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With the spectacular Alps in the background, we talk to Andreas (@swisswood) from Bern, Switzerland. When he’s not creating amazing websites and apps, Andreas is busy photographing and sharing his enviable collection of Victorinox SAKs with the world. Read on for the full story of how he first got started collecting, and what’s next on his gear radar!
My name is Andreas Schick and I live in the countryside near Bern, the capital of Switzerland. I work as a Senior UX/UI Designer. I create websites, iOS and Android apps.
Unfortunately, a year ago I had a burnout and had to quit my job after 19 years. I suddenly had a lot of time at home and I needed to do occupy myself. So, I started collecting Victorinox knives and taking photographs with just my iPhone.
I wanted to challenge myself and see how many followers I can get on Instagram (without buying users). At the moment, I have 12,000 organic followers and I cannot be happier to interact and share my pictures and stories with every single one of them.
My biggest hobby is collecting Swiss Army Knives from Victorinox. To photograph them and show them on Instagram. I also have some radio control cars (like the Baja Desert Trucks) which is a good balance to my digital work. I also like walking and hiking in nature. In Switzerland we have the Alps with a lot of great mountains, that's fun.
It’s difficult to say how I first got into EDC. My father always said a real man has a knife in his pocket. The first big knife I got from the Boy Scouts. It was some kind of Bowie knife with a deer antler handle. The first Victorinox Alox I got for free when I did military service.
Favorite EDC Tool:
Without a doubt, it's the modded Spartan by Robert Lessard. The knife has many useful functions. I need the blade the most. After that, it's the beer crown opener.
Next On Your Gear Radar:
I am waiting for the Alox Limited Edition Series 2018 from Victorinox. (Pioneer, Cadet and Classic). Also, the Victorinox Pioneer Nespresso 2018 that should also be released in spring.
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