653. Forester Wood

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.

Related models:

  • Rucksack
  • Trailmaster

596. SwissChamp Hardwood

The Victorinox «flagman» model from 91-mm series — SwissChamp.
This variation has wooden scales, but without place-holders for «plus-tools»: stainless pin and pen.

Related models:

  • Champion (Plus)
  • SwissChamp’s series

556. Soldier Damast LE2012

In October 2012, Victorinox released a new knife in Damascus seriesSoldier / Trailmaster. It was first time when model of the year was a 111-mm with locking blade. Also this model had Swiss Walnut wooden scales.

Related models:

  • Soldier 2008
  • Trailmaster / Trekker

554. RangerWood 55

In 2015 in Damascus series company Victorinox released former Wenger model — RangerWood Damast LE2015. It was almost the same model as regular one, but without wood saw and a little bit more expensive 😉
Interesting fact: this knife received the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015!

Related models:

  • RangerWood Damast LE2015

542. Evolution Wood 10 — VSAKCS 2015

The club’s model of VSAKCS for 2015 year is an ex-Wenger model Evolution Wood S10, but in new Victorinox design, which was made as a part of new series Victorinox Delemont Collection.

536. Compact — VSAKCS 2009

The next model in my collection from Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Collectors Society (VSAKCS) is a Compact, anniversary knife for 2009 (hope that my attentive readers understood that I’m looking for models from 2007 to 2009 years)

This time VSAKCS used a regular model, but with unusual wooden scales. Looks beautifull, isn’t it?


487. Hunter Pro Walnut

In 2013 Victorinox company released new knife within absolutely new form-factor. I’m talking about Hunter model. Two years later (2015) this model was released again, but with wooden scales (original had plastic ones).

One more difference between these variations — Hunter Pro Walnut has tang «SWISS MADE» on the back side of main blade, regular Hunter — doesn’t has it.

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Related models:

  • Hunter Pro

475. RangerWood Damast LE2015

Probably all readers of my blog knows that every year (from 2010 if I’m not mistaken), company Victorinox released one knife as Limited edition of the current year. The major sign of such LE model — damasteel main blade.

In 2015 company Victorinox released as Limited edition ex-Wenger model RangerWood 55. In this edition knife comes without saw, but, as was mentioned, with damasteel main blade and etched serial number on the liner behind the corkscrew.

Maybe you remember that previously I’ve declared decision to collect only real Victorinox knives (no ex-Wenger models in other words). For this time it was a hard decision, but I hadn’t other choice! 🙂

So, just enjoy with photo of another masterpiece from Victorinox..

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Related models:

  • RangerWood 55

438. Victorinox Soldier 1890

This knife is Soldier 1890 (version of 1908 year). It’s a civilian variation (see tang «P» on reverse side of the blade) version of Soldier’s knife. Probably repaired by owner (with replacing main blade after 1952).

I would like to thank Igor Grigoriev (aka Novichok79) from Russian forum rusknife.com for his support with recognizing details of this knife!


Related models:

  • Soldier 1951

427. Hardwood Cheese Knife

In 2013 Victorinox announced a new model — Hardwood Cheese Knife, which we can call as «inheritor» of Cheese knife. As his predecessor, this knife also have special cheese blade (for now only these 2 models contains this tool), but also has additional opener’s layer.
Hardwood cheese knife is a 3-layer knife with liner-lock (original Cheese knife has slide-lock!). In comparison with other models with liner-lock, in this knife only main blade can be locked in opened position, there are no possibility to lock bottle-opener (flat screwdriver). Also, as you can see from pictures — there are two differences from other liner-lock models:
  1. bottle-opener is smaller than usually (only slide-lock knives has such type of bottle-opener)
  2. reamer (awl) has sewing-eye (again — as other slide-, not liner-lock models).
So, in this knife we have a combination of very unique features:
  • hardwood scales
  • cheese blade
  • non-locking (smaller) bottle-opener
  • unusual awl

I think, it’s good enough for one knife, isn’t it?

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  • PATENTED (back)

Related models:

  • Kasemesser — Cheese Knife 

424. Spartan Damast LE 2014

In 2014 year company Victorinox released as Limited Edition knife probably the most known model — Spartan. This knife as all previous LE has damasteel blade and limited to the 5’000 peaces worldwide.
­In comparison with previous year’s knife (Explorer 2013 LE) this one has much more accuracy wooden scales (I understand that it sounds very strange, but yes, I can confirm again — 2013 LE model had ugly polished scales).
It’s hard to say anything new about so famous knife as Spartan, so I prefer to post a lot of pictures instead 🙂
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396. Schmidt Rubin bayonet (1918)

Information from worldbayonets.com:

This example was made by Victorinox AG in the 1934–1949 period. Victorinox was located in Schwyz Canton. This example was made prior to 1950, when «Victoria» was added to the ricasso marking.

The bayonet and scabbard are unissued. The bayonet lacks a serial number and the scabbard’s frog securing tab lacks a buckle hole. The serial number was applied only when the bayonet was paired with a rifle. The scabbard’s buckle hole was punched when the scabbard was first mated to a belt frog to ensure a tight fit.

Based on serial number data, it appears that Victorinox initially produced the M1918 bayonet until the early 1920s. Elsener resumed production concurrent with introduction of the M1931 Short Rifle in 1934 and continued until M1931 Short Rifle production ceased in 1958.

The Script-P mark identifies the scabbard maker as the firm Paillard AG of St. Croix. Paillard was a very diverse manufacturer who produced an amazing variety of products over its 160 year history. The firm began in 1814 as a watch-maker, however, also produced music boxes, record players, typewriters, radios, and the famous Bolex line of motion picture cameras.