Extremely unusual model, specialy for such conservative company like Victorinox. In first opinion, it might looks more logical if this knife is belonging exclusively to Wenger, – they very often used to use some non-ordinary tools in their knives… So, that’s also true, – originally this knife was produced by Wenger, but later on, Victorinox released it under own trademark.
So, let me introduce this unique model: FASS 90 (Fusil d’assaut 90/Fucile d’assalto 90) with the sight adjustment tool – created specially for SIG 550 and STG 90 assault rifles.
Highly recomend to review related thread in multitool.org forum (link below).
- Wenger STG-90/SIG 550 assault rifle SAK
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)
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.
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.
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.
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),
- Climber Small
- Tinker Super
Another pretty rare model, which doesn’t has an own name and belongs to JetSetter
series. Current one was released in 2012
as part of cooperation Victorinox
company, so unofficially this model was known as JetSetter Apple 8G
Interesting fact: this is a one from few model, which doesn’t have any tang on blades (because there are no blades!!!)
To be continued..
The Victorinox Picknicker – old and vintage 91-mm model which is very similar to more popular Camper, but with serrated blade instead of regular blade and pruning blade instead of small blade.
From SAKWiki: In Germany this knife initially was known as Campingmesser.
Interesting (and confusing) fact: in old Victorinox catalogs (see pictures below) under Picknicker name were listed two models — with and without saw..
- Outdoorsman (original)
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 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.
The Victorinox Small Climber is a ‘younger brother’ of very popular Climber model but in smaller form-factor (84 mm). Unfortunatelly now, this model and many others in the same size are discontinued. Maybe this is a reason, why they are so valued by collectors.
Regular Victorinox Climber model with unique design from Michel Jordi.
- Super Tinker
- Climber Small
Victorinox Rucksack without habitual Swiss Cross on scales, instead this it has logo which containg the big symbol «V» behind the World globe.
As popular legend said, for some muslim Middle East countries Victorinox released their production with this logo. Tolerancy as is..
[sarcasmMode] Innovations from Victorinox, — just add new color scales and… Hooray! New model was released! [/sarcasmMode]
Very popular model Trailmaster was released in 2016 with new desert camouflage scales as Trailmaster Grip.
- GAK-111 / Soldier 2008
The Victorinox Forester
isn’t rare model. Even One Hand Forester
model. But One Hand Forester
with plain blade
— it’s a rare bird. I even say — it’s an «extemely rare bird». But it’s true for the past, because in 2017 Victorinox
re-launched variation One Hand Forester
with plain blade
(and Dual-Grip scales).
So, I will call my Forester as «rare bird from the past» 🙂
- Trailmaster (Trekker)
The Victorinox Climber with non-typical scales’ color.