The famous term “Swiss Army Knife” will make you think about a definite and certain image of the Brand. As there are many famous knife manufacturing brands, but Swiss Army Knife stills make in the list of the most universally recognizable pocket knife brand. Victorinox provides us with high-quality, durable steel, and solidly constructed knife models.
Their ALOX models like the Victorinox Farmer, Victorinox Pioneer & Victorinox Cadet, can be appreciated and considered universally useful masses and even for knife collectors and users being multi-tools & everyday carry. Unfortunately, if you are the person who is going to handle a knife for the first time, for sure, some of their models with 10+ tools like Mini Champ Alox will not be functional to the average person like you.
In many ways, highly maintained standard by Victorinox Knives for their Swiss Army Knife formula which makes their knife models endearing and appealing. This is why? they don’t usually change a whole lot since our childhood. Most of their knife models come with multi-functional tools like the little pill-shaped handles, penknife, the bottle opener, the nail file, the tweezers, and the toothpick & scales to measure; we have and we know. They try to keep tick all the boxes for required tools in our daily life with just one product. These tools are usually tiny and easily settle into a shelf, in the closet, or a desk drawer, (in the end) for our children to discover easily.
Key Specifications of Victorinox Hunter Pro
Aluminum, Zytel, Walnut
Country of Origin
$ 89.99-$ 139.99
As I mentioned earlier the models do not change much since childhood. Victorinox has made small innovations over the past years, but the designs usually remain the same.
The Hunter Pro Alox is something we can say that has brought a significant departure from the pill-shaped slip joints of usual Victorinox models. It’s relatively a large knife with a single blade. It comes with an ergonomic handle, a Lockback, and a pocket clip. It may not seem interesting to you and me, but this is a big deal to a company whose product has usually remained the same for over 100 years.
The only question here is whether the Victorinox Swiss Army Hunter Pro Alox is truly something different or significant. Can it make a change in our thoughts, how we think about Swiss Army Knives? Or is it simply a novelty?
First Impression of Victorinox Swiss Army Hunter Pro
This Victorinox model, Hunter Pro has been launched in 2013 almost 10 different variants which are also given below have been released. Here I have discussed details about the Victorinox Alox Pro with Red Aluminum Handle, which has an overall length of 9.125″, a 3.75″ blade, and weighs almost about 6.25 ounces.
It is made in Switzerland. But I am a bit confused about the size of the knife as this is a large folding knife. Not just for the company like Victorinox, but any brand except Cold Steel knives (as they do have some large sizes knife in their catalog).
But, this knife from Victorinox makes me rethink the point of its large size, so that’s why I decided to take a brief review of the company’s literature about this article to understand what are they aiming for with this piece?
According to the companyVictorinox, they aimed to make Hunter Pro a “cross-over” between an outdoors knife and an urban EDC. This fact is making me clueless. The massive size of the knife is not necessarily bothering me that much, but the weight makes a little worry for me as it seems to be the heaviest knife among the other versions in the market.
As Victorinox also offers the Hunter Pro with walnut, wood, and Zytel handle covers either one of these only makes the knife half an ounce lighter. The Hunter Pro could be a fun choice for a camp or hunting knife, but I am never going to consider it an EDC in my books. As I always prefer fixed blade survival knives if go hunting or in fields like Fallkniven F1, Fallkniven S1, or Esee 3 which I have also reviewed but never a folder as my go-to hunting or outdoor knife.
Victorinox Hunter Pro Blade
The sharp edge blade is almost near the 3.75″ drop-point. Yes, According to Victorinox this delicate giant has been designed for utility. The blade of every variant is finished with a matte bead blasted finish. The Victorinox logo and “Swiss Made” have been neatly engraved into the blade. But according to me, the only thing that gives it a utility vibe is that it bents effortlessly like a whale which is amazing for a knife that is somehow considered as a big freaking knife.
The company didn’t empathize much with the blade steel of Pro Hunter. Probably, stainless steel blade of almost the same stuff is used for every model. Well, it doesn’t matter because so far it has proven to be serviceable and easy to clean or sharpen with a ceramic rod.
Honestly speaking, the Alox Pro Hunter truly has a place: at a camping area where it can be used for cutting root vegetables or sharpening sticks for fire pits. The name “Pro Hunter” suggests that this would be a choice for a dressing game. If you are not a hunter and haven’t had the opportunity to do anything like that, it can still work with your personality according to Victorinox.
Sadly, it doesn’t work for me that way, I have to sharpen it quite some time during cutting the meat while I was on my hunting trip. Few strobes of Steel Rod and to begin. Yes, Victorinox must increase its blade edge retention for these knives.
Ergonomics of Victorinox Hunter Pro Knife
This Pro Hunter Alox is designed with complete steel liners, aluminum handle scales, and a solid steel backspacer. The closed length is practically about 5 inches, which makes it a large knife means that’s there will be a lot of material and a lot of weight. But everything has been finished well, nice, and neatly, which flawlessly makes the Hunter Pro feels well made. The Red bright aluminum handle of this Victorinox Pro Hunter gives it a practically formal appearance.
Victorinox Pro Hunter Handle
One thing, you can criticize is that the handle is riveted together. That’s fine for an affordable less price knife, but considering the price tag of this model hovers around a hundred, I’d prefer a knife that can be dismantled and cleaned easily when it’s geared towards hunting. Despite the fact, The Pro Hunter feels cool and comfortable in hand and the edges of the Alox handles are rounded neatly. If you want to spend some buck on a Lockback knife then you should also consider Cold Steel AD15, Buck 110, and Spyderco Endura 4 which I have also compared with this knife.
There is no lack of room on this curiously oversized handle all things considered for traction. You will see the signature Alox pattern on the sides of the handle, and a short run of gentle jimping on the spine of the cutting edge of the blade. Whereas, Aluminum has never been ranked as a high grip resistance material making this knife not a paragon of traction, but for normal use, you will find it comfortable unless you don’t have wet hands. Although it has a wood or plastic variant which is considered to be a good choice for outdoor use. But, the nice thing about this dazzling bright red handle is that you won’t lose it on the floor of the rough forest.
Pocket clip of Victorinox Pro Hunter
First Swiss Army Knife that I have seen with a factory pocket clip, and it seems Victorinox has put a lot of thought and energy into its making process. This pocket clip is on the right side, a tip-up deep carry clip. It’s large, and I think the clip was necessary as mentioned how hefty the knife is.
The clip’s spring tension is good, which makes the carrying ability of the knife versatile and keeps it held in place. You might never be a belt and suspenders guy, but the Pro Hunter will make you think about it as this knife is something that you will notice in the pocket. It is 4” long and 1.5” approx. wide when closed sitting in your pocket with the weight of 168 grams.
Swiss Army Hunter Pro’s Deployment and Lockup
When it comes to deployment, you can choose from two options, A Pro Hunter with a thumb-hole or without a thumbhole. Although most of the models have a thumbhole; I prefer this Red Aluminum Pro Hunter “without a thumbhole, which makes it a two-handed opener. This also gives a span to the blade to grab onto and a gentle back spring, so it doesn’t need a nail nick.
The thumbhole version may be more practical, but the two-handed opening may make Pro Hunter legitimate in specific countries with more regulations. In other words, Victorinox exports to 120 countries around the Globe making having this knife makes it more regulated for export. Moreover, it makes the action fluid, and there appear to be some washers inside the knife.
The Pro Hunter has Lockback locking mechanism to lock its blade in place. In the Lockback mechanism, the lock should function well in retention of its spring to hold back the blade from opening accidentally and the same has happened with the Alox Pro Hunter knife. It has a good Lockback lock. The lock-up Alox Pro Hunter is rock solid and the blade opens with a satisfying clack. Separating the lock is also very easy in Pro Hunter Alox making everything works as it should and feels good and better for you in terms of locking & deployment of this Knife.
Victorinox Pro Hunter Alox vs Spyderco Endura 4
This comparison between Spyderco Endura 4 and Victorinox Pro Hunter Alox as mentioned earlier, includes common features and diffidence between them.
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Victorinox Pro Hunter & Spyderco Endura 4
Both have a Lockback locking mechanism, drop point blades with 3.75 inches of blade length having flat blade grinds and Thumb holes. (*Other Variants)
Size & Action
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Hunter Pro wins at size as it is a quarter-inch bigger than Spyderco Endura 4 making its grip more comfortable for bigger hands and during winters when you are wearing gloves.
Ease of Grip
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FRN Vs Alox
Spyderco Endura 4 which has FRN handle scales making them all weather knife scales as compared with Swiss Army Hunter pro Alox knife which has aluminum scales making it more slippery as its lacks in traction.
Weight & Price
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In terms of weight Spyderco Endura 4 wins on weight is 3.67oz compared to 6.25oz of Hunter Pro Alox.
Pocket Clip and User hands
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Spyderco Endura wins on both-handed users having multiple pocket clip options for tip-up and tip-down on both sides
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Spyderco Endura 4 has ZDP-189 is also called super steel is known for its durability, razor-sharp edge, and easy to sharpen properties as compared to stainless steel.
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Thus, Endura 4 has superior EDC features as compared to Victorinox Pro Hunter Alox but the price does matter. It’s up to your liking which one you prefer.
Victorinox Hunter Pro Lockback Red
Blade Finish Bead Blast
Blade Grind Flat
Overall Length 9.125
Blade Length 3.75″
Handle Length 5.375″
Handle Width 1.125″
Handle Thickness 0.47″
Handle Material Aluminum
Model Name Victorinox Pro Hunter
Victorinox Pro Hunter Alox Review – Final Conclusion
3.8 / 5
Victorinox has always made their knife decent, nice, and functional, and this Pro Hunter is also well made and practical to some users. It offers a significant ergonomic grip, tough blade, and The Red Striking Aluminum Handle that makes the fit and finish excellent, and everything works as advertised.
The Pocket clip and Lockback are important product attributes and both are very much done. The functionality and versatility are increased by the addition of the pocket clip. But still, in my opinion, it will not work for a person who is much into outdoor activities and camping and because the one is looking for an EDC, as it is a bit on the giant heavier size but it can be used for tactical purposes too.
Here are some of my suggestions that could be considered to make this knife into my EDC list, if somehow they took my advice:
if they detached the liners,
thinned the blade,
re-worked the steel blackstrap,
You could get something useful for both outdoor use and Urban EDC.
“The Large and necessary hefty size makes it less practical.”