Handles

The emblem is a very important part for Wenger

Wenger knife handles.

On the pictures you can see some handles with information and it is easy to see that the Brand put much effort into them.

From the 2000s we have seen many new knives and designs, the functions of the Swiss army Knives got redesigned. Wenger did go for the new Evolution knives and this got developed in the years after.

The brand really made the handles become a greater part of a knife and it would become a multifunction tool for comfort and design.

The Wenger Brand was very early out with hidden rivets on their knives and it is interesting to see how many types of different attaching this company made in history. Another very important part in history is how they hide the side liner or plate with the handle scales. This they have also used on the wood knives as well.  

The rubber inlay is secured on many places and durable, the handles are press fit designed on the rivet bushing in the front, back and the middle section.

In Wenger history the handles has been a very important part for this brand and the use of new materials and designs.

One thing I have noticed on older knives until today that warping is rare to find and they are more robust against breakage.

 

The handles are made with high technology not possible before.

There are advantages with a hidden side plate design not only for the looks. For comfort it will feel better in the hand. It will hide any sharp edges on liners or plates. Warping will also dissapear.

in the front all of the liners, springs and scales are one.

 

If you take a closer look on the Wenger knives you will find the changes in history.

I did notice on the knives from different time periods that this is a part that the Delemont factory use in their philosophy. On the picture you can see a knife that got this design feature. The backspring and the liners are placed at the same height and this is a comfort feature. The handles or scales are placed above them and the result with the well rounded scales is a comfort without sharp edges. Some of the springs are just slightly above the liners.

On this picture you can see two 85mm Motorist knives from different times. From the top is a model from approx 1985. The next knife is from approx early 1990s and it is easy to see the difference in the construction. The early 1990s knife got all the springs and liners in the same height. You can place the thumb on it without any sharp edges. This change could have started to happen from 1988 and up, most likely early 1990s. The new spring is larger and it is easy to see the changes on the sandwich mechanism. This knife is very comfortable and well rounded.

 

There are also other changes from 1988 with for example the functions and the can opener length.

13.02.2017

 

Check out this video by Geir for replacing scales

It is time for an update on the 130mm New Ranger design by Victorinox

10.08.2019

Victorinox wanted to keep the best from the two Companies with design and functionality. The Victorinox design on the Delémont models is a bit slimmer and with the rim following the liners. Many liked the Wenger design with me included. It depends a bit on how many functions the model got. The old 120mm Wenger Ranger models had nice but a simple handle design that in many ways could go a long way.

The introduction of New Rangers with a much better developed ergonomics and design was really welcome by us. The next step as you know was the RangerGrip models. I do not regret that I collected several new Ranger models from Wenger. Some of the RangerGrip models with a medium selection of functions are just perfect. I also have no regrets in being interested and collecting a few of the Delémont models made by Victorinox today. It all turned out well and the heritage lives on. It is a Swiss product in the hand and with quality. The ingenuity also lives on because the 130mm category could be implemented with this new design and it fits very well. What also remains very well is the large design and functions.

12.01.2021 Porsche design

Here you can see a very nice set of Wenger Porsche Design metal scales for a 65mm SAK. I have it ready for when the opportunity arrives. They are really high quality made and actually got some weight (25 grams). They got a solid feel. These must have some glue in combination with the fit.

19:15 Translucent Scales

While I am at it I can show you the Wenger translucent scales. You can see that you use the traditional press fit for them. You must be a bit more careful with them. The emblem is an inlay as you can see.

24.01.2021 Wenger ingenuity

Wenger got several attachment methods in history. Here you can see some I have talked about before around. I made a new picture with information. On these handle scales you can see the reason for why the Wenger scales are so durable and solid attached. You have 3 main slots which the aluminum liner are pressed into. You also have 4 secondary points marked with x that will ensure 7 points. These scales are extra durable and can take flexing very well. The scales are countersunk and this is the only weak part. Well, not weak but the thin edge can get damages if you should drop it. If the SAK is heavy then these areas can get cracks or damages. The type you see here was used by Wenger for a long time. Later in their history then went over to just press fit as I have shown you. Wenger made much effort into attachment methods and durable scales. They used a few different plastic scales that could also be composite types. These handle scales and method shown today would require extra steps in a production and also makes it extra difficult for replacing your own scales. It is much more difficult actually.

11:13

You have 3 main slots for attachment and 4 secondary. Of the 4 you have 3 in reality because one is for the pin, the others for the bushings..

11:37 EvoWood

Here you can see the Wenger EvoWood scale. There is much effort put into it with the countersunk configuration. I do believe it is press fit to some degree. Wood is not so durable and nice for press fit. It would require a secondary solution. If my information is correct Wenger used a world class super strong tape for the main attachment. To press fit would be a game of chance to some degree. I believe the main method is the tape. The reason for why this is off is because of abuse. By using such a method you avoid the problem with glue. Glue in different forms can cause problems when attaching wooded scales. It must be the right type, it must not get into the mechanisms, it must get time to dry.

11:44

 

"The reason why this is off is because of 3 full cycles in a washing machine. After this it still had to be forced off to some degree. The tape is still adhesive and could be attached again but it would not be as strong.  They are really nice quality scales that are very impressive"

 12:01 

When you have press fit to some degree for the bushings, super tape and countersunk scales you get an exceptional good attachment for the scales. 

12:16

It is not easy to see the remains of the tape on the scale. When I press my thumb hard on it for some time then I can feel it still working rather well.

Thank you for visiting my page. Please take the time to jump around. Best Regards from Trond Ole

12:35

One detail is that I could use plastic press fit replacement scales to replace the wood. The SAK is fully working. 

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OK Sender...

Trond | Svar 17.02.2017 11:53

Looking forward to it

Trond | Svar 15.02.2017 18:04

I also like the other videos you make especially the weapon builds. Cool

Geir 17.02.2017 11:37

More videos are coming in the future, I just need time to make them haha

Trond | Svar 13.02.2017 15:52

Hi Geir!
I am very impressed! Check it out folks

Geir 15.02.2017 13:01

Thank you 😊

Geir | Svar 13.02.2017 14:55

I recently made a tutorial for swapping Wenger scales, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYoaSSS0rSE

Hope this is useful for those who are affraid to break them

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29.03 | 00:28

Hi, thank you very much for message. Yes please send pictures to TrondSAK@SAKhome.com. Best Regards Trond

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28.03 | 21:58

I have one with the capital V on Victorinox (1987), but the spring mentioned isn't there, and the date suggested is pre 1986.

Can I send some pictures to you?

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25.03 | 11:35

Thanks!

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23.03 | 18:15

Hi, interesting question, I am not 100% sure. It could be around 2001-2005
Best Regards
Trond

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