All of the blades and tools fold from the outside of the handles, allowing quick and easy tool deployment without opening the pliers. This arrangement also helps make for a more comfortable feel in the hand when using the pliers.
The Spirit it is somewhat smaller than the earlier released SwissTool models, but the most significant differences are the greatly reduced weight and the ergonomic shape.Two other very distinctive and unusual features of the Swisstool Spirit are:
- The blunt tipped, serrated sheepsfoot blade sometimes referred to as the as the 'butter knife' . This was a departure for Victorinox from the normal drop-point blades seen in nearly all their other tools.
- The Spirit scissors which also have a completely different design from the regular Victorinox scissors.
The Spirit has ten blades/tools - five in each handle - many with more than one function.
All of the blades lock open securely, and all are tensioned by means of the same style individual backsprings as first seen on the SwissTool.
These tools are common to all Spirit models
- Wood saw
- Awl with hook at base
- Cap lifter/6mm screwdriver/crate opener/wire bender notch
- Chisel/scraper/wire strippers/wire cutter
- Metal file/Metal saw
- Can opener/3mm screwdriver (Flat/Phillips)
- Phillips screwdriver (No 1,2)
- Small long screwdriver (2mm)
The basis for the Spirit is a set of needle nose pliers. The plier jaws have fine serrations out near the tips, coarse serrations in the center, and both hard-wire and soft-wire cutting notches in near the pivot.
The models below add the tools indicated to the standard tools listed above
The names Swisstool Spirit I, II and III also appear to have been used at sometime.
There also seem to have been some name changes. These model names come from the Victorinox catalogue 2015.
The Spirit is usually packaged with a Nylon or Leather case/belt pouch ('.N' or '.L' suffix to model number).
Swisstool Spirit XC (3.0227)
This model was probably initially known as the 'Swisstool Spirit' - or the 'original ' or 'standard ' model - See top photo. However the Victorinox catalogue (2015) calls the model below ('Spirit S') the Swisstool Spirit and this one the 'XC ' !!
- Sheepsfoot serrated blade
Swisstool Spirit (or Spirit S - 3.0223)
- Sheepsfoot serrated blade
- Regular drop-point blade
Swisstool Spirit X (3.0224)
- Regular drop-point blade
Plus Package Models and Tools
The Spirit does not have any removable tools per se, but the 'Plus packages' for the Spirit include a set of six 1/4" hex bits in a plastic holder, either an L-shaped wrench or a small ratchet, a corkscrew, and a jeweler's (micro) screwdriver
The corkscrew attaches to the Spirit by means of a small contoured hole in the plier bracket.
The two current (2015) Plus packages upgrade the XC model.
- Spirit XC Plus (3.0238.L) – Includes the bits and holder, bit-wrench, corkscrew, and eyeglass screwdriver
- Spirit XC Plus Ratchet (3.0239.L) – Includes the bits and holder, a small ratchet wrench with an extension bar, corkscrew, and eyeglass screwdriver
The handles are highly polished stainless steel, as well as some special coating on some versions. The Victorinox logo and the full word are stamped on both sides.
- The Spirit Railroad has the same tool configuration as the standard (original), but includes branding for the Swiss Federal Railway on the handles (SBB-CFF-FFS).
- The Spirit-S Black-Oxide version was released in 2007, with a Black coating on all tools and handles.
- The "Spirit-X BO CC" has become an official tool of the Swiss Army and others. This version comes with a black oxidized finish, and a special blasting-cap-crimper in the nose of the pliers. It was first seen with a green Swiss Army sheath, but other case options also exist.
- The Spirit-RT was released in 2010, a member of the Road Tour collection, it features the same tools as the Spirit-X, but has special black coated handles, and a Your Companion for Life logo/etching on the main blade. The Spirit-RT was packaged with a special textured black leather pouch.
The Spirit was originally introduced in 2004. The Spirit S came out two years later in 2006. The Spirit X became readily available in North America in 2009.
The first leather carrying pouch for the Spirit Plus could only accommodate either the corkscrew/mini-screwdriver or the ratchet extension bar, but not both. Victorinox later released a new leather pouch, with the same part-number (4.0832.L), that could accommodate both the ratchet extension and the corkscrew attachment at the cost of increased size.
- Length: 106.6mm
- Width: 14mm (across tools)
- Height: 35.25mm (including tool protrusions at extremes)
- Weight: 210g Spirit, (368g with bit-wrench kit (full) and Victorinox leather case)
- 53800 - US Model: - Spirit includes leather case
- 53809 - US Model: - Spirit S - includes leather case
- 53815 - US Model: - Spirit S - Black Oxidized version - includes leather case
- 53814 - US Model: - Spirit X
- 53819 - US Model: - Spirit X BO CC (Cap Crimper) with Ratchet Kit and Brown Leather Pouch
- 53922 - US Model: - Spirit RT - A Spirit X with black anodized handles, black leather case
- 3.0227: - Spirit Standard Model
- 3.0223: - Spirit S
- 3.0224: - Spirit X
- 3.0224.3CCH: - Spirit X with black-oxide coated with basting-cap crimper in the pliers
- 3.0224.L10: - Spirit RT - A Spirit X with black anodized handles, black leather case
- 3.0238.L: - Spirit XC Plus - with bit-wrench, corkscrew, mini screwdriver, bits
- 3.0239.L: - Spirit XC Plus Ratchet - with ratchet, corkscrew, mini screwdriver, bits
- SwissTool - Somewhat larger, and a different handle style, but it shares many traits with the Spirit.