low emblem

on some knives the difference is even greater. On some less..

Here is a very interesting detail on a 91mm Officiers knife that most likely is from 1980. What is interesting on the details that I have discussed before on where the emblem with cross and shield is placed. You will find variations in the evolution and history. From 1980 the emblem with cross and shield was adapted to a stainless material on SAKs. The knife on the picture to the left is called the standard and it does have some other interesting details too. The emblem is placed lower on the scale and this you can see on the picture compared to the Spartan from mid-1980s. The different placing of the emblem is regardless of key ring affixture and the Standard to the left got a lower emblem when i compare it to other 1980 knives as well. The emblem is placed where some of the old economy hot stamp type was placed but not reguarly. I do not believe it to be economy just yet because the placing can have variations outside normal production variations, it does not follow economy made knives at this time window either. It is also lower placed compared to older knives. This knife got some extra factors that I must study out further. Other factors on this is the tip of the 1961 type awl without sewing eye and the can opener got some rough edges on the middle section. The main blade is 2,39 or 2,4 mm. There are some minor warping of the handle scales and they are a bit short but only very minor that said.The corkscrew is not the type used on economy made knives at this time because it got the decoration groove or partially compared to earlier ones.

02.12.2020 sideways emblem

This is my latest 91mm advertising Victorinox SAK. You can probably already see what is different? This knife got the standard functions with inlay for both the emblem and advertising. It is for a famous Swiss Company. To me most things on this knife are 1990-early 1990s. The different thing is that the emblem is sideways. This you can find from time to time. This Swiss Army Knife is educational and interesting. The condition is nice, the functions only seen light use.




Collecting can be demanding and very giving at the same time. I learned in history that the emblem can be very important. It is important to distinguish the knives from others. The full reason for why the emblem is sideways I do not know. On advertising SAKs you can find knives without emblem, with emblem, placed on the backside scale and so forth. I also learned that from time to time different Companies could have or have a history with Victorinox.



On advertising SAKs you will find all types of emblems, it could be hot stamped, printed or inlays. This can be depending on what category of knives used but it seems advertising SAKs could have more variations. I am not always sure of it is an economy model just because of a hot stamp as so on or if printed is the same? In general for me when inlays are used it is the main line used. You will find all types of methods used in history for the advertising itself.


The old economy line or elinox had inlay emblems too. So have that in mind. What i mean above is the traditional cross and shield. It is educating!





I will explain some of my factors for placing the 91mm advertising SAK above from 1990-early 1990s.The awl is a type that you can find until the late 1980s. The corkscrew is without groove. The tang stamp backside got connecting lines (used until the early 1990s). It got a big V in Victorinox. Then it is the other designs that guide me into the 1990 sphere or time window. The most correct would perhaps be 1987-1994 maybe. Both the main line and advertising line got several variations when the time windows are overlapping. It is very difficult to be sure. What I can say is that my experience usually indicates whenever advertising is involved that there are more variations. This is natural because Victorinox say it themselves that advertising knives may have variations outside the normal evolution. Typically it is later by a couple years.


To conclude this today: To make a frame of solid factors can be difficult. As mentioned the best when you have advertising SAK is to have it as an advertising line knife even if the main line functions or tools/designs are used. I have seen pure main line SAKs used for adverts and everything in between.  

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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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