0107 – Victorinox Bijou (President of the United States)

This is a 58mm black Bijou with on the front side the signature of former President Lyndon B. Johnson and on the back side the seal of the President of the United States.

The seal of the President of the United States.

President Lyndon B. Johnson started the tradition of giving a Swiss Army Knife to visitors of the White House. After him many other presidents followed this tradition. It comes in this nice box set.

external links: SAK Wiki

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)