0041 – Victorinox Classic (US Mission Geneva)

This is a red 58mm Classic with the Great Seal of the United States alongside the text “U.S. Mission Geneva” on the front, instead of the Victorinox Shield.

U.S. Mission Geneva refers to the permanent diplomatic mission of the United States to the United Nations (and other international organizations) in Geneva.

The Great Seal of the United States consists of a bald eagle, holding a bundle of arrows in one claw, and an olive branch in the other. The eagle is looking towards the olive branch. This symbolizes the United States has a strong desire for peace, but will always be ready for war.

Above the bald eagle you see a so called “glory” with in the middle a six pointed star. The observant reader could now be thinking: wait, one six pointed star… this can’t be right ?! That is correct. The original Great Seal doesn’t have one star, it has 13 small stars arranged in the shape of a six pointed star. I don’t know why on the knife it has only one star. I think the metal inlay on the Victorinox scale don’t allow a small enough level of detailing to make 13 individual stars.

external links: SAK Wiki   US Mission in Geneva   Great Seal of the US (Wikipedia)

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