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#20055 - 10/13/03 06:43 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed
AyersTG Offline

Registered: 12/10/01
Posts: 1272
Loc: Upper Mississippi River Valley...
(This prol should get moved to campfire) - I've been hanging around BladeForums too much lately - but here's my recollection of a tagline from a frequent poster:

"Beer makes us stronger
Wine makes us wiser
Water has bacteria in it..."

BTW, what does paint thinner taste like? (no, no - don't say "wine"!)

Your avatar doesn't show eyeglasses, but for those of us that usually have a pair stuck in our shirts, the screwdriver justifies the corkscrew, which is the only point I wanted to make - I was struck by it when I finally ran across one and said "I've got to get one of those!"

OTOH, it is against King's orders in my castle to serve certain meals without wine... P_L can discuss whites with you; I'm a red wine fan. Just in case you ever want something other than "paint thinner", hehehe...

I wish one could custom-order layers from Victorinox - I have this PERFECT SAK vision in my mind...

I like my Micra, too - another part of my EDC kit.

As a retired Combat Engineer, I suggest you switch from paint thinner to JP5 - much more complex bouquet, interesting aftertaste, better legs... overall a more robust beverage.



#20056 - 10/13/03 07:04 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed
jet Offline

Registered: 03/06/01
Posts: 220
Hi Rob,
First, I wanted to say I enjoy reading your website.
Another question: Why do most SAKs continue to come with a corkscrew?
I'd like to ask the input of some of our European members on this, but it seems to me that, thinking back over the wars of the twentieth century, a European soldier was somewhat more likely than an American one to have a bottle of wine as part of his provisions. It is, after all, a Swiss army knife, despite how many people use them now. Bottles of wine have never in history been a large part of the American G.I.'s common meal and I can easily imagine that a corkscrew might seem more of a necessity to a Swiss soldier than his American counterpart.
So, perhaps it's a matter of historical need turning into tradition? Any comments, anyone?
Stay safe,

#20057 - 10/13/03 08:48 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed
Craig Offline

Registered: 11/13/01
Posts: 1784
Loc: Collegeville, PA, USA
Try asking a European about the corkscrew. They insist upon having one. They drink wine the way we drink coke.

#20058 - 10/13/03 08:51 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed
Craig Offline

Registered: 11/13/01
Posts: 1784
Loc: Collegeville, PA, USA
Basically, I would always check a bag. No matter what. Or I would have duplicate tools, and have them shipped in advance to wherever I was staying. This all takes planning.

Now you see why I have not flown since 9/11.

#20059 - 10/13/03 09:00 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed
gear_freak Offline

Registered: 09/25/02
Posts: 239
Thanks, J.T.

Okay, I give. The historical significance coupled with the beverage preferences of our European bretheren have convinced me that a corkscrew is a fine thing to have on a SAK. I'll close out this thread with this:


(Click where it says "Click here to play."
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#20060 - 10/13/03 09:55 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed
Tjin Offline

Registered: 04/08/02
Posts: 1800
you mean the europeans in a wine producing country, like france. There isn't much wine drinking over here in holland.

#20061 - 10/13/03 10:50 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed
frenchy Offline

Registered: 12/18/02
Posts: 1320
Loc: France
a bottle of chateau la fite 1935 washes up on your beach

hummm.... where exactly is your beach ? Did you really say Chateau Lafitte 1935 ???

Well, I'm not sure 1935 was a good year for wine .... 1934 certainly was !!

There is only one way to know for sure : let's use your corkscrew to open that bottle, so we can taste it ............


#20062 - 10/13/03 11:08 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed
frenchy Offline

Registered: 12/18/02
Posts: 1320
Loc: France
They drink wine the way we drink coke.

Well, I certainly wouldn't say so.... but I'm afraid some people indeed do ....

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#20063 - 10/14/03 12:30 AM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed
Ade Offline

Registered: 01/03/02
Posts: 280

As a current, albeit part-time Combat Engineer, I reccomend that you stay away from the JP5 (the more recent vintages aren't up to snuff, and even then...it's too good for you sissy civilians anyway <img src="images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />). Here in Kentucky, it isn't unheard of to have moonshine in a canteen....which probably qualifies as both paint thinner and fuel.

I also like the corkscrewed SAKs, although that's more for sentimental reasons than regular usage.


I believe it goes:

In beer there is strength,
In wine there is wisdom,
In water there is...bacteria.

Would love to hear your ideas about the perfect SAK.

Take care,


#20064 - 10/14/03 08:46 AM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed

sorry bout the ignorance in the wine stakes, normaly drink new world chardonay, or italian reds

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