626. Wenger Soldat 1961 (1978)

Yes, my collection contains only Victorinox knives. No other trademarks, no other knives, even original / genuine Swiss ones (bye-bye, Swiza!)
But I couldn’t find any reason for myself to not add this Soldat 1961 to my collection. Will be a member of small family..
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Related models:

  • Soldier 1961
  • Pioneer

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

622. Escort 74

Victorinox Escort 74 – “enlarged” version of popular model Escort (58mm). Escort 74 has more variation than smaller one – it could be produced with and without key-ring, with different types of nail-file’s pattern and even with different scales – cellidor, smooth Alox and stainless steel versions were exists in the past.
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Related models:

  • Escort 58
  • Prince

619. Spirit XBS

In 2016 Victorinox released a “new edition” of two existing models of multi-tools: SwissTool and SwissTool Spirit. The main discrepance between old and new versions – black coating on new models (“Burnished steel“) and added crimper to the pliers. New models were released with names SwissTool BS and SwissTool Spirit XBS.
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Related models:

  • SwissTool family
  • SwissTool Spirit family

616. Executive 58 (pre-Companion 58)

The Victorinox Executive 58 is a 2-layers model in 58-mm form-factor (it’s a logically, huh?), which looks is absolutely like Companion model, but with very minor difference – pattern of nail-file working surface.
One more fact, which I should to raise (again and again!) – it’s a Victorinox’s products’ naming convention:
  1. Executive 58 model later evolved into Companion
  2. Executive 74 model initially was called.. Companion

That’s it.

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Related models:

  • Companion
  • Classic

615. Manager II

The Victorinox Manager is a popular 58-mm model with 2 layers of tools. The subject of today’s article looks is very similar to this model, but with some small discrepance – instead of Phillips screwdriver it has a regular flat screwdriver.

Earlier in my blog I’ve already reviewed a knife which had a some difference from parent model – I’ve called that knife as ‘Midnite Manager II‘ (’cause I didn’t find any information about such variation). So, based on this naming covention, I propose to call toda’s knife as ‘Manager II‘ (at least untill I’ll find any confirmed information about it’s name).

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Related models:

  • Manager’s family
  • Rambler / Rogue

605. Cadet (Copper colored)

The Victorinox Cadet is a very popular Alox model in 84-mm range. But this one is something relatively rare. Let’s check what SAKWiki knows:
A Copper colored model was available for a short time prior to 2006 and is considered a collector’s item.
P.S. Special thanks to Mile Živković  for the help with identifying!
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Related models:

  • Cadet II
  • Pioneer