0031 – Victorinox Bijou SD (ARMY TACMS)

This is a red 58 mm Victorinox Bijou SD with inscription. A Bijou is basically a Classic without a keyring.

The “ARMY TACMS” refers to the Army Tactical Missile System, which is a long range guided surface-to-surface missile that is fired from a multiple rocket launcher like the M270 MLRS and HIMARS. The missiles are manufactured by Lockheed Martin.

The missiles were first used in action during the Gulf War in Operation Desert Storm (1991). I’m not sure but I think the “Combat Proven” inscription suggests this knife was made (shortly) after Operation Desert Storm to commemorate the first in combat use of the TACMS. The fact that Victorinox stopped manufacturing the Bijou model in that same period supports this assumption.

On the back side of the knife you’ll find the usual Victorinox shield.

external links: SAK Wiki   ARMY TACMS (Wikipedia)  ATACMS Firing (Youtube)

0019 – Victorinox German Army Knife

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.

external links: SAK Wiki   Bundesadler (Wikipedia)

0012 – Victorinox Mauser

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.

external links: SAK Wiki

0008 – Victorinox Electrician

The Victorinox Electrician is a 93 mm alox model. It is similar to the very common Pioneer model, only it replaces the can opener with an Electrician’s blade (a sheepsfoot shaped blade with a wire scraper).

external links: SAK Wiki