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.
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.
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 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).
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.
This is a small wonder: a lot of usefull tools in a very small 4 layered 58 mm Swiss Army Knife. The scissors and cap lifter have their own layer, but the other tools share one layer (meaning there is no liner between them). This makes the knife extra thin, but the downside is that tools may rub against each other.
The alox Vagabond is made exclusively for Swiss Bianco, a US/Canada based dealer. This olive drab (green) alox Vagabond is limited to 100 pieces.
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.