Friday, October 31, 2014

COLLECTION: Victorinox Soldier (1961 Model) 93mm "2006"

I bought this knife to commemorate the years when my children were born.  Year 2006 is the birth year of my daughter.  This completes the series for my children.  I just need to get a few more for the other members of my family.

Complete line up of my children's Birth Years Soldier's Knife Collection.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WOOD SCALES: Victorinox Classic in White Birdseye Coolabah Burl Scales

Sunday, October 26, 2014

COLLECTION: Victorinox Tourist 84mm (1960s)

The Tourist is an 84mm equivalent of the Spartan 91mm model. The name "Tourist" is a recent identifier attached to this toolset.  On some old catalogs (SMICO 1980s) refer to the name "Tourist" referred to a ribbed alox 84mm with main blade, scissors and combo tool with the old shield (item number: 0.1500.26).

This toolset was called the Sportsman in the 1980s (SMKW 1989 Holiday catalog) with item number 0.3602).

This particular model is from the 1960s, when bails were used instead of key rings.  Also sports the clip point small blade.

It has the "+PAT" stamp in the can opener.

Victoria tang stamp in the main blade. 

Awl with no eye and five-turn fluted corkscrew.

This is the "Tourist" 84mm ribbed alox which is now referred to as Voyageur in

This is the Sportsman, the previous name assigned to the current Tourist toolset during the 1980s.

SMICO Dealers catalog 1980s
Baskets and Blades Dealers catalog 1980s

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

COLLECTION: Victorinox Tinker Hoffritz 84mm (1970s)

The Victorinox Tinker in an 84mm frame from the 1970s (0.4602). This particular model has been in the Victorinox lineup since the 1960s. This particular SAK is from Hoffritz retailer that acted as a distributor for the Victorinox SAKs in the USA. It has the square-shanked Philips screwdriver that was introduced in the 1950s.

84mm Tinker from the 1960s catalogs, note the nail file in the square shank Philips screwdriver.

84mm Tinker from the 1970s catalogs. Note the smooth square shank Philips screwdriver.

Victorinox Catalog 1950's, 1960's and 1970's
Victorinox Evolution ( accessed 14 October 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

COLLECTION: Victorinox Classic Liechtenstein National Flag

I don't know all the countries in Europe but I know a few big ones.  I didn't know that Liechtenstein is a country though.

From the wikipedia page, Liechtenstein is the richest (by measure of GDP per capita) country in the world and the only country to lie entirely in the Alps. It is known as a principality as it is a constitutional monarchy headed by a prince. It is bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and by Austria to the east and north. Its area is just over 160 square kilometers (62 square miles), and it has an estimated population of 35,000. Its capital is Vaduz.

Liechtenstein follows a policy of neutrality and is one of the few countries in the world that maintains no military. It has a 125 employee-strong police force tasked to maintaining order within the country.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

COLLECTION: Victorinox Gourmet 84mm (1980s)

The Victorinox Gourmet was one of the 84mm SAKs released during the 1980s with a part number 0.3000.  It is currently discontinued but can still be acquired second-hand.  It has three tools, the main blade, a small blade and corkscrew.  This is very similar to the Waiter model which is still currently in production. There is also an Economy version called the Barman (2.3000) which has the same tool set but different scale and shield.

This is the photo of the Gourmet and Barman from the Smico Catalog.

Victorinox catalog 1980s (Smico)

Friday, October 10, 2014

SAK Deconstructed: Victorinox Tinker 91mm (Modern)

A quick look inside one of the most popular 91mm Victorinox model - the Tinker.  The Tinker tool set has been around since the back layer Philips screwdriver was introduced to the Victorinox line in the 1960s (Note: There was a Master Craftsman with back layer Philips screwdriver as early as the 1950s).

The 1960's 84mm Tinker

First layer after the scales have been removed.  The liner here has the indentations introduced to the modern models. I think this adds to the strength of the liners in those high stress points for the main blade pivot.

Second layer after the outer liner was removed. All standard configuration with the spacer for the small blade without the key ring attachment.  

Third layer is the inner liner with the small cut-out for the nail nick of the awl/reamer.

Fourth layer is the standard bottle opener, can opener and awl/reamer set.  This one has the key ring attachment point integrated into the back layer spring.

Last layer is the other outer liner with indentations as well for added strength.