Swiss Army Pioneer Pocket Knife

Brand: Victorinox
Model: 0.8201.26-X2
EAN: 7611160099969
Category: #38859 in Sports (Pocket Knives & Folding Knives)
List Price: $49.00
Price: $45.61  (127 customer reviews)
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Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

8 functionsStainless Steel ConstructionAlox scale materialSize: 93 mm / 3. 5 inch Tools 1. Blade, large 2. Reamer, punch 3. Can opener 4. Screwdriver 3 mm 5. Bottle opener 6. Wire stripper 7. Screwdriver 7. 5 mm 8. Key ring Scale Material Alox Blade Lockable No One Hand Blade No Length, in/mm 3. 5" / 93 Weight, oz 2. 5


  • A CUT ABOVE THE REST: Compact, agile and ready to face any adventure head-on. Our range of Swiss Army Knives have been established since 1897 and continue to be an icon of utility and smart design.
  • DURABLE CONSTRUCTION: Swiss made stainless steel construction encased in our popular scales offers a slimmer profile and is extremely resistant. Blade lockable - No
  • COMPACT CARRY: Bring this knife with you on your daily adventures without sacrificing space. It makes a great gift for any occasion or stocking stuffer for Christmas.
  • FIT FOR ALL TASKS: At their heart, all our pocket knives are a survival tool; multitaskers that deliver in any situation. At their most evolved they have surpassed basic function to pioneer space travel and restart engines.
  • TRUSTED QUALITY: Made in Switzerland; Victorinox provides a lifetime guarantee against defects in material and workmanship. Making a lifetime commitment has never been so easy. No assembly required, money back guarantee.
  • PRODUCT DETAILS: Swiss made pocket knife with 8 functions. Height: 0.5 in, Length: 3.7 in., Weight: 2.5 oz., MM: 93mm, Scale Material: Alox
  • FUNCTIONS: large blade, reamer/punch, can opener, screwdriver 3 mm, bottle opener, screwdriver 7.5 mm, wire stripper, key ring
  • Compact Swiss Army pocketknife for hiking, camping, and more
  • Enclosed in ribbed silver Alox housing made to exacting Victorinox standards
  • Large blade; can opener with small screwdriver
  • Bottle opener with large screwdriver and wire stripper
  • Measures 3.5 inches long; weighs 3.2 ounces; lifetime warranty

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Top Reviews

Awesome Swiss Army Knife!
by David (5 out of 5 stars)
January 7, 2017

I want to start out by saying this thing has made me excited about Swiss Army Knives again. I haven't had one around in years and this one is very different than I remember which I love. The Alox is comfortable and very attractive. I got the silver to start because I've read it wears better than the other colors.

While the tools are a 420HC which is usually a huge negative I have heard outstanding things about the Swiss heat treatment. A good heat treat can basically turn around any steel. The knife on this model is relatively beefy for a SAK. It's about the size as the Rat model 2 blade. The awl is a terrific addition to have as an edc. And the bits are as useful as any other Swiss Tool made. This model is very similar to the Cadet but a little larger trading the finger nail file for an awl.

Overall I love this knife. It is an excellent size. Very slim for pocket carry but longer than most SAKs so a little more comfortable to use. The Alox is very attractive in my opinion and all for under $30! I was planning to carry it in addition to a tactical folder with a more robust blade but now I'm considering carrying only this knife.
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Perfect minimalist multitool knife
by KnifeTex (5 out of 5 stars)
February 3, 2013

I have a Victorinox SwissChamp. I have a Leatherman Wave. I carry a Victorinox Pioneer. From cutting up BBQ to drilling holes in lumber, this handsome knife is up for whatever- whenever. Many people don't realize that the small slotted screwdriver blade on the tip of the can opener will also work with Phillips screws. I posted some pics so you can see this beauty in action. The quality of this knife is simply astounding at the sub $30 price point. If you want a simple, lightweight EDC blade with a compliment of tools to cover a wide spread of fundamental tasks, the Pioneer should definitely be on your radar. If scissors are important to you, consider getting a matching Victorinox Classic Alox to complete your loadout.
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Wonderful Front Pocket Toolkit
by David b. Roy (5 out of 5 stars)
February 24, 2016

I've had this knife for about three months, and in that time it has spent the entire time in my front pocket.

I LOVE this knife.
I'm used to carrying at least a couple knives around so I'm used to rotating them in and out of use, but this one has been a mainstay ever since I got it. I'll go anywhere without one of the others, but I just absolutely do not leave the house without this thing. Its amazingly useful. I bought it mostly because I got sick of never having a screwdriver or an awl when I need them. I grew up carrying a scout pattern pocket knife and found myself longing for just a little more function than my leek had.
This has it. I bought it thinking that I would use it once in a while, but only just enough to warrant having one in my coat. WRONG. I pull this out and use all day. At least four or five times a day this thing comes out of my pocket to do something. Sometimes it's cutting an apple, sometimes it's changing out the screws on my guitar, sometimes it's punching a hole in something, sometimes its to lightly pry something.

For everyday utility I have found this to be amazing

The only modification I made is to remove the key ring and grind down the nub that it attached to. I found this little nub to be terribly uncomfortable and since I didn't want to use it, I took it off. It disappears perfectly in my front pocket and I only know it's there when I go to use it. Which as I said, is often.
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Typical Victorinox - excellent quality and design!
by Martin Visser (5 out of 5 stars)
February 25, 2014

I've carried Victorinox knives since my teenage years, and that was twenty-five years ago. Started with the monstrous "Champ" 70+ function knife, which rode in a belt pouch and was WAY more than anyone needs for daily carry and use, but it did let me try out most of the functions and find which were my bare necessities.

I've gone through two or three since then, all of a similar size to the Pioneer, and my only issue I've ever had has been the eventual loosening of the trademark red scales. I probably should have investigated warranty replacement, but each time the handle scales came loose I decided to try a slightly different model. With the Alox scales, this one looks to be a lifetime purchase.

The Alox Pioneer does away with the tweezers and toothpick of the red plastic handle versions. I won't miss either of these. The tweezers might have worked to remove the occasional splinter, but for most other fine work they were not, in my opinion, worth the effort of inclusion. The toothpick, after riding in a pocket and collecting whatever gunk the knife was near, could not be a sanitary option for its purpose! The only reason I wouldn't trash these two items out of hand was the unsightly holes left without them.

The blade is typical Victorinox - SHARP out of the box! I mean arm-hair-shaving sharp! I will likely get more use out of the reamer blade than the small blade my other knives offered. And the cap lifter and can opener are old friends - with large and small flathead screwdrivers (and the small can do a good job on most normal-sized Phillips-head screws!) I could, honestly, take or leave the key ring, but it's there.

Lockup on all blades is solid, I no longer have any of my old SAK's for comparison, but the mechanism on this one seems stronger. I can agree with other reviewers who observe the main blade seems thicker on the Alox knife than on the red plastic ones, and this one is definitely slimmer. Good grip with the textured handles.
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My New EDC Knife
by Roger Hayes (5 out of 5 stars)
July 18, 2019

I've carried a Victorinox Cadet for the past five or so years, and have been intrigued by those who preferred the Pioneer. In photos the two knives appear very similar, but I found they are not. The Pioneer is heavier, thicker, and a lot more solid thanks in part to its stronger back springs. The four implements are a bit harder to open than other Victorinox SAKs but not too bad, and once open the implements and knife body become solidly integrated. As a cutting tool the Pioneer compares favorably with the Case Sodbuster Jr, a serious knife, shown with my Pioneer in the photos. The blade of the Sodbuster is wider and shaped differently, but they are very close in length and thickness. Of course the Pioneer comes with three additional implements offering seven additional functions. I also carry a Victorinox Classic, which adds a toothpick, tweezers, scissors, and a nail file for a well-rounded list of functions throughout one's day. The Pioneer rides well in the watch (5th) pocket of my jeans.
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A lot to like
by Cask (4 out of 5 stars)
July 4, 2018

I own this alox pioneer, spartan, classic sd, and a used huntsman. If camping or tailgating I have the huntsman with me. The classic sd when working and the Spartan on a typical weekend.

Strangely the Pioneer is my favourite yet to date least carried knife. I like the scratch resistant alox scales and the more substantial blade. The tool selection fits a lot of needs. I have only had it summer so far but I don't like the way it carrys in shorts or khakis compared to celluloid scales.

Will update after varied seasons ofnuse.
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When you're ready for a better class of Swiss army knife ...
by E. Murphy (5 out of 5 stars)
March 11, 2016

Have owned and used plastic-scaled Swiss army knives since Boy Scout days, and regret losing so many, but this is my first all-metal one. I'm amazed at how much better it is, structurally and aesthetically ... this thing is like my first Mercedes after a lifetime of Fords (only figuratively speaking ... I'm a Toyota guy). The tools are more substantial, the knife is more rigid, the scales won't be all scratched up after one week in my pocket. As industrial design goes, we're talking about an art object in your pocket. I'll keep my plastic one (a Climber, with scissors, corkscrew, toothpick and tweezers) to travel with ... much happier subjecting that one to confiscation or theft, and I appreciate the extra tools when I'm living out of a suitcase. But the alox Pioneer will be in my pocket the rest of the time.
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A very handy/useful everyday carry
by jwm (5 out of 5 stars)
August 17, 2014

I have had many Swiss army knives, but the one I always come back to for overall usefulness and reliability is the Pioneer. The knife is the almost the same as that issued by the Swiss Army to their soldiers (the Soldier knife) from 1960 until 2008, except for the ring at one end to allow attachment to a key chain. It has Alox handles with a ribbing to add to the ease of gripping it even when conditions are adverse. There are only four blades: major cutting blade, large flat screw driver/bottle cap opener, can opener/small screw driver (that could be used for Phillip screws), and a very useful awl. The main blade takes and hold a sharp edge. It is large enough to give you the sturdiness to enable a firm cut. The can opener design is one of the best I've ever seen on a pocket knife. It is quick, easy to use, and leaves a smooth edge. The large screw driver/bottle cap opener can open half way to give you extra torque when loosening or tightening a screw which at times helps with that stubborn screw.. The awl is very use full, it it is quick and being on the end of the knife and not protruding from the middle of the handle allows you to work in any space you can fit your hand. It is very user friendly. The size of the handle gives you plenty of "heft" when you need it and is not bulky because of any additional blades.

I would recommend this knife over most of the other Swiss Army models for every day carry, it contains 99% of the tools you would use on any given day. It is sturdy and you can use it in almost any task you need to use a knife. The cutting blade is less than three inches and does not lock so it should be legal to carry where ever you can still carry a knife. It fits well into the pocket.

I would also suggest you use Amazon to purchase you knife, the service and customer care of Amazon is second to done.
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An iconic pocketknife
by Shadcat (5 out of 5 stars)
October 6, 2012

Basically, the Victorinox Pioneer is the civilian version of one of the world's most famed pocketknives, the Swiss Army Soldier's Knife. Differing only in the addition of a keychain mount ( IMHO worthwhile), this is the ultimate refinement of the original four blader issued to Swiss army recruits from 1891 to 2008. Its pattern has been copied almost exactly by many cutlery manufacturer to produce Scout knives, US Army "demo" knives, and numerous others, all clones of the original but none better or even equal in quality. It differs from the more familiar version SAKs with red plastic handles containing toothpick and tweezer ( (Suisse Officiers model) by its hardened aluminum (alox) handle without the extra implements. This makes the knife thinner, also tough as nails. Plastic can chip or break, alox does not.

The Pioneer, like all Victorinox products, is extremely well crafted, easily one of the finest knives you can buy at any price, let alone one this affordable. The blade shape is just about perfect for a utility knife, flat ground of a steel that holds a decent edge and is easily re-sharpened. The can opener is effective and the small screw driver on its end doubles as a phillips head driver, not best at that, especially for countersunk screws, but mostly workable. The awl is one of the most useful implements on the Pioneer, good for drilling wood screw guide holes, adjusting leather belts, opening packages, reaming out corroded pipes and more. Uses are limited only by imagination. The Pioneer is a good choice as an only knife and indispensable in a collection, both a capable and iconic masterpiece.
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You will not find a better scout style knife in it's price range
by Tree (5 out of 5 stars)
September 23, 2017

Going on two years carrying. Superb fit and finish. Very tough being riveted all metal construction. You will not find a better scout style knife in it's price range. It's my favorite traditional knife and is always in my pocket
-Michigan Edge

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