665. Alox Classic SD LE 2017

Previous post was about some Limited edition from 2017, so let’s continue this endless story..
Three years ago, as you all know (I’m absolutely sure by the way), Victorinox started new (every-year?) limited run of three Alox models –Classic SD, Cadet and Pioneer. In order to make these knives more attractive, every run produced in new color, 2017 bring us an olive-green models.
This time let’s start review all members of this LE from the youngest member, – Alox Classic SD LE 2017!
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Related models:

  • Bijou
  • Broker

664. Outrider Damast LE2017

I’ve already mentioned several times, that in 2017 Victorinox discontinued slide-lock series (in 111-mm form-factor). So, it wasn’t a big surprise, when were announced, that as part of Damascus limited run, will be presented a new edition of very popular Outrider model (but with liner-lock for sure).
More interesting detail was the fact, that this version of Outrider will not include wood-saw and corkscrew.
Let’s review some pictures?
P.S. I’m not absolutely sure about materials of scales. On official press-release it was specified like:
…Epicurean scales with sequential numbering. These are manufactured using environmentally-friendly wood fiber material, that accentuate the elegant design.
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Related models:

  • Outrider
  • Rucksack

662. Cadet II

The Victorinox Cadet II is the same model as regular Cadet, but with small blade  (clip-pointed) instead of nail-file. Historically this version was produced before regular Cadet, but as sometimes happened (the same situation with Bantam / Bantam II), later on new version got a ‘Cadet‘ name while this one – Cadet II.

More interesting thing – it has not typical for this form-factor material of scales, as you can see, they’re smooth (and beautiful!)

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Related models:

  • Cadet
  • Recruit

661. Executive

The Victorinox Executive is a 74mm model with unique tool – orange-peeler.
Interesting fact: the same model, but with stainless steel scales has unique name – Director, all others (cellidor, wood, Alox and even gold and silver) shares the same name Executive.
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Related models:

  • Director

653. Forester Wood

In 2017 Victorinox announced a serious reorganization of their 111-mm series. Accordingly to it, all models with slider-lock were discontinued. As a (partial) replacement, few liner-lock models were released.
One of them (and first item in my collection) – very popular model Forester, but with nicely wooden scales.
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Related models:

  • Rucksack
  • Trailmaster

652. Climber

The Victorinox Climber – well known and definitely popular model.
This one doesn’t has toothpick and tweezers, probably it’s accordingly to the fact, that this one was produced as part of (cheaper) Elinox run (see shield type on scales),
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Related models:

  • Climber Small
  • Tinker Super

650. Watch Maker 60

In previous post we’ve reviewed not very popular model (I wouldn’t say ‘rare’..), specially created for operations with watches.
So, now we’ll review new variation of this model. It’s a former Wenger model, and it has a very unique feature – it has a non-folding blade. Uncommon practice for this manufacturer, I cannot remember even another one with fixed blade (we’re not going to discuss bayonets, by the way).
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Related models:

  • Watch Case Opener

644. JetSetter Apple 32G

As I promised earlier, today we’ll review another model from JetSetter series. It’s also a part of cooperation with Apple company – JetSetter Apple 32G variation. It’s including not only bigger flash-drive, but partially different tools.
Unfortunately, today I cannot say that will continue review this series soon – third, the latest one (JetSetter Apple 16G) is missing in my collection (for now..)
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Related models:

  • JetSetter family

641. Super Timer

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  (like TimeKeeper has) in own scales (and missing tweezers as result of this substitution).
Rare and nice.
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Related models:

  • Swiss Champ
  • TimeKeeper
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639. Special Pioneer X – VSAKCS 2016

Few years before, in 2016 Victorinox company realized a long-waited desire (I could say – obsession, but I wouldn’t) of hundreds people. They’re realized an Alox model with scissors (first one after vintage Voyager!) − Pioneer X.
Moreover, the same model was released as Damast knife of the Year soon after this. So, we had two new knives for this year. Is it enough? For sure − no, and specially for VSAKC society as model of the year was released ‘light’ version of  the same knife. It was called a Special Pioneer X and was thinner for few millimeters due to removed openers layer.
Stop talking, let’s see the pictures of this beauty..
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Related models:

  • Pioneer X
  • Pioneer

636. Pioneer (Dark Gray)

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.
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Related models:

  • Soldier 1961
  • Farmer

635. Gourmet

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?
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Related models:

  • Waiter
  • Apprentice

631. Waiter

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.
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Related models:

  • Gourmet
  • Apprentice
  • Bantam

630. Climber

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 materials) 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.
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Related models:

  • Spartan
  • Deluxe Tinker

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