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Staff Writer
Deal of the Day on Victorinox Swiss Army Champion Plus

In my family, getting a Swiss Army knife was considered a rite of passage into manhood. Or, at least for my three older brothers and me, a 9-year-old's version of manhood: You could whittle your own s'mores stick, open a can of beans the old-fashioned way (to cook directly over the fire, of course), pick your teeth with your own reusable toothpick and tweeze slivers like a man, no grown-ups required.

I'm not sure what model my first Swiss Army knife was, but it has about 9 tools—modest by Swiss standards. The Champion Plus pictured here, on the other hand, claims 30 tools, including—see if you can count them—large blade, small blade, corkscrew, can opener, bottle opener, small screwdriver, large screwdriver, reamer, punch, key ring (that's a stretch), tweezers, toothpick, scissors, multi-purpose hook, wood saw, fish scaler, hook disgorger, ruler, nail file, nail cleaner, metal file, metal saw, fine screwdriver, chisel/scraper, Phillips screwdriver, magnifying glass, straight pen, pressurized ball point pen, mini screwdriver and, finally, a sewing eye.

All of that is packed into 3-1/2 inches of Swiss precision that garnered design awards from New York's Museum of Modern Art and from the State Museum of Applied Art in Munich when it was first released. And it's all backed by a lifetime warranty; a $5 handling fee gets any defect repaired—forever. The Champion Plus is no longer in production (it was replaced by the 33-tool SwissChamp), but people still seem to love it. On Amazon, it's gotten 4.5 stars on 396 reviews, a special kind of status usually reserved for $300 toaster ovens and Casio calculator watches that (one imagines) evoke a retro-cool vibe.

Get one now for more than 62% off MSRP. I would, but my first one still works just fine.

MSRP: $100

Sale Price: $37.48 (62.52% off)

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