For a Swiss Army Knife, the term Tools refers to the various implements contained within the knife that perform different functions or jobs. Victorinox and Wenger Swiss Army Knives have a lot of tools in common. Each manufacturer also has their own unique tools. These are all described in the sections below.
The available (or once available) assortment of tools listed below are grouped by the designation layer, or scale, based on where they are placed in the knife, and by manufacturer. There is also a note if the tool has some unique property (eg backspring tool or uniqueness to a frame size). In some rare cases a tool might be found in a layer on some knives, but in the scales of others. Specific information about each tool is on its own individual page, along with information related to any additional tools/functions within the same implement.
The tools are listed alphabetically by their primary name. For example, the cap-lifter with screwdriver and wire stripper is listed as the cap-lifter (the manufacture's name), however in some countries it is often referred to as the bottle-opener or just the large screwdriver!
Since Victorinox and Wenger SAKS merged in 2014, Victorinox has taken on some of the Wenger tools in the 'Delémont' line.
The tools in this page are listed according to their original manufacturer.
This section contains the tools that are common to both manufacturers, for the front and back layers.
A tool is regarded as a common tool if its function, as opposed to its design, is the same! These tools fall broadly into two categories: Tools that are very similar between the two manufacturers: such as the main blade, corkscrew, caplifter/screwdriver; and tools where each manufacturer has their own take, or design, of that particular tool: such as the scissors, or pliers. Both categories are listed in this section - The individual tool pages describe the differences between the designs.
- Awl - See: Reamer
- Blades - Knife blades come in many shapes and sizes.
- Cigar cutter
- Combo Tool
- Corkscrew - Backspring tool
- Divot repair tool
- File - Steel - See: Saw-metal
- Fish-scaler – may include a ruler
- Magnifying glass
- Marlinspike - See also: Shackle-opener
- Nail-file - Long - Backspring tool
- Saw - Metal - Includes a metal file
- Saw - Wood
- Shackle-opener - Includes a marlinspike.
- Watch case opener
This section lists the general purpose tools that are unique to Victorinox
- Bit Driver
- Butane Lighter
- Chisel - Backspring tool
- Corkscrew Lever Tool - 130mm Wine Master tool only
- Cut and Picker Blade - with scraper
- Cuticle Pusher - 58mm tool only
- Glass saw - 111mm Rescue Tool only
- Hoof Cleaner - 111mm tool only
- Hook - Backspring tool
- LED Light - LED Light included as a layer tool.
- Orange Peeler - with screwdriver tip - 74mm tool only
- Pharmaceutical Spatula
- Ruler - 91mm - See: Fish Scaler
- Ruler-Screwdriver - 58mm - See: Screwdrivers: Straight with Ruler
- Sacking Needle
- USB Flash Drive - (a.k.a. USB Thumb Drive)
- Window-Breaker - 111mm Rescue Tool only
This section lists the general purpose tools that are unique to Wenger.
- Carabiner Clip
- Fingernail Clipper
- Pliers - Fold-out
- Universal Wrench
- Whistle - Victorinox has scale version.
Wenger made several very unique and interesting tools that were aimed at specific sports or professions, that are listed in this section
These tools were in specialist Swiss Army Knives such as the Swissrider series, or the Minathor, and several other specialist models.
- Alinghi Rescue Tool - For maritime use
- Chain Rivet Setter - For bike chains
- Choke Tube Tool - For gun maintenance
- Cleat Wrench - For soccer/rugby studs
- Club Face Cleaner - For golf clubs
- Laser Pointer - Victorinox has a version mounted in the scales
- Compass - See: Orienteering Tool
- File - Fishhook Ceramic/Diamond Coated
- Mountaineering Combo Tool - Partially serrated blade, hex wrenches, 14mm screwdriver
- Orienteering Tool - WIth compass, ruler and romer
- Orthodontic Tools - To adjust braces - WIP - link to Swiss Army Knights
- Reed Maintainer- For woodwind instruments
- Screwdriver No. 0 - Includes file; Minathor exclusive
- Seam Ripper - On the Bernina Mini Spot Light - 65mm SAK
- Sewing Machine Tools- For the Bernina sewing machine
- Shoe Spike Wrench - For golf spikes
- Ski Wax Scraper
- SGT Micro-tool Case w/tools
- SGT Shortix Micro Tool Holder
- SIG Sight Adjustment Tool WIP
- Telescopic Pointer
- Toilet Paper Dispenser Key - For janitors - WIP - link to Swiss Army Knights
- Tool Holder (Swiss Rider) – WIP
- Tread Depth Gauge
- Watchmaker Toolkit - Includes tool handle.
- Wrench – Removable Bike wrench 10mm Hex box-wrench, spoke wrench, screwdriver/tire-lever – WIP
- Wrench – Removable L-wrench with 4mm hex key and Phillips (Swiss Rider) – WIP
- Wrench – Removable 10mm Hex-wrench (Swiss Rider) – WIP
- LED Mini-light - Victorinox often identifies models with this tool as 'Lite' versions.
- Altimeter - Includes a thermometer
- Bluetooth controller
- Clock - analogue
- Clock - digital - Includes alarm and timer functions
- Straight pin
- Whistle - Wenger has a layer version.
In 2005 Victorinox took over Wenger. However they ran the two companies completely independently with separate product lines for several years.
In 2012 Victorinox announced that they would cease production of Wenger Swiss Army Knives and from 2014 only Victorinox branded knives were produced. However Victorinox decided to continue manufacturing of some of the former 65mm, 85mm and 130mm Wenger models under the Victorinox 'Delémont brand.
See the hyperlinks and Delémont section of this Wiki for more details.
Most of the tools in the Delémont range stayed the same as the Wenger originals, however the following Wenger tools were replaced by their Victorinox counterparts and the Wenger versions completely retired.
- Victorinox Blade Steel See: Article: Technical Specifications
- EKG Caliper and ruler
- Knife Blade (aka Letter Opener)
- Magnifying Glass
- Money Clip
- Nail File - Regular SwissCard nail file with screwdriver tip
- Nail File - Glass nail file from the Nailcare SwissCard
- Screwdriver - Quattro
- Visor Clip
- MiniChamp / 58mm Tool Guide
- Visual Tool Guide - circa 2000
- Visual Tool Guide - circa 1995 - Swiss Army Brands printing
- Tool Usage Illustrations
- Tool Usage Illustrations (Japanese)
- Visual Tool Guide 120mm circa. 2010
- Visual Tool Guide 85mm circa. 2010
- Visual Tool Guide circa. 2005-2006
- Visual Tool Guide circa. 1991
- 58mm Tool Images
- 74mm Tool Images
- 84mm Tool Images
- 91mm Tool Images
- 93mm Tool Images
- 100mm Tool Images
- 108mm Tool Images
- 111mm Tool Images