Victorinox folding knives in the 111mm services tools liner locking category:
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about my research on them and for a better understanding about the functionality.
The construction on these knives is a sandwich design with different functions depending
on designation. This can be sports, hunting, outdoors or services use knives. It is sometimes misunderstood by people that a knife got the “army” word mentioned. It all began with a knife for the soldiers in the Swiss army and that this should
be made in Switzerland. It was the hard work done by The Founder that made this possible. The Swiss Army Knife designation is mainly made from WW2 by American soldiers serving in Europe. This is sometimes mentioned because foreign soldiers had difficulties
with with Offiziermesser in German. This is mostly referred to the officer`s knife or Officiers knife category. “Soldat Messer” is the Soldier knife category in Switzerland. These two categories are
clearly divided by the makers in the evolution. Today it is no problem that collectors and enthusiasts call both categories Swiss Army Knives and even the makers many times
call them such. It is also so that the Soldiers knife is an issued knife in Switzerland for the soldiers.
The 111mm knives made by Victorinox are mainly divided into
two main categories with the slide lock knives and the liner-locking knives. The last one is the strongest knives because they were developed for services and soldiers. It started with the slide lock category in the 1980s because of the demand for a larger
blade with locking mechanism. This category had been made for all users. In the 1990s we see a new category made by Victorinox with a liner-locking presentation. This was because Victorinox found the slide-lock
knives not sturdy enough for services. This is also because of the constant quality development. There are several slide lock 111mm knives and products that continued to be used in different military designations across the world. The liner lock if we could
call this lock so is special and not in any way related to the Michael Walker Linerlock. It is a very different type with a main design to prevent accidental closing but much stronger than the slide lock type. Victorinox use a slip joint sandwich design
and this is together a very different construction. This they use on both 111mm categories. The spring is there as the traditional knives have for the functionality. It holds the blade in open position and in closed position. In open position it is backed
up by the liner lock preventing accidental closing. A folding knife should be used as there is no lock at all and this way you learn correct use. That said the Victorinox lock is very strong made and the liner lock knives are excellent safety knives and takes
force. It is very dangerous for belts and webbings + rope, it will without any problems cut tough materials when every seconds count.
In many ways I recommend this services
category as EDC or in the outdoors because it is the best developed harder use products made by Victorinox. The edge is usually today around 57HRC or 56-57 to be absolutely correct. It is enough for what it is
The liner lock by Victorinox is opposite for closing the blade in and that mean for most two hand closing for best safety. With some practice it is one hand closing
without any problem. The construction on the 111mm services range is extra interesting because Victorinox has made an engineering marvel by making it lightweight and at the same time very strong. It got precision and polished parts. It is comfortable and especially
the dual density handles. This will prevent the handle for slipping on a surface or in the hand, especially with gloves it is very good. One hand opening today is necessary for any safety knife and that it got a lock. Without this it is pointless for services
to uphold the highest standards. The advantage with a folding type knife is the possibility to have other functions in the same package and this way one can make any special purpose design or designation. It is lightweight and small. Everything can be carried
in a pouch.
It is sad that many misuse one hand opening knives from the world because the real intention is in many cases to make a comfortable EDC knife for people.
One hand opening knives with locking mechanisms are today considered excellent safety knives by the everyday person, extreme sport person or rescue personnel.
The durability on the liner-lock by Victorinox is high. Some wonder about the little play against the lock. This little play got no influence on the quality or functionality and it is because of the construction. The factory got the highest
standard with precision and some of them got very little play against the lock. The Victorinox slip joint spring is the most important for this knife and I suspect there must be some play against the lock because of the traditional back spring. This category
is a sandwich one with additional functions. It is also a flexible construction still to some degree. There is no change with the play against the lock after years of use. That suggests to me a sturdy design with quality. The durability is there.
Victorinox and Wenger implemented the same standards and tradition on services or special purpose outdoors knives.
To sum up if
people wonder about the Army name is that it is mainly a quality designation from a very traditional Company.
The 130mm categories made by Victorinox today must be considered very close
to the 111mm in design and construction. The former Wenger knives made by Victorinox today are more a pure outdoors designated category of knives. The design of these knives could have seen service in the Army in Switzerland because the quality was and is
there. The New Ranger knives are very high quality knives and can be used for all outdoors needs. It is an excellent safety knife as well.
The other 130mm category by Victorinox is the latest
Hunter Pro designation and this is a completely different design and construction with a more traditional lock back type. It is a special purpose knife for Hunters.
The word official is today misunderstood by some and the Swiss Army Contract is what should be followed. In the Swiss Army many Original and Genuine Wenger + Victorinox knives
has seen service. Some knives are Official at different places there. It is the main military contract that is the key for the official soldier knife.