The Victorinox Troubleshooter is very unusual model.
The second run was done for US reseller Hoffritz with special naming: Hoffritz LE2 (first edition (LE1) was also quite interesting and I still looking for this model).
The main differences from regular Troubleshooter:
- no hook;
- no technician screwdriver
- old-style Phillips screwdriver (with can-opener)
Besides that, – big inlaid “LIMITED EDITION 2” on the back scale and serial number, stamped on liner (mine has number “1969/2000”)
The Victorinox Huntsman is a very popular (almost like Climber) 91mm model, but this one is definetely valuable due to the interesting print on scales.
Besides changes in 111-mm series, in 2017 Victorinox has announced several “new” knives. It was a habitual Spartan,… but with black-coated tools. This time it wasn’t a black-oxide coating, but something new chemical process (named as Inox-Spectral ®). Two versions of Spartan were released as part of this series – with white and black scales. Now let’s review a first one..
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
One more knife from “fish” series – as many others, without own name. In collectors’ societies is known as “Fischermesser” (accordingly to naming from old German catalog from Victorinox).
The Victorinox Angler Deluxe is a model which was produced during relatively short period of time. It one layer wider than base Angler, this additional layer includes scissors and multipurpose hook.
Interesting fact: accordingly to SAKWiki, this model had several names through the years: at beginning it was called as Waterman, later on – it was known as Angler with Pliers.
But Angler model already included pliers, isn’t it? Maybe more logical was call this model “Angler with Scissors“?
The answer should be as “yes” either “no”. The reason of this “strange” naming was in fact, that first edition of Angler
in other words) had scissors
instead of pliers
The Victorinox Golfer Special really is a very special (and rare!) model. There are no too much information about it in internet, even SAKWiki has a very laconic article about it (picture of knife within this article looks a little bit familiar, isn’t it?). I suppose (but I don’t have any proof, of course) that this model was exclusively produced for US market only.
Which model from Victorinox knives is a most ‘equipped‘?
If we will exclude from all variety of models few ones, produced not for people but for collectors, in result we’ll get a Super Timer – ‘older brother’ of famous Swiss Champ.
Additionally to all tools from Swiss Champ
, this model has an analogue clock
has) in own scales (and missing tweezers
as result of this substitution).
Rare and nice.
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.
– variation with rare type of scale cross. Accordingly to the information from multitool.org
, such variants of scales were produced in period from 1957
Interesting fact: related page on SAKWiki also contains picture of Fieldmaster with the same variation of scale cross.
- Grand Prix
The Victorinox Angler Plus – it’s an one from rare and vintage models, which were produced only during a relatively short period in the past. There are no too much information about this model, I don’t remember any official catalog with information about it. SAKWiki also still doesn’t have information about this knife (I’ve added this model to the full list, but didn’t created a new dedicated page yet).
So, Angler Plus – technically looks like regular Angler model plus additional wood-saw. Current one is a pretty vintage one with old-fashion awl and shackle.
Regular Victorinox Climber model with unique design from Michel Jordi.
- Super Tinker
- Climber Small
The Victorinox Troubleshooter is a 5-layers 91-mm knife, which is very often associated with Marlboro company (as other model – Trail Guide) due to the fact, that during some period of time it was sold with logo of this company on the scales.
- Hoffritz LE2
- Deluxe Tinker
Don’t have enough words in order to describe this set…
See previous post
In 2016 Victorinox produced a new “limited run” sets – Color Twins. This set was available in two colors: Fresh Light Green and Orange.
This set includes a two knives: very popular Spartan and… tomato knife). Each of these sets was produced in a very limited run (15’000 per set 🙂
Can you prognose, which knife will be presented in my blog soon? 😉
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“.
The Victorinox Standard – “light” version of Spartan from Marlboro advertisment company.