Tourist

10.02.2017

Today i would like you to show my latest Tourist 84mm knife. Basically it is a smaller edition of the Spartan 91mm with the same functions. Some of the functions are rather similar while others are shorter. The thickness on the functions also got a few differences with variations also there. Basically the Tourist is a compact 84mm category and not far from the 91mm category. The 91mm category is considered a bit better because it got the bigger handle and size of functions.

The 84mm category is a very nice EDC carry because of the lightweight and small size for the pocket. It is a well-designed package and they are not far from each other. The Tourist is 52 grams while the Spartan is 59 grams. The two categories are interesting in design because the 84mm is compact package in design in which the functions fills the construction better. The 91mm category got a bit bigger functions and got a more comfortable handle. The Wenger 85mm for example was the main Swiss Army Knife category and it is a very useful size. I like them alot.

With Victorinox the 84mm category traditional SAK always seems to be a bit less popular than the main 91mm line. The 84mm knives got some serious precision made knives in history.

The 84mm line also got handle scale variations, decorations and advertising for collectors like the 91mm line does.

Some may notice that i usually never open all functions on the SAKs at the same time. This i have talked some about before. It is just a bit more careful use and a habit i got. The SAKs are always in the elastic region so it is no problem to open all the functions at the same time. For picture purposes it can be useful to show all the functions in one picture and so on. The reason for why i got this habit is because i have seen many second hand or used SAKs. If it got some damage then it is best to not opening all functions at the same time. The Tourist 1.3603 is completely new so i could have used one picture.

Some also wonder about galvanic corrosion on the aluminum on some knives. With maintenace this is no problem. There are 0 problems with them in reality, they just need some mainetance from time to time when you use them.

21.11.2021 inlay

It is time for an update on this under-page so I got this 84mm advertising SAK to show you. The functions and model is almost like the Tourist only without handle functions and key-ring.  Models like these are excellent pocket knives in a compact form with good functionality still. I placed this Victorinox knife to be 1980-1985 for now. The most important thing for me on this used and in fair condition SAK is the inlay advertising.

 

To be completely sure if I found the correct Company is a bit too early to say for sure. I found the Kimoto Company in Japan which is not only well-known and traditional, it is also found in Switzerland and in the US. Another nice factor on this advertising knife is the Victorinox emblem inlay on the backside scale. I took notice of the KIMOTO inlay do not have any of the additional name designations. Just KIMOTO so perhaps it is the origin from Japan then.

17.12 2021

 This is my latest 84mm advertising Victorinox SAK. It got the same tool configuration as the Tourist only without key-ring, toothpick or tweezers. This is a beautiful advertising knife which is never used. The condition on everything is beautiful. I have placed it around 1980-1985 for the SAK itself. When the advertising scales were made is not for sure yet. Haugesund Mekaniske Verksted AS is still around today. Finding knives with adverts related to my own country is extra fun and educating. A big thank you to my collector friend for finding this for me

 

 

17:05 The main blade got small v in victorinox and the typical connected lines on the backside. There is no sewing eye in the reamer but this is no help really because they do not follow the 91mm. Usually the main blade thickness is 2,4mm or 2,5mm or near this down or up. This one is exactly 2,45mm so I am not sure to have it 2,4mm or 2,5mm lol. The advertising is extra educating because HMV got the link with Umoe and ABB in history. The advert is a silver grey color which is white on the picture. It is a color print type. The 84mm category is different in the tool evolution compared to the 91mm and on top of this the advertising models are outside this again. It is therefore demanding to date them.

 

 

 

 

 

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21:04 On the KIMOTO advertising SAK above this today you can see the Victorinox emblem on the backside scale. On this there is no emblem and this is something you can find used on some advertising knives.

02.04.2022 84mm Advertising

This is a shipping advertising 84mm which is similar to what many call the Tourist configuration. As you now this advertising SAK only had a number most likely. This is hard used knife that could probably tell many stories. I had to do some work on this knife and I may still have to do some more. The first thing I did was to restore functionality. The little clip blade had a broken tip section which I re-profiled to the one you see on the picture today. There are some spots on the stainless steel components yet. I will perhaps focus on this later on. The nickel silver inlays advertising is educating for the history of this shipping Company.

On a forum many years I ago I learned from a very skilled researcher about the tang stamp used with the blank backside. On the main side you have the traditional Victorinox stamping but the backside is blank. This was used only for short time approx. 1973-1976. Another factor on this knife is the corkscrew which is difficult to say if I could place this knife around 1975. I am not completely sure because of all the factors involved with this category.

This SAK must have been used for many years without any doubts!

There is a crack on the main side scale. I used some special glue so it won’t get worse. It is possible to polish both the functions and the scale but I will leave it mostly like it is for the correct history on it. Old and used but it got a cool appearance still. I am open for any suggestions.

Blank tang stamp

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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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