When tool guys gather and talk knives, hot new colors and style are often not at the forefront of the conversation. Nevertheless, this year the folks behind the cross and shield blades, who’re always striving to take the next step in design, have added the same colors you might find on an iPod shuffle to their Classic Alox knives.
You might ask, “Is this the same knife it always was, just with a colored aluminum handle?” Yes, yes it is, and that’s ok. I’ve never made a secret of the fact I think Swiss Army knives should be red. That said, Victorinox recognizes that not everyone who carries a knife is a hardcore tool guy. If a splash of color makes the blade appeal to someone who might not have been their customer without it, why not? I have to agree with them.
I’ve always been a fan of the Victorinox brand, partly because they’re never afraid to embrace “the new.” At the very least, this new Alox is a quality knife that you could give someone and still feel good about the workmanship and the tradition behind it — even if pink or booger green isn’t really your thing.
Street pricing starts around $12.