Hot stamp

Here i got anther economy made 91mm 3.36.00 to the right.  The knife on the left is a larger model 3.36.11. I used that model because it is the one that is closest to the year of manufacture. Basically they have all the signs of being 1980-1985 with an additional two years up. The knife to the right and left I would believe is from 1981 + two years at most. It is not difficult to see that the hot stamped emblem in silver color are different is size. The left one is larger and I measured it to be a significant difference. All this I have discussed before about the variations not only in years of manufacture but also differences in the production. There are many reasons for why it could be so. Mainly for me this emblem because it is hot stamped have protection and variations on purpose. It is different for a good reason. I used a digital caliper to measure the main blade to be 2,4 mm on both. Both got the tang stamp that is used from 1980 up to the big V change in 1986. They do not have a 90 degree lock use on the screwdriver. No eye in the awl either.

Well these are factor that cannot be taken with a 100% guarantee when it comes to this line of knives. It is better to follow the tang stamp and how the SAK looks all together with all the small details you can find. The emblem is one of the key factors as well. Another thing is the stamp modules used and the differences in them and here there must be many modules used.  In the evolution of this line of knives you can also find obvious stamp changes that involve the backside tang stamps and the crossbow. If you look on them you can see the crossbow itself have changes and the cross next to it got differences. On some the cross is connected to the crossbow and on some not.


To find out if two knives are very close to each other in year of manufacture you can see how they look very similar everywhere and how the functions got the same grind and the design of the springs, functions and so on.  With Victorinox you have a constant development in the production that is the reason for the evolution itself. The obvious design changes with additional functions are also part of the quality development. In the 1970s and at the first half of that decade the economy made knives had some quality problems. From the late 1970s and up this line of knives got much better. At times Victorinox used the two different hot stamp emblems side by side so you will find both very close to each other in year of manufacture. Mainly Victorinox used the left type in the 1980s. That said the smaller one reappears from time to time and it is later used very similar to the pad printed one or colored one. 

The hot stamp type in this design was used until 1994. Mainly used 1979-1994. That said the hot stamp in a very similar form entered in the early 1970s that is even a bit wider with a few other differences. The color of the handle scales are also different.


The hot stamp emblem with this configuration got a strong impression. There a huge amount of small differences on them even so. I hope you have the time to look around my page.

In random order most likely 1975-1994


I do like an inlay and in the history of Wenger and Victorinox you can find inlays used to a great extent. The hot stamp and printed emblem got a nice appearance too.

On this picture you can see Wenger and Swiza. I really like the emblem being used to release the mechanism. Something Victorinox continued. Swiza too...Wenger also made a sophisticated emblem in which it was difficult to tell if it was an inlay. It was a very nice quality detail they did with an inlay. In their history you can find many emblems including hot stamp type!


Victorinox used several variations for the hot stamp emblem, things and differences that is not just because of the method with heat. They used this for long period of time as well. Wenger used a design that only has very small variations. Wenger used the hot stamp on the budget models and advertising models to mention two. There are more. Both Companies used how stamp or similar methods for many categories.


The type of emblem will distinguish the product from others. This is clear to see with both Swiss Companies in history. The different emblems can also distinguish what category and designation on the categories. At several times in history according to my information is that the functions on economy made Victorinox SAKs can be pretty much the same as the main line.  The advertising Swiss Army Knives are the ones that cause me the most challenging to research. You can find all types of emblems there. The type used on the economy made SAKs from 1979-1994 is the most normal to find. I have shown many times that there are dozens of differences during that period alone. It is very fun and giving.


Not everyone knows the difference between hot stamp and inlay. Inlay is when a metal shape in this case the traditional Victorinox cross and shield. Examples on the materials are metals like nickel-silver and stainless steel. On the picture to the right you can see metal inlay with the traditional Victorinox cross and shield. I have shown on this picture the backside too. While “hot stamp” is a melted shape with color.

25.08.2021 2.05 11

I have found another of these sweet economy line Victorinox 84mm SAKs. It is referred to as the Lumberjack. The number is 2.05 11 and it would be difficult to find one in better condition. This one is probably made 1979-1985 and there is some talk about the combination tool from 1980 or 1982 for the time window. To me this SAK is 1982-1985.

Small configuration hot stamp emblem in silver color.

26.08.2021 economy 84mm again

I was also lucky to find another of these 2.06 00 in original box. This got the same tang stamp as above with the Officier Suisse crossbow backside stamp. This knife is similar to the waiter model only without key ring, toothpick or tweezers. It is important for me to find as many as possible to learn more.

Hot stamp in silver color.

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26.07 | 23:05

Hi and thank you very much for question. The closest I know is the Master Fisherman 1.4753.72. The. 73 is related to what inlay it got maybe. Best Regards Trond

26.07 | 19:22

Hello Trond,
I received a Mechanic in a red/white Victorinox box. The box is stamped item number 1.47 53.73. Do you know what knife goes in this box? Not Mech

01.07 | 23:13

Hi, sure I would like to see, BR.

01.07 | 16:24

Hello Trond.

Would you be interested in seeing progress pictures
Of my custom Champ with Voyager digital clock scales.
I could email them to you.


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