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Swiss Advanced Accessories

Test Report by Joe Schaffer

INITIAL REPORT - November 8, 2017


NAME: Joe Schaffer
EMAIL: never2muchstuff(at)yahoo(dot)com
AGE: 69
HOME:  Bay Area, California USA

     I enjoy California's central Sierras, camping every month with a goal to match my age in nights out each year. For comfort I lug tent, mattress, chair and such. Typical summer trips run 5-8 days; 40 lb (18 kg), about half food and water related; about 5 miles (8 km) per hiking day in the bright and sunny granite in and around Yosemite. I winter base camp most often at 6,000 to 7,000 ft (1,800 to 2,000 m); 2 to 3 nights; 50 lb (23 kg); a mile or so (1.6 km) on snowshoes.

Products: a) Jack Penny Knife
                 b) Rex Vegetable Peelerthree pieces
                 c) Crono Pocket Knife

Manufacturer:  Think Industry, Ltd.
Jack Penny Knife      
Weight: 30 g (1 1/10 oz)
Closed: 10.5 x 1.8 x 3.0 cm (4 1/8 x 3/4 x 1 3/16 in)
Opened: 17.9 x 1.8 x 2.6 cm (7 x 3/4 x 1 in)
Materials: Stainless steel and beech wood; not dishwasher safe.
MSRP: USD $11.50

Rex Vegetable Peeler
Weight: 14 g ( 1/2 oz)
Measures: 105 x 53 x 12.5 mm (4 1/8 x  2 1/16 x 1/2 in)
Materials: Anodized aluminum with steel blade
Colors: Green (pictured), gold, blue, red, purple
MSRP: USD $8.49

Crono Pocket Knife
Weight: 38 g (1 3/8 oz)
Measures (from hang tag): 95 x 15 x 6 mm (3 3/4 x 9/16 x 1/4 in)
Materials: Stainless and chromium steel
Tools: bottle opener, fish scaler, wire stripper, cm-scale, hexagon, wing nut opener, cheese blade knife, bradawl and sewing, square, fork, screwdriver (flat blade).
MSRP: USD $48      

My Specs:  (measures by ruler)Jack Crono
Jack Penny Knife      
Weight: 1 oz (29 g)
Closed: 4 1/8 x 3/4 x 1 1/4  in (10.5 x 3.2 x1.9 cm)
Opened: 7 x 3/4 x 15/16  in (17.8 x 2.4 x 2.4 cm)
Blade cutting edge length: 2 15/16 in (7.5 cm)
Maximum blade width: 15/16 in (2.4 cm)

Rex Vegetable Peeler
Weight: 13 g ( 1/2 oz)
Measures: 4 1/4 x 2 5/8 x 1/2 in (108 x 67 x 127 mm)

Crono Pocket Knife
Weight: 38 g (1 3/8 oz)
Measures: 3 3/4 x 5/8 x 3/16 in (93 x 16 x 5 mm)
Longest extension: 6 13/16 in  (173 mm)
Blade cutting edge length: 1 3/4 in (44 mm)
Maximum blade width: 15/16 in (24 mm)

Received:  November 6, 2017

My Description:
    Jack Penny Knife: The knife blade folds partially into the round wooden handle's recess. The handle is lathe-turned for greater thickness in the center and at a somewhat bulbous end for better grip control. The front of the handle has a fixed metal collar. The blade hinges freely in and out of the handle. The point of the knife sinks fully within the handle recess. There is no blade lock. The blade edge follows an even arc to a sharp point, though the top edge is not sharpened. The blade and collar are metallic; the handle one piece of wood; and there are no plastic parts.
    Rex Vegetable Peeler: The peeler handle is shape-bent from a single piece of metal, rounded to fit in the palm of the hand and indented for the thumb and forefinger. The frame is sturdied with a brace, allowing free semi-rotational movement of the cutting blade. The outside end on one side has a gouge. There are no non-metallic parts.
    Crono Pocket Knife: This tool engineers multiple devices into a unit thinner and narrower though a bit longer than a package of gum. All devices are flat and none protrude when folded into stowed position. All devices rotate from the same end of the tool. The tool has no non-functioning sides or covers. There are no non-metallic parts. There are no locking parts, though the devices may be opened in only one direction.

     Being familiar with the Jack Penny style of knife I can make one comparative observation: The metal collar cannot be rotated to prevent the blade from collapsing. This makes the handle far less likely to crack when abusing the knife in lateral prying applications, but also allows the blade to close onto fingers when abusing the knife in a thrusting motion. The blade seems wider than I'd expect for a knife of this size and anticipated duty, and in the closed position protrudes from the handle more than I would like. It is certainly light. It is not sharp enough to shave arm hair. I did wonder about the moniker and the explanation is that local lore disdains giving a sharp edge away; thus a penny attends the transaction.
    The peeler is so light I would have no difficulty toting it on a backpack outing, and perhaps I'll have occasion on a snow camping trip. The cutting edges bite into paper edge but won't "peel" it; they will cut a hair or two off skin. The gouge looks the right size, but I'm not familiar with a loop.
    The Crono taxes my imagination to figure out all of the devices and how to use them. It has the look and feel of quality steel and I'm duly impressed with the ingenuity of design. I note that the smallest hex is placed nearest the end of the device, and the largest toward the center. This seems backwards to me as the larger a bolt is, the more torque required to loosen or tighten it. This appears to be a well-made tool for light tasks. The knife edge will shave hair.
     I copied the vendor's measures from the Crono hang tag for that tool's factory specifications. This tool is shown twice on the website; and the three instances of measures are not consistent. I might also lightly suggest occasioning a more practiced English speaker to edit both the site and hang tags in order that the language appear as well crafted as the devices.

    These appear to be quality instruments that should withstand "light" use and some abuse. That blades have no locking attributes--certainly not unique to these--causes me a degree of apprehension imposing a limit to my experimentation with them.

Quick shots:
    a) small
    b) light
    c) sharp cutting edges
Thank you Think Industry, Ltd., and for the opportunity to test this product. Field Report to follow in two months and Long Term Report in four.

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