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
Early variation of Electrician Alox model with old cross. Before 1980 this model had a name Model 2212.
The Victorinox Farmer is a 3-layers 93-mm model, which is very similar to popular Pioneer. My variation is an old-style knife with red scales and old cross (OC) instead of modern shield.
The Victorinox Technician is a definetely rare model in 93-mm format which equipped with another rare tool — technician (or small in other words) screwdriver.
In addition to these combination of uniqueness, my knife was an official model for Swiss Federal Railways — on the top scale you can see stamped letters SBB-CFF, which means abbreviation for the name of this company in two languages, German and French accordingly:
Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB),
Chemins de fer fédéraux suisses (CFF)
- Technician Plus
The Victorinox First Mate is a 3-layers Alox model with pretty unusual (for this form-factor) tool. I’m talking about marlin-spike, — secret weapon of yachtmen and other marines. Majority of 93mm models with this tool are limited, extra-rare and high-valuable.
- Pioneer 2223
The Victorinox Pioneer — old vintage variation of famous «civilian» variation of Soldier 1961.
The Victorinox Electrician Alox — early version with old cross (OC). Not super rare, but valuable, — will be part of Electrician family in my collection.
Very popular model Victorinox Alox Soldier 1961 were profuced for Dutch Army. They’re were divided for two branches — for Royal Army (Koninklijke Landmacht) and for Royal Navy (Koninklijke Marine) and were marked by abbreviations: KL and KM accordingly.
In comparision with original Soldier model, this variation included keyring. Year of production wasn’t marked at the back tang, but was stamped on the front scale together with abbreviation KL/KM.
These two knives (#410 and #411) are almost identical except one detail — first one has old cross on scales, second — doesn’t.
There are pretty good models, which unfortunately discontinued for current moment.
History of this and related models (I mean Popular, Secretary and Pocket Pal models) are full of ambiguity and uncertainty, — as I said before, Victorinox’s tradition of using old names for new models again make me crazy….Photos:
- Pocket Pal