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I've had the same SAK for almost 20 years. It served me well until Leathermans starting coming on the scene...then it was delegated to dust collecting duty.

I normally carry a lock-back folder or small pocketknife in my pocket...the SAK is too 'fat' for my taste. If I was going to spend the money, I would look into a decent multi-tool.

Just my opinion. :)
 

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I also like the swiss army knives but, unless you carry it in a pack or a belt case, the big ones will rub you in all the wrong places! I also carry a SOG multi-tool because the cutters are strong enough to cut fence wire and they almost always are sold with belt cases. For the time though, the SAKs were the shee-ot! MacGyver made them cool! That dang guy could do anything!
 

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are they worth the price if not what is a good alt. knife to get
For a good alternative,you should consider the TOOL LOGIC credit card multi-tool. Not too expensive and fits perfectly in your wallet. Mine has a detachable knife, a flint, compass, toothpick, tweezers, can and bottle opener and a map scale. They make several variations for about $20 each. Good tool to keep in mind!!:)
 

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SAKs are the best. I EDC a Hiker, I think, I've had it so long I can't remember it's name, with a saw blade and awl instead of corkscrew. I have several others I carry from time to time for different purposes.
Probably the best all-around knife, if you can only have one, would be a SAK locking folder with saw blade and awl, no corkscrew. I've never found any use for a corkscrew, but use the saw and awl regularly, more than even the knife blade. There are many models, find one that has what you want on it and enjoy.
I also have Gerber and Leatherman multi-tools which I sometimes carry, in addition ot the SAK, but the SAK is always with me.
 

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I've carried a "Gentleman's" small version of a SAK for thirty years. It's in my pocket all the time unless I'm flying.

In the field a Wenger Survivor SAK and Leatherman Surge multi-tool handle all the small chores required around a campsite that I've ever needed to do after I got them a few years ago.
 

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I've got a bunch of them and think they are one of the best values out there. I'm always finding myself reaching for my SAK to handle a variety of tasks. Great value, easy to sharpen, take a great edge, tons of tool combos for you to choose from, lifetime warranty. I have a small one on my keychain (not sure which model) and usually EDC either a stayglow Climber or a red Farmer.
 

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It's worth the money if you don't already have one. Yes, Leatherman/Gerber/ect... multitools are much more useful, but to me they are heavier. I take the multitool camping or in backpacking, but in town the SA is just fine.
 
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