D06 Orange numbering


I find it a quality impression when knives are marked well. This can be the tang stamp, emblem and other identifications. Each number and marking represents a step in the production and the evidence that it is a protected product. I can dwell on the impressions from the Swiss craftsmanship. From time to time I like to buy doubles to learn and to check some details. Many of you know this to be production variations and so forth. One of my favorite Swiza knives is the D06 orange. I bought one in January 2019 and one more today January 30th 2020. Same box, same number on that and similar functions. The most important difference and the one I would like to show is the backside tang stamp number that you see on the picture shown here. I am not 100% sure on how the numbering system works. It got two different last digits on them. Maybe you could figure it out or give some information? I will have to look further on the internet to see, if some new info should appear.

The D06 orange is a beautiful model, solid and with a cool selection of functions. It is a nice instrument in deed. From the date stamp on the box it seems both knives was produced in 2018, one in March and one in April. It could be that the one I got today with 45 as the last digits is from March 2018. What I can say is that these are not from the same Batch.

The D06 model number is KNI.0060.1060


In reality it is not necessary to know what the numbering on the blades means. It is a quality detail for sure. It is the Swiss made with the Swiza dedication on the blade that is the most important. Still I know there are many that are interested in this numbering.

I learned that with SAKs and Swiss Knives in history that some parts could be produced for a specific period of time. In the history I learned that different markings on the SAKs were done for future information. Some hidden markings could be placed so a Company could identify the batch if modifications were done. This could be markings on liners, scales and other.

With Swiza knives it is a numbering system that is fully open and not individual numbers for models. It is a general numbering for a batch of blades. It could also be that the blades could be made a while before so the label on the box with the date is when it is fully assembled and packaged. Again, this is not 100% information. Just that we can write about this and dwell on it show how such a detail lifts the products up.

The identification of products becomes a protection and it would be difficult to make fakes. I also learned in the history of SAKs and Swiss products that some blades may look completely the same, it still could be small details that differentiates them. This can be for specific reason regarding locking mechanisms and the general assembly together with many functions and so forth. It could be that numbers on the backside tang on the Swiza blades got dates. I am not 100% sure because I have seen many and it could be different on some. One thing is for sure and this is that such numbering must be very helpful for the Company. It is a quality impression to me because of that.

It could be implemented factors in a production for future development and quality control. Quality control is a big thing with Swiss products and not only the general inspection of the knives going out but also if any should come back. I have been into some of this before and I hope you enjoy it too. I do believe that markings and numbers on products are very important.




In the time I have been into products from Switzerland it is only one time that I had to send a product for repair. Maybe it could have been two if I wanted. No Swiza yet. In general the Swiss makes the best pocket knives without a doubt. I have collected a few knives over the years that other people have abused and luckily I found some hidden markings on them. This was very educational.


Last today i can inform some about the history of SAKs that hidden markings was done to identify modifications. If any changes in the products it could be marked on a hidden place so they could identify it if it came back. We know with SAKs about the constant quality development, quality control, modifications and the evolution. It is typical also that Swiss Watches got specific numberings on them and we know that the Swiza knives are related to the famous Swiza Watches too. In Swiss knives there are many extreme tolerances with precision and assembly.

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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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