Philosophies of the brands

Victorinox bruker en "notch" som skal hjelpe mot at funksjonene skal lukke seg sammen når du bruker dem.
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Victorinox and Wenger philosophies


Around 1982-1983 Wenger introduced a new safety feature. This new design would be for comfort and for evolution.  Everyone knows the feeling when the flat screwdriver accidental close -therefore the push lock safety feature was made.

It works just by pressing the flat screwdriver towards when using it.  It will lock into the notch in the spring.

Wenger did use this patent on more functions in the years after, on the Phillips and combination tool as well. It is a very smart invention and like on every Swiss Army Knife it does require full precision in the production. Not easy to make!

When did Wenger introduce this locking on the Phillips? It is a good question, it is always more difficult with Wenger, what I do know is that I have seen this on knives that I would suggest are from the 1986-1988 period.

In 1985 Victorinox introduced a flat screwdriver (with the cap opener and cable tool) that could be used in 90 degrees. Then in 1999 a notch to prevent accidental closing was made, when the tool is fully out it will prevent it or make it more difficult to accidental close.

It is part of the evolution and comfort of a knife and requires very high precision just like on the Delémont type.

Both brands developed this on more than one function.

A 90 degree function is old in the history of the Swiss Army knives.

The point is that the two brands philosophies are very different.


Meget smart funksjon!
I feel Wenger is the most innovative brand.


Victorinox got a beautiful design on the Swiss Army Knives and i feel both knives are very well made.

The factory in Ibach got the values: iconic design, functionality and quality. The brand got a knife that is perfected in production and quality. The iconic design from the origin is there from the Officiers knife.


Wenger is a knife with a more modern developed design and it got quality. It is an evolution of the Officiers style knife. It got an incredible well design.

I like both brands design.

Moving unit update

The Wenger Swiss Army Knife construction


Many people notice the moving unit on a Wenger knife and some people wonder if this is how it should be.

This unit or spacer does move and it is how it should be. This moving unit will follow the slip-joint spring mechanism as you open or close the main blade. If it does not move it is not necessarily any problem. Sometimes after cleaning this unit will move again or the knife may have a bit tighter riveting with the result of being a bit more stationary. If the blade opens and close correct then I would not worry at all about this unit if it moves or not. Wenger has used this for a very long time.

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22.09 | 18:02

Hi! Very nice to hear. Best Regards Trond

22.09 | 17:01

You're welcome. I participated in the said NOCUS meeting in 1987, and received one of these knifes. Stil have it :)

13.09 | 20:43

Hi, thank you vert much! Wenger used the name Packlock for the locking mechanism also called Packlock system. Best Regards

13.09 | 16:04

Hello - Love your site - Please can you clarify if this system called the paclock or padlock system? Thank you

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