Are you tired? Hope, no and we can continue to review knives from Finland LE
which are part of my collection. Actually this one is last (from this series), but who knows, maybe soon we’ll see another one…
So, popular and well known Nomad became a.. Finlandia Patrol. Just a kind of (Finnish) magic, I suppose.
By the way, did you noticed that we’ve already reviewed 700 knives in this blog? Isn’t this an achievement? 😉
Small Tinker isn’t a popular model in general, but it was produced several times as limited run (for instance – as part of «Black series» from 2010).
The same is true for this series – knife was dedicated to the world famous characters (known as moomins) from books by Finnish novelist Tove Jansson.
In previous post we’ve talked about fancy design of special run of Victorinox knives for Finland. Let’s continue review these unique models, today we’re going to review Climber model with colors of Finnish flag. If I’m not mistaken, with the same scales was released also SwissChamp (which additionally has etching with serial number), maybe sometime..
- Climber Small
- Tinker Super
Few years ago specially for Finland, Victorinox company released a couple of well-known models but with fancy scales and (sometimes) with new names. First model, which will review from this series will be a Sportsman with interesting pattern on scales and marvelous name ‘Pikku-Jussi’.
This is week of show of rarities (and modesty) in my blog, isn’t it?
Today we’ll review pretty nice and relatively vintage Cadet. It’s already almost modern model, – it got a nail-file instead of small clip-pointed blade, but still has old ribbed Alox scales. Moreover, this knife almost new!
Some Victorinox models were produced for the years and collect several modifications of the same knife (I’m talking about all possible..) looks like interesting (and very long) quest.
Usually this quest started from latest (modern) variation of some model and, later on you will find another, older one and so on, so on, so on…
Usually.. but not this time. Considered knife is known as Pioneer Settler. Simple one-layer model with just two blades. It sounds weird, but I still cannot find modern variation of this knife (0.8050.26).
Instead of it I got an oldest variation, which initially was called as Model 2205.
Red scales, old cross, clip-pointed small blade and Elinox tang. Just a combo, huh?
- Pioneer Solo
- Pioneer Pruner
Extremely unusual model, specialy for such conservative company like Victorinox. In first opinion, it might looks more logical if this knife is belonging exclusively to Wenger, – they very often used to use some non-ordinary tools in their knives… So, that’s also true, – originally this knife was produced by Wenger, but later on, Victorinox released it under own trademark.
So, let me introduce this unique model: FASS 90 (Fusil d’assaut 90/Fucile d’assalto 90) with the sight adjustment tool – created specially for SIG 550 and STG 90 assault rifles.
Highly recomend to review related thread in multitool.org forum (link below).
- Wenger STG-90/SIG 550 assault rifle SAK
One more variation of famous GAK 108, this time with rare variant of main tang: «Victorinox Rostfrei«. Sad, but blade of this knife was sharpened by… very strange human.
in this blog, we’ve already reviewed special version of Outrider
, which was produced for Malaysian Armed Forces
(Angkatan Tentera Malaysia – ATM
The current knife is a second variation, it also has a back-side Phillips screwdriver instead of corkscrew and, additionally, – all tools are black-coated.
Comparative pictures see below.
UPDATE: found another small difference: original ATM has small label ‘SATRIA’ on back scale, new one – doesn’t.
The Victorinox Ranger is well-known 91-mm model which was produced for the years. Due to some evolution of included tools, this model has a variety of possible tools combination. Current one has a mix of «old / new» tools, – it includes old-style «grooved» corkscrew and new-style of technician screwdriver for instance.
- Master Craftsman
– the favorite model of Carl Elsener
, link 2
4 layered knife in 91-mm form-factor with new type of magnifying glass.
Now this model is known as Camper (1.3613), but no doubt, that specifically this knife didn’t have own name, – this one from epoch when Victorinox company used only numerical indexes for naming their models.
My assumption – this is model 237.
Are you agree with me? Any comments/suggestions?
(Pay attention to tangs on back side of blade and can-opener, – in my collection it’s a first knife with such combination)
Victorinox AutoTool is definitely unique and strange multi-tool which was produced for the short period of time and discontinued soon (due to some issues with quality of plastic parts).
Even it was produced during few years only, it had a two modifications. Second one is more common and popular, – has only one difference from first release of AutoTool, can-opener was replaced by technician screwdriver.
I bought a second variation of AutoTool
few years earlier and I was very interesting to find first version (for reasonable price). Once I’ve discovered that first AutoTool
was listed on eBay, I’ve placed a bid.. Later on I got an email – congratulations, you’re the winner, bla-bla-bla…
Could you imagine how I was surprised, when I got my parcel, opened it and found that actually I didn’t get what I expected?..
Instead of first version I got… let’s call it zero-version of AutoTool. It looks absolutely as first one, but it has mirror-finish (like SwissTool has) instead of common (for later AutoTools) dull bead-blast finish. Accordingly to some discussions in the web, we can assume, that it was a first prototype of this interesting multi-tool.
Am I happy with this purchase? For sure yes. Do I need a first version? How do you think? 😉
- AutoTool family
If you’ve started to read my blog earlier than yesterday, hopefully you remember interesting special run from Victorinox which was released in collaboration with Marlboro company. This series includes several models (mostly 91-mm) and even Standard model already was reviewed in my blog earlier. Today’s knife also is a Standard model, but it looks absolutely different than other members of this series, instead of small logo it has a huge print «Marlboro» on front scale.
The first knife in this run was a «Kamianets–Podilskyi Castle» (not to easy to pronounce, isn’t it?).
I’ve bought this knife almost immediately after release and now, one year later, I really was afraid that this series was ended with only this one knife, but today I got a confirmation, that series will be continued soon. It’s really good news and I hope, series will be interesting and very big, because list of Ukrainian castles
is really impressive.
In 2016 Victorinox company released two new / old models of multi-tools: SwissTool and SwissTool Spirit. Why «new / old»? Because they’re absolutely the same models, as produced before, but with new black-oxide coating (like in previously realized special runs of these multi-tools for Danish / Finnish / etc army forces).
We’ve already reviewed SwissTool Spirit XBS
in the past, now let’s review the older brother – SwissTool BS.
Official press-release (in German) available here
- SwissTool family
- SwissTool Spirit