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Victorinox Cadet Review: The Minimalist's Swiss Army Knife

Jeffery Martin, a Security Officer, has been collecting knives since he was 13 years old.

As soon as I opened the box, I fell in love with my little Cadet.

As soon as I opened the box, I fell in love with my little Cadet.

The Victorinox Cadet

In 2014, I was looking for a new Swiss Army Knife to add to my growing collection. By this time, I was already carrying my Victorinox Classic SD, so I was not overly concerned about the scissors, toothpick, and tweezers.

I decided to settle on the Victorinox Cadet Alox, which is basically a fancy-looking Swiss Army Knife for those who do not want to be over-prepared.

First Impressions

It looked pretty nice in the pictures I saw on Amazon, but I wasn't sure how I would feel about the aluminum scales. I went with red, because I still wanted it to look like the classic style of Swiss Army Knives.

When I opened the box, I fell in love with my little Cadet.

It just looked so refined compared to my other cellidor models, and it is so thin and lightweight that it just about disappears in your pocket.

The fact that it is so thin and looks so refined makes this my go-to dress-up knife. It does not produce any bulge in the pocket of my dress pants and people tend to comment about how nice it looks.

The Victorinox Cadet is just 3.3 inches long.

The Victorinox Cadet is just 3.3 inches long.

How Big Is the Victorinox Cadet?

The Cadet is an 84mm (3.3 inches) model, slightly smaller than the "full-sized" 91mm Swiss Army knives that I was used to seeing.

Its height is less than half an inch (0.3 inches), and it weighs in at only 1.6 ounces.

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Keep in mind that 1.6 ounces isn't much heavier than a slice of bread.


For a knife as small and lightweight as the Cadet, the fact that it has 9 functions may surprise you.

The tools included in this little pocket knife are:

  • Blade: The blade is a 2.48 spearpoint with the same tang stamp as found on the 91mm models.
  • Can Opener: This works well, but takes a little more work than the can opener found in full-sized SAKS because it is slightly smaller.
  • 3mm Flat-Tipped Screw Driver: The 3mm driver is on the tip of the can opener; and also works well with most standard-sized phillips screws.
  • Bottle Opener: It opens bottles.......
  • Wire Stripper: This is in the form of a small notch; at the base of the main flat-tip/bottle opener. It works well on small wires; such as speaker wire.
  • 6mm Flat-Tipped Screwdriver: Aside from the knife; this is the most used item on all of my SAKs. I use it almost every day; to switch out the belt clips on our 2-way radios. It also frequently gets used as a small pry-bar.
  • Nail File: I love the nail file on the Cadet. I currently carry an EvoGrip S17; and I am sad that they chose the Wenger file, over the Victorinox version. The filing surface on the Wenger/Delemont models is too small, in my opinion. The filing surface, on the Victorinox Cadet, runs almost the whole length of the tool; and works great.
  • Nail Cleaner: This is at the end of the file, and works well with small phillips screws.
  • Key Ring: Not even going to say it.

Who Needs This Knife?

You. That's right; YOU need this knife.

It is so thin, so lightweight, so functional, and built with such quality that there are really no negative aspects to owning this knife.

Just a Suggestion...

As I said earlier, I chose the red version because I wanted it to look like a classic Swiss Army Knife.

The Alox aluminum scales are ribbed to help reduce the visibility of scratches; however, scratches will be visible if you damage the scales. (By "damage"; I mean drop a hammer on them.)

I would suggest getting the silver version so you do not have to worry about scratching the nice finish.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Jeffery Martin

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