Victorinox 75mm alox pen knife - painted shield with thick lines

Victorinox 75mm alox pen knife

This is a nice single layer pen knife in red smooth alox. It has only 2 blades and, measuring only 75mm, it’s a very small, thin, light weight knife. It’s almost the same as the current Secretary and Pocket Pal models, but it’s 1cm smaller. You can see the size difference in one of the pictures (the bigger one is a Pocket Pal). I think the shield and cross are painted. It’s different from other shields I’ve seen before: the

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Victorinox Explorer - old style mangifier

Victorinox Explorer

The Victorinox Explorer is basically a Climber with an extra layer. The added tools are a magnifying glass and an inline Phillips screwdriver. This one was made before 1991 since there is no hook on the back side of the scissors layer. Also, the corkscrew is fluted and there is a very thin key ring attachment point near the corkscrew. On newer knives (post 1991), the key ring attaches to the back spring on the reamer/awl side of the knife.

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Victorinox red alox Cadet II

Victorinox red alox Cadet II

The Cadet is a nice, slim, 2 layer 84mm Swiss Army Knive with alox scales, currently available in several different colors. This one has a small blade instead of a nail file which predates the current tool configuration but is (unofficially) called Cadet II. This one is pretty old, given that it has ribbed alox scales instead of the current checkered scales. Also, it has the older style Swiss Shield on the front scale. The Recruit is closely related to

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Amefa Dutch Army Knife - KL70

Victorinox and Amefa DAKs

Here are a couple of Dutch Army Knives. The brown one is made by Amefa (the Apeldoornse MEssenFAbriek or knife factory of Apeldoorn). It’s in pretty bad shape, but hey, it’s 41 years old :) The brass liners look good though. Real nail breaker this one. The KL 83 one is made by Victorinox. It has a bail and non-polished opener tools. This one has a broken blade tip, but the other tools look virtually unused. It has brass liners.

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