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

649. Watch case opener

Not so popular, but anyway interesting model – Watch case opener. It was produced in Alox scales either neylon and cellidor (current one).
Interesting fact: special blade for opening watch cases is present only in this model and Swiss Champ XAVT / XXLT.
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Related models:

  • Secretary
  • Excelsior / Pocket Pal

645. Bladeless

Two previous posts were about Apple JetSetter’s family − small pocket knives without blade. Earlier we’ve also reviewed some other knives from this series (I mean JetSetter at all, not only made in contribution with Apple) − JetSetter 1 and JetSetter 3.
All of them are direct descendants from old model with surprising name − Bladeless. As I’ve already mentioned before, the only one small difference between this model and more modern JetSetter 1 − it’s a replacement of pen by toothpick.
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Related models:

  • JetSetter series

642. Golfer Special

The Victorinox Golfer Special really is a very special (and rare!) model. There are no too much information about it in internet, even SAKWiki has a very laconic article about it (picture of knife within this article looks a little bit familiar, isn’t it?). I suppose (but I don’t have any proof, of course) that this model was exclusively produced for US market only.
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Related models:

  • Golfer
  • Waiter Plus

638. Premier

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..
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Related models:

  • Bantam
  • Lumberjack

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

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

574. JetSetter 1

The Victorinox JetSetter is a direct descendant of Bladeless model which was introduced in 2012. It has only one difference with it’s predecessor – JetSetter model has a toothpick instead of removable pen in Bladeless model.
Seems, it was a very simple discrepance between these models, but this time Victorinox again did the best…
JetSetter wasn’t a name for one dedicated model, this word was used as name for the whole series of few new models. I’m not going to describe all these models, information about this series can be easily find on SAKWiki, I just would like to mention that my knife – is a first variation fron this series, or JetSetter 1 in other words.
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Related models:

  • JetSetter series
  • Bladeless

560. Sentinel Black-Oxide

The Victorinox Sentinel Black-Oxide model is a rare variation of popular Sentinel model. Accordingly to the SAKWiki:
The Black-Oxide Sentinel Clip (0.8416.M3) was first introduced in the special limited edition Victorinox Military Collector’s Set 2010. This All Black / Blackout version features black-oxide coated blade, liners, spring, keyring, and clip with black Nylon scales. The blade is one-hand opening with a plain-edge and a standard v-grind. Knives that were produced as part of the collection are numbered. A limited number of knives produced for sale in Europe outside of the collection are not numbered.
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Related models:

  • Sentinel family
  • Alpineer
  • Cowboy

551. Apprentice Alox

The Victorinox Apprentice Alox is a pretty uncommon and rare model. It’s a single-layer 93-mm model, which includes only two tools – main blade and electrician blade.
As probably you know, the same name Apprentice was used for the absolutely another model on the past as Victorinox company did many times.
P.S. Interesting fact – looks like for this knife main blade was used from Soldier 1961 model – check the ’07’ stamp on back side.
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Related models:

  • Pruner
  • Settler
  • Solo Alox

538. Workman – VSAKCS 2011

This is another limited model from VSAKCSWorkman and (in comparision with previous one) – it’s an absolutely unique. It looks like enlarged version of Apprentice (84 mm) model. Definetely rare and valued knife!
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531. Bantam II

The Victorinox Bantam II is a simple 1-layer knife with two blades.

Alox version of thos knife originally was named as Bantam, but later on it was renamed, because another version of Bantam (combo-tool instead of small blade) was released. Cellidor version, AFAIK, dodn’t had own name, only digital number.

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Related models:

  • Bantam
  • Pioneer Settler

520. Sig Stgw. 57 bayonet (1957)

Information from worldbayonets.com:

Knife bayonet for use on the renowned 7.5 mm. Sturmgewehr 57 assault rifle (the Rolls Royce of assault rifles), made by the firm Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft (S.I.G.).The Stgw. 57 had a very long service life, remaining in production from 1958–1983.

As the low serial number suggests, this is an early example. The “W + F” mark indicates assembly by Waffenfabrik Bern, while “Victoria Schwyz” identifies the blade supplier as the firm, Victorinox, located in Schwyz Canton.

The scabbard has the leather tab for securing in the Schmidt-Rubin belt frog. Most early scabbards had the tab removed when the Swiss changed over to the button-style frog commonly associated with the Stgw. 57 bayonet.

To avoid conflict, the Swiss government gave half of the military knife & bayonet blade production quota to Wenger and half to Victorinox. Victorinox acquired Wenger in 2005, however, continues marketing products under both trademarks.

S.I.G. produced an export model bayonet to go with export versions of the Stgw. 57. The only significant customer was Chile, who purchased 14,500 rifles chambered for the 7.62 mm. NATO cartridge. The 510–4 export bayonet differs from the domestic Stgw. 57 bayonet in minor details.

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487. Hunter Pro Walnut

In 2013 Victorinox company released new knife within absolutely new form-factor. I’m talking about Hunter model. Two years later (2015) this model was released again, but with wooden scales (original had plastic ones).

One more difference between these variations – Hunter Pro Walnut has tang “SWISS MADE” on the back side of main blade, regular Hunter – doesn’t has it.

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Related models:

  • Hunter Pro

484. Bantam

Victorinox Bantam is a small (84-mm) 1-layer knife only with two tools – main blade and combo-tool (Cap-lifter in earlier models).

It was produced in dozens variations – with and without toothpick \ tweezers; with keyring and without it; with different types of scales etc.

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Related models:

  • Waiter
  • Lumberjack
  • Apprentice
  • Bantam II

454. Bantam Alox

The Bantam is a simple single-layer knife which was produced with two types of scales – cellidor and alox ones. Earlier versions of Bantam Alox were produced with Horizontally Ribbed scales (modern models – with usual dotted scales, for example).

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Related models:

  • My first Victorinox
  • Bantam II
  • Bantam predecessors