623. Commander (pre-Bijou)

Permanent misunderstanding and mess with Victorinox‘ knives naming – it’s probably a most annoying thing for collectors (personally for me – it’s an absolute evil).

Today’s knife had at least several different names during for the years.
The last modern one was called Bijou – from the technical view it’s the same as popular Classic, but without key-ring (also version Bijou SD exists whisch is descended from Classic SD accordingly).
Version, which was predeccesor of Bijou we know as Commander (at least in the USA, where it was sold by Swiss Army Brands Inc.), but interesting fact – in old Hoffritz catalogs it was listed as Tinker (11096 / 11207). Another thing – variation with and without toothpick/tweezers also had the same name Commander. Besides that, Commander was released as either with open (current one) or closed rivets.

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Related models:

  • Bijou
  • Companion / Executive 58

622. Escort 74

Victorinox Escort 74 – “enlarged” version of popular model Escort (58mm). Escort 74 has more variation than smaller one – it could be produced with and without key-ring, with different types of nail-file’s pattern and even with different scales – cellidor, smooth Alox and stainless steel versions were exists in the past.
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Related models:

  • Escort 58
  • Prince

616. Executive 58 (pre-Companion 58)

The Victorinox Executive 58 is a 2-layers model in 58-mm form-factor (it’s a logically, huh?), which looks is absolutely like Companion model, but with very minor difference – pattern of nail-file working surface.
One more fact, which I should to raise (again and again!) – it’s a Victorinox’s products’ naming convention:
  1. Executive 58 model later evolved into Companion
  2. Executive 74 model initially was called.. Companion

That’s it.

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Related models:

  • Companion
  • Classic

491. Commander (pre-Bijou)

Probably, this is a shortest post in this year.
I don’t have any idea what the model it should be?
 
Looks like Bijou without toothpick and tweezers. As far as I know, old-style nail-file was present only on Executive 58 model, but this model were produced with Alox scales only…
 
Looks strange. Any help will be very appreciated
UPDATE: It should be a Commander model – it was Bijou predecessor from 1970s. Pictures from old catalog were added to the post.
Thanks for help, Julius! 🙂
P.S. In Hoffritz catalog from 1977 this knife was mentioned as Tinker (model 11096)
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Related models:

  • Bijou
  • Executive 58
  • Companion

408. Pocket Pal 58

This knife has the same name as well-known and very popular 84-mm Pocket Pal. In fact it’s an absolutely different model. Situation when Victorinox uses the same names for different models unfortunately is typical. Voyageur, Pocket Pal, Executive, GolferOutdoorsman – seems, this list is endless. It’s a continuous head-ache not only for beginners, but for “Victorinox guru’s” also.
Anyway, let’s me introduce a very nice (and very old) knife – Pocket Pal 58. Just an another masterpiece from Switzerland

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Tangs:

  • VICTORINOX SWITZERLAND STAINLESS ROSTFREI (front)
  • Victoria (crossbow)

Related models:

  • Princess
  • Escort

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407. Princess Dogbone (model 630)

This is a very rare Victorinox knife which actually doesn’t have own name. Design of scales is absolutely different from well-known Victorinox scales. Collectors and enthusiasts called such shape “Dogbone“.
As SAKWiki said:

The unique shape of this knife was apparently developed for those unable to open a standard pocket knife with their finger nails. This shape allows the tools to be pinched an pulled open.

Only two models were developed with such scales:
– predecessor of Companion / Classic – also known as Duchess;
– predecessor of Princess / Escort (with Alox and stainless steel scales)

Unfortunately, my knife is in a very poor condition, so I have to find another one. If you have such knife (or any other with Dogbone scales) please don’t hesitate to contact me.  Updated 2017-07-18 – I got it!!!


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Related models:

  • Escort
  • Princess
  • Duchess

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