Wenger knives with icons on the scales is collectable. The two new lines from 1976 was the sportsman presentation and personalized line, from this date many special knives got made.

The  icons in this series got embossed characters with silver marking. In the 80s Wenger started with Pad Print. It is normal to find the same characters on different models, remember that the series is to identify with Your interest. It would be difficult to have a different icon every time. The Backpacker icon is world famous. Wenger philosophy is the outdoors but also the philosphy is the variations of the tools.


The Motorist, embossed and pad print.


A selction of knives from the late 70s until 1990s


For collectors:

Wenger makes variations and the combinations to a knife, you will find nail file vs small blade and corkscrew vs phillips in most cases, this give sometimes unknown models without a name. Locking blade and non locking also.

From my research it is possible to find extra special knives like a gift knife to a person, these are extra collectable.

The embossed characters and icons is made of a silver marking tape, used models may have damages to the icons or the tape has worn off. When cleaning them it can be smart not to use a toothbrush to much. Usually on my knives all of the characters are intact even on used knives.


23.12.2020 icons

Whenever icons are used I find that this gives the extra depth for the appearance and for personal interests. Wenger was a Company that made specialized functions and tools. You can see this from their history and products. In some situations personalizing or dedicated tools become novelties and this is only natural and normal. Sometimes icons can be more in general and can fit many more interests. This you can see as well from the Wenger history and Brand. It is also so with Wenger that you can find the same icon used for several models and SAKs. The extra depth I mentioned is clear to see with advertising SAKs too. Some find it not so fun to carry a knife with advertising for a Company they got no relations with. While other gladly would carry advertising SAKs in the pocket just like me. Many of the Companies use Swiss Army Knives because of the functionality that can fit almost anything. Many times the Companies would like to have in their business the same versatile abilities which SAKs got.


You will discover in the Wenger history as I have mentioned over the years the personalizing and sportsmen presentation knives. Many times Swiss Army Knives are sportsmen knives so it is only natural that icons and novelties are made. Some of the icons are not only novelties but dedicated tools made for different sports and made over a good period of time. If you are into the many different backpacker or other icons above on the top of this page you already know the fact that these was made for people to identify with personal interests. These are typical SAKs and can fit almost any other interest too. It is the icon that is the extra depth and some of the selection of function in there. You will also discover how many of the series with icons was involved in the Competition with Swiss army Knives in the US.

 The reason for why I involve some of the sphere with icons and advertising is simply because it got many of the same factors involved. I really enjoy advertisings and find it very good for me to study. Different Companies got their own logo, flag or presentation. It gives a quality signal when Wenger or Victorinox knives are involved.


Circular navigation is easy for me with Swiss knives because of the factors carved in stone. Swiza is a Company with many of the same factors as Victorinox and Wenger have/had. Quality functionality and icons can have several abilities. It can be novelties, events and organizations.


It is impossible to be fully educated on Swiss Knives. It is important to be humble and to respect the phenomenon. Over the years many impulses appears from research. Different handle colors can have a significant difference for the direction for the knives. Some SAKs have different handle colors for a specific model or a limited edition. In some situation specific handle colors can be in combination with advertising too. In the history of SAKs there are also several materials used for the handles. You can also find luxury materials and expensive steps in the production. There are even designs on the handles that come from designs on a car. Over the years handle coatings, decorations and camouflage system was used to enhance the personalizing or dedication for the interests. Not only to be identified with personal interests but also important designs for professional Hunters. In other words the Swiss Army Knife is endless in possibilities. It also reflects several professional camouflage systems.

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lynnepenn@bigpond.com | Svar 13.01.2016 15.23

Hello I have the motorist bought new in 1998 in New Zealand. Hardly used because the components are hard to move. Is this typical of the model. Rgds Gary Clyne

Trond 13.01.2016 22.31

Hi Gary, they should be easy to move. It may need oil and then move the functions. In some very rare cases Swiss Army Knives are peened too hard. BR

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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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