Friday, December 30, 2011

Victorinox-Swiss Bianco Blue Firesteel Farmer

This model is a collaboration between Victorinox and Swiss Bianco. It is based on the Firesteel  Soldier from Mr  Horst A. Brunner, an well known Swiss knife collector who is no longer with us. The  Firesteel Farmer offers the same combination of tools as the Farmer with the addition of an external piece of steel used to produce sparks. The firesteel attatchment was made from Mr Fischlin, hence the fish stamp on the steel. This knife is a unique piece that it was made in October 2010 and they won't make this color combination anymore. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Victorinox-Michel Jordi Red Spartan

This is a Victorinox Spartan customized from the famous Swiss watchmaker Michel Jordi. It has a gold plated corkscrew and keyring, and on the main blade has the Michel Jordi logo with the Swiss cow. On the front scale has a Endelweiss flower print and on the back scale has a gold colored ornament with the name Michel Jordi, 3 Swiss cows and in the center a Swiss Cross emblem.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Victorinox Green Alox Marlinspike Rancher or '' Long Rancher''

The Victorinox Marlinspike Rancher is a 2 layer 93mm Light Green (some say it Aqua Green) Alox SAK. It has the same tool configuration like the First Mate except for the wood saw. This is a special run limited to 100 knives and each knife is numbered-stamped on the small pruner blade. Mine knife is the 031/100.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Victorinox Red Alox Secretary

My apologies for the delay of a new post, but in the last 10 days i have made 2 surgeries for my nose diaphragm!  Now i recovering at home, enjoying the Christmas holidays.
This SAK is like a Red Alox Secretary, but a little smaller at 74mm. It has 2 blades and a keyring. In the tang is Elinox with the crossbow and it has the old triangular shield.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Victorinox Soldier's Knife 1945 with a saw

I really love the old soldier's knives and i have at least one of each decade, starting from 1920 till the new soldier's knife of 2008.
This is a rare variation of a soldier's knife, because except for the standard tools, it has a third layer that includes a saw. It's in very good condition and on the blade has the number 45, that indicates that was made in 1945 and also the letter P, that stands for Private. The Swiss soldier had the option to buy his own army knife. These purchased knives were not subjected to any military inspections. Many Swiss soldiers tended to have two knives, the first one that they got it from the Swiss Army, and a second one that they have bought it for everyday use. I found this knife with a leather sheath and it's one of my rarest soldier's knives.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Victorinox 108mm Red Safari Hunter

The Safari Hunter was part of the Safari Series, most of them is no longer produced. It has a large blade, a gutting blade and a wood saw with can opener-screwdriver. In the back layer it has a reamer and a corkscrew. Some other models have variations such as the gutting blade is serrated or the wood saw has a file.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Victorinox Red Alox Seaman

The Victorinox Seaman (model 0.8030.20) is the thinnest of the Alox knives intended for marine use.
It's a single layer 93mm red alox knife that was produced (according to between 1986-1995. Mine knife somewhat unexpectedly has a 85 manufacturing date stamp on the reverse tang!  It has a large blade and a Marlinspike, that is useful for untying knots and splicing rope.
It is rare and highly collectible.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Victorinox South Africa Series: Bantam Zebra & Sentry Jaguar

These are two 84mm Victorinox knives of the South Africa Series. The first is a Bantam with white nylon scales with a Zebra print on the top scale, and red shield printed on the bottom. The second one is a Sentry with a Jaguar print on the top scale, and white scale on the bottom. These models were available in the South Africa market.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Victorinox Black-Gray Pioneer

Well, one of my favorite categories of Victorinox knives is the Alox ones.I have many of them and i am always in the hunt for a new one.
This is a black-gray Pioneer with the imprint "Switzerland" in the four national languages of Switzerland (German, French, Italian, and Romansh).
The knife is numbered consecutively on the blade with the year 2011.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Victorinox Classic from Beijing Opera Mask Collection

This is the Victorinox model Classic from Beijing Opera Mask Collection.This collection was made especially for China and it has 2 Victorinox knives and 1 Swisscard. I managed to find it from Japan with it's special box.

Let's see how Victorinox produce the Swiss Army Knives !

This is a interesting video about the production stages of a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife.

Swiss Army Knife Factory from John Yasunaga on Vimeo.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Victorinox Damascus Climber Limited Edition 2011

Well yesterday was a perfect day , a ''happy collector's day'' if i may say so! 
Two Victorinox knives came to me. The one was from Safary Series (but this is another story) and the other was the Victorinox Damascus Climber.
A beautiful knife with the main blade made from stainless high quality Damascus steel and the handles made from Ebony wood. It has a large blade, a small blade, corkscrew, cap lifter with screwdriver, wire stripper, reamer, scissors, multi-purpose hook and key ring.
Last year the Pioneer Damascus was limited to 2010 pieces worldwide, this year the Damascus Climber is limited to 4000 pieces worldwide.I was fortune enough to choose the number of my knife and that is 3273/4000. Enjoy it. 
(For photos of last year's Damascus Pioneer go to the page Victorinox Damascus Series)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Victorinox SportRatchet a very unique item.

 The SportRatchet is a Swiss tool with a ratchet driver with interchangeable hex bits. The shape is unique compared with other Victorinox tools.The SportRatchet has a serrated main knife blade, extended length cap lifter, a small black plastic bit holder and the ratchet that locks into place with a liner lock and turn clockwise, counter-clockwise or not turn at all. In the bottom of the SportRatchet has a removable wrench, that has six different sized hexagonal holes. And of course the SportRatchet has a toothpick, tweezers, and keyring.
The SportRatchet was made in the 1990s, or according to Victorinox this tool was released around 2000 and there were 25.000 produced.It was marketed as one of Victorinox's "Lifestyle" tools, a group which also included the AutoTool, the Golf Tool, and the CyberTool. It was generally considered a flop and was quickly discontinued.It is a relatively rare item.
(history info of SportRatchet from

Friday, November 4, 2011

Victorinox Anniversary Spartan for the Lion Monument in Lucerne.

This is one of my favorites SAK's of my collection.
This Spartan has metal scales and in the front scale shows the Lion Monument which is in Lucerne.
In the back scale shows a beautiful pattern with flowers and it has a engravable section.
I found it in Australia.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Victorinox ''Hoffritz'' Tinker with can key

This a Tinker with ''Hoffritz'' brand name in the front scale.Victorinox has made knives for Hoffritz, a world wide retail cutlery chain.This Tinker has a reamer without sewing eye and a round screwdriver with a slot .This slot used to help open the old food cans.See the photos.

Victorinox Climber with Coach Leather

This is a Victorinox Climber model with brown leather covering from Coach.You can find it in a variety of  leather colors such as black,brown,tan,red,pink and green.They also made the Classic model with leather covering. It's hard to find a used one in good condition because the leather gets worn very easily.It's a expensive knife to buy if you find it in a mint condition.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Vintage Victorinox Climber

For my first post i think it would be appropriate to show something special.
And what a better way to start with a old Climber from the 1950s.
It has a configuration of old tools , like the shackle instead for the keyring, the fluted corkscrew,
the triangular type reamer and the scissors with single spring and screw joint.
Also it has nickel silver tweezers and the old tang stamp ''Victoria''.