Production variations

Wenger production variations

Searching for evolution variations for dating is important and part of a hobby, there are some differences on Wenger knives that one just usually must just call production variations. I call them production variations because they may just be differences from the production when the knives are made.

It is not rare that knives even from the same batch may have differences on them or from the same year and so on. On the picture you can see three Wenger knives from the early 1990s and they look very similar next to each other. The differences is only seen when you take a very close look in hand.

I have been searching and done study on these variations and all three of these knives got small differences on the long can opener, this on the curve of the edge part. This you can see if you draw around it with a very thin pencil.

All of them have small differences in the length of the tang on the corkscrew! From my information this is typical Wenger but not always. The tang stamp on the blades may have small differences in them like the depth of the stamp. This is also production variations at least on these knives.

It is very typical to find differences on other functions as well but not always.

Good luck!

16.02.2021 never surprised

Very important facts about history with Swiss Army Knives

This little text and article will be just text because I find it extra important to know about. I will try to keep it short. With SAKs and knives from Switzerland you have an evolution and milestones. We see new innovations and inventions placed on them for new functionality and growth. The evolution and milestones are many times very true and together with the evolution you can get a time window. There are two companies in the history of Swiss Army Knives until 2013. I am never surprised anymore about functions and special models. Because of the two Companies making products and constantly driving the functionality forward. When we speak about the evolution and milestones and different knives it is very important to remember the history with many hand steps in a production, this can give variations on the design and functionality. The most important factor I will speak about now is special models and innovations. In the evolution and milestones it is just a general form because both Wenger and Victorinox made many categories, and by many I mean many! When you have competition you will get a huge number of special models. In many ways you will get a custom department making special models for certain requests. This means collaborations with other companies and special requests there. I guess most of you know where I am driving at. Because you have a history from the late 1800s until today it is just obvious that we see a constant flow of rather unknown models and knives. This is probably just the tip of the iceberg.  I am never surprised anymore really because such a long history one can expect a lot of things tried. Collaborations, custom products, special requests, constant development and not to forget the competition produced special functions and models.

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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

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