Cap Lifter

The Cap-Lifter, sometimes also known as the Bottle Opener, like many other Swiss Army tools, is designed to do more than just one thing. This tool started out as just simple robust flat head screwdriver on the original Soldier Knife and the later "Officer's Knife". Over time the screwdriver evolved to include the cap lifter. Eventually the wire-stripper was added to give us the "modern" Cap-Lifter tool. Along the way changes in the shape of the screwdriver/tool occurred as well. Both the Victorinox and Wenger larger Cap Lifters look quite similar today, and offer similar functions.

See Also: The Combo Tool which combines a Cap Lifter with a Can Opener.



58mm Cap Lifter

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Found on a handful of 58mm models, this Victorinox tool works as a nice cap lifter despite its small size. Since 1997, Victorinox has added a small wire stripper immediately beyond of the cap lifter portion of the tool. At the end of the tool is a screwdriver. Some models have a flat headed screwdriver tip (see the Rover) while others sport a Phillips head screwdriver tip (see the Rally). These tips are magnetic.

84mm Cap Lifter

The front of the tool is blunt and flat, making a screwdriver for large sized flat head screws. The cap-lifter/bottle-opener is cut into the body of the tool using the small hook near the base to catch the lip of the cap as the tool is moved upward. Just behind the cap-lifter is a small wire-stripping notch.

The design of the 84mm tool is very similar to the larger 91mm tool, however prior to 2011(estimated date) the 84mm tool did not have a catch when the tool was opened at the 90deg angle, where as the 91mm version had this design much earlier.

91mm Cap Lifter

The 91mm Cap-Lifter is very similar in design to the small 84mm tool. On 91 mm (and 93mm Alox) Victorinox Models, the lifter stops (friction lock/catch) when opened at both 90° and the 180° (fully opened). The catch (friction lock) is a little stronger when fully extended. The extra catch helps keep the tool from unintentionally closing while being used in the 90deg position. The 84mm models did not get this feature until approximately 2011.

108mm Cap Lifter


The 108mm Cap Lifter is attached to the end of a Wood Saw and is part of what may be the first version of an Openers Combo Tool.

111mm Cap Lifter

The original Cap Lifter for the Slide Lock 111mm knives is very similar to the 91mm model, and appears small relative to the size of the knife.
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Original 111mm Cap Lifter vs. Newer 111mm Locking Cap Lifter

111mm Locking Cap Lifter

111mm Victorinox lockblade models that use a liner-lock, such as the popular Trekker, have a full locking Cap Lifter/Screwdriver. The screwdriver end is roughly 7mm in width. The Cap Lifter tool retains the catch (friction lock) at 90° present on the 91/93mm knives, but at 180° the Liner-Lock must be released to close the tool. The 111mm Cap Lifter is also considerably stronger, being thicker at the base than a regular one, and can be used as a small Prying tool.
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85mm Cap Lifter

The modern Wenger knives feature a locking screwdriver on their cap-lifter using what was once known as the Packlock system. This design use a unique spring mechanism on the tool; when pressure is applied along the length of the knife, the tool is pushed slightly into the knife body when a catch on the tang of the tool latches with the spring such that the tool cannot fold in (locked) until the pressure is released. This works as very practical safety lock when having to use more force on the screwdriver to loosen or tighten a screw. Unlike the Victorinox cap-lifters there is no stop/catch at 90deg for using the tool in this position. Bottle opener withuot the Patent mark on a Evogrip 10
Bottle opener with Patent mark

120mm Cap Lifter

The Cap Lifter on a 130mm Wenger. Previously classified as 120mm.

Using the Wire Stripper

The Wire Stripper is arguably the most misunderstood and misused tool on any Swiss Army Knife, and works in conjunction with the main blade (which means this method works better on knives with fewer layers). Directions for using it are as follows.
1. Open cap lifter/wire stripper (or Combo tool, depending on the SAK) halfway (many newer Victorinox knives have a friction stop at this point.), forming a 90 degree angle between the cap lifter and the SAK itself.
2. Open large blade.
3. Place the wire you wish to strip at the corner formed between the top of the tool, and the opened cap lifter/combo tool.
4. Gently close the large blade onto the wire. If the spring tension did not cut into the wire, press down on the blade just enough to cut into the wire's insulation.
5. While holding the "long" side of the wire, carefully rotate the SAK around the wire, making one complete rotation.
6. Remove the wire, close the main blade, and fully open the cap lifter. Place the cut section of insulation in the round notch near the base of the cap lifter, again holding the "long" end of the wire just below the cut.. Push the cap lifter forward, removing the insulation from the knife.

Created by RedRamage. Last Modification: Thursday 12 of January, 2017 10:41:39 CET by Huntsman.

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