My latest Victorinox
111mm is a 2019 model of the Soldiers knife 2008 type. I do not have the full line of them from 2008-2020. I have a good selection of them in my collection.
Not everyone is familiar with the history of the 2008 type model that was developed for the Swiss Army. There is an evolution of the Soldiers knife from 1891 until today. In 2008 Victorinox introduced the sophisticated 111mm Soldiers knife
for the Swiss Army replacing the Alox 93mm. The 08 knife is a very educational tool that is much better developed for a modern Soldier. The Swiss Army had certain criteria for it on how it should be.
In the mid to late 1980s Victorinox developed and introduced the 111mm Slide-lock model. In the early 1990s Victorinox developed the liner-locking model. In 1993 we get the DAK. It is 100% for sure that
Victorinox developed the 111mm locking category because they did not find the slide-lock construction 111mm sturdy enough for the Services. From the early 1990s a new category is developed. After the millennium this category is developing and in 2001. I heard
about the OH Trekker for the first time around 2001. In 2003 we get the new GAK or German Army Knife that is very similar to the 2008 Soldier but with a few differences also. There are official dates with 2003 for the Trekker and new 111mm GAK. One thing leads
to another, not by guess but by facts.
In the late 1980s we see a selection of a few slide-lock knives. This category was developed by
request for a larger locking blade knife. The constant quality development by Victorinox developed the liner-locking category. I am very careful by saying what model came first from 1993. To be too bombastic on dates can be risky. The absolute best educated
information I received from Victorinox about the development and reason for the new categories. The development goes from traditional slip-joint to larger knives with lock. Next is the OH or one hand opening and after this we get special scales and so forth.
What is another 100% fact is that the 2008 Soldiers knife is a very special and nice tool developed for the Swiss military demands on functionality and quality. This knife is also in my opinion the culmination on how the perfect 111mm model should be. It is
a very educational knife in this sense and one that I learned a great deal from.
One factor that many forget is the constant quality development
that I have mentioned many times over the years. If you study Swiss Army Knives you can see this line following all the way. Not every one would believe that there is such a development. I am 100% convinced because you can see this from modifications, evolution
and new models. The Soldiers knife 2008 type is just one of many knives with liner-lock. The soldier is so developed that it fit perfect in any civilian outdoors demands too.
Not all EDC knives are small because this depends on the user and demands he or she got. I hope you like this article and page above. It is a time window a small reflection on the 360 degrees you may encounter. Some prefer miniature-carry
while others go for a more maximal system.