I have to agree with SAKWiki’s article, which saying that it’s a “very, very interesting model”.
First of all, it’s not a 100% Victorinox − it has a Wenger shield on scales and Wenger tang stamp on front side of main blade. From other side, it’s absolutely not a Wenger model − because it’s a 84-mm (Wenger series was a 85-mm based), it has a Victorinox tools (blade, combo-tool, toothpick, tweezers and even key-ring) and it has a 100% – genuine Victorinox tang stamp “Officer suisse” on back side of main blade.
Besides of all these facts, no doubt that Premier is a very interesting and unique knife. Victorinox or Wenger? Never mind! Keep calm and collect them all..
The Victorinox Picknicker – old and vintage 91-mm model which is very similar to more popular Camper, but with serrated blade instead of regular blade and pruning blade instead of small blade.
From SAKWiki: In Germany this knife initially was known as Campingmesser.
Interesting (and confusing) fact: in old Victorinox catalogs (see pictures below) under Picknicker name were listed two models – with and without saw..
- Outdoorsman (original)
Victorinox Pioneer model with Dark Gray colored scales. Seems, this model was produced specially for US market (but I’m not sure, if you have some information about it – please share it with me).
P.S. In order to show difference between this shade of gray with regular black, I’ve added few comparative pictures below.
The Victorinox Gourmet – another “rare bird” from 84-mm family.
Unlike this one
(sorry for the ugly pictures, hope will be changed to better ones.. someday..), it has solid corkscrew
Interesting fact: Victorinox Gourmet is a one from few models which were produced with Alox (smooth) scales and.. corkscrew, did you know it?
The Victorinox Tourist – “younger” brother of Spartan. Version without KR, toothpick/tweezers and with etched word ‘SIG’ on blade.
- Tinker Small
The Victorinox Classic with interesting pattern on scales, which displays Edelweiss flowers. This series were introduced in 20XX and includes a 5-colors set. Current one is red.
The Victorinox Waiter is a laconic single-layer model in 84-mm form-factor, formerly known as Bartender (in US market).
For sure, I already have several Waiters
in my collection, even with Hoffritz
inlaid on scales, but this specimen doesn’t have a toothpick/tweezers
, so it makes it relatively unique.
The Victorinox Climber
, probably is most popular model (after Spartan
, for sure). It was produced with dozens of design changes: with different scales (I mean both – colors
) and as limited editions
The current variation is a little bit different from regular one – it doesn’t included regular toothpick and tweezers.
Although that variation without key-ring
had a dedicated name (long-long time ago it was called as Traveller
), this one also was known as regular Climber
UPDATE: added picture from old Victorinox catalog (Victorinox_1989 Swiss Army Brands Catalog.pdf) in order to show the difference between Climber and Traveller models.