Victorinox AutoTool is definitely unique and strange multi-tool which was produced for the short period of time and discontinued soon (due to some issues with quality of plastic parts).
Even it was produced during few years only, it had a two modifications. Second one is more common and popular, – has only one difference from first release of AutoTool, can-opener was replaced by technician screwdriver.
I bought a second variation of AutoTool
few years earlier and I was very interesting to find first version (for reasonable price). Once I’ve discovered that first AutoTool
was listed on eBay, I’ve placed a bid.. Later on I got an email – congratulations, you’re the winner, bla-bla-bla…
Could you imagine how I was surprised, when I got my parcel, opened it and found that actually I didn’t get what I expected?..
Instead of first version I got… let’s call it zero-version of AutoTool. It looks absolutely as first one, but it has mirror-finish (like SwissTool has) instead of common (for later AutoTools) dull bead-blast finish. Accordingly to some discussions in the web, we can assume, that it was a first prototype of this interesting multi-tool.
Am I happy with this purchase? For sure yes. Do I need a first version? How do you think? 😉
- AutoTool family
Victorinox Rucksack without habitual Swiss Cross on scales, instead this it has logo which containg the big symbol «V» behind the World globe.
As popular legend said, for some muslim Middle East countries Victorinox released their production with this logo. Tolerancy as is..
I’ve started to collect Victorinox knives approximatelly 5 years ago. I didn’t thought that probably, once I will say — «I have them all! :)»
Of course I’m talking about possible situation when some series or some set of models will be completely present in my collection…
One day this dream made a reality. Few months before (maybe 1 year? — I don’t remember exactly) I’ve bought a last member of my 111-mm models. It was a model named Carpenter. For the long months it was a my Unicorn-SAK, I’ve tried to find it everywhere… Moreover — once I won this knife on eBay auction, but unfortunatelly, parcel with this knife was lost on it’s way to the Ukraine. Second attempt was more lucky and I’ve decided that mission completed, my collection of 111-mm is full. But again, it was 1 year before, I didn’t supposed that when I will post info about this knife in my blog, Victorinox released a lot of new 111-models in 2017.
So, for now (2017-July) my collection still have a lot of missed knives… Seems, this story will be continued.
The Victorinox Adventurer is a very old and popular 111-mm knife with simple set of tools. Usually it was produced with plain main blade only, but specially for BSA, it was released with serrated blade (version with plain blade and BSA print also known, but I still haven’t it 🙁
P.S. Usually I’m trying add to my posts some related images (from old catalogs etc.), but just today I’ve mentioned that in this brochure (see image below) from Victorinox, Fieldmaster model annonced as Huntsman. Is it mistake, what do you think?
The Helmsman CS is an unofficial name for variation of Helmsman with fully serrated blade. Original Helmsman has ¾ serrated blade.
- Mariner with corkscrew
Victorinox Trailmaster (Trekker) OH. As was mentioned before, it’s a civilian edition of army knife (Soldier 2008 / GAK 111).
This version has an old-style OH blade (elliptical hole).
- GAK / Soldier 2008
Victorinox Fireman is a 4-layers 111-mm knife. It was produced with regular and one-hand blade. Additionaly, version with OH serrated blade (because version with OH plain blade also was available in US market!) has a «limited» series — Black Blade, where main blade was black-oxide coated.
- Fireman Slide-lock
My first Victorinox Plus — probably best choice for young Victorinox enthusiasts.
- My first Victorinox
- Lumberjack (Walker)
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!