I already have several Forester models
in my collection, – all of them has the same (almost the same) tools-set, but with little differences.
It’s a popular model, no doubt, so it’s looks logical that Victorinox
produced this model with different variations: with and without one-hand opening, with plain
and serrated blades
. Even once Forester
was produced with one-hand
and not-serrated blade
, it was a definitely unique and rare variation (because of small and episodic run), which is highly valued…
In 2017 Victorinox did a big surprise – Forester with one-hand plain blade was released again, but this time with DualGrip scales.
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)
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.
[sarcasmMode] Innovations from Victorinox, — just add new color scales and… Hooray! New model was released! [/sarcasmMode]
Very popular model Trailmaster was released in 2016 with new desert camouflage scales as Trailmaster Grip.
- GAK-111 / Soldier 2008
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
In October 2012, Victorinox released a new knife in Damascus series — Soldier / 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.
- Soldier 2008
- Trailmaster / Trekker
This version of Victorinox Soldier 2008 (militarian version of civilian Trailmaster) I bought accidentally here, in Ukraine. I was surprised with a logo, printed on top scale — something which was called a «Fu Br 41«.
After short (very short) investigation I founf information about this Swiss army unit — Command Support Brigade 41.
In Deutch it sounds more dramatically (I’m not sure that can pronounce it ;):
Die Führungsunterstützungsbrigade 41
Besides that, it’s a regular SAK 2008 (year of production is 2011).
- Trailmaster (Trekker)
The Victorinox Forester is a 3-layer 111-mm which was produced in several variations — with One-hand and regular blades, with standart neylon and Dual-Grip scales. Current instance is a Ohe-hand variation with serrated blade and usual black scales.
Interesting fact: version with One-hand regular (non-serrated) blade was produced during a very short period and for now it’s a highly collectible item!
In this blog I’ve already described a lot of variations of Sentinel model. Current instance isn’t an exception, it’s just a regular OH plain-blade model with clip on back
- Hunter Pro
I’ve already described both variations of Victorinox Trailmaster models (with One-Hand and regular blade) before in my blog.
This instance is a newer variation of OH version; in comparision with older one, it has more circular hole on main blade (see last picture)
- GAK / Soldier 2008
As I promised in last year :), I have to announce another model of Victorinox knife, which was released exclusively for Czech market — Lovec Limited!
In comparision with original Lovec, this model has horn scales and… doesn’t have back-side Phillips screwdriver.
In 2015 Victorinox released for Czech market very unique knife — «Lovec» («Hunter» in english). It looks as regular Centinel but with additional wood-saw and Phillips screwdriver on the back.
This model was available in two colors — black and green (my knife).
Besides this, one more knife was released together with Lovec and again — only for Czech market.
Would you like to know what’s the model? In the next post I’ll announce it 🙂
Victorinox Dual Pro X is a 3-layers 111-mm knife, which was available only with Dual-Grip scales, was produced during short period of time (2010 — ???).
It’s very similar to model Dual Pro
(but has plain blade
instead of serrated
one and Phillips screwdriver
instead of corkscrew
Another similar knife — it’s a DAK 2010
, almost the same tools (except serrated blade
) and scales (which are the same as in GAK 111
Nomad is a 2 layer 111-mm knife with the base set of tools. Initially it was available with standart black neylon scales, but later (in 2010-2011) several modifications were introduced:
- Nomad with Dual Grip scales
- Nomad with Dual Grip scales and with One hand blade
- Nomad with regular (black) scales and One hand blade — current one
At the beggining I should say that Hunter XT-CS is an unofficial name for the knife which was released as known Hunter XT, but with corkscrew instead of Phillips screwdriver. In Canadian marker this knife was known as Hiker XT.
Hunter XT-CS, like all other knives in Hunter series, announced in 2012 year, doesn’t have layer with can-opener and cap-lifter. It’s uncommon decision, because all other 111-mm knives (except some limited editions for Czech market) has these tools.