Olive color is very nice


Today i would like to show you another very nice Swiza knife. This is the D01 Olive.  This color you can also find with AllBlack functions. The Allblack series you can find with black handles and several color variations for the handles already. With researching Swiss Army Knives I discovered how the two Swiss Companies Victorinox and Wenger were looking for new methods and new innovations for the production. This was done for the possibility to make new colors and functions that can fit the new demands of the world. Today we are looking at just this with the Swiza knives. It is a reinventing of the knife with the most modern and best materials.

The handles on these knives are solid, ergonomic and rather slip resistant. The knife blade got a locking mechanism to prevent accidental closing. Another factor that is constant appearing for me is just how versatile and functional the Swiss knives are. Just by placing on different functions, coatings or different colors for the handle you can direct these knives into any spectrum of use. It can be used for EDC, services or any need. These knives are made for use anywhere.  What is also very important with these knives is that some functions are all-use intended. By this I mean that some main functions can in reality always be on them and be used by the full spectrum.


D07 Olive

I like the Olive color scales used on some Swiza models. This is my latest Swiza knife and this is the D07.

It is an interesting design on the scissors that I have shown before here on my page. This model got a good selection of functions. Olive green is a color that reflects aspects of nature for me while some have this shade to be more “army style”.  It is also as the name say “olive” referring to the fruit.

On SAKs and Swiss knives colors and shades may have a big influence for people.

I find it just as interesting and fun each and every time I look over the functions, construction and assembly on the knives. To see if I could learn something new or just doing the regular quality control. It is very nice. What development we will see in the future is going to be interesting. What evolution Swiza knives will have in the future for their products and design? There is already some evolution to see from the beginning until today. I took a look at their website and learned that the D07 is made with a large number of colors. For me I can never have enough colors on knives. To just have one spectrum or limited collecting areas then I get bored. 

I have also some interesting info about the steel used in the Swiza knife blades. It is referred to as 440 Steel with 57HRC. I have asked a couple of times and I got a nice reply from the Brand. I knew from before that there is a difference between US and European standard on the AISI 440. This means that I do not believe it is 440A, B or C. I totally understand that Swiza do  not reveal exactly what reference. It seems it could be DIN reference steel they use and from experience this can be very different from the 440A, B or C. I would so far have it to be a European steel used.



The D07 blade and scissors came very sharp out of the box. All well!

17.04.2021 Maintenance talk

This Lansky system is best on larger knives. The step by step process of stones can be used on many knives. I am always reluctant to use very coarse stones like the number on this picture from the left. I have mentioned many times of two different grits with diamond stones is enough on pocket knives. For regular maintenance the finer stones are enough. I like the Lansky system on knives and I must also admit I have used the medium to finer stones in my hand. These are not diamond stones but it works very well. I believe you can protect the edge some with polishing up to a very fine edge. The Swiza steel is very easy to sharpen.


Regular maintenance is not the full sharpening process and you can touch it up from time to time and you will have an edge that will last a good time. If you look around sakhome.com then you will find some information around.

If you use a very coarse stone then you must make sure to do the full step by step process to get above. With diamond stones you remove material easier and you can get the gentle approach. Medium to fine diamond stones will be able to do everything. Pocket knives are usually more delicate with precision so you cannot expect a tough edge. Lansky also have sets with diamond stones. It is smart to have the full range there too. When you must make changes to the edge then you need to make some plans. There is a big difference between maintenance and changing it. This can also involve fixing damages on and edge. You need to get above this problem and this means you will have to lift most of the edge. If you do not do so then you will get an uneven one.

For general use you will only have to find and follow the original edge. Remember to use light pressure with the abrasive you use. Sometimes you can get to a point where the fine abrasive does not give the result you are looking for then it could be you will have to do the full step by step for it. Or use a medium one....


Today you will not have to look far for sharpening devices or abrasives. I like hand sharpening the best. On pocket knives I find this to be the best choice. On the picture to the right you can see what I consider enough and with simplicity something you can manage with for a very long time. The size is also very correct. It got one coarse side and one fine. There is different measuring for what is coarse and the coarse side on this are not very coarse. More coarse/medium I would say. Anyhow this is really all you need with SAKs and Swiss knives. When you have combination edges then you can use rods or the Veff sharp system which is very good. Some do not like the cavities on diamond abrasive surfaces. If you clean it often then you do not need such cavities. Make sure to have the tip of the blade in consideration when you use the type on the picture. It works very well for me.



There are different qualities with diamond coated surfaces on the market. Some cheap one works very well but not always. They will get worn in time anyhow. The one on the picture above is used very much and one I will have to replace soon. I will still have it because there is a nice trick with worn ones. You can use them to polish the edge. Some would perhaps disagree on this but I learned to use them to bring out the crazy sharp edges.

23.08.2021 D00

 This Swiza knife got the designation D00 and this is an extra minimalist model. The knife blade, versatile awl and tweezers are the only functions. This is a beautiful pocket carry with the red handle. There are tons of applications and tasks that would require just a knife blade so by all means this is not a wasted model in my opinion. Having a cutting tool can be very important! I have used Swiza knives in saltwater environments as you know with very good results.

13:48 My latest Swiza knives for my collection!

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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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