Reviewed by Londo Mollari from Centauri Prime on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Wenger is out of the knife business. Victorinox has re-branded some of Wenger's pocket knives to keep them available in its "Delémont Collection" — but not this one. If you want the Microlight Pocket Tool Chest, this is your last chance.
The microlight is a 3.5 mm white LED powered by two lithium watch batteries (a common size which is easy to find). The batteries are in a pull-out tray and easy to replace. The LED is not just a keyhole-finder: it is powerful enough to find your footing with in the dark. The equivalent Victorinox keychain knives are the Midnite Manager and Midnite MiniChamp. Wenger's LED is 50% brighter.
A few comments on the tools:
The awl has a needle point and sewing eye but no edge, so it is not a good reamer.
The scissor blades are serrated and self-sharpening. The scissors spring is more robust than Victorinox's but it is not replaceable.
The cap lifter has a non-magnetic flat headed screwdriver tip. Buy Victorinox if you need a magnetic Phillips head screwdriver.
The micro screwdriver was a very tight fit, but it worked on my eyeglasses after I cleaned the gunk out of the screw slots. Wenger put this tool on their no-blade Swiss Clipper (out of production) and one TSA officer told me "that's a lock pick." Having no locksmithing skills, I cannot comment on his knowledge or ignorance.
Reviewed by Gray Stromrider from CA desert on Saturday, August 27, 2011
I carry a full size Swiss Army knife on weekends but it is too big for office wear. I still want, at a minimum, a blade, scissors, nail file, and tweezers, all of which you can get in several compact knives. This model adds two small screwdrivers, other tools, and a light, at the cost of being a little thick, but still acceptable. I work in a windowless office and having the light in the event of a power failure is a good thing. It can also be useful in a dark parking lot at night. So the tradeoff is added features, some of which you may not use, against the added thickness in your pocket.
Cons: A little thick
Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
Pros: Compact, Durable, Easy To Use, Has light, Has tweezers, High quality, Robust scissors spring, Versatile