Basic 65 Apprentice


I am still researching The Wenger knives and today I will show one in particular that sometimes are forgotten because it does not have any backside tools. There are also no toothpick or tweezers on the Basic 65. In other words this is a Basic 85mm Wenger knife. Mainly it is called The Apprentice when it got the inlay emblem, toothpick and tweezers, then it is the Classic 65 model Apprentice.

 The knife I will show and discuss today is the Basic 65 edition. Most already know that with Wenger knives there are so many variations and models and that knives for advertising may sometimes have toothpick, tweezers and inlay emblem or pad print emblem. The Budget line may also be different from the Basic line from time to time. Many times Wenger put the budget and basic line together in the history. Then again the Basic line may enter with a special series that could be different from the budget knives. In my experience I have never had any problem with Economy Victorinox knives or the Budget Wenger knives and this includes the Basic series too.

The Apprentice name is used by collectors and users even if it got no toothpick, tweezers and inlay emblem.

On one picture I have shown some different Wenger knives that all include the pad print emblem.

The Apprentice is only 49-50 grams and that is lightweight and still you have the knife blade, nail-file with cleaner tip, can opener, flat screwdriver with cap opener + the cable tool. It got a key ring. The flat screwdriver got the push lock mechanism.

This knife is from the mid-1990s based on everything...

From researching many Wenger knives I am always open for impulses and details. From the late 1980s you can see the 3 knife Wenger blade stamp on the backside tang. This you can find on Basic, Classic, advertising and on other categories of knives made by them.

The Basic is a knife made in simplicity but that does not mean it is low quality. Not at all it is Basic in appearance or in other words minimalistic in design and production. Usually it is always with red handle scales. Advertising knives can be a mixed of all the categories and with several colors. The main line by Wenger was the Classic 85mm knives for a very long time in their history. Wenger also made many handle scale color variation in the history that you can find used on all the categories made by this Company.

In the Wenger history of the main line you can see the key ring with chain used on the Classic category. On the advertising knives you can see this chain as well. The budget or basic knives usually always just use the key ring.





24.08.2021 hot stamp model

It is time for a nice 85mm Wenger SAK. This one got almost the same functions as the Apprentice above only without key ring. This SAK got some interesting details on the assembly and functions. This one got what I call hot stamp emblem with silver color. I have placed this Wenger knife to be around 1985 so far. The surface on the functions is a bit different and when I tested the edge it is among the very sharp knives in deed. It is significantly sharper than normal. I looked at the edge and it is most likely very original. The emblem and configurations is within the budget or basic designations. This is because of the emblem, no toothpick or tweezers and no key ring fixture, the last mentioned does not always mean anything.

This Wenger is in very nice condition and probably not used. There are just some shallow scratches on the scales from the years gone by in a drawer. This knife probably got a number and I am looking into this. 

13:48 Nice surface

 The surface is very mirror polished.

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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

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