91mm Officier Plus scales

I have bought three sets of 91mm Victorinox Plus scales. It is easy to replace broken handles if necessary. Some used knives can be restored with a good cleaning, oil and sharpening. With new scales as well it will look much better. This I have done a few times before with good result. It can be smart to have some ready if you want to restore a SAK or just simply want your EDC looking smart and best possible all the time. Replacement scales is not so expensive.

02.12.2016

On the picture today you can see how Victorinox recommend replacing handle scales. There are other ways to do it and if you have strong fingers you can press them on. If you use a vice because that is the best way to do it, because it will give the best press fit and it will make sure the bushings are well placed inside the three attach areas on the scales. Make sure to keep an eye on the corkscrew if you use a vice and to glue something on for a protection over the jaws grip areas on the vice. I use a wood vice with some fabric on. I start with placing the two scales over the bushings and place one side with the corkscrew open, then the next side and I finish with placing the entire SAK inside the vice so the center busing attaches. It is also possible to start with one end, then the center and finally the last end. Always place both scales on.

On the picture you see how to remove the old scales. It is also possible to use a thin screwdriver into the toothpick/tweezer openings and do a small bend and the side will pop open.

03.12.2016

Here you can see the inside of the scale. There are three places for the rivets with bushings to be press fit into the plastic. On the bushings on the rivets there are edges that will hold the plastic scales on. There is also a place for the riveted backside functions that is only a cavity. The clue is to get a press fit that makes sure that the scales are attached without warping. The modern scales are partially hollow with beams and a network of areas for the flexibility.  There are areas for the hidden functions inside the scales. This is the plus scales that can hold a pen and needle. If you notice there is one additional place that is not opened for short tweezer for another designation. The tweezer goes in the other scale on this.

 

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To achieve Plus scales you need these inside....

04.12.2016

Remember to keep the scales empty when you attach them on the SAK. It is not necessary to use too much pressure to attach the scales. If you use too much then the riveting may get damages causing the functionality to suffer. It is a good feeling placing the spare parts when the scales are assembled. I usually open the corkscrew when I tighten the vice.

05.12.2016

I have found the perfect device for assemble scales. Rubber parts and with good height towards the screw.

every angle can be adjusted!

27.09.2017

I got myself 3 sets of replacements handle scales in Copenhagen. Two are for the 84mm category and one set for the 91mm. It is very smart to have spare replacement sets for Victorinox SAKs. I have seen several SAKs that are full of dirt and substances with dull blades and broken scales. I have mentioned before how after cleaning sharpening and oil the SAK construction is awakened and then if you put on new scales then you have restored full functionality again.

14.01.2021 The edge cuts

I always prefer SAKs to have its original scales and I like many colors. I do find it very nice to have the ability to replace broken scales if necessary. To have many colors, decorations and icons can be very fun and nice to collect. The main idea with the knives is the use and functionality. To have a comfortable handle is important for several reasons. It is very important to bring knives with you. To be able to light a fire can be the difference between life and death. Today there are many firesteels and devices that can be smart to bring. To have something that could start a fire quickly could be better. If you would need a knife in an emergency then the color of the handle could have little to say. Or perhaps to say it the best would be “It is the edge that cuts” handle scales with such colors and design may appeal to only some. In a situation it would cut just as well as the traditional red.

Spartan VX

31.12 2021

Perfect mechanism and blade centering.

On the last day of the year and to complete I would like to show you a knife from China. It is designed by Uli Hennicke. I know Real Steel knives some and this E802 Horus model got some extra interesting design features.

 

Mythology from ancient Egypt is educating and truly exciting to study. Just by looking on this knife the ancient details is easy to see. On this knife you have hollow rivets and for me this is related to the Eye of Horus.

 

From time to time I wander into other knives and Brands. This is important for the knowledge for me at least. Swiss Army Knives will always be my main field. Knife design is something that is more and more interesting. G10 is a super strong material and it got a completely different method for attaching compared to SAKs and Swiss knives. 14C28N steel is good and easy to maintain.

 

I wish you all a Happy New Year!

14:46 here you see the other side. Messerunicum 15:04 The fit and finish on this knife is superb and even the inner edges of the stainless steel liners are rounded for comfort. The blade edge is crazy sharp ready right out of the box. It got ball bearings for the mechanism that makes this incredible easy to open and close. The detent makes sure it is holding the blade when closed but not preventing the cotton smooth easy opening

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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! :)

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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

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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.

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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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