I remember from the Wenger history about the EvoWood and RangerWood with Walnut handles, they used the wood from Swiss grown trees. They used a laser engraved
emblem. The interesting Swiza emblem got a precise cut cross with a bit different surface inside it compared to the dotted Wenger emblem. I can also mention that when is say that scales are even with the liners it is for sure correct to also mention that they
usually is a tiny bit larger.
Countersunk is when the wood scales are machined to hide the side liner inside it. Both are cool and nice.
When Wenger introduced the EvoWood 85mm knives this was a real feat of performance. I believe it was mentioned that those scales was produced in Italy. Even so the EvoWood was a serious SAK and the wood was from Switzerland. Swiza is a Company that delivers
a very Swiss product too and on the box it says 100% Swiss made.
I am very interested in ergonomics and the reason for why the “even”
scales are just a bit larger with variables could be interesting to have in mind. It is probably for several reasons with design, comfort and production variations. There are probably tolerances to have them a bit larger in general that allows the small production
variations. I can see that Victorinox does the same. Another factor with this can be for some wear over time. Well wood is wear resistant so it would require much use then. It is also worth mentioning that by using such a design can make the edges of the wood
stronger compared to countersunk scales. The edges on such scales can get cracks, then again not from normal use that is. Scales that is even with the liners or just a hair larger is better protected against cracks on the edges. This is because they are naturally
resting towards the sides and not over the side-liners edge.
Wenger had very solid handles with countersunk design on the RangerWood
SAKs. They used thicker scales compared to the Victorinox Delemont re-designed SAKs. Both are very good! The Wenger RangerWood 55 and the Victorinox RangerWood 55 are design master pieces.
There are no doubts that the Swiza handle is advanced
and it got the design with a natural curve for the grip and ergonomics. I learned from researching these products how this design works. The handle itself secures safety and a pleasing design. Instead of nail-nicks
it is used holes in them so the functions can be opened from both sides. It is a very user friendly design and extra developed. Above I brushed some factors that arrive by
using wood. The walnut Swiza use the same design as on their regular scales which is good. If it should have had countersunk scales the dimensions must have been larger and therefore this could present some problems. One example is the opening for the functions,
especially the flat screwdriver. Another function that would be affected is the reamer/awl.