696. Soldier 1961 (1996)

On the face of it, this is one more Soldier in my collection of such models, – everything the same as usual, except small detail. This is not a «real» Soldier, it never wasn’t issued to the Swiss Army. I think, you’ve already discovered this really small difference, it’s a key-ring, which is never was present on Soldiers, only on Pioneers.
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Related models:

  • Pioneer
  • Standart Issue Wenger

695. Cadet

This is week of show of rarities (and modesty) in my blog, isn’t it?
Today we’ll review pretty nice and relatively vintage Cadet. It’s already almost modern model, – it got a nail-file instead of small clip-pointed blade, but still has old ribbed Alox scales. Moreover, this knife almost new!
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Related models:

  • Cadet II
  • Recruit

694. Pioneer (LE-2011 for guns.ru)

In 2011 Russian forum guns.ru (their sub-forum of SAKs enthusiasts) released as forum knife of the year Victorinox Pioneer model with special engravings on blade and back scale. Unfortunately I wasn’t participate in forum’s life then, so when I got an ability to buy this knife later, I didn’t reflect too long..
By the way, it’s a good opportunity to say «Thanks!» to everybody from SAK society in forum.guns.ru for their knowledge and help.
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Related models:

  • Pioneer X
  • Soldier 1961

693. Settler (Model 2205)

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?
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Related models:

  • Pioneer Solo
  • Pioneer Pruner

692. Dogbone (Duchess)

What interesting could be reviewed after Mauser model? I suppose that it might be also rare and valuable model. What about Dogbone (or Duchess in other words)?
Vintage, pretty rare knife with unique shape of scales – just a diamond in any collection, isn’t it? Especially when you already have another Dogbone variation – Model 630.
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Related models:

  • Model 630
  • Broker

691. Mauser

This knife is a real «unicorn» for all Victorinox collectors. Despite the fact that it was produced in relatively huge amount (SAKWiki mentioned 250’000 units), it still highly valuable and expensive.
Technically this model is enhanced GAK 108 (or Trooper) with added clip-point blade (and some small additions, like logo on scales and etching on blade).
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Related models:

  • GAK 108
  • Walther

685. Model 237 (pre-Camper)

Now this model is known as Camper (1.3613), but no doubt, that specifically this knife didn’t have own name, – this one from epoch when Victorinox company used only numerical indexes for naming their models.
My assumption – this is model 237.
Are you agree with me? Any comments/suggestions?
(Pay attention to tangs on back side of blade and can-opener, – in my collection it’s a first knife with such combination)
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Related models:

  • Hiker
  • Picknicker 91mm

684. AutoTool. First prototype

Victorinox AutoTool is definitely unique and strange multi-tool which was produced for the short period of time and discontinued soon (due to some issues with quality of plastic parts).
Even it was produced during few years only, it had a two modifications. Second one is more common and popular, – has only one difference from first release of AutoTool, can-opener was replaced by technician screwdriver.
I bought a second variation of AutoTool few years earlier and I was very interesting to find first version (for reasonable price). Once I’ve discovered that first AutoTool was listed on eBay, I’ve placed a bid.. Later on I got an email – congratulations, you’re the winner, bla-bla-bla…
Could you imagine how I was surprised, when I got my parcel, opened it and found that actually I didn’t get what I expected?..
Instead of first version I got… let’s call it zero-version of AutoTool. It looks absolutely as first one, but it has mirror-finish (like SwissTool has) instead of common (for later AutoTools) dull bead-blast finish. Accordingly to some discussions in the web, we can assume, that it was a first prototype of this interesting multi-tool.
Am I happy with this purchase? For sure yes. Do I need a first version? How do you think? 😉
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Related models:

  • AutoTool family
  • SwissTool

683. Standard. Marlboro Unlimited

If you’ve started to read my blog earlier than yesterday, hopefully you remember interesting special run from Victorinox which was released in collaboration with Marlboro company. This series includes several models (mostly 91-mm) and even Standard model already was reviewed in my blog earlier. Today’s knife also is a Standard model, but it looks absolutely different than other members of this series, instead of small logo it has a huge print «Marlboro» on front scale.
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Related models:

  • Spartan
  • Tinker

681. SwissTool BS

In 2016 Victorinox company released two new / old models of multi-tools: SwissTool and SwissTool Spirit. Why «new / old»? Because they’re absolutely the same models, as produced before, but with new black-oxide coating (like in previously realized special runs of these multi-tools for Danish / Finnish / etc army forces).
We’ve already reviewed SwissTool Spirit XBS in the past, now let’s review the older brother – SwissTool BS.
Official press-release (in German) available here.
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Related models:

  • SwissTool family
  • SwissTool Spirit

678. Forester OH

I already have several Forester models in my collection, – all of them has the same (almost the same) tools-set, but with little differences.
It’s a popular model, no doubt, so it’s looks logical that Victorinox produced this model with different variations: with and without one-hand opening, with plain and serrated blades. Even once Forester was produced with one-hand and not-serrated blade, it was a definitely unique and rare variation (because of small and episodic run), which is highly valued…
In 2017 Victorinox did a big surprise – Forester with one-hand plain blade was released again, but this time with DualGrip scales.
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Related models:

  • Trailmaster
  • Rucksack

676. Lumberjack Big

The Lumberjack Big (it’s an unofficial name) is one of the most mysterious Victorinox knives, which I ever seen since I’ve started collect them. There are no too much information about it on the internet (except couple of pages on multitool.org).

Technically it’s a «increased» version of 84-mm Lumberjack with added corkscrew. This model was produced during limited period of time only for European market; it had only number 3.3311 and no own name. Besides this, this knife never was present is any catalog.
So, I definitely can name this model as real rare knife, are you agree?

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Related models:

  • Lumberjack
  • Bantam
  • Model 2231

669. Tourist

The Victorinox Tourist is a «decreased» version of iconic Spartan model.

Specifically this knife has a laconic tools-set, – there are no usual toothpick / tweezers and key-ring. Usually models from Ecoline run has such minimal equipment, but this time it’s a regular model with cellidor scales.

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Related models:

  • Sportsman
  • Recruit
  • Spartan

666. Alox Cadet LE 2017

I think that hero of this topic will not be a big surprise for readers of my blog. So, it’s time to review some pictures of Cadet — middle member of Alox LE 2017.
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Related models:

  • Pioneer
  • Sportsman

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