New Rangers

I have talked and discussed some before on how smart it is to bring a knife for safety on the water. The blade can be used to cut rope or line and the functions can be used for repair.

The big flat screwdriver does fit well on the type of screws on my kayak. The saw, knife and awl can be used to repair a paddle or make a new one so you can get safely home. I would say it should be a Wenger, Victorinox or a Leatherman in every boat or floating device.  The Wenger Ranger works very well. The Wenger pliers can be used for many different tasks as well.

In a kayak or a sea it is important to be able to attach and make fast equipment. It is smart to bring some rope.


Over the years i have gathered information and knowledge on situations that may happen on the water. If you talk to divers they will explain just how important their knife is for the safety.

It is more and more normal with extreme sports today. People use all kinds of devices that can float on the water and having much fun, like it should be. With more and more activity as such then there will be situations and dangerous events happening whether we like it or not. If people only knew how little it takes to be dragged under. I guarantee a surprise.

Many would say they are good swimmers and that during the summer it will be easy to swim long distances. It is still a negative thing for some to use a life-jacket or a floating device for the body. To be a good swimmer is always helpful but there are some factors involved. This can be: weather, current, injuries, panic and other. All these will influence your ability to swim. The water can be used to float on and swim in. The water also drains immense energy during situations.

I have said it before and say it again. “To go on the sea or water without a knife is madness!” If something is attached to your leg and you are in the current then you may be dragged under very quickly, even lightweight objects will pull heavy. If you get tangled into rope or other objects in the water and get pulled towards the bottom then you must also react quickly! If you are prepared then you will automatically react. If you are unprepared then you may panic. My philosophy is that a prepared mind will usually always react within the timeframe. It is like all kind of training.    

Versatile knives like the Wenger, Victorinox and Multi-Tools of the world got the extra advantage. This can be for emergency repairs for example and all mentioned in this article.

The advantage with a floating device is that you will be able to sit in it or float on it without drowning. You can use the device and signal for help easier. You can prevent Hypotermia better. With the life-jacket you can float for a longer time but you are lower in the water and more difficult to spot. If you do not have a life-jacket then you take a huge risk swimming distances. It may not look like a long distance. In the water it can be long enough to get fatigue and tragic end. Wind, waves and current make it difficult not only to swim but also to signal for help. Some life-jackets and survival sets have a flute. With this you can signal for help but it is not safe enough. On the sea the wind and sounds of the nature may drown the signal from the flute and throw the sound at a direction completely different from yours. Anyhow it is smart to bring.

Remember: light, fire and knife!

Alcohol = Disaster on the water.


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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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