The Wenger emblems and tang stamps are the symbols of Switzerland and Brand. It is unavoidable that there are during history production variations on them. The usual Wenger emblems are high quality inlays. The use of colored aluminum and pad printing or hot stamped emblems are also the symbols of a quality designation. During
history the production changes and we get the evolution of the products. The evolution are both deliberate and because of new products with additional production changes.
also in my opinion deliberate production variations and unavoidable changes to the tang stamp to mention one side. In the production we get more and more precise tang stamps. So precise that it is an indication of superior manufacturing. I do believe that
there are indications that the design, letter and symbols are deliberate changed at times to protect it further. It can be very small things that you will need a magnifier to see. As I said it is unavoidable to prevent production variations too. There are
sometimes clear differences from batch to batch and from year to year that is unavoidable. In my opinion as we get a more and more precise tang stamp we get two indicators that are important. The stamp is at first glance very similar over even a decade? Wouldn’t
this be a problem and easier to copy? Second side is thus more precise tang stamp thus more difficult it is to copy. In my opinion the tang stamp is so precise together with a very precise construction of the SAK itself + the emblem. It would be very costly
If it was made a fake it would be very difficult for them to know the code to all the other factors. This can be small changes on the letters that are production variations and
deliberate changes over the years. And! Where the tang stamp is placed on the shank/tang must be taken into consideration. If it is a bit to the left or right, if it is high or low. On the pictures are two Genuine Wenger knives and it is right to say that
there is no problem as I see it that any manufacturer in the world would fake such knives. The problem is more that many people do not know the products well so it is easy for many manufacturers to make cheap knives that make an impression of a Swiss Army
Knife and that are the problem.
For me it is more interesting to learn about every detail and to understand some production changes.
It is no doubt that there are from time to time deliberate changes done by Wenger to protect their products and quality. This is important because it does show that symbols and the quality of Switzerland must be protected so it shows the difference between
high-quality and fakes. Precision and quality goes hand in hand. If you study coins, watches or any products that are quality made in the world you will see that stamps are an indicator of a protected and signed product.
So I have no doubt that emblems and tang stamps are far more important than most would know.
It would be interesting to learn about the laws
and regulation done by the Swiss authorities that regulate The Swiss Symbols. This is a factor that may influence sudden changes to the ones used on blades and handle scales on the SAKs.