From the early 60s until now is our known date on the magnifier glass from Wenger. The Delémont factory originated this tool on Swiss Army Knives.

We have very little information on this and it would be nice if we could receive any information on this tool in the time period early 60s and downwards. We have some information from the 70s and up. Or if you got a specific date of the introduction or invention on it please let me know.

You will find this tool with variations and modifications for different applications and knives.

It works very well as a Jewelers screwdriver or magnifier tool for hobbies like postage stamps or miniature work. There is a variation on the small flat screwdriver tip as well. Models with special tip part designed to open watch cases.

The one on the picture got a screwdriver tip that is handy for small flat head screws. The whole tool is a multifunction tool that may fit very many tasks.

09.01.2021 High quality tool and lens

The precision screwdriver and magnifier glass lens is high quality. In history there are many SAKs with this tool. You will find evolution factors and details on them. You will also discover the magnetic tip on some of them in history. I have several with magnetic tip and this makes me believe it is not very rare to find. It is helpful for precision tasks.  I have never seen any with low quality. They are all high quality instruments.

10.01.2021 magnetic

The full reason for why some are magnetic I do not know. What I know from my research over the years is the obvious reason with the production. On mine it is on some of the SAKs with heavy functionality. Some are more magnetic than others. They are capable of picking small things up. On the 1980 or early 1980s you will probably find them. It is also later on special models I believe. It is also so that the magnetic abilities diminish over the years for obvious reasons. You can see a Victorinox hook disgorger with magnetic tip. They also diminish over the years and were probably made for smaller hooks. It is just cool touch from the production but for sure fun to know. The functionality and how much you get out of being slightly magnetic are in question on all of such. The functionality and quality of the tools themselves is very high. What I discovered with the magnifier with precision screwdriver tip on the Wenger SAKs is the nice ability to pick up small things trapped between something. Same with the Victorinox fish scaler with hook disgorger. 


"Having magnetic abilities after 40 years is not bad. There are probably people out there that can explain this well. What is important is having the precision screwdriver and magnifier lens. It turns out from my research that having a magnifier can be very helpful. To see ticks, splinters and details on equipment. It is a highly functional and important tool to have. Precision screwdrivers are very helpful for precision tasks and by having this you can avoid damaging fine equipment. The shape of the tip is also very useful to get in between something"


It is also a fact with this tool that it’s been used a jeweler lens and for people that are into older mechanical pocket watches. In the history of SAKs you will find this tool used in several designations. Drive safe:)

20.08.22 Major

This is my latest 85mm Wenger 1.23 03 in beautiful condition. I have placed it around 1994 for now. This model got the magnifier tool on it. It is a SAK with rather high functionality. Wenger made beautiful knives all the way in their history and this time window is no exception. Really well made all over in deed.

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26.07 | 23:05

Hi and thank you very much for question. The closest I know is the Master Fisherman 1.4753.72. The. 73 is related to what inlay it got maybe. Best Regards Trond

26.07 | 19:22

Hello Trond,
I received a Mechanic in a red/white Victorinox box. The box is stamped item number 1.47 53.73. Do you know what knife goes in this box? Not Mech

01.07 | 23:13

Hi, sure I would like to see, BR.

01.07 | 16:24

Hello Trond.

Would you be interested in seeing progress pictures
Of my custom Champ with Voyager digital clock scales.
I could email them to you.


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