Victorinox – Armée Suisse Spartan with horn scales

This horn scaled Swiss Army Knife may very well be the oldest one in my collection now that my Elsener Soldier and horn scaled gardening knife have been sold. Based on the tang stamps (VICTORINOX on the main blade and ARMÈE SUISSE on the bottle opener) and some tool details I’m dating this to the 1930s. In that time it was probably named 234H but given its similarities to the modern day Spartan that’s what I’m calling it. And yes,

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Vintage, horn scaled 84mm SAKs

Two nice vintage items. Both with horn scales and in 84mm. The older one (stamped Inoxyd/Armée Suisse) has the pre-1940s opener layer, the old style reamer and brass liners. It has a taper towards the end, with the blade layer being quite a bit thicker near the small clip point blade pivot. This is a beautiful vintage knife in great condition. The only flaw is the missing tips on both blades. The other one is marked Victoria and is probably

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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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