I have discovered that the New Ranger knives are excellent for Polypore hunting. The extra length on the saw and the blade gives an advantage for such tasks. This category of knives is made for everything in the outdoors. They are very popular for hunters and the dressing of animals and for preparation of them. These SAKs are also very good for camp chores and for building a shelter.  

During the last year I have been hunting Polypores. This is a very fun hobby that helps to build a better knowledge on nature and the tree`s. Not only are these Polypores very important for the nature, they are also a big part of human history. It was therefore important to me to get personal experience on this. Two of the most important tools are the large wood saw and knife blade. The New Ranger performed excellent. Take a look on my picture pages for further information on functions that are helpful. Start with picture page 13, then 14 and last 15. It took some time to get warm.

I would also like to mention that my interest with Polypores is not only because of learning about the SAK, it is also an interest that I never took the time to discover fully and I will continue to learn about them for sure.

I have also used a New Ranger with the bit opening and large plier. It got a large wood saw and blade too. It was helpful to bring when i used my bicycle so i could do repair if anything happens.

"Polypores are also part of the highest military trainings in the world!


It is the same in Polypore hunting with the need for combination tools. The use of combinations is a result of many an hour of research and brain cells. It is not easy to find one tool for everything. A multi-tool can be used with good results. The problem is the size of the functions and it is not easy to find bigger functions than the Ranger knives got.  The awl can also be used to test the fungus, if it is soft inside or harder.

It would be interesting if Victorinox would be interested in making the Polypore knife idea I have. This larger 130mm knife would have the Knife blade, large saw, awl, large ruler with millimeters and centimeters, magnifier and small knife blade. These functions would cover many of the basic and professional needs.

A magnifier is useful to see how the shapes of the pores are and the ruler to see how many pores there are on a millimeter. The centimeter to give the width and thickness and so on……



The reason why Polypores played such an important part of human history is because the abilities they have. There are different abilities between them. The iceman Ötzi was found with Polypores as part of his personal things.

The medical abilities of the fungus are used even today. Some of them can save lives in a survival situation or in the everyday life for that matter. They are part of keeping the forests healthy. Please take the time to see and read some fragments that I have mentioned in the picture pages.

I was absolutely amazed when I researched them for the abilities, most people know about the tinder abilities. There are far more abilities like coloring, hat making, medical, paper making and drawings. There are more, far more!

It is therefore important to be able to identify them and to be able to distinguish a healthy example. It is important to know some about the insects that infect them. Some must be dried and cut into pieces before use. The sun is important here and it was mentioned that the sun starts a process in them. Some can be used only from a living tree and some for completely other if a tree is dead.

I was ecstatic when I discovered that some parts of the rot caused by Piptoporus betulinus is used as an agent in the watch industry for polishing. In advanced surivival and military trainings the polypores are used. The Piptoporus betulinus can be used for knife stropping direct or dry. Here in Norway we have an ancient tradition with this for knives. It was used to hold knives and sharp objects. Similar traditions can be found in the world.



Some can be used for food. Next to the knife the Polypores may be one of the key features for advanced survival. It may be “the” factor to learn.

Polypore hunting can become how advanched you want it to be, there are abilities far beyond. I will learn as much as i can.

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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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