Red and black OH Forester

OH Forester

stands out

28.07.2019 is ready again and to start fresh I would like to show you my latest 111mm OH Forester 0.8361.MWC SAK. This model got the combination blade with waves on the section from the tip. Which is perfectly ok and you have a rather large blade and therefore the use of a combination edge fits very well. There is absolutely no doubt that this category is well made and designed from A to Z in every possible way. It would be difficult to find or express doubts about this category and it is in my eyes the professional line. This is clear from looking on the knives and also from the information I have received over the years. Not to forget use...........

Every category got certain models that stand out from the rest. This is one of these knives and it reflects many of the most important factors in every way.  To describe why it stands out with only a few words could be difficult. One reason is the obvious selection of functions and the ergonomics with comfort. The design will also influence the choice about what is the best designation. This category alone stands out from many of the other popular dimensions. For the typical outdoors person the large construction fulfills demands on a different level. To doubt this is pointless, it is just a fact. Today we have even larger categories with the Delémont 130mm that is another top notch design.

I have shown you before the large flat screwdriver and most of the functions already on my webpage so no need to show many pictures again. I cannot make a page without showing some pictures of the tool. That would be sad and first I have some thoughts and information about the blade.  It locks in place with full precision and the slip-joint spring got that typical Victorinox tension and sound. The lock engages secure to prevent accidental closing. To release the lock the liner is pressed to the side. This you are very familiar with I would expect. Once again to also free people from any worry regarding the locking mechanism and the little play you feel against the lock. This is how it is made and not to worry about at all. It is very secure!

it is a beautiful design

I know it could be a controversy for some about the use of a combination blade. This could perhaps develop into a longer discussion. For me I like different models and this model got the combination edge and this is absolutely correct in my view.

Every time I find or get a hold of one of these sweet tools the full analyzing begins with looking over the construction and functions. The conclusion is that another high quality tool is in the collection.

I recommend taking a look on my rescue blades pages and hopefully you find some interesting impulses.

Super quality saw

Forester wood



In the mail today a beautiful Victorinox 111mm arrived. This is a SAK I have been waiting for that I finally got in my collection. It is the Forester in walnut wood!

It got a beautiful laser engraved emblem with nice darker color for the handles. It is probably stained some and it got a wonderful smell of protected wood. I have gone over it with a magnifier to see if everything is intact on the handles. Everything is perfect and it is a high quality product that is extra beautiful to hold and to look at. The backside scale got some more texture and grain and this is typical showing the growth of the wood material.

You all know how much I love the services range and the 111mm sturdy SAKs. From before I have collected several 130mm and 85mm models with Swiss Walnut. You will find that not only does the individual scales of wood contain darker and lighter material. It is also treated well and stained for some individual look on them. I can smell that it is protected with a nice smelling oil or substance. The Swiss precision is very nice and all the functions got the typical Victorinox quality, functionality and mechanism. There is no toothpick or tweezers on this.  I like when aluminum side plates that is under the wood material is so flat because this will make sure the wood material is sturdier. This Forester does not have the one hand opening blade with combination edge. It got the traditional edge and blade.

Beautiful Swiss Army Knife...

I have the same configuration as above in black handles, it is a very impressive SAK.

The wood material used on the pictures is just some random wood i had.


This is going to be a mixed text of a few factors I discovered researching Victorinox SAKs. It is always difficult to keep the words and text on a minimum level when talking about the knives. It is a lot of fun and it is interesting so therefore the number of letters rise. I would prefer just showing pictures of knives with just the name for it. Many like some information and text too so here we go.

First I know that many people across this planet like the Victorinox knives because you get much value for the money. It is high quality for a reasonable amount of money. This they mentioned to me back in 2008. “Our effort to provide consumers around the world with functional and practical high-quality products at affordable prices gives our lives deeper meaning and adds joy and satisfaction to our work” This is very true and since 2008 it is only natural that prices go up a bit. I fully agree with their philosophy. Victorinox knives are high-quality for a reasonable cost.

Since 2008 the world of steel has jumped a lot and some would prefer a higher quality steel. What I can say is that the Victorinox steel is satisfactory and it is a type of steel we know work.

Since I have shown the Forester model with wood handles and mentioned across my page about the 111mm services range and tools it can be interesting to once again mention what Victorinox said about the development of this category compared to the slide lock models and category.

During the last years we see what many say is the end of the slide-lock models and the stop for them. We see many of the well-known models transformed into the liner-locking sphere:

 We found them to be insufficiently robust and sturdy for the fire brigades, the rescue services, the police and armed forces. For this reason we developed a knife (0.83-0.84) of the same shape and size but much stronger, with thicker rivets and blades, linerlock for the blade and powerful screwdriver. In this range you will find the Victorinox lock blade for one hand opening (e.g. rescue Tool). Since 2008 the number of models with this construction developed further and today used for models in all ranges or purposes. It is a superb knife!

I also exchanged emails about “new tools” that could be interesting to develop for their catalogue of new ideas.  In 2008 it was mentioned to develop new tools and functions can be very expensive. This includes the machines and tools for making it. Estimated 20-30000CHF in 2008 for one tool. The slide-lock was developed from request for a larger tool with lock on it. So just worth having in mind or knowing about.

Victorinox today produce the larger 130mm category in Delemont and in many ways when Wenger developed this they had the idea of size matters. It resembles in many ways how Victorinox developed the services range. Victorinox re-designed it some for their philosophy.


The services range dates back to the early 1990s, until today the number of models increased very much. Wenger develped their Ranger 120mm around 1990-1991. This again develped to the New Ranger 130mm design. Which Victorinox re-designed some later.

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22.09 | 18:02

Hi! Very nice to hear. Best Regards Trond

22.09 | 17:01

You're welcome. I participated in the said NOCUS meeting in 1987, and received one of these knifes. Stil have it :)

13.09 | 20:43

Hi, thank you vert much! Wenger used the name Packlock for the locking mechanism also called Packlock system. Best Regards

13.09 | 16:04

Hello - Love your site - Please can you clarify if this system called the paclock or padlock system? Thank you

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