By Jenn K.
The EvoWood 16 was provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of this review.
The ergonomic handle of the EvoWood is made from a dark stained walnut. The end result of the staining process makes each of these knives unique by varying shades and grain patterns. I like the walnut handle; it has a natural look and is different from the traditional Swiss Army Knifes I have used in the past. It feels smooth to the touch with no wood splinters appearing. The Wenger name and logo are debossed in the wood in a dark shade of brown.
Key Features and Tools of the EvoWood 16:
- 2.5 inch blade
- 2.4 inch Springless scissors with serrated, self-sharpening design
- Patented locking screwdriver
- Cap lifter
- Wire stripper
- Can opener
- Nail file
- Nail cleaner
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Key ring
The EvoWood 16 is just over 3.25 inches long, and it fits perfectly in my hand. The ergonomic handle has thumb indents for better handling. I found that some of the tools are hard to open or expose from the knife casing. Some of the tools have an indent that I can put my nail in to help with exposing them for use. Still they are kind of challenging to pull out. Maybe this is just because the knife is new.
During the past month the EvoWood has traveled with me to Utah and Arizona. It was also used in Southern California. If it was not in my pack; it was in my car to be used if needed on a daily basis or at the trailhead. I get many complements on the looks of this knife; people are taking a liking to the wood handle. I think it looks pretty sharp; mostly because it has a different look than the traditional Swiss Army Knives.
After using the EvoWood knife for a month some of the tools are much easier to open/ expose from the casing, but there are a few that are still a little bit hard to expose. The nail groove can be used to expose some of the accessories; but I do not have long nails.
Mostly I used the blade, scissors, locking Phillips/flat screwdriver, and the nail file/cleaner. I used the can opener tool and it was interesting to watch me use such a simpleton can opener. I found the scissors to be a perfect size for cutting threads, strings, paper, fabrics, cording, and packages. Both locking screwdrivers work well and stayed in place even when using force. The awl came in handy to get dirt out of the hex screws on my mountain biking cleats. The knife blade is only 2.5 inches long, but it is sharp enough and perfect for cutting small items and fruits. I typically like a longer knife to cut fruit, but I really have no complaints about this blade except that it is smaller than I am used to.
The wood handle is still smooth and is not showing any signs of splintering or wear. I was greatly surprised that the handle has not turned a darker shade of brown or a more glossy appearance from my skin oils.
Final Update: 5/4/11
Another month has gone by and I am still happy with the EvoWood knife. During this past month the EvoWood was only used in the local wilderness areas of Southern California and during my regular day-to-day life activities. The knife fits nicely in my hip belt pockets on my small or large backpacks. It has not opened unintentionally while I am hiking or tossing my pack around. I am not a fan of the key ring as it weighs my keys down and gets in the way when I am trying to use my keys.
Either my nails are getting longer or the knife is getting broken in; because some of the tools are easier to open. The blade is still easiest for me to open without using the nail groove. I think this is mostly because of the initial spring of the blade when it is being opened.
The blade works perfectly for opening packages and for cutting small fruits. It is still sharp after two months of use. The scissors have to be my favorite tool on the trail and at home. I have used then for cutting threads, papers, packages, hang tags, and clothing labels. The locking screwdriver is also a handy tool to have around, but I have only used it around the house and for quick repairs before mountain biking for adjusting my cleats. The nail file is also handy to keep my nails groomed and I found that I could pick dirt out from beneath my nails with the corner of the file.
The tools are in great condition. None of them are malfunctioning nor are they showing signs of wear or rust. I have been wiping them clean after contact with moist or wet items. The handle is still smooth with no signs of discoloration.
All the tools stay opened when they are completely exposed and in use. Which is good because I would not want them collapsing when I am trying to use them.
This is a handy, easy to use, nice looking compact multi-function knife. I plan to keep using it in the future.
If you would like more information on the EvoWood 16 please visit www.wengerna.com. The EvoWood 16 retails for $89.95.