The Victorinox Golfer Special really is a very special (and rare!) model. There are no too much information about it in internet, even SAKWiki has a very laconic article about it (picture of knife within this article looks a little bit familiar, isn’t it?). I suppose (but I don’t have any proof, of course) that this model was exclusively produced for US market only.
Which model from Victorinox knives is a most ‘equipped‘?
If we will exclude from all variety of models few ones, produced not for people but for collectors, in result we’ll get a Super Timer – ‘older brother’ of famous Swiss Champ.
Additionally to all tools from Swiss Champ
, this model has an analogue clock
has) in own scales (and missing tweezers
as result of this substitution).
Rare and nice.
The SwissChamp XLT isn’t so popular as EDC knife, but very valuable as collector’s item 🙂
This is an “enhanced” version of SwissChamp model, but little bit wider (11 layers instead of 8 layers in regular model).
- SwissChamp XL series
The Victorinox Handyman knife could be a good example of model’s evolution.
Initially (in 197x) it was a 6-layers model with absolutely the same tool-set as old Champion model with only one difference – it never included long nail-file (as Champion did).
Later on Handyman was re-designed due to the availability of new tools (I mean pliers, which was released in 1986) – fish-scaler was removed, fine screwdriver also was updated to the modern shape. After 1991, multifunctional hook was added to the Handyman tool-set.
P.S. The same situation is related to the Crafsman
model – it also has 2 major editions – old
) and new
one (with pliers
Probably, this is a shortest post in this year.
I don’t have any idea what the model it should be?
Looks like Bijou without toothpick and tweezers. As far as I know, old-style nail-file was present only on Executive 58 model, but this model were produced with Alox scales only…
Looks strange. Any help will be very appreciated
UPDATE: It should be a Commander model – it was Bijou predecessor from 1970s. Pictures from old catalog were added to the post.
Thanks for help, Julius! 🙂
P.S. In Hoffritz catalog from 1977 this knife was mentioned as Tinker (model 11096)
- Executive 58
Small. Rare. Bladeless. It’s all about Manicure I model – one of few Victorinox knives without blade.
As SAKWiki said:
Some people have reported an earlier version with the toothpick rather than the removable pen.
First of all I have to say, that probably I was wrong and this knife is a another modification of Fischermesser. If you’ll compare images of actual knife with the pictures from Victorinox catalogs (see below), you will find several differences.
- There are no shackle (keyring instead of it). So it cannot be 235 fma
U fo sure (U – means shackle).
- Fish inlay on original scales (knife was repaired, photo of original knife you also can find below) was placed on bottom side (Victorinox shield also was present there, as on today’s models Angler/Fisherman). Original Fischermesser had fish inlay instead of shield on top side of scale.
- This knife has an additional tool (in comparision with 235 fmaU) – on back-side.
I summary – I don’t know what exactly this model is. I never saw it before and I couldn’t find any information about this knife yet.
So any your help (with identifying this knife) will be very appreciated!
P.S. Knife was repaired (replacing of both blades, new scales) by my friend Ivan.
What was before:
Traveller model is a “enhanced” variation of famous Climber model – it has the same tools and additionally electronic tools in scales.
From another perspective, we can call Traveller as a combination of two previously released models – Altimeter and Voyager. As we remember, Altimeter knife had all Climber tools plus digital Thermometer / Altimeter. Voyager – again, had Climber tools plus Digital clock / alarm / timer. Traveller model includes all these digital tools (and additionally – Thermometer).
Interesting fact #1: in order to fit in scales all electronic tools, this model includes specially designed (shorten!) tweezers.
Interesting fact #2: name “Traveller” was previously used by Victorinox for another knife – original Traveler was a regular Climber but without key-ring.
- Traveller Lite
I couldn’t find any information in the web about this model. 😕
Need community’s help for identification. Any information will be very appreciated.
Some models of Victorinox knives were produced as special run in very limited quantity (sometimes – for specific brand). Mechanic Jr. (or Special Mechanic) is an example of such model. It’s very valued (by true collectors, of course!) knife and relatively rare.
As probably all SAK-interested people knows, this is a smallest (91-mm) model of Victorinox knives, which includes pliers. It looks similar to Compact, but there are no hook in this model, pliers instead of scissors and Phillips screwdriver instead of corkscrew. Besides these differences, both are almost the twins.
Unfortunately, all my attempts to win eBay auctions with this knife were failed.. Did I meant that this knife is very valued? 😉
So, in order to fill this “empty space” in my collection, I’ve asked one my friend (thanks, Ivan!) to make… let’s call it “custom” or “mod” Mechanic Jr.
Result of his work you can view on pictures below. In my opinion, knife looks like original (I know that scale should have inlaid text “Techline“, but no other choice for now).
Anyway, I’m looking for original Mechanic Jr. and maybe some days, I’ll add new masterpiece to my collection. Keep fingers crossed 🙂
Update (2017-07-18): I got an original Mechanic Jr.!
- VICTORINOX SWISS MADE STAINLESS (front)
- OFFICER SUISSE +crossbow (back)