Victorinox Super Tinker Long Term Review: Decades of Reliability

Updated March 17, 2024

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  • The Super Tinker’s unmatched balance between functionality, durability, and affordability makes it a superior choice among other SAK models.
  • The lack of a corkscrew and a wood saw can be considered the only drawbacks in an otherwise versatile pocket tool.

When I first got my hands on the Victorinox Super Tinker over two decades ago, I had no idea it would become such an integral part of my daily life.

I have been delaying reviewing my Super Tinker for no apparent reason. It felt like people wouldn’t be interested in this model.

But since the Super Tinker has been with me for so long, I think this is the right time to do a long-term review of it and share my experiences with this model.

Super Tinker Worn Out Scales
My Super Tinker is not shiny anymore!

Over the years, it has helped me in countless situations, from the mundane to the outright unexpected. Now that I think of it, it’s a companion that’s been by my side through thick and thin. 

If you are in a hurry, here are my likes and dislikes of the Super Tinker.

  • The toolset covers all the basics
  • Excellent balance of functionality, durability, and affordability
  • Some may find the absence of a corkscrew limiting
  • The absence of a wood saw restricts its utility for outdoor activities

I have often said that Swiss Army Knives survive for decades and often get passed on from one generation to the next. In this Victorinox Super Tinker review, I will take the opportunity to check how it fairs on that claim after more than 20 years of moderate use 🙂.

The Super Tinker Experience

Yes, I have many SAKs. Then why am I talking about this particular model after all these years?

To understand this, you have to consider 3 things that stand out – the toolset, and the price. Oh, the third one is – longevity.

Did I mention that I have owned it for well over two decades? And it still works, As good as new! 

But yes, I have also taken adequate care of it. And it will likely last many more decades. 

But aren’t all SAKs like that? 

Well, maybe. I don’t know. Only time will tell. Only a few of my other SAKs are that old. Also, almost none of them get used as frequently as the Super Tinker.


Nothing in particular. But I guess I want to save my other comparatively ‘dearer’ SAKs at the cost of the ‘cheaper’ Super Tinker.

And the other reason is that the Super Tinker just happens to have the tools I need most of the time. Each feature of the Super Tinker has played a pivotal role at different times. It’s fascinating how this compact tool can offer so much.

The Evolution of a Classic: Why the Super Tinker Stands Out

If the Victorinox Spartan is an entry-level model for 2-layer SAKs, then the Super Tinker is its counterpart for 3-layer SAKs. This is precisely why the Super Tinker stands out in the crowded world of multi-tools.

Did I mention it is also the cheapest 3-layer SAK you can buy? Well, it was (and probably still is) indeed, when I got another piece from Amazon recently as a gift for my cousin.


If you want know more about the Spartan and the origin of the Swiss Army Knife, you may read about it here and here.

Key Features and Tools: What Makes the Super Tinker Swiss Army Knife Essential

Among its arsenal, the Super Tinker boasts 14 functions, including a Phillips screwdriver, a pocket knife, and also a pair of scissors, making it indispensable.

Whether you’re tightening a screw or cutting open a package, the Super Tinker has got you covered.

Its comprehensive set of tools ensures you’re prepared for almost any challenge.

I won’t bore you with the full specs here. You can easily get that info from Victorinox.

Super Tinker All Tools
The Super Tinker packs a lot of tools in its 3-layers!
Practicality Meets Precision: The Craftsmanship Behind the Super Tinker

I don’t get tired of praising Victorinox SAK’s build quality. It applies to the Super Tinker as well. But let me repeat it once again.

The craftsmanship of the Super Tinker is evident in its precision and practicality. Each tool is designed with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that it not only meets but exceeds expectations. It’s this level of craftsmanship that sets the Super Tinker apart.

User Experiences with the Victorinox Super Tinker

The testimonials of those who’ve used the Super Tinker speak volumes.

From first-time users impressed by its utility to everyday carriers who can’t imagine their day without it, the Super Tinker has earned its place in the hearts of many.

Ask someone who has owned it for some time. Or better, ask people in a web forum or message board, or in a Facebook group.

From First-Time User to Everyday Carrier

I remember my initial skepticism about carrying a Swiss Army Knife daily. However, the Super Tinker quickly proved its worth. I’ve heard similar stories from countless others who, initially unsure, now find it indispensable.

Its transition from a novelty to a necessity is a testament to its utility and reliability.

How can I forget the time when a loose screw nearly ruined a family hiking trip? A Philips screwdriver is a godsend in such situations!

And those unexpected moments needing a bottle opener or a pair of scissors? This knife has been there in the pocket, ensuring the adventure goes on.

Super Tinker Philips Screwdriver
You can generate a considerable amount of torque if you hold the Philips screwdriver like this!

The Transition: How the Super Tinker Became My Daily Essential

The journey of the Super Tinker from an occasional gadget to a daily essential is a personal one for many.

For me, It began with a simple task of tightening a loose screw (yeah, the Philips head is a personal favourite).

the Super Tinker stands out with its unique features like the wire stripper, the Phillips screwdriver, the awl with sewing eye, all crafted from stainless steel. These tools not only showcase the versatility of the Super Tinker but also its commitment to quality and functionality.

Over time, its versatility made it a constant companion, proving its value in various situations, from opening packages to minor repairs.

I have used all the functions and tools of the Super Tinker at some time or the other. Yes, even got some use out of the seemingly useless multipurpose hook (it does have some interesting uses 🙂).

I have lost the pair of tweezers over time, and later replaced it. I have even broken the tip of the toothpick with overuse.

Super Tinker Toothpick Broken
Years of use took its toll, I broke the tip of the toothpick!
Sak Scale Attachment 01
Yes, you can detach the scales, and I have done it too many times!

I have detached and re-attached the cellidor scales of the Super Tinker so many times that they don’t fit as snugly as before. But they are still holding up. And I will probably use some adhesive to fix them if they fall off. But I won’t stop using the Super Tinker.

Comparing the Super Tinker to the Competition

The only other SAK comparable to the Victorinox Super Tinker may be the Victorinox Climber. It has the exact specs but a corkscrew replaces the Philips screwdriver. 

And this is exactly why I like the Super Tinker more than the Climber! I seldom drink wine. Though the corkscrew does have other uses, it is for sure not as useful as the Philips Screwdriver (at least not for me).

In a market flooded with multi-tools, the Super Tinker holds its own. Its combination of functionality, reliability, versatility, and price sets it apart from the competition, making it a preferred choice for many.

Super Tinker vs Tinker

I am sure you have heard about the Victorinox Tinker, a SAK model that owes much of its popularity to the famous TV show – MacGyver

But believe me, in today’s time, you can’t do without a pair of scissors in your SAK. Yes, the Super Tinker does just that – it adds a pair of scissors to the Tinker.

This enhancement not only broadens its utility but also solidifies its position as a more versatile option for everyday carry.

Super Tinker vs Deluxe Tinker

The Deluxe Tinker has an extra tool – combination pliers. 

Tell me honestly, do you need pliers in your pocket tool?

While it may come in handy occasionally, I surely will try to avoid it.

Why pay more and carry more weight for a tool that is seldom used in day-to-day life? But of course, to each his own.

Victorinox Deluxe Tinker
The Deluxe Tinker with the combination pliers!

The Super Tinker strikes a perfect balance between utility and portability. For many, it hits the sweet spot, offering just what’s needed without excessive bulk, and at the right price. A perfect VFM SAK.

Practical Applications and Versatility

The practical applications of the Super Tinker are nearly limitless. From everyday tasks to unexpected challenges, it demonstrates an unparalleled versatility, making it an essential tool for anyone.

Emergency Situations: The Super Tinker to the Rescue

There was this one time I found myself in a bit of a pickle.

My friend’s car broke down in the middle of nowhere, and the Victorinox Super Tinker was a lifesaver. Using the knife blade, we were able to strip wires for a makeshift repair until we could get to a mechanic.

The precision and reliability of my Super Tinker in that emergency solidified my trust in it. It’s not just a tool; it’s a companion ready for whatever challenges come my way.

Everyday Tasks Made Easier: Real-World Applications

On a day-to-day basis, my Victorinox Super Tinker Swiss Army Knife proves its worth time and again.

Opening packages, tightening screws on my glasses, and even cleaning under my fingernails – it handles all with ease.

What surprises me the most is how often I use the scissors to snip tags off new purchases or trim a stray thread from my shirt.

I have even used the scissors to trim my fingernails (on occasions when a nail cutter is unavailable).

Super Tinker Scissors Nail Trimming
The scissors are sharp enough to trim fingernails!

The Super Tinker makes these mundane tasks quicker and simpler, proving its indispensability in my daily life.

Maintaining Your Super Tinker Swiss Army Knife

Keeping my Victorinox Super Tinker in top-notch condition is key to ensuring it’s always ready for action.

Regular cleaning and a bit of oil keep the tools moving smoothly, while a sharpening stone keeps the blades razor-sharp.

 It’s a small investment of time that keeps my Super Tinker performing at its best. Don’t skip this if you get one (or any SAK for that matter).

Through simple, regular care, my Super Tinker has retained its functionality and appearance, proving the value of good maintenance practices. That’s the only reason mine still performs. There are no secrets really!

Quick Tips for SAK Maintenance
  • Wipe the blades and tools with a clean, dry cloth to remove debris and moisture.
  • Gently scrub away any dirt or grime accumulated in the crevices.
  • A drop of oil on the pivot points of the blades and tools ensures they open and close smoothly.
  • Once or twice a year (depending on your usage) sharpen the blades using a whetstone or a sharpening tool.
  • Store your Super Tinker in a dry place to prevent rust and corrosion.

Accessories and Customisation: Personalising Your Super Tinker Experience

Many SAK users love to personalize their pocket knives. Here are some customization options for the Super Tinker to consider:

I, however, don’t use any pouches for carrying any of my 91mm SAKs (except the Swiss Champ) as I find them quite comfortable in my pocket. The Super Tinker doesn’t need any, as it has just 3-layers and is quite lightweight.

Victorinox Super Tinker Review
Look, how shiny the blade is in my decades-old Super Tinker!

Summing Up the Super Tinker’s Weaknesses

You don’t get a corkscrew in the Super Tinker. That may be the biggest weakness of the Super Tinker for some. After all, SAKs became mainstream after Vic added a corkscrew to the Officer’s And Sports knife!

It is missing a wood saw! So outdoor usage (think bushcraft, backpacking in the woods, etc) is a bit limited.

I would have also liked it more if it had the plus-scales with the ballpoint pen. 

I know I am just nitpicking!!

If you need the corkscrew, you will get the Victorinox Climber, won’t you? Similarly, there are other SAK models with a wood saw. 

And the plus scales will increase the price considerably. Have you seen how expensive the Victorinox Compact is? The Super Tinker’s main USP is being a VFM SAK, which the Compact will never be!

The Verdict: Is the Victorinox Super Tinker the Right Choice for You?

The Super Tinker is for you if:

  • You need a versatile but pocketable tool that can handle everything from day-to-day tasks to unexpected emergencies.
  • You need a cheap SAK with excellent build quality.
  • You want to use it mostly in an urban or semi-urban environment (think home, office, etc.).
  • You are a SAK collector (But then you probably already have it 🙂).

The Super Tinker offers a balance of functionality and convenience that’s hard to beat, especially at the price at which it sells.

Final Thoughts: Why the Super Tinker is More Than Just Another Pocket Knife

As I reflect on the journey with my Victorinox Super Tinker Swiss Army Knife, it’s evident that this tool is more than just a piece of stainless steel; it’s a companion that has shared in my life’s countless moments.

It’s fascinating how a simple device can become so intertwined with the fabric of one’s daily life and adventures.

But again, It has been with me for so long that I am bound to develop some special feelings towards it.

Top Pick
Swiss Army Knife Super Tinker
Victorinox Super Tinker
The most Value-For-Money Swiss Army Knife you will ever get.

My favorite EDC SAK has changed many times depending on my needs and my mood. Currently, the Victorinox Explorer is my favorite EDC.

But the Super Tinker will always hold a special place in my heart because of my long association with it.

Take the step, get the Victorinox Super Tinker, and let it be your companion for life’s adventures, both big and small.

About Me

Deb is passionate about pocket tools, bags, and accessories, especially any type of everyday-use gear (or not so everyday-use gear) that makes life efficient, comfortable, and more enjoyable.

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