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This blade must have been sharpened many times.



Today I would like to show you my latest advertising 84mm Victoria SAK. This one got black scales with nickel-silver inlay for a Company in Norway. This one must have seen much use, it still got some functionality. It is interesting and demanding to find from what time window this was made. First I can write some about the functions. It got the scraper function on the flat screwdriver with notch and cap opener. It is a Victoria backside stamped blade and it got the +Pat designation on the can opener function. Usually SAKs like these can be placed 1968-1974 and because it is an advertising knife it could have variations. To me the SAK itself looks like 1965-1970 and this could be a time window for it so far. The inlay and advertising is cool looking and it is fully possible it could be up to the early 1970s.

Advertising SAKs are far more demanding to place into a time window. The functions and construction is typically 1965-1969. The advert is for a Company that made protective clothing, rain coats, jackets and so forth.  I found a Company with a different name so they could be still around. On this SAK it is the advertising that perhaps it the best collectable factor and because the functions are so used it is maybe not so collectable there, the advert is the key for it.  Many of the functions got good spring tension still, the main blade must have been used to a great extent and the flat screwdriver tip on the can opener must also have seen much use. The awl edge also got some damage from use.

I cleaned this SAK and placed some oil on the friction parts. It would be fully possible to sharpen the blades some and get use out of it still which is nice. You can feel that some spring tension is reduced on some functions. This is because of too much force applied during use.  Some form of substance is hardened on the scales on some places and it got many scratches. I can see that the handle is worn in a way that shows it’s been used very much. No doubts that the Swiss makes a quality knife because this is the evidence of long lasting quality with a Swiss Army knife designed for use. This is important to remember. It was made to be used for a very long time! So the symbolism with the sailor holding the wheel protected by a quality against the elements is very nice. To me it is also so nice when Companies used or use quality products. In other words it is educational with a cool advertising so it is very welcome in the collection.  Everything is original on it.

used for a very long time with a sailor steering.........


Today I would like to show you my latest addition to the 74mm advertising Alox collection. This is a backside Victoria stamped one. The advertising is very difficult to find 100%. I found a Company here in Norway from 1977 that could be it. It could be a combination of two names. I do not know yet, I will continue to see. It is a nice looking design.

The condition on the construction and functions is very nice. Only a few places with missing color. The design on the blade is a bit extra solid with the tip section also a hair thicker. On the pictures you see in random order my collection of the 74mm advertising SAKs with a few different selections of functions. I sharpened the blade, it is ready again. All the springs in the slip-joint construction for the functions are very nice with full functionality. I had to clean the complete SAK and I placed some oil on the friction parts. The area around the scissors assembly had some dirt and the scissors spring was missing. I improvised a spring for it until I can manage to find an original one for it. Besides this the condition of the scissors is very good. It is sharp and tight. The scissors spring is the older type and therefore more difficult to find. To me this SAK looks to be around 1970. That said I do believe this could be found until 1980.

In general this little Collection is in very good condition. One must expect a few places with missing color if used. The quality on these is high. Two of them got a leather holder for them. On the picture the oil gives some reflection. It looks “not so black”. They are completely black. One pink and two red. Two silver alox, also in smooth configuration. I have a few 84mm Secretary models made by Victorinox and I compared the red ones to them and it is the same. Black is not a color i know :)



Today I would like to show you my latest 84mm Victorinox with nylon scales. It is the black advertising model. I have from before a white one with the same Company on. One is for the East of Norway and one is perhaps representing the full Brand. It is very difficult to be 100% on when these two was made. They both got the same tang stamp designation. I am looking into it as always. Many refer this configuration to be the Bantam. It got the combination tool, knife blade, key-ring and toothpick + tweezers. So far I have placed it to be 2000-2005. It is in beautiful shape and condition. The advertising is on different sides on these. The emblem is therefore also alternated. On one picture you can see two wine/bottle openers from Maniago Italy that I am looking into. Both in very nice condition.

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19.10 | 18:22

I would say on the economy line without sewing eye up to 1987. With sewing eye 1985-1987 until today. The economy line got variations. BR

19.10 | 18:18

Hi, good observation. The economy line does not follow the regular line. Some times it is close like the sewing eye can be 1985+ couple years on the economy.BR

19.10 | 12:31

For example, if a Spartan economy line has a punch without a sewing eye, is it still pre 85?

19.10 | 12:29

Hi Trond! A doubt. Are the tools dating rules on Vic's regular and economic lines the same?

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