0035 – Wenger Commander (Europa Star Series)

This is a 85mm Wenger Commander from the Europa Star Series. In this series there are also an Esquire, a Traveler with synthetic scales and a Traveler with alox scales.

Instead of the Wenger logo these knives have the logo of the European Union, with the 12 stars on azure background.

external links: SAK Wiki (Commander)   SAK Wiki (Europa Star)

0025 – Victorinox Huntsman (US Forest Service)

This is a 91mm Victorinox Huntsman with a logo of the US Forest Service. This one has red scales, but a green one is also available.

Because the US Forest Service logo is on the front, the Victorinox shield is moved to the back side.

external links: SAK Wiki

0024 – Victorinox Tinker (Gadsden flag)

This is a 91mm Victorinox Tinker with yellow scales and the Gadsden Flag on it.

The Gadsden Flag is designed by general Christopher Gadsden in 1775 during the American Revolution. It was a motto flag for the Continental Marines. In that period the rattlesnake became an important symbol of the American colonies:

“I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids—She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance.—She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage.—As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shown and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal:—Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of stepping on her.—Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?”
– Benjamin Franklin, “The American Guesser”, Pennsylvania Journal, 27 dec. 1775.

The rattlesnake was one of the symbols used in the seal of the War Office (during the American Revolution) and its superseding offices: the US Department of War (until 1947) and the US Department of the Army (since 1947).

Because the Gadsden flag is on the front side, the Victorinox shield is moved to the backside.

external links: SAK Wiki   Gadsden Flag (Wikipedia)   US DoA seal (Wikipedia)

0015 – Victorinox Handyman

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.

external links: SAK Wiki

0011 – Victorinox Swiss Champ (demolished)

This knife is no longer in my collection

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 Swiss Champ compared with the Handyman and the Compact…

external links: SAK Wiki

 

0006 – Wenger Matterhorn Plus (SOLD)

This knife is no longer in my collection

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.

external links: SAK Wiki

0002 – Victorinox Trailmaster (or: Trekker)

The Victorinox Trailmaster is the second Swiss Army Knife I bought. It’s key features are a locking blade and extra strong caplifter (which also locks and can be used as a small prybar). In other parts of the world this knife is also known as the Victorinox Trekker.

 

external links: SAK Wiki