597. Trailmaster Grip

[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.
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Related models:

  • Forester
  • GAK-111 / Soldier 2008

587. McKinley (Tinker)

The McKinley model is a one from few models, which all are part of series “Famous Mountains”. Actually, all of them are regular models, but all has serrated blade instead regular one.. and new name instead of habitual one.
So,  – McKinley, also known as Tinker – third item from “Famous Mountains” series in my collection.
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Related models:

  • Tinker
  • Spartan

585. SwissChamp XXLT

The Victorinox SwissChamp XXLT knife is a one of fews, produced specially for stupid people collectors. Moreover – it’s a one from three (or four?) models which has extremely rare tool – Butane Lighter.
Short summary: nice, valuable, not suitable for EDC.
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Related models:

  • SwissChamp
  • SwissChamp X series

529. Soldier 2008 (Fu Br 41)

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).
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Related models:

  • Trailmaster (Trekker)
  • Forester

517. SwissTool Spirit S

The SwissTool Spirit is a one from very small variety of multi-tools made by Victorinox. Basically, Victorinox produced only two (2!!!) models of multi-tools, – mentioned Spirit and more massive SwissTool, but each of these models has several variations.
Let’s talk regarding Spirit’s modifications. At the beginning I’d like to say, that I’m not going to classify it’s modifications by color of coating and/or additional tools (I mean Plus packages) – only by tools’ combinations.
Each Spirit model has 10 base tools (stored in handles) + pliers. Several of these tools (8) are common for all existing modifications.
Base tools for all modifications are:
  1. Wood saw
  2. Awl with hook at base
  3. Cap lifter/6mm screwdriver/crate opener/wire bender notch
  4. Chisel/scraper/wire strippers/wire cutter
  5. Metal file/Metal saw
  6. Can opener/3mm screwdriver (Flat/Phillips)
  7. Phillips screwdriver (No 1,2)
  8. Small long screwdriver (2mm)
Tools, that can be found only in specified modifications:
  1. Scissors
  2. Serrated sheepsfoot blade (butter knife)
  3. Regular plain blade
For the current moment three modifications of Spirit are exists (again, I’m talking only about modifications with different tool-sets):
  • Spirit – has scissors and butter knife (no regular blade);
  • Spirit S – has butter knife and regular blade (no scissors);
  • Spirit X – has scissors and regular blade (no butter knife).
Besides this classification, known sub-modification of Spirit X with changed pliers – special tool blasting-cap-crimper was added to the nose of them. Originally this version of Spirit was developed for Army forces, but later on this model became available for everyone.
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Related models:

  • SwissTool
  • Spirit X, Spirit

515. Cheese knife

The Victorinox Cheese knife was released in 2013 specially for US market. As probably you know, original version of this knife (also known as Käsemesser) was released exclusively for Switzerland Cheese Marketing AG as limited series in 2010. Probably, Victorinox decided to renew success of this model and as result new model was released. It’s almost the same knife, but with few small discrepancies:

  • now knife includes tweezers;
  • usual scales with printed shield on it;
  • lock-release button is grey;
  • no etchings on blade;
  • regular box instead of special packaging (version in blister packaging also was available).
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Related models:

  • Käsemesser
  • Hardwood Cheese knife

499. Adventurer (BSA)

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?

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1082x836_Victorinox 1990 Brochure - Scouting Models - Side 2

Related models:

  • Centurion
  • Alpineer
  • Picknicker