Review - Victorinox Ranger Grip Boatsman Pocket Knife

A life of adventures, both on two wheels and more recently on the water, demands reliable and versatile equipment. The Victorinox Ranger Grip Boatsman is quite probably the only pocket knife tool that you will ever need for exploring the back-and-beyond and open waves.

I grew up in a family of sailing enthusiasts and spent many summers teaching sailing to cadets. One thing that was drummed into me from an early age was the importance of having a good knife with you when you are on the water. A sailing knife is a necessity to handle frequent tasks like seized shackles, but also it is a vital safety aid in the event of you becoming entangled in rigging or ropes.

As my summer explorations began to focus around bikes as much as boats, I began to appreciate the importance of a good pocket knife for these adventures as well. Wild camping and cooking necessitate a good blade, and accessories like a corkscrew, bottle opener, can opener and pliers, are useful for obvious reasons.

The Victorinox Ranger Grip Boatsman is an iconic knife and has risen to the top of my rankings as an invaluable exploration companion. It is predictably beautifully made, with faultless Swiss quality and a smart holster case.

Listed below are the 16 instruments the knife holds; particularly noteworthy of which are the large locking serrated blade and needle nose pliers — great for cutting rope and undoing seized shackles. I have also been particularly grateful of the marlin spike for undoing knots, and the neat screwdriver bits that slot into the handle of the knife.

This is a feature rich, and very well-designed knife for all outdoor sports: whether cycling, sailing, or sea kayaking, in my case. It is an investment, but it should last a lifetime.

1. key ring
2. toothpick
3. tweezers
4. bit slotted 4.5
5. bit Phillips 3
6. bottle opener
7. wire stripper
8. screwdriver 5 mm
9. large blade with wavy edge
10. reamer, punch and sewing awl
11. corkscrew
12. can opener
13. screwdriver 3 mm
14. shackle opener
15. marlin spike
16. needle-nosed pliers

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