The awl and corkscrew on the Ranger knives or other SAKs can be used for many different tasks.

The corkscrew can be used to open knots and for different rope work. It is much more than just a corkscrew to open a bottle of wine with.

Many wonder about the Wenger awl and why it is not made or designed to be used for cutting a hole. This awl is very different in philosophy and it can be used on rope without damaging the fibers.

This can also be used as a sacking needle on wood sacks or similar tasks.

The special tip can be used to make holes in cans and to make a starter hole in wood for a screw. It can also make the special holes in leather. I use a wood board under when using the awl on leather. It goes through thick leather without any problem at all.

Please take a look on my other pages on the Ranger knives.

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Holes in cans.

Mike Horn awl


The Mike Horn Awl/reamer on the right is a very developed tool for drilling and much more.

04.01.2021 Victorinox

Victorinox implemented the famous awl for the 130mm Delémont SAKs. It is a very versatile function that can be used for a huge number of things.

I remember when I first started to test the Wenger type I wondered how the performance of this would be because it is not any special sharp on the tip and you do not have the ability to make round holes very well. I got very surprised how well it performed for many things.

The type Victorinox use is very good for making holes in wood and it is durable and solid too. Wenger had a few different reamer/awls as well with the ability to make holes with the additional edges on them. For example on the Mike Horn model you will find one as mentioned above. It is also so that Victorinox got several different ones on their SAKs and Tools. The 130mm on the picture with the new awl is a RangerWood 55. This one got a bit lighter color on the wood. I must admit I got a few of those with different shades.

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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

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