Victorinox Climber Year of the Goat (2003)

Victorinox Climber – Chinese Year of the Goat

This is a very nice Limited Edition Victorinox Climber made to celebrate the Chinese Year of the (water) Goat in 2003. It has an image of a goat on the front and there is a serial number stamped in the liner near the corkscrew. This one was obviously carried, that’s why the image has faded a little. These knives were sold with a very nice matching presentation box which unfortunately I don’t have. Other models were issued as well, including

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Victorinox (Victoria) 84mm Climber Small

Victorinox (Victoria) Climber Small

The very popular Climber model was once available in a slightly smaller 84mm version. This is a Victoria version with a five turn corkscrew, a +PAT can opener, the old style scissors (spring is broken) and a small clip point blade. Unfortunately, Victorinox stopped producing 84mm knives with scissors a couple of years ago. It’s a terrible picture but that’s OK since it matches this Climber’s pretty bad condition ;)

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Victorinox Spartan - landwirtschaft.ch

Victorinox Spartan – landwirtschaft.ch

The Swiss Army Knife is used by companies all over the world as a promotional item and that’s why there are literally millions of SAKs with a company logo on the scales. Some people collect all kinds of advertizing SAKs but personally I am only interested in the unusual ones, with cool, big metal inlaid logos, unusual tool layouts (like that Hewlett Packard SpatuClimber) and interesting scale designs (like my Bavarian Palace Department Huntsman). Here is another one of those

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Victorinox Victoria Armée Suisse 234 H Spartan

Horn scaled Victoria Armée Suisse Spartan

This is one of my older knives, in fact I think only my early 1900s Soldier’s knife is older than this one. It has roughly the same configuration as the modern day Spartan so that’s what I am calling it, though years ago these knives probably only had a model number. I think this knife is from the 1940s. A good indication is the “lobster claw” type can opener that was only available for a small period of time and

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