Victorinox Swiss Memory Knife Review


Product Requirements:
Works with Windows 98/SE/2000/ME/XP,
MAC OS 9.x or above, Linux 2.4 or above, USB 1.1/2.0 interface

Now that pocket-sized memory is becoming so commonplace, it was only a matter
of time before a company got the brilliant idea of adding it to an item of
theirs that many people already carry. I think I would be safe in saying that
quite a few of our Gadgeteer readers have a Swiss Army style knife in their
pocket or purse. Well, perhaps now might be the time to upgrade to the
Victorinox Swiss
Memory Knife, available from Think Geek.


Measuring just 2.25" long x 0.25" wide x 0.75" thick and weighing only 1.1
ounces, this knife is only a bit thicker than the classic pocket version. This
model really packs a punch though, as it not only has the typical blade, nail
file with flat screwdriver end, ballpoint pen and scissors, it also has a
detachable 64MB USB flash drive as well as a red LED light. Can’t you just feel
the Geek love?

The pen, instead of completely sliding out as it does on other models, is
pushed out when you slide the gray retractor on the side of the knife. While the
pen can be completely removed, it is actually much easier to write with if you
use the body of the knife as the barrel of the pen. Of course, you are not going
to want to write your Magnum Opus in this manner, but it will do when you need
to scribble your autograph. Extending the nail file while you are writing makes
the "pen" a truly manageable length.

I do have to admit that I kind of miss the tweezers and tooth pick, though…

More than making up for their absence is the addition of the 64MB USB flash
drive. While you can leave the drive in the knife at all times, it is also
easily detachable for those hard to reach USB ports.


There is a small blinking LED on the card which indicates when read/write
activity is occurring. A 39.5" male/female USB cable is also included for those
who might want to leave the cable in place and not have to remove the drive from
the knife. This is a thoughtful included convenience.


Lest you think that this is some cheesy unprotected flash drive, I can
relieve you of that fear right now. This is a
SwissBit drive, which
uses SecureLOCK
technology. In layman’s terms, this means you have the option of protecting
none, all, or just a portion of your data from prying eyes.

Plugging the knife into a USB drive creates a separate drive and allows a new
drive window to appear…


If you do not want to bother with security, you can transfer items directly
to this drive, without entering the Secure Lock portion.  I
transferred a 32MB Money file to the disk to this unsecured area, and it took 37

A better place to keep such a private file would of course be under password
protection, so I decided to set that up. Clicking on the Secure Lock 
icon revealed the set up screens…

The first step is to hit the Create Partition button.

Here you can determine how much of the disk will be private, and then you
need to set a password and reminder. It is best to do to do this on a blank
card, as any stored data is about to be erased.

Once the partition is formed, you will see this…

…meaning it is time to remove the card and then reinsert it.

This time, when the Secure Lock icon is clicked and the correct password is
entered, you are taken to a blank drive window, just ready to be loaded with
secret files…

Pretty cool, huh?

This way should you ever lose your knife you won’t have to worry about the
new owner discovering your recipe for
cold fission.

We are still not done, though – there is one
more feature that we must discuss – the built in red LED spotlight, which is
accessed by pressing the Victorinox shield on the top of the knife.

The resulting red LED light is perfect for sneaking through dark offices
without ruining your night vision…cue the James Bond music now!

The Victorinox Swiss Memory Knife is a must have for those of you that carry
a pocket knife and want a portable, password protected way to transfer files
between computers. Christmas is still quite a ways away, but it is never too
early for making plans. This knife and memory combo would make a fab
stocking stuffer for your favorite Geek. If you are your favorite Geek,
then there is no better time than the present.

The Victorinox Swiss Memory Knife is
available at Think
Geek and other retailers.

Price: $69.99
An Airport friendly version is also available for $64.99

Excellent combination of quality pocket knife and protected USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Can enable protection for all, none or a portion of drive
LED light is a nice touch



Product Information

  • Excellent combination of quality pocket knife and protected USB 2.0 Flash Drive
  • Can enable protection for all, none or a portion of drive
  • LED light is a nice touch
  • None
Posted in: Gear, Laptops and Gear, Miscellaneous
{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Judie July 9, 2004, 8:11 pm

    Post your comments here on the Victorinox Swiss Memory Knife.

    Just click the POST REPLY button on this page.

  • weenii July 9, 2004, 8:56 pm

    Ya, but I can’t travel on the plane with it!!! I never check my bags!

  • weenii July 9, 2004, 9:00 pm

    Oh, I see on think geek there is a travel version sans the kinfe!

  • Judie July 9, 2004, 9:03 pm

    Yes, I mentioned the price for that version at the end of the review. :0)

  • chriszzz July 11, 2004, 6:57 am

    Originally posted by weenii
    Oh, I see on think geek there is a travel version sans the kinfe!

    Yeah, but the best part of a Swiss Army knife is…..the knife ! That’s why its not called a Swiss Army Nail-file. Although it is occasionally handy to have a screwdriver or nailfile, the one thing you always will need eventually is either a scissors or knife to open one of those indestructable packagings or cut some chord, or to remove the airport security binder around your luggage ( which is very hard to do by hand ).

    Anyway 64MB is way too small. I would think at this time, 256MB is the mininum.

  • Judie July 11, 2004, 2:48 pm

    Personally, I would like to see a 1GB version… 😉

  • paulg July 12, 2004, 1:02 am

    no tweezers or toothpick – what’s the point?

    And seriously, having lost one leatherman micro at the airport at 5:30AM because I forgot to take it off my keychain and another early morning dash to stash my new leatherman squirt so it was not confiscated, I will not buy a tool like this until airport security gets real.

    Seriously, I fly less now because I can’t take tools with me including a pocketknife.

    Does anyone really think that some motherf&^(ng raghead with a pocketknife is every going to hijack a plane again? There would be 25 passengers stuffing his head into the blue water in 10 sec.- razors or not!

    Until things get real, a neat device like this won’t make it into my pocket.

    Swiss Army marketing needs to slap the TSA around!


    Thanks, I feel better!
    To replace my leatherman P4 Squirt it needs 512MB min. and make it red/bright white LED selectable!


  • JohnKes July 12, 2004, 6:12 am

    I feel for you! I almost lost my cool when TSA took my mini Swiss Army knife (1.5″ blade) too. Partially because I was also dragging 2 kids, 2 strollers and a bunch of carryon thru (and the wife was acting up). Then I got the full search on the way back because I had forgotten to put my cell phone thru the X-ray (again with the family in tow). As soon as “I beeped” (remember Mel Brooks?), I was done for – no 2nd chance to put my cell phone on the machine. This time I just gave the TSA guy the attitude that he was just wasting everyone’s time.

    More security is good but to nab people for such little things just irks me.

    BTW, I replaced my knife with one that is like the currently reviewed one, except without the USB drive*. The LED light is a bit diffuse but usable for its intended purpose. I like Judie’s use of the file with the pen. I hesitated because of the lack of toothpick and tweezers (darned TSA!) but realized that I had used them only twice in 8 years.


  • Deslock July 19, 2004, 12:07 pm

    256MB Sandisk Mini Cruzer: <$30
    Victorinox Swiss Army Knife: <$10

    There are cheap, small swiss army knife models with pen and tweezers or pen and flashlight. If you want the tweezers, you can get a tiny LED flashlight for $5-10. Also, the 256MB Sandisk Micro Cruzer (very small) costs ~$40 and Staples currently has the 1GB Mini Cuzer for $99 (after $30 rebate).

    Having one swiss army knife that does everything is a cool idea, but unfortunately this is expensive and doesn’t have enough capacity or tools. But if they fit a USB-drive on the Cybertool, that could be sweet!

  • JohnKes July 19, 2004, 4:14 pm

    My wife got one of these LED keychain lights for $8 on sale:

    It is VERY bright and quite focused. It is a real flashlight compared to the diffuse red LED in my little Swiss Army knife.

  • Mark Nudelman October 15, 2004, 7:19 pm

    Hi Judie
    I read your review but did not find the information that I saw in another that tested the memory of this gadget and found it to be “less than” other devices due to its older technology in their use of USB 1.1. This makes it quite a bit slower.

    Here is the link for the complete article that was given:

    Regards, Mark

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