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Swiss Army Knife USB

Updated on January 7, 2011

Have you ever seen that Swiss Army pocketknife with a built-in USB drive? Pretty neat, right? It used to be called the SwissMemory but that line has since been discontinued. Today, it is simply called the Victorinox Flash—Victorinox is the known trademark holder for Swiss Army Knives—and is available in multiple variations, and capacities ranging from 2 GB to 16 GB.

Let’s have a look at some of the variations so we can narrow down our search to which one might suit our needs better.

The models for the Swiss army knife USB are divided into two main categories: Flash and Flash Flight. To make things simpler, Flash Flight is quite literally, as the name suggests, for flight use. We all know how anything that mimics a weapon is banned from airlines. Yes, even the smallest of Swiss Army knives are confiscated—I myself had to go off-itinerary just to claim the little bugger at the customs place at my destination.

So basically, the Flash Flight contains the removable USB drive, of course, an LED flashlight, and a pen. The Flash Flight therefore, is not a penknife.

The standard Flash has everything made popular by the Swiss Army Classic, sans the tweezers. Blade, nail file with screwdriver, scissors, and pen, but with the addition of an LED light—a fair trade for the tweezers I have to say, since I myself rarely find any use for it. Each variation can be had with a 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB flash drive. The variations can further be subdivided into a ruby colored, semi-transparent handle, or the Alox finish, which is a staggered silver metal.

They also have a bonus product which is called the Flash Laser. It is basically is a standard Flash unit but the LED light is replaced with a laser pointer—must have been designed with students and business people in mind.

So those are the basic variations. As for pricing, a basic 2 GB Flash Flight in ruby costs somewhere in the vicinity of $40, while a 16 GB Alox Flight costs around $100. I think it is quite a fair deal since a 16 GB flash disk alone costs already $50 plus. By the way, all memory sticks can be upgraded as Victorinox sells replacement sticks of all capacities.

The still-handy 2.4-inch width is evident from the photo above.
The still-handy 2.4-inch width is evident from the photo above.

Other features

As previously mentioned, the flash disk is detachable and replaceable. As with all Swiss knives, it includes a handy keyring. An LED light also signals read and write activity on the USB disk, which works with USB 1.0 and 2.0 interfaces. The LED flashlight is powered by an easy-to-replace CR 1025 battery which is already included. And finally, for dimensions: 2.4 inches long, .75 inches wide and .60 inches wide.

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