Motorist

St.Christopher with nickel-silver inlay and aluminium head tweezers

Motorist St.Christopher a saint for travelers

On the pictures you can see three economy made knives. These knives are from probably very late 60s until 1975. They got variations and interesting details and they are very nice collectables.

Even if they are not made with the finest production they still have quality. There are some warping on the handles, this is usually not from time. This is how they left the factory.

The knife is called Motorist and got the number 8134ma. Collecting economy made knives is fun and they got variations. Many surprises in them and I can promise variations. When a knife does not follow the normal evolution on the functions, then it will be more demanding.  

 

I got a collectors feeling that in the economy made knives the factory use parts over time or on a later date.

On the picture you can see the functions closed.

 

The cable scraper function is an old invention and the knife from 1975 do not have this.

 

Oldest metalfile on top!

 

On the picture you can see the phillips and this is interesting. It did not have a slot before approx 1970, used as a can-wrench. The oldest is the only one with a file part on the phillips. This i can say got variations in time.

 

The oldest also got the elinox stamp on the tang that you will find in the Victorinox stampings page + more.

 

There is no +PAT on the can opener on any of the three. The +Pat on different knives stopped in 1971. But this knife i believe is very late 60s.

In the history we know that Victorinox had models with the St.Christopher from 1957 or atleast this is our known date.

 

The fine flat screwdriver got a 90 degree function, or you may use it fully opened.

 

The awl.

 

Victorinox say about Elinox knives or economy made knives :

 

Until 1969 there were only cheap foreign pocket knives with red handles and the Swiss emblem on sale in the Swiss Souvenir Trade. We did not succeed in preventing the foreign manufacturer from marking his pocket knives with the Swiss emblem. After the court ruling he could however be forced to do so. The Souvenir trade was used to trading with cheap souvenir articles and it is for this reason that we created the Elinox-series (today’s EcoLine). Later on, to our surprise, the higher-priced VICTORINOX pocket knives proved to be the better sellers than the lower-priced Elinox-series also in the Souvenir trade.

 

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Trond | Svar 30.12.2015 22.00

Hi Ken
It sounds to be the Wenger Si Standard issue Soldier knife. It was issued in 1984 because of 84. The K+ is Wk+ Waffen kontrole. It is a great knife! BR

Ken | Svar 30.12.2015 17.22

Hi, I'm trying to identify a silver alox with Wenger, Delemont, Switzerland, Stainless stamped on main blade and 84 on the back. Also a K+ on front handle?

Trond | Svar 15.09.2015 02.11

Hi , yes the nickel silver inlay got a light golden color and they get a patina with age and can get darker because of this. Best regards Trond

Clark Neville | Svar 15.09.2015 02.03

Hello, Can you tell me about the color of the inlay? It looks like light gold, maybe brass color. I have a few knives which have the same color inlay.

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