695. Cadet

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!
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Related models:

  • Cadet II
  • Recruit

687. Ranger

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.
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Related models:

  • Master Craftsman
  • Handyman

683. Standard. Marlboro Unlimited

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.
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Related models:

  • Spartan
  • Tinker

677. Master Fisherman

Looks like today we’ll have an overview only of unusual Victorinox knives.
So, let me introduce another rare model – Master Fisherman. Earlier 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.
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Related models:

  • Deluxe Angler
  • Fisherman

675. Golfer 84 (b)

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?
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Related models:

  • Golfer 91
  • Compact

669. Tourist

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.

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Related models:

  • Sportsman
  • Recruit
  • Spartan

668. Hoffritz LE2 (Troubleshooter)

The Victorinox Troubleshooter is very unusual model.
As far as I know (I’m not sure for 100%) first time Victorinox released this model for the promo-company of Marlboro company (as part of «Marlboro unlimited» series).
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»)

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Related models:

  • Deluxe Tinker
  • Craftsman

652. Climber

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),
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Related models:

  • Climber Small
  • Tinker Super

647. Fischermesser

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).
I have another variation of this knife in my collection, but version with special design of scissors still only in my wish-list..
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Related models:

  • Angler
  • Angler Deluxe

646. Angler Deluxe

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 (Angler Original in other words) had scissors instead of pliers.
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Related models:

  • Angler
  • Master Fisherman

642. Golfer Special

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.
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Related models:

  • Golfer
  • Waiter Plus

641. Super Timer

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  (like TimeKeeper has) in own scales (and missing tweezers as result of this substitution).
Rare and nice.
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Related models:

  • Swiss Champ
  • TimeKeeper
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635. Gourmet

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?
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Related models:

  • Waiter
  • Apprentice

634. Tinker Small

Another Tinker Small in my collection — nice vintage version with clip-point small blade, squared Phillips screwdriver (with can-opener but without nail-file on it) and so on..
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Related models:

  • Tourist
  • Tinker
  • Salesman

631. Waiter

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.
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Related models:

  • Gourmet
  • Apprentice
  • Bantam

630. Climber

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 materials) 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.
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Related models:

  • Spartan
  • Deluxe Tinker