679. Locksmith OH

Not only Forester model got a plain one-hand blade in 2017 year (this is a sad date, when whole slide-lock 111-mm series was withdrawn), as you can see from pictures below, Locksmith model now also available with such kind of blade (..and glamour red color of scales also).
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Related models:

  • Master RT
  • Trailmaster

607. Huntsman (Year of the Rooster)

Specially for East Asian market Victorinox company produced a lot of special runs of their knives. One of these series – Chinese Zodiac Series, which was in production since 2001.
In 2017 in this series was released Huntsman – “Year of the Rooster“.
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Related models:

  • Fieldmaster
  • Mountaineer

589. Huntsman BSA (Fieldmaster in fact)

Current model is an another example of strange logic of Victorinox distributors, that was discussed many times (with no success).
In 1990-x they’re released a series of some Victorinox knives for the “Boy Scouts of America” organization. In this series were included next knives: Adventurer, Classic, Sentry, Tinker, Explorer (was listed by some dealers as Yeoman!), Climber and Pocked Pal (was released with name FeatherWeight).
Today’s hero also was a part of this huge series, but with name of different knife – Huntsman (actually it’s a Fieldmaster, no doubt).
Why, Carl Victorinox, why?
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Related models:

  • Huntsman
  • Grand Prix

588. Fisherman

The Victorinox Fisherman – old and vintage model with shackle, clip-point small blade and squared Phillips screwdriver with nail-file.
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Related models:

  • Angler
  • Fisherman Plus

571. Carpenter

I’ve started to collect Victorinox knives approximatelly 5 years ago. I didn’t thought that probably, once I will say – “I have them all! :)”
Of course I’m talking about possible situation when some series or some set of models will be completely present in my collection…
One day this dream made a reality. Few months before (maybe 1 year? – I don’t remember exactly) I’ve bought a last member of my 111-mm models. It was a model named Carpenter. For the long months it was a my Unicorn-SAK, I’ve tried to find it everywhere… Moreover – once I won this knife on eBay auction, but unfortunatelly, parcel with this knife was lost on it’s way to the Ukraine. Second attempt was more lucky and I’ve decided that mission completed, my collection of 111-mm is full. But again, it was 1 year before, I didn’t supposed that when I will post info about this knife in my blog, Victorinox released a lot of new 111-models in 2017.

So, for now (2017-July) my collection still have a lot of missed knives… Seems, this story will be continued.

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Related models:

  • Atlas

544. ATM – Outrider for Malaysian Armed Forces

As a special run, in 2009 Victorinox company produced a special edition of Outrider model for the Malaysian Armed Forces. This model has special Camouflage scales with printed logo on top scale and corkscrew replaced by the Phillips screwdriver.
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Related models:

  • Outrider

537. Huntsman – VSAKCS 2010

In 2010 VSAKCS released (as limited edition for this year) regular Huntsman model in SilverTech scales. So, except tang on blade and stamping on scales – it’s an usual Huntsman.
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535. Astronaut (Grand Prix) – VSAKCS-2006

At the beginning of this post I would like to say “Thank you!” to one good fellow, without his help probably I never didn’t find this knife (and several others by the way).

Jason, thanks! 🙂

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away when I just started my journey to the wonderfull world of SAKs, I’ve heard a legend about some group of collectors (maybe better call them “Secret orden”?) – Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Collectors Society, or VSAKCS. Every year, starting from 2000, this society released a new anniversary knife specially for members of this group. Sometimes these knives were a regular models, but sometimes… not. Every knife was produced in small quanities and has a special emblem on scales.

Very long introduction, sorry. Lets look at “Astronaut” model which was released for VSAKCS in 2006. First thing, that we can see – it’s not an original “Astronaut” model. Technically – it’s a Grand Prix model, with inlaid logo of Shuttle on its scales.

P.S. Some announce: several future posts will be related to the knives from the same series – VSAKCS!

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Related models:

  • Grand Prix
  • Astronaut
SAKWiki (Grand Prix model)

505. Altimeter Plus

The Altimeter Plus is an improved variation of Altimeter model. Historically if Victorinox released some known model with added wood-saw, this new model will get name of base model and “Plus” suffix. The same situation for this one – well known Altimeter got wood-saw and new name. Sadly, but both these models now are discontinued (replaced by Traveller model later).

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Related models:

  • Altimeter
  • Voyager
  • Traveller

495. Whitetail Deer

This knife is a another member of series from 4 unusual knives, which were made specially for SMKW company by Victorinox in 2009.

Technically this model is a modified Hiker with added “Lite layer”, which includes LED light and inline Phillips screwdriver. Another one difference is a common for all knives in this series – backside reamer was replaced by a technician screwdriver.

Interesting fact: this knife includes three different screwdrivers (also we can add to this list 2 screwdrivers, which are part of cap-lifter and can-opener). So, in result we have five (5!) screwdrivers in one knife. Seems, it’s an achievement! Except Whitetail Deer, only Master Electrician contains the same amount of screwdrivers (and both knives were produced exclusively for SMKW company!)

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494. Voyager Lite

The Victorinox Voyager Lite is a one from few models which are equipped with embedded electronic tools. As the knife’s name implies, it’s a enhanced version of Voyager model. Usually models with “Lite” addon in their names has additional tools layer, which includes LED light and Phillips screwdriver. Same is true for Voyager Lite.

As for now, this model is discontinued and replaced by more efficient Traveller Lite (which has additional electronic tools). By the way, if I’m not mistaken, there are no way to recognize (by photo only) these two models – their external look absolutely the same.

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Related models:
  • Voyager
  • Traveller
  • Traveller Lite

483. Master Craftsman

Technically it’s the same model as Ranger with corkscrew replaced by Phillips screwdriver, but Master Craftsman is much more rare knife.

As probably you know, Master Craftsman has several variations related to the Space program – Astronaut / Shuttle (Space Shuttle) models. All these models had inlaid logo of Space Shuttle on top scale.

My knife is an old one – it has old-style small blade, squared Phillips on the back and there are no hook / chisel / fine screwdriver at all.

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Related models:

  • Ranger
  • Astronaut / Shuttle

468. Matterhorn (Deluxe Tinker)

Victorinox Matterhorn – knife which looks like Deluxe Tinker, includes the same tools as Deluxe Tinker includes, but have another name (it’s a name of mountain in Alps, by the way 😉

In 199.. Victorinox produced three popular models (Tinker, Huntsman and Deluxe Tinker) with the partial serrated blades (original knives had plain ones). These 3 good old knives were produced with the “new” names – McKinley, Rainier and Matterhorn accordingly.

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Related models:

  • Deluxe Climber
  • Super Tinker

465. Fireman OH (Black Oxide)

Victorinox Fireman is a 4-layers 111-mm knife. It was produced with regular and one-hand blade. Additionaly, version with OH serrated blade (because version with OH plain blade also was available in US market!) has a “limited” series – Black Blade, where main blade was black-oxide coated.

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Related models:

  • Fireman Slide-lock
  • RescueTool
  • Jumpmaster