This is week of show of rarities (and modesty) in my blog, isn’t it?
Today we’ll review pretty nice and relatively vintage Cadet. It’s already almost modern model, – it got a nail-file instead of small clip-pointed blade, but still has old ribbed Alox scales. Moreover, this knife almost new!
The Victorinox Ranger is well-known 91-mm model which was produced for the years. Due to some evolution of included tools, this model has a variety of possible tools combination. Current one has a mix of «old / new» tools, – it includes old-style «grooved» corkscrew and new-style of technician screwdriver for instance.
- Master Craftsman
If you’ve started to read my blog earlier than yesterday, hopefully you remember interesting special run from Victorinox which was released in collaboration with Marlboro company. This series includes several models (mostly 91-mm) and even Standard model already was reviewed in my blog earlier. Today’s knife also is a Standard model, but it looks absolutely different than other members of this series, instead of small logo it has a huge print «Marlboro» on front scale.
Looks like today we’ll have an overview only of unusual Victorinox knives.
So, let me introduce another rare model – Master Fisherman
we already had a chance to met with this knife, but this one has some minor differences (which can be recognized only by some crazy.. I meant true collectors).
So, Master Fisherman, – technically it’s the same Fisherman but with pliers.
From other hand – the same Angler Deluxe
but with Phillips screwdriver
instead of corkscrew
The Golfer (84-mm), no doubt, is a one of the fundamental models from Victorinox. We can call it as «father» of modern Compact.
Victorinox Golfer 84 was produced in many variations, including different types of scales and even different tools.
Suffix «b» in naming isn’t official, it’s my personal marking, which I’m using for understanding that this a second variation (first one, which I prefer to call Golfer 84 (a)
has a small blade
instead of combo-tool
Is it necessary to say that variation of Golfer 84 which includes a long nail file is a highly valuable?
The Victorinox Tourist is a «decreased» version of iconic Spartan model.
Specifically this knife has a laconic tools-set, – there are no usual toothpick / tweezers and key-ring. Usually models from Ecoline run has such minimal equipment, but this time it’s a regular model with cellidor scales.
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 chisel
- 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.
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 Gourmet — another «rare bird» from 84-mm family.
Unlike this one
(sorry for the ugly pictures, hope will be changed to better ones.. someday..), it has solid corkscrew
Interesting fact: Victorinox Gourmet is a one from few models which were produced with Alox (smooth) scales and.. corkscrew, did you know it?
The Victorinox Tourist – “younger” brother of Spartan. Version without KR, toothpick/tweezers and with etched word ‘SIG’ on blade.
- Tinker Small
The Victorinox Waiter is a laconic single-layer model in 84-mm form-factor, formerly known as Bartender (in US market).
For sure, I already have several Waiters
in my collection, even with Hoffritz
inlaid on scales, but this specimen doesn’t have a toothpick/tweezers
, so it makes it relatively unique.
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