This is the 108 mm German Army Knife. It was made by Victorinox and officially issued to the troops of the Bundeswehr (German Army) in the period 1976 to 1986. After this period, the same knife was still issued to the troops until 2003 only it was no longer being manufactured by Victorinox. There is also a civilian version available, called the Safari Trooper.
The scales are made of green (“olive drab”) nylon and on the front it has the Bundesadler (the eagle which is the coat of arms of Germany). This knife if the first in the 108 mm series.
If you want a lot of usefull tools like in the Swiss Champ but you want it to be a little less bulky, the Handyman is the knife for you! It’s basically a Swiss Champ without a fish scaler, magnifier, inline philips screwdriver and without the “plus-scales” (so no ballpoint pen and straight pin), making it significantly thinner.
The 108 mm Mauser is variation on the German Army Knife, with an extra clip point blade. Victorinox licenced the name Mauser, as stated on the clip point blade: “Name Unter Lizenz Der Mauser-Werke Oberndorf GmbH”. The saw blade has a protective cover.
This 91mm Swiss Champ is a true masterpiece, almost everything you may need in one big but still very manageable knife! The only thing that surprisingly is missing is a nail file, not even a small one on the multipurpose hook!
The Victorinox Cheese Knife is a 111 mm knife with all the essentials for a romantic entre nous with wine, bread and cheese. Nothing more and nothing less. It was originally designed for the Switzerland Cheese Marketing group in 2010, but in 2013 Victorinox added it to its own catalog as a special edition.
A very nice knife to steal the show with at a family dinner!
The Matterhorn Plus is one of the biggest models from Wenger. It has 9 layers, and only the Tool Chest Plus and the Giant are bigger. It is discontinued. Its key features are the magnifier, the universal wrench and the orienteering tool.
The orienteering tool has a ruler with inches and centimeters, and it has a small removable compass. Wenger introduced the orienteering tool in late 1985. Since then six different versions of the orienteering tool were made, so by the type of orienteering tool you can date the knife. The one on my Matterhorn Plus is the first generation, and because the second generation was already introduced in 1986 this dates my knife at 1985 or 1986.