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

624. Spartan (Unspunnenfest commemorative)

In the end of summer 2017, specially for Unspunnenfest, Victorinox company released a limited run of Spartan model with unusual ‘3D-textured‘ scales, which are looks closely similar to natural stone (as main symbol of mentioned festival).
It wasn’t a first time when such type of scales were produced, but everything looks like we’ll see this type of scales more often starting from this year (White Christmas Explorer 2017, for instance).
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Related models:

  • Tinker
  • Climber

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

621. Classic SD (LE2016)

As probably you know, during last several years company Victorinox released special series of fashion designed Classic SD models.
For my collection I’ve bought one piece from this run – “The Mountailns are Calling“.
Article number of this model is 0.6223.L1604.
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Related models:

  • Classic
  • Bijou

620. Classic SD (Desert Camouflage)

Few monts before I’ve listed in my blog two knives from “Desert Camouflage 2016” series – Huntsman and Trailmaster Grip
Today’s model is a last member of this series – regular Classic SD with new pattern on scales – Desert Camouflage.
Article number of this model is 0.6223.941.
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Related models:

  • Classic
  • Bijou

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