Victorinox 75mm Student with imitation tortoise shell scales

This small pocket knife was listed in the 1940s Elsener/Victoria catalogue. It was known as 50CT: 50 = the Student config (75mm, two blades), CT = Celluloid Tortoise. I’m putting this under cellidor although this knife predates the cellidor scaled SAKs. Old celluloid has the tendency to decay and shrink. These tortoise celluloid scales however look fine, except for some damage on the front. Based on the tang stamp (obverse: crossbow; reverse: VICTORINOX) this knife was made between 1923 and

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Victorinox Executive with mammoth tusk ivory scales

In November 2011 Victorinox released a rather unique version of the 74mm Executive mode featuring hand crafted mammoth tusk ivory scales. It came in a nice gift box with a cloth sleeve and a small leaflet with some information on the material used. According to sources close to Victorinox and based on pictures I’ve seen there were lots of problems with the fit and finish of these scales. Mammoth Ivory is a hard material to work with and several of

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