Special purpose knives

In the different articles and pages on there is some talk about special purposes.

In many cases the selective Swiss Army Knives are picked by the services. It will fulfill the task it is intended for and be used for many a task but it got its limitations sometimes.

It is possible to choose a specific knife for a special purpose for a specific device. It can be difficult to select a single model sometimes. It is possible for a knife model to have both the versatile or usual functions and the special ones in one body. This is the advantage of a SAK and it can be built for such jobs easy. The possibility for the use of bits does amplify the versatile use very much. It is important to test beforehand.

The situation mentioned above does explain the key advantages the SAK sandwich construction.

If we study the history of Swiss Army Knives then we see the invention of the Soldier knife and the officer’s knife by the founder Karl Elsener. The development of sportsman knives and the possibility of a sandwich construction with selective functions you can see in the old catalogues.

Today the services use ordinary models that everyone can buy on the market and sometimes a more specific model is used that you also can buy on the civilian market.  The SAK can be made to be in a set for survival or medical sets. It can be in a set with different functions made for a device or gear. The advantages with a special purpose made knife can reduce weight or space. The mindset behind the SAK for me is that it can be used for very many tasks and with the help of improvisation it can be used for much more.  I do believe that the SAK can be used for specific or special purpose far beyond the improvisation philosophy.

In the history of SAKs we see many special sets made for sports or other tasks. Many times these sets are looked upon as gadgets but the truth is that these are made for use. For the services the role of a set or specific knife can be much more important.

The gear and devices today can be developed special for easy repair and together with specific made knives become a very good combination.  

In the history of knives and today we can choose from a multitude of knives or products made for an incredible range of use. The philosophy of knives is that it can be versatile in the world market.

28.01.2021 Improvisation

Improvisation can be many things including the adaptability of a Company and products. Some of the advantages with versatile knives are that they are made for different situations. If you go for a SAK with heavy functionality then you are increasing the things you can do. For many people it is also possible to use more minimalistic solutions. This can also include just having one knife blade alone. Some shapes are better suited for this than others. The ability to make fire is an example on improvisation. If you should run out of fuel or gas then you would have to find a way to do it anyway. I guess most would agree that there are several ways to make fire. It would require some practice and training. Perhaps the best would be to have made preparations beforehand. It is the same with SAKs and knives. Some basic knowledge would be necessary to use it and also to improvise with it if no functions on it fit your challenge. It is impossible to replace dedicated professional tools with just a SAK knife blade for example. Still most would agree that you could do it rather well and with some time you could manage. 

When Victorinox merged with Wenger completely we could see several changes to the SAKs. The Delémont knives are not just quickly put together without serious thought behind them. No, they are actually some of the best SAKs on the market right now. They represent the best of the two histories and evolution.  Wenger is a company I like very much because of all the nice products they made.  In my opinion they live on in the new Victorinox line.

To be able to put together a set of bits can be very smart and it will increase the ability for the SAKs very much. 


Many years ago I had an impression in my mind on how a webpage should be when complete. In many ways it is true that this webpage is made after this impression I had. I could see a different take for a page that could be interesting to follow through. For sure I had to improvise a few things along the way. Basically it is much easier to improvise when you have extra good knowledge about SAKs.



In my opinion it is very important to have a very large selection of SAKs on the market. I love to see the diversity. There is a constant quality development going on which I find very interesting. Especially the route and path we see today directed at more professional knives.  

The Wenger titanium line is an example on very dedicated knives with a compact construction. 

The best is to bring a knife with you always. The science of the best option may require some research but I am sure you will find it.

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26.07 | 23:05

Hi and thank you very much for question. The closest I know is the Master Fisherman 1.4753.72. The. 73 is related to what inlay it got maybe. Best Regards Trond

26.07 | 19:22

Hello Trond,
I received a Mechanic in a red/white Victorinox box. The box is stamped item number 1.47 53.73. Do you know what knife goes in this box? Not Mech

01.07 | 23:13

Hi, sure I would like to see, BR.

01.07 | 16:24

Hello Trond.

Would you be interested in seeing progress pictures
Of my custom Champ with Voyager digital clock scales.
I could email them to you.


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