remember the name, but that magnifying glass is very useful when utilizing the tweezers to pull out splinters.

That might not qualify as end of the world stuff but it sure can be irritating.

The can opener, yes I do harp on this, is one of the the most important items available. Unless when the SHTF you will stumble across pull top cans exclusively.

The scissors, I have used for cutting Moleskin. Again, not world shattering but hey why suffer?

Good Luck.
rubbing it on concrete, but anything that makes any job faster and easier is a big plus. I like the one handed openers, Trekker and the like. got the big eye like spyderco. the saw on em is real useful to me, excellent notcher. got Girlchild the black and red forester straight edge, i got a couple military trekker,s OD and camo scaled, they are serrated, but I have a SAK in every bag. main difference between her forester and my trekker's is a corkscrew.
My one gripe. the camo scales. they peel off fairly quick.
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