First Impressions: Victorinox Spartan

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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a Victorinox retail store while on a road trip. There are just upwards of 70 of these shops worldwide, and if you enjoy every day carry (EDC) gear, it is absolutely worth the stop! The staff is very helpful, eager to answer any questions, and more than happy to show off the various items on display.


Honestly, it was like being a kid in a candy store. Rows and rows of Swiss Army Knives, Swisstools, and even a cutting mat to try out each blade. I knew I couldn’t leave empty-handed, so I spent plenty of time looking over what was available. Eventually I picked out the Victorinox Spartan with the “Silver Tech” Celidor handles. These are transparent scales that really show off the overall design of the knife. Not only that, but they look really cool!

VicSpartan A

The Spartan is truly a classic Swiss Army Knife. At only 2.1 ounces (59.5 g) of weight, it is practically as light as a feather when carried. It has just about everything you need, and nothing you don’t. There are a total of twelve tools available, and here they are listed out, as according to Victorinox:

  • Blade, large.
  • Blade, small.
  • Can opener.
  • Screwdriver 3mm.
  • Bottle opener.
  • Wire stripper.
  • Screwdriver 5mm.
  • Reamer / punch / sewing awl.
  • Corkscrew.
  • Toothpick.
  • Tweezers.
  • Key ring.

Okay, well, the last item (key ring) might be debatable as a “tool”, but it sure is a handy place to add a lanyard or small loop of 550 paracord. (Tip: If you don’t want a corkscrew, the standard Tinker model swaps it out for a Phillips-head screwdriver.) Below are a couple of additional photos showing off the Spartan and its “Silver Tech” scales.

VicSpartan C

VicSpartan B