Victorinox 1291-1991 Sportsman

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This 84mm Victorinox Sportsman has a picture of William Tell and his son printed on the front scale. It is part of a kit that also contains a cassette tape with Swiss Music. The kit was probably issued for the 700 year anniversary of Switzerland (Confoederatio Helvetica) in 1991, but the knife itself was not part of the 700 year anniversary series (which you can find on I Love SAK’s). Those knives had metal inlaid logos instead of printed ones.

Victorinox 1291-1991 SportsmanThe knife in the picture on the box looks like a Spartan (91mm) or a Tourist (same as the Spartan, but 84mm), but the actual knife is a Sportsman, since it has a nail file instead of the small blade. Usually, the Sportsman has a keyring. This one does not. Note that the reamer/awl does not have a sewing eye (newer ones do). It also has a fluted corkscrew.

Fun fact about this set is that I bought it new in a regular hardware store in 2010, 19 years after it was issued :D

7 comments

  1. Dear Reinier,

    My name is Ben and I’ve been looking for this set for my boss. Could you please advise the name/address/tel. of the hardware store that you got these? I’ve been searching everywhere in the world with no success. Would you be interested in selling it? Name your price if you are willing to sell. My boss is willing to pay a premium for these.

    Please let me know.

    Thanks

  2. Hi Ben,
    Let me see what I can do for you. I am not willing to sell mine, but I will contact the store for you and see if they have more of these sets. I do know that they don’t ship internationally, so you won’t be able to buy a set yourself. But I can be the “middle man” if you want to.
    I will send you an e-mail as soon as I have more information.
    Cheers!

  3. Hi Reinier,

    Thanks for your reply! We would really appreciate your help on this! I’m sure my boss is willing to pay a fee for your “middle man” assistance. Please let me know if you source them. I’ve exhausted myself trying to find these knives and would be grateful if you can help.

    Please do email me and looking forward to hearing from you.

    Many thanks!

    Ben

  4. I have a 91mm spartan Swiss army knife with the William tell and son logo dated 1291 -1991. Any idea of the value?

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