Hex opening

The Wenger plier cannot compare to the Swisstools pliers

I will let you a bit more into my world. The pliers used on a New Ranger knife can be used for many things but it cannot be called a heavy duty plier but only a medium to light duty one. If you study my webpage then you will discover my talk about combination tools and the hex opening used on Wenger knives. To use the plier on equipment and devices can sometimes damage more than it does well. It is not easy to reach components on an engine or even a spark plug. The pliers on multi-tools are excellent anyway because you can use it if needed in a situation. The hex opening used on some of the Ranger knives is a genius invention because it is possible before hand to make or find whatever bits and nick-nacks needed.  It is no problem today to find the correct key for a spark plug and it is no problem finding an adapter to carry it. It is not abuse of the Wenger knife because it is not needed with much force to tighten a spark plug correct.


The different screw types on the picture are very easy for the hex opening on the Wenger knife. It gives a very good control on a wall, on the floor or at the ceiling. This design makes it very easy to apply force.

with long bits you can get a better distance from the surface so it is easier to move the hand. With bit adapters you can do the same.


Important update

If you have been into scouting or outdoors practice then you have learned about how to make two pieces of wood fit together. One cut notch goes in the counter notch and some rope then you are safe. Two pieces are together are secure and become one. In survival situations different screws can be used with success. They can be used to fit two pieces together or splice two pieces or make repair.




14.01.2021 Opening

Having the opening for bits got several advantages. Since this is a part of the construction you do not have to bring a key or separate device. The only separate parts you would have to bring along would be the selection of the bits you prefer. There are pros and cons about any tool. The ability to custom make a selection of bits is for sure an advantage. In the development of MTs we could see very clear how such a concept developed. Victorinox continued the opening for bits on the Delémont line and products. For sure this opening got some limitations on both the Wenger and Victorinox SAKs. There is a limit for how heavy tasks you could do. You get a tremendous momentum because of the lengthwise construction. This opening lifts the selection of functions you have in the Swiss Army Knives. You have combinations you otherwise never would be able to do.


Having internal bits and key can be a very valuable ability to have. In the history you will also find functions that could hold bits with a separate device you put on the flat screwdriver for example. So you get hidden abilities. The development and philosophies with pocket, knives, tools and MTs is something the Swiss understood early on. Today it is very obvious to see this was a correct move to do.

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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 trondsak@sakhome.com

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