Wednesday, September 24, 2014

COLLECTION: Victorinox Soldier's Knife Year 2008 Model 111mm (2000s)

This is the updated version of the Soldier's Knife.  This is a next major change in the design which uses 111mm instead of 93mm.  The scale also changed from Alox to embossed grip-rubber type.  The design was based on the OH-GAK (One-Hand GAK) which was developed for the German Army.

This "09" model completes the birth years of my children :) 


Saturday, September 20, 2014

COLLECTION: Victorinox Classic United Kingdom National Flag

The Union Jack stays!

The United Kingdom of Great Britain, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland uses as its national flag the royal banner known as the Union Jack or Union Flag.  The current design of the flag dates from the union of Ireland and Great Britain in 1801. It consists of the red cross of Saint George (patron saint of England), edged in white, superimposed on the Cross of St Patrick (patron saint of Ireland), which are superimposed on the Saltire of Saint Andrew (patron saint of Scotland).

It is interesting what will happen to the Union Jack when the voting of Scottish independence happen this week.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

WOOD SCALES: Victorinox Classic in Tasmanian Oak Scale

The Victorinox Classic and Spartan both in Tasmanian Oak scale. 

First time to do a 58mm scale. Usually the guides found in the web are for the 91mm models.  But most of the techniques can be applied to the smaller version.

First off, I disassembled an old 58mm classic with a badly damaged blade.  I need the liners to act as a drilling guide and a shaping guide later on.

Make sure the wood is already close to the final thickness and size you want it to be, just make it a tad thicker (~0.2-0.3mm thicker) and bigger so that you have some material left for final shaping and sanding later on.  

After having the rough shape, use one of the liners to make pilot drill (I used 1.5mm drill bit) on one of the four holes first. Please set up your drill press to the proper depth so as not to drill through the thin wood.  I drilled just enough for the old pin to be inserted.  I inserted an old pin into the liner+wood to keep the wood aligned to the liner on one hole.  I then proceeded to drill another hole on the opposite corner (same depth) and pushed another pin there as well.  I then drilled the two other holes.  This technique ensures that the holes are perfectly aligned with respect to the liner. NOTE: If you have a clamping mechanism that clamps the wood and liner together during drilling, you don't need to follow the steps above, just drill the four holes at once.

Next step is to increase the diameter of these holes, the diameter of the 58mm bushing is around ~3mm.  I used on of my dremel carbide burrs that's close to that diameter to enlarge the holes to the proper size.

Using the other liner, I inserted the pins and bushing into the liner and use blu-tack to hold it in place. I lost the 4th pin so I only had three at this instance.  I used this as a guide to sand the wood scale to the final shape required.  Again, if you have a clamping mechanism that will enable you to keep them together during sanding, you don't need this.

The wood scale with the liner attached.  I outlined the liner with red marker to easily see the edge :)

After several passes on the sanding drum I have the final shape and thickness.  I used my previous technique of attaching the Victorinox metal shield to attach it to my wood scale.  

It's simple, I put a very small amount of 2-part epoxy (colorless in this case), on the metal shield (make sure it's just enough so that there will be very minimal excess later).  Carefully align the shield to the wood, using other 58mm cellidor scales as visual aid.  Gently press it to tack it to the wood.  I then sandwich the wood with the scale into two pieces of metal to ensure that it is flat and then I press it with my table vise for about 5-10 minutes.  I found this method ensures that the shield is pressed firmly into the wood and minimizes the "embossed"-effect.

I attached the wood scales to the liner using contact cement glue (shoe glue/rubber cement/rugby glue).  This has a reasonable amount of strength while still enabling me to remove it without damaging either the scale or the liner.  I clamped it (using some cloth to protect the wood scale from damage) on my vise and have it set overnight.

Ready for you!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WOOD SCALES: Victorinox Hiker with Queensland Black Walnut Scale

This is an assembled Victorinox Hiker in Queensland Black Walnut Scale with exposed flushed rivets. 

The rivets were peined as normal and then filed flushed against the wood scale.  I haven't perfected the technique yet as not all the rivets are the same size. 

I applied several coats of Kitchen Timber Oil and let it soak through the wood and then waited for a few days for it to completely dry.  I then sanded the top layer it a bit and applied several coats of Carnauba wax for the final finish.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

COLLECTION: Victorinox Small Tinker Hoffritz 84mm (1980s)

Another mini-version of a full-sized 91mm tool.  This is the 84mm Tinker or the Small Tinker.

This particular model still has the square philips screwdriver on the back layer.  It also has the Hoffritz stamp on the base of the main blade and front scale.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

COLLECTION: Victorinox Broker 58mm (1980's)

The Victorinox Broker is the Classic counterpart with Stainless Steel scales.  This is one of the thinnest SAK available during that time.  As with the other stainless steel models, it features Guilloché designs and does not have toothpick and tweezers.  The Broker is the one with key ring and the Ensign is the one without key ring.

The Victorinox Broker as seen in one of the 1980's catalogs.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

COLLECTION: Victorinox Artisan 84mm (1970's)

This is the new addition to my 84mm collection, the Artisan (or the Fieldmaster-small).  It is one of the thickest 84mm SAK I've seen, at four-layers with wood saw, scissors and a square philips screwdriver in the back layer.  It has the same implements as the current 91mm Fieldmaster.

This model appears in the 1970's catalog as the Craftsman.  

more photos:

Victorinox 1970's Catalogs

Saturday, September 06, 2014

SAK Deconstructed: Wenger Nomad 85mm

This is another installment of the SAK Deconstructed series I'm doing to document the SAKs that I disassemble.

This is the Wenger Nomad, one of the few Wenger SAKs with a Universal Wrench and it also has a locking main blade via push lever.  The Wenger scale is attached differently to the main body compared to the Victorinox models.  The outer liner for Wenger has a protrusion that catches the scales using clips molded into the plastic scale.  The brass pins doesn't have any bushing and is peened directly to the outer liner.

Initial disassembly is easier compared to the Victorinox, the peened brass heads just need to be filed instead of drilling required for the Victorinox SAKs.

 The locking mechanism.