All pocket knives and tools are Swiss Army Knives
I have discussed some about this before and I know
there are some that wonder about why we call all pocket knives and multi-tools SAKs. Basically an Officers and a Soldier knife represents the true meaning of the origin. The development of the Soldiers knife was the key feature for the Founder and the Association
of cutlers. It is also important that the Founder and cutlers was very skilled in making many other products as well. The Officers knife is what most people today consider to be a Swiss army Knife. So let us dwell a bit on this. The phenomenon really
started after WW2 and the popular name Swiss Army Knives was used because of some historic, language and popular terms like we know. On the internet there is information on this to be found.
There are many categories and knives and to be called an Officers knife and Soldiers knife requires them to have some functions. The reason we call all pocket knives and tools SAKs are simple. We know all the categories and most of the history.
We set aside all this and call all of them SAKs when they are made in the tradition and by the two makers in Switzerland. It is not a modern phenomenon that there are many categories. In general all the products made by Wenger and Victorinox are made in the
tradition. Some would say that the makers of the Genuine and Original SAK call them so because of advertising or marketing reasons. I know that the two Companies implements the quality and tradition into the products and therefor they are technically SAKs.
For me they are also this because they got small factors with different emblems and tang stamps that are guided into the main products. For sure the use of the SAK term on all the pocket knives and tools can be strange for some and I agree. We know about the
categories and history but it makes it so much easier to call them SAKs when they are made by the two Companies in history. There also other factors involved. One is the valuable help a 58mm Classic or a 65mm Wenger knife can have on the key ring. Another
is the adaptation into all kinds of situations and everyday life. Even the Garden tool with just one blade is called a SAK by us.
If you notice on the two Companies in history
then you will discover that they do make some distinction between the categories and make a difference between what are the main products of Swiss Army Knives.
sure we do not call kitchen knives and such cutlery for SAKs so there is one limit for us too just like the Companies. There we have a different history with them both!
is easier for us or at least for me to call the pocket knives and tools for SAKs. Somehow no matter how we twist and turn there is a link between them. The correct technical term would be the Soldiers and Officers knives that are the Swiss Army Knives
and not all the other categories around them.
Most enthusiasts does not call the Garden tools and SwissTools for SAKs, some do.