It has since set the standard for quality of design and manufacturing.The SwissTool employs outside-opening blades, allowing quick access without first opening the pliers. This arrangement can make for a more comfortable feel in the hand when using the pliers due to the smoother edges of the handles.
The SwissTool has a total of eleven "blades" or tools, many of which are multi-function.
All tools lock open securely, the Lock Release is accomplished by means of sliding knurled tabs, accessible by either hand.
Each of the tools is tensioned with its own individual back-spring, a set of precision steel fingers that also prevents unwanted blade "clumping".
These tools are common to all Swisstool models
- Phillips screwdriver (1/2)
- Small long flat screwdriver (2mm)
- Regular drop-point plain-edged blade
- Wood saw
- Can opener/3mm screwdriver (Flat/Phillips)
- Cap lifter/5mm screwdriver/Wire bender notch
- Large screwdriver (7mm)/crate opener
- Chisel/scraper/wire strippers
This page describes the handle layouts per model according to the 2015 Victorinox catalogue.
The location of a tool in the handles, for a particular model, has changed over time (eg. see this picture - where the small screw driver and can opener swap places compared to the list above), however the set of tools in a specific model is always the same.
The basis for the SwissTool is a set of needle-nose pliers. The plier jaws have fine serrations out near the tips, coarse serrations in the center, and wire cutters in near the pivot.
The models below add the tools indicated to the standard tools listed above (in handle one, but see note above).
The names Swisstool I, II and III appear also to have been used at sometime by Victorinox.
These model names come from the Victorinox catalogue 2015.
SwissTool (Original - 3.0323)
- Metal File/Metal saw
- Sheepsfoot serrated/wavy blade
This is the model pictured in the top panel (with its original toolset).
Prior to 2013 (? tbc) the blade was a regular drop-point serrated blade
SwissTool X (3.0327)
- Metal File/Metal saw
X in Victorinox naming conventions normally indicates scissors.
SwissTool RS (3.0326)
- Serrated seat-belt cutter safety blade
It is understood that the 'R' in the tool name stands for 'Rescue' and the 'S' for 'Security' - 'S ' could equally be 'Serrated', or 'Seatbelt ' , or also 'Scissors' !!
Plus Package Models/Tools
The SwissTool does not have any removable tools per se, however the various 'Plus packages' for the SwissTool included combinations of: A set of six 1/4" hex bits in a plastic holder, either an L-shaped wrench or a small ratchet, a detached corkscrew, and a jeweler's (micro) screwdriver.
The corkscrew attaches to the Spirit by means of a small contoured hole in the plier bracket.
Various packages were available historically:
- CS package – included the corkscrew and a small eyeglass screwdriver
- CS Plus package - included the corkscrew, small eyeglass screwdriver, the bits and the wrench
The two current (2015) Plus packages upgrade the Swisstool X.
- Swisstool X Plus (3.0338.L) – Includes the bits and holder, bit-wrench, corkscrew, and eyeglass screwdriver
- Swisstool X Plus Ratchet (3.0339.L) – Includes the bits and holder, a small ratchet wrench with an extension bar, corkscrew, and eyeglass screwdriver
SwissTool handles are highly polished stainless steel. One side has a metric scale up to 23mm, the other side has an inch scale up to 9 inches. The Victorinox logo and the full word are stamped onto one side, while a red Victorinox SwissTool banner is screen printed on the other.
- The Black Oxide SwissTool has the same tools as the original model with a black finish on all surfaces, including pliers, handles, and blades. There has been some debate as to whether Victorinox do use a 'black oxide' finish, as it is very different, for instance, from a Leatherman black oxide finish. It is has a deep lustre and smoother surface - and is possibly some type of annodisation.
- In 2008, a special version of the SwissTool was produced for the French military. Victorinox took the twin bladed black oxidized SwissTool (3.0323.3) and modified the nose of the pliers with a blasting cap crimper like the one on the military version of the SwissTool Spirit (3.0224.3CCH). This revamped version of the SwissTool is for the new French infantry fighting system, FELIN (Fantassin a Equipements et Liaisons Integres (Integrated Infantryman Equipment and Communications system). See Victorinox blogs 25 Aug 2008 and 10 Sep 2010.
- The BSA (Boy Scouts of America) branded model is available in the US.
- There is a NATO Swisstool (black oxide standard model) that was issued in Australia which is always stamped with the military equipment up arrow and identification serial number 5110-25-147-5018. See image below
Originally announced in 1997, the SwissTool was not fully into production and generally available until a year later. Always with an eye towards improvement, Victorinox strengthened the plier jaws and changed the pivot from right-hand to left-hand in 2002. Also changed was the hole in the plier bracket, which was contoured into a receptacle for the removable corkscrew at about the same time.
SwissTool Plier Head evolution
- 3.0323: - SwissTool
- 3.0326: - SwissTool RS
- 3.0327: - SwissTool X
- 3.0338.L: - SwissTool X with Plus package (wrench, bits, corkscrew, mini screwdriver)
- 3.0339.L: - SwissTool X with Plus Ratchet package (ratchet, bits, corkscrew, mini screwdriver)
- 53905 - N.A. Model Number: - SwissTool
- 53924 - N.A. Model Number: - SwissTool - Plus Package w/wrench
- 53935 - N.A. Model Number: - SwissTool RS
- 53936 - N.A. Model Number: - SwissTool X
- 53946 - N.A. Model Number: - SwissTool CS Plus Package w/wrench
- 53954 - N.A. Model Number: - SwissTool - Black-Oxide Coated
- 54905 - N.A. Model Number: - SwissTool - BSA Branded
- SwissTool Spirit - lighter weight tools with a different ergonomic design.
- AutoTool - Automotive focused tool selection.
- SwissTool owner's manual
- SwissTool review at Multitool.org
- Swisstool forum article from Multitool.org
- SwissTool page at the Multitool Encyclopedia
- SwissTool Plier Head Evolution