So far on all my knives i have not found any hot stamp emblem of the type used from the late 1970s until 1994 that can compare to the left one above. It may look similar on a picture and the
silver color is worn off at some places. There are some special small differences on it that makes it distinct. I have many 91mm economy made knives and the size of the type used from the late 70s until 1994 got variations both production variations and other.
I have a selection of 84mm economy made knives as well.
Elinox beginning update
The Elinox category started
in 1957. Victorinox does mention in their information that until 1969 only cheap foreign knives was sold in Swiss souvenir shops. After a court ruling the foreign knives with Swiss emblem could be forced to a stop. Victorinox says we created the Elinox for
this reason. One must not forget that the economy made Elinox knives dates back until 1957. The cheap foreign knives used a Swiss emblem. They are very different and not like the economy knives i collect. The Elinox economy made knives from 1957 and up until
the changes in the early 70s had or did use a inlay emblem usually.
The knife on the left at the top of this article is the economy made knife that got the lowest quality,
after this time window the quality got better and better.
The St.Christopher Elinox during 1957-early 70s got a better quality than during the 1973-1975 time. Even so they are extra collectable.
The 1973-1975 time window was not the best economy made era. Not by my feel anyway.
One importortant factor is that some dating tools
on a SAK can make difficulties. The tang stamp, tools and emblems are valuable help. I do suspect one factor on Victorinox regular and economy made knives. I believe Victorinox at some time periods produce some blades and parts i such numbers that it can reappear
later on. Not any of the knives in this article should be affected by this but it may happen. I do believe the 1973-1975 tang stamp may reappear or i have seen knives that could make this plausible. I have cross checked all i know to be able to make this article.
In general it should be ok!
One must also not forget that knives could at some time have been repaired by Victorinox. Advertising knives could have been on storage and many other factors happening as well.