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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Victorinox (Victoria) Champion – Mother of Pearl

This Victoria stamped Champion is one of my absolute favorites in my collection. Not only does it have all the vintage tools like a clip-point small blade, long nail file, old scissors with single black leaf spring, +PAT can opener and old style saws, it also has beautiful mother of pearl scales and it is in mint condition. According to the tang stamp (obverse: Victorinox Switzerland Stainless Rostfrei; reverse: Victoria Officier Suisse and crossbow) and some of the tool designs

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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 (Victoria) Accountant with long nail file

This is a pretty cool knife from the 1950s or 1960s, measuring 84mm. I have not really tried to date this but it has all signs of being a vintage knife from that era: Victoria tang stamp, wide version of the long nail file spanning two layers, exposed rivets, metal tipped tweezers. SAK enthusiasts usually refer to these knives by the Accountant name. They were also available without scissors and with different scale materials like horn, stainless steel (Guilloché) and

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Victorinox/Victoria Huntsman with long nail file

This is an older version of the Victorinox Huntsman. It’s probably from the 1970s. It features the long nail file on the back side of the scissors layer. That tool has been out of production for years. Unfortunately this one has a broken tip. When this particular knife was sold it was probably known as model no. 236 aU, but that could also be the identifier from longer ago when the awl was still the thick triangular one.

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Small, Vintage Swiss pocket knife

This old Swiss pocket knife was sold to me as a vintage Elsener knife. Although Elsener or Victoria/Victorinox knives in 62mm are known to exist, I doubt this is one because it lacks any Elsener (or Victoria/Victoria) markings. The tang stamp seems to say INOXYD or JNOXYD, but some sources mention the stamp NONOXYD. It has an unusual tool configuration consisting of a large blade (well, actually it’s very small), a small blade (or better: a tiny blade), small scissors

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Vintage Victorinox Fischermesser

In the 1960s or 1970s Victorinox offered two versions of the Fisherman’s knife or Fischermesser. They were available with blue scales (uncommon back in the day) with a fish emblem on the top of the front scale, instead of the Swiss shield and cross. These knives were equipped with unusual scissors with a cut-out, and of course the fish scaler. The one I own is actually a bit more uncommon. It lacks scissors and a metal file. I have never

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