This morning before work, I started my day the way I do many days: feeding beef cows on our family farm. This work along with my outdoor pursuits ends up being the trial grounds for many of our new knife models. Well, this morning I happened to be trying out a knife given to me by a distributor to "try out". I had originally balked at the idea of this knife as I told him it was not of the quality we demand from our knife brands. However, I gave in. The first task I tried was cutting the twine from some round bales and the knife did not work out well at all. (This really shows how bad some "Wal-something" and "K-Something" knives are!) You can't beat a good knife.
Anyway, after the frustration set in with my knife, my father came over with his 20 year old Swiss Army classic knife and effortlessly cut through the strings on the bales. His ear-to-ear grin said it all: his beat up 2.5" Swiss Army knife had just out-cut a knife more than 2X it's size that was new. I love my Bark River, Benchmade, Spyderco, and Case knives (as well as my Leatherman multi-tool ) but those little keychain sized Swiss Army knives are a knife everybody should have at least one of. They are truly an icon that deserves it's reputation.