623. Commander (pre-Bijou)

Permanent misunderstanding and mess with Victorinox‘ knives naming – it’s probably a most annoying thing for collectors (personally for me – it’s an absolute evil).

Today’s knife had at least several different names during for the years.
The last modern one was called Bijou – from the technical view it’s the same as popular Classic, but without key-ring (also version Bijou SD exists whisch is descended from Classic SD accordingly).
Version, which was predeccesor of Bijou we know as Commander (at least in the USA, where it was sold by Swiss Army Brands Inc.), but interesting fact – in old Hoffritz catalogs it was listed as Tinker (11096 / 11207). Another thing – variation with and without toothpick/tweezers also had the same name Commander. Besides that, Commander was released as either with open (current one) or closed rivets.

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Related models:

  • Bijou
  • Companion / Executive 58

493. Companion 74 (pre-Executive)

The Victorinox Companion 74 basically is the same knife as modern Executive but with several small discrepancies:
  1. It (probably) has an open rivets
  2. Scissors (probably) has one-leaf spring
  3. Nail-file with old pattern
  4. Tweezers has metallic heading (optional)
  5. There are no key-ring (this is a main difference!)

After some investigation of old Victorinox catalogs I’ve discovered, that Companion 74 changed own name to the Executive (and got keyring and hidden rivets) approximatelly at the same time as Companion 58 model was released.

Can you imagine, which name Companion 58 had before this release? The answer is: Executive. No comments. 🙂

Photos:

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As epilogue, some photos from old Victorinox catalogs:

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Related models:

  • Executive
  • Director