Only 3-1/2 inches long, the Swiss Army Bantam Alox Pocket Knife packs five useful functions into a pocket folder with only two blades. With size and weight equivalent to an American gentleman’s knife with nothing more than cutting blades, the Bantam Alox still manages to be a toolkit.
The main blade of high carbon stainless steel does all the cutting with a general purpose plain edge and spear point that fit nearly any everyday task you come across. The second multi-purpose blade could be either bottle opener or can opener, depending on your need. The tip works as a flat blade screwdriver, and the notch at the blade’s base effectively strips insulation from small electrical wires. The silver alox version of the bantam weighs less and has a thinner profile than the equivalent knife with red cellidor scales. The slimmer build also leaves out the key ring, tweezers and toothpick of the red Bantam.
Victorinox’s Silver Alox Bantam slips inconspicuously into a trouser pocket with a barely visible outline. The sleek look and ribbed aluminum scales give it a civilized appearance, but it holds up to work as well as any of Victorinox’s other blades.
Only a few Swiss Army Knives are simpler than the Bantam — but if all you want is a blade, see the Swiss Army Solo, a dependable knife without the extras.
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