696. Soldier 1961 (1996)

On the face of it, this is one more Soldier in my collection of such models, – everything the same as usual, except small detail. This is not a «real» Soldier, it never wasn’t issued to the Swiss Army. I think, you’ve already discovered this really small difference, it’s a key-ring, which is never was present on Soldiers, only on Pioneers.
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Related models:

  • Pioneer
  • Standart Issue Wenger

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

691. Mauser

This knife is a real «unicorn» for all Victorinox collectors. Despite the fact that it was produced in relatively huge amount (SAKWiki mentioned 250’000 units), it still highly valuable and expensive.
Technically this model is enhanced GAK 108 (or Trooper) with added clip-point blade (and some small additions, like logo on scales and etching on blade).
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Related models:

  • GAK 108
  • Walther

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

676. Lumberjack Big

The Lumberjack Big (it’s an unofficial name) is one of the most mysterious Victorinox knives, which I ever seen since I’ve started collect them. There are no too much information about it on the internet (except couple of pages on multitool.org).

Technically it’s a «increased» version of 84-mm Lumberjack with added corkscrew. This model was produced during limited period of time only for European market; it had only number 3.3311 and no own name. Besides this, this knife never was present is any catalog.
So, I definitely can name this model as real rare knife, are you agree?

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Related models:

  • Lumberjack
  • Bantam
  • Model 2231

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

662. Cadet II

The Victorinox Cadet II is the same model as regular Cadet, but with small blade  (clip-pointed) instead of nail-file. Historically this version was produced before regular Cadet, but as sometimes happened (the same situation with Bantam / Bantam II), later on new version got a ‘Cadet‘ name while this one – Cadet II.

More interesting thing – it has not typical for this form-factor material of scales, as you can see, they’re smooth (and beautiful!)

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Related models:

  • Cadet
  • Recruit

661. Executive

The Victorinox Executive is a 74mm model with unique tool — orange-peeler.
Interesting fact: the same model, but with stainless steel scales has unique name — Director, all others (cellidor, wood, Alox and even gold and silver) shares the same name Executive.
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Related models:

  • Director
  • Ambassador

660. Rogue

The Victorinox Rogue – 2-layers pocket-knife (58-mm), accordingly to SAKWiki, this one was produced in date range from 1995 to 1997 (pay attention to the wire stripper [absence]).
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Related models:

  • Rambler
  • Rover

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