two types construction

The Outrider model

During the last years Victorinox transform models from the 111mm slide-lock category into the tougher 111mm liner-locking category.  One of the favorite models is the traditional Outrider with the slide-lock configuration.  On the pictures you can see some of them side by side with the new liner-lock edition. The traditional model can be used for most things and will go a long way for normal use. The step up to the services range category lifts it up to a higher quality that is stronger and tougher. The selection of tools is the same in both tools and this selection is very good with scissors and long Phillips screwdriver. Large blade, wood saw and several other nice functions place this model to be one the best choices anywhere. It is just a great quality and you feel it in the hand.

111mm Outrider models with the liner-locking type on top

04.12.2020 Slide lock Outrider "one more"


Today I would like to show you my latest 111mm slide-lock SAK. It is the Outrider model and it is one of my absolute favorite 111mm knives. The reason for why I secured myself another one is because it is retired. This information has been out for some time now. Victorinox transformed and made a liner-locking Outrider since the slide lock 111mm SAKs was going to be retired.

Both 111mm designs are very good with the liner locking one the toughest. I mentioned a short time ago that Victorinox is a gigantic Company so if this category is 100% retired remains to be seen. I do not have much information besides the confirmation from collectors that from 2017 the slide-lock is to be retired. I have no doubts about this. There is also a statement from Victorinox on this I believe. This is how it is and true. It is also clear to see because several models are transformed.

It is still possible to get the slide-lock Outrider from web shops. On the picture above you can see some Outrider models with both 111mm constructions shown. On the picture below you can see my latest one. The selection of functions is very versatile and interesting. You can see some of the functions on the picture. Some prefer the sleek design and functionality on this old Outrider model. The blade on this is very easy to maintain because of the traditional edge. This locking is also very comfortable to use. For traditional use it is more than enough. Large wood saw, long slim phillips screwdriver, scissors and much more. I do like both design very much and I totally understand the reason for the services range robust philosophy.


I remember when researching the 91mm category with one of the spring factors how a particular key ring design was produced just for a short time. I found it on different SAKs from time to time much later than the production year too. I do not any doubts that this design is retired. The reason for why I mentioned the possibility for it is simply because of the reach this design had. As mentioned it is used by outdoors people, military and other services. You can find it with advertising and special models. I do not know how many parts Victorinox made and when it runs out. I just have a feeling it could be room for this model with slide-lock still. Perhaps it will appear again in the future. The 111mm slide-lock can be found used all over the world. This Outrider model got the latest attributions on the design. It got the closed spring for the locking mechanism, tang stamp and so forth. On the picture below you can see the backside functions with the long Phillips & hook, key ring, awl and corkscrew. The only thing I found on this is that the blade centering on the main blade could be some better. I know about production variations so it is fine. PS the long Phillips is not backside unless you want to use the hook 😉


You can find some information on the functions on the internet. The hook design on it is interesting because it is designed to be used for opening the long Phillips. It rests under the scissors neatly fitted between the dividers. The outrider is a strong package functions wise. I know that the hook on the Phillips has been used for a couple things besides opening it with. It is not a function in itself. The interesting thing with Swiss Army Knives is how the design of the functions can be used for much more than the designated name. On the web you can find this put into perspective and use. It can be educating and fun to see. The awl got the eye which is useful. The corkscrew can be used for opening knots. This is the thing with SAKs that they are never limited in functionality. The flat screwdriver with cap opener and notch is another example on this. It is not limited at all. The long Phillips is 0/1.


PS The advantage with the liner-locking construction makes it totally understandable with the change. It all depends on your need and interest too. I found it nice with the old one and the fact with two types of locking mechanisms. It is really cool and functional with the slider button and design. About the edge it is only a small difference. The only thing perhaps is that the old design could have a few advantages for sharpening and reach. The tang portion is about the level with the edge. Good luck!

05.12.2020 On this picture you can see approx. measuring on the two blades on the 111mm category. The digital caliper is around 2,43-2,46mm. The blade thickness is not different on the inner section. The services range blades is a bit wider as marked on the picture. There is a big difference at the tang section marked x1 and x2. This is also for the locking mechanism.The services blades are also thicker towards the tip. You can see a significant difference with that blade having a thicker spine almost all the way. There should be no doubts that this blade is much stronger. I do not have an edge measuring device. I know both blades well and there is a small difference in the edge angle some places. I do not have an edge measuring device as mentioned but you can also see that the edge at the tip section is not as acute. The blade used on the services range I know well. It is tough. The slide-lock category was the result of request for a longer blade with lock in the 1980s. Also a blade i know well. While the services range category with stronger rivets and design was the quality development by Victorinox that found the slide-lock insufficient for services. The services range or liner-locking models we see today is the result. This development is from the early 1990s until today.

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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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