One more variation of famous GAK 108, this time with rare variant of main tang: «Victorinox Rostfrei«. Sad, but blade of this knife was sharpened by… very strange human.
in this blog, we’ve already reviewed special version of Outrider
, which was produced for Malaysian Armed Forces
(Angkatan Tentera Malaysia – ATM
The current knife is a second variation, it also has a back-side Phillips screwdriver instead of corkscrew and, additionally, – all tools are black-coated.
Comparative pictures see below.
UPDATE: found another small difference: original ATM has small label ‘SATRIA’ on back scale, new one – doesn’t.
As I wrote in previous post, in 2017 Victorinox did a great surprise (If you know what I mean) for all collectors – they re-released some old models with slide-lock mechanism but this time with liner-lock. Technically (from my point of view) these models should be named as new ones, but Victorinox didn’t think so..
So, let’s review «new old» model – Cheese knife
. In comparison with previous one
, this model has a locking (and bigger) cap-lifter
without sewing eye and new locking mechanism for sure.
- Hardwood Cheese Knife
- Swiss Cheese knife (Käsemesser)
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..
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 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.
- Sentinel family
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.
The Victorinox German Army Knife (GAK 108) — well known soldier from the past..
The Victorinox Cheese knife was released in 2013 specially for US market. As probably you know, original version of this knife (also known as Käsemesser) was released exclusively for Switzerland Cheese Marketing AG as limited series in 2010. Probably, Victorinox decided to renew success of this model and as result new model was released. It’s almost the same knife, but with few small discrepancies:
- now knife includes tweezers;
- usual scales with printed shield on it;
- lock-release button is grey;
- no etchings on blade;
- regular box instead of special packaging (version in blister packaging also was available).
- Hardwood Cheese knife
The Victorinox Swiss Shark is a definetely rare model, which was introduced in 2011 in special run of 50 pieces (information from SAKWiki).
I couldn’t find enough information about this knife and it’s history nowhere in web, so if you have any information about it — please share it with me.
Interesting fact: The real name of this knife is a «Swiss shArK«. As you can see, three letters in upper case forms word «SAK«
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).