0103 – Victorinox Classic SD (US Department of Defense)

This is a black 58mm Classic SD with on the front the seal of the United States Department of Defense, and on the back the signature of former Secretary of Defense William Cohen (under president Bill Clinton).

The seal of the Department of Defense: an American bald eagle, holding three crossed arrows (representing the classic three branches: army, navy and air force), above a wreath of laurel (representing honor received defending peace) and under rays and stars (representing glory).

external links: SAK Wiki   DoD (Wikipedia)   William Cohen (Wikipedia)

0101 – Victorinox Master Craftsman (Dutch Air Force)

This is a blue 91mm Master Craftsman. On the front it reads “KLU EIGENDOM” which means “property of royal netherlands air force”. These knives were part of the pilot’s so called “Bail-Out Kit” with stuff they could use to survive in the event of ejecting or crash landing in a hostile area.

external links: SAK Wiki

 

0100 – Victorinox Rucksack (Bundesgrenzschutz)

This 111mm Victorinox Rucksack model was issued to members of the German federal border guard (BGS, Bundes Grenz Schutz). In 2005 it was renamed to the Bundespolizei (federal police).

On the main blade the word “BUND” is etched:

On the front it has the Bundesadler (the eagle which is the coat of arms of Germany).

external links: SAK Wiki   BGS (Wikipedia)   Bundesadler (Wikipedia)

0099 – Victorinox Rambler (Director of Naval Intelligence)

This is a blue 58mm Classic SD with United States Navy seal printed on the front, and the inscription “Chief of Naval Operations Director of Naval Intelligence”.

The Director of Naval Intelligence is the head of the United States Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI).

external links: SAK Wiki   ONI (Wikipedia)

0097 – Victorinox Companion (S-3 Viking)

This is a 58mm Companion (basically a Classic with smooth alox scales). It has an image of a Lockheed S-3 Viking aircraft which is used by the United States Navy.

As you can see the scissors have the adjustable screw pivot. Victorinox stopped using those in 1991 (they use rivets since then), so this knife is at least 25 years old!

external links: SAK Wiki  S-3 Viking (Wikipedia)

0093 – Victorinox BO SwissTool Spirit (Dutch Army issue)

This black SwissTool Spirit is issued to soldiers in the Dutch Army. It comes with leather sheath which carries the Interservice emblem (logo that represents the different branches of the Dutch military: the Army, Air Force and Navy).

external links: SAK Wiki

0090 – Victorinox Soldier (1964)

This is a red alox Victorinox Soldier (model 1961), which was issued to the soldiers in the Swiss army. The first years this model was issued to the army the handles were red alox. Supposedly so the soldiers could easily find back their knife if they dropped it in the snow. The red alox wore off too easy, so after a few years the Swiss army switched to silver alox.


The ’64’ blade stamp means this knife was manufactured in 1964.

The knife has a W-K stamp on the handle, which stands for Waffen Kontrol. It means the knife passed the Swiss army quality inspection.

These years the blade stamp was “Elsener Schwyz Victoria”.

external links: SAK Wiki

0087 – Wenger Standard Issue (1954)

This is a fibre handled 100mm Wenger Standard Issue (model 1951). These knives, with minor changes over the years, were issued to the troops of the Swiss army between 1891 and 1961. This one is from 1954.

The ’54’ stamp on the blade means this knife was issued in 1954.

The circular stamp on the handle is the W-K stamp, which means WaffenKontrolle. This means the knife passed the Swiss army quality inspection.

external links: SAK Wiki