By Jason Boyle
Swiss Advance is based in Switzerland and their goal is to “bring the people closer to the beauty of nature.” They “create durable picnic products for outdoor use” and have a wide assortment of kitchen products and utensils.
The Crono N5 pocket knife is a modern take on the Swiss Army knife. It has the following features – Bottle opener, fish scaler, wire stripper, cm-scale, hexagon (4x), wing nut opener, cheese knife blade, bradawl and sewing, square (2x), fork, screwdriver. The knife is constructed of Stainless Chromium steel and blade steel. The knife retails for $38.50 in Swiss Francs which is about $40 in US dollars.
One of the things that stood out to me immediately is how flat and light it is. This is a good feature because I like to carry a knife with me all the time, but I don’t like it when knives are heavy and weigh down my pockets. The tools and blade are easy to use by just sliding the tool blades to the right.
I plan on carrying the knife with me while camping, hiking and everyday over the next month or so to see how it performs. Some of the characteristics I will look for are durability, ease of use and functionality.
Update January 6, 2018 – Crono N5 knife
The Swiss Advance Crono N5 knife has proven to be a handy tool to have around. I have used on the following trips – a 4 day hiking and camping trip in the Kisatchie National Forest in Northern Louisiana, an overnight camping trip on the Honey Island Swamp in Slidell, Louisiana, and on various hikes in the Woodlands Conservancy in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. I have also carried it with me as my everyday knife/tool.
I specifically used the knife blade for food prep while camping. I used it to slice very cold block cheese into smaller chunks suitable for venison and egg burritos. The blade is sharp and there is a locking mechanism that keeps the knife from folding up or to the right while cutting. However there is no locking mechanism to keep the knife from folding down or to the left while using it. The blade is sharp so caution is advised with this or any knife.
I use hiking poles while backpacking and they had to be retightened on a hike in the Kisatchie. I was able to use the flat part of the screwdriver blade to tighten the locking mechanism and my poles were as good as new.
I also found it handy for everyday use. I used it numerous times over the holidays to open packages and boxes that had been taped closed.
Durability has been good. I have not had any issues with the blades or the rivet in the end that holds all the blades together. They are still tight with no play. There is no rust on any of the blades.
Overall, I am very pleased with the Swiss Advance Crono 5. It is very light and the low profile makes it easy to carry in my pockets without being noticed. I find that the tool kit is useful and generally the right proportion for most jobs. Thanks for reading my review.
Thanks to 4alloutdoors.org and Swiss Advance for providing the knife for this review.