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.
[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
This version of Victorinox Soldier 2008 (militarian version of civilian Trailmaster) I bought accidentally here, in Ukraine. I was surprised with a logo, printed on top scale — something which was called a «Fu Br 41«.
After short (very short) investigation I founf information about this Swiss army unit — Command Support Brigade 41.
In Deutch it sounds more dramatically (I’m not sure that can pronounce it ;):
Die Führungsunterstützungsbrigade 41
Besides that, it’s a regular SAK 2008 (year of production is 2011).
- Trailmaster (Trekker)
The Victorinox Forester is a popular 111-mm model with 3 layers of tools. It has several variations, related to using standard neylon or modern Dual-Grip scales, also it was produced with regular plain or One-Hand serrated blade. Version with One-Hand regular blade is also known, but a definetely rare one.
Victorinox Nomad has a variety of modifications — it was produced with regular and Dual-Grip scales, with One-hand and regular blades. Besides this, very interesting modification of Nomad was produced for german company Garant.
Victorinox Dual Pro X is a 3-layers 111-mm knife, which was available only with Dual-Grip scales, was produced during short period of time (2010 — ???).
It’s very similar to model Dual Pro
(but has plain blade
instead of serrated
one and Phillips screwdriver
instead of corkscrew
Another similar knife — it’s a DAK 2010
, almost the same tools (except serrated blade
) and scales (which are the same as in GAK 111
At the beggining I should say that Hunter XT-CS is an unofficial name for the knife which was released as known Hunter XT, but with corkscrew instead of Phillips screwdriver. In Canadian marker this knife was known as Hiker XT.
Hunter XT-CS, like all other knives in Hunter series, announced in 2012 year, doesn’t have layer with can-opener and cap-lifter. It’s uncommon decision, because all other 111-mm knives (except some limited editions for Czech market) has these tools.
is a «junior» version from Hunter series (it also includes Hunter XT
and Hunter XS-CS
), which was introduced in 2011. It has very minimal tool-set and doesn’t have standard openers’ layer like other 111-mm models (except Hunter series, seems only Cheese knife
doesn’t contains this layer).
So, very unique and laconic 2-layers knife with few tools — OH plain blade, gutting blade and corkscrew. That’s it, no tweezers, no toothpick. Dual density scales (also known as Dual-Grip), but in unusual color — orange/black.
Oops, I forgot a lanyard from orange paracord 🙂
- VICTORINOX SWISS MADE (front)
- Hunter XS-CS
- Hunter HT
- Dual Pro
One-hand variation of well-known Nomad knife. As all Victorinox knife with dual-grip scales, this knife doesn’t have toothpick and tweezers.
- VICTORINOX SWISS MADE (front)