Wenger and Victorinox pliers

To tenger fra Wenger og Victorinox


Both companies introduced this function in 1986 but they are very different in the design and construction. Even if a tool is made for the same job it is on these a different comfort and construction. 


Small wire cutters.

On the left is a Wenger plier and on the right a Victorinox one, both are good and made for light duty.

These pliers are only for small work and fit well into RC hobbies or other smaller tasks.

Also here we see the spring on them, Wenger use the lever or integrated spring on it and one also get an extra wide mouth.

Crimper tool, also the Wenger plier got two modes on the mouth.

On both there is a crimper tool for cables, on the Victorinox plier this was introduced in 1995. On the picture i show the two modern pliers from the companies, I have used and tested both from before. The crimper tool is only for the light work but it works!

For work on electronics both of these are the best, one can not use a large plier on electronics. It is easy to grab a component or turn a small bolt. Here I would say that these pliers belong, but I can also mention that it works for fishing. One can remove a hook from a small fish.

It is not so that these pliers are only for a gadget design, they are made for use.  What is extra interesting for collectors is also the variations, believe me they are there. Also take notice of the two philosophies on the design from these companies

Cable crimper tool on the Victorinox plier. The wire cutter on both of them is only for the small jobs, Wenger also got a hole for cutting a wire.


Both of these do the same job, both high quality.


I can throw a coin in the wishing well and dream about good things happening. I can drink from a holy stream. I could wish the world was perfect and without danger. Over the years I have had attention to the small pliers on Swiss Army Knives like you see on the pictures above. One would think that MTs would replace all need for them? Clearly not so because I find them used in numerous situations. It is really nice and interesting. In many cases it is like the small slim knife blades that can reach narrow places. They are comfortable and got surgical precision.




I know 100% from the study of SAKs just how valuable and important they are. One can dream about a perfect world. It is better to have the tools in the hand because in a situation dreams are not helpful.



It’s been a while since I updated the small plier’s page so it is time for a coffee break to unlearn it.

On the Skipper model you find the small pliers that can be used for many tasks. I would expect on the sea that there numerous small electrical repairs, maintenance and equipment that is to be adjusted. You can actually do many chores with such pliers. When I finally got a Skipper Pro model you see a bit different philosophy. This I find extra ordinary interesting and fit very well with two sides of the story. If you look upon Sailor and Navy knives you many times find a spike tool. So I very much understand when Victorinox made a Pro Model that includes such a tool.

The SwissTools got a larger plier and if you look upon newer models than the type on the picture you can see even more solid ones.  I would expect in some situations that the small pliers would not be enough. It is a very interesting comparison with the pliers. The biggest question is the comparison with the Pro model that does not include pliers and the Skipper Navy that includes a set of pliers with more functions in the package.  There are two different philosophies here and isn’t this fun? I like it!


“All hands on deck said the skipper “-he is the only crew and smoking his pipe, uses his Skipper pro model to fix a wire that got damaged in the storm. He does other chores too on rope, equipment and adjusting engines.

“All hands on deck said the skipper” -four man crew, each crew member gets individual chores to do depending on their knowledge and purpose.


I do like the Pro model very much and i would say it is a wonderful tool in combination too. I believe that pliers are very important on the sea.  I also believe the Services Range construction Skipper in Navy blue or blue with the small pliers is a legit package. The Marlin spike with shackle opener you find on the regular models is a bit different in design while the Pro Spike is very robust and equipped with a lock. Having the small pliers today would be extra important for the small repairs and adjustments. While large pliers could do the heavier things and speaking about larger pliers there is another fact. Which is that not everyone is a fan of pliers because of the damage they can inflict on equipment. You have specialized tools for such. Pliers would be for the emergencies in that case.



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03.01 | 15:26

The 120mm continued after the New Ranger. They had Patent and not pat pend. I say pat pend first then patent next. But! Wenger did many variations! :)

03.01 | 15:08

The old Ranger 120mm is from 1991, on my 1993 it is pat pend I have seen it on 1991 too and Swissbuck as well! Wenger can be a minefield because of variations

03.01 | 15:04

It is a superb question. Wenger used different stamps, some because of european laws. Usually the quality and steel is the same. Which is first? Not sure.

03.01 | 14:48

Hi! Sorry for late answer. I have seen many variations with Wenger, please send pic to trondsak@sakhome.com

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