Advertising SAKs

03.05.2021

It is time for two advertising Victorinox SAKs found on a market. The first thing I did was to sharpen and clean them very well. Next is the regular oil for the friction parts. Both SAKs got full functionality again and I am very glad to find these two and both of them are educational. I will write some words and show some of what is interesting.

The first thing I do is to make some mental notes and pre date them before I do any search on the web. Early 1980s was my first impression which is probably in the ball park. The 91mm got the same functions you find on the Climber before 1991 only without the key ring which could be the Traveller model then. The reason for why I say early 1980s is because it got no 90 degree stop on the flat screwdriver with cap opener and notch. There is no sewing eye on the awl plus some other factors.  I do believe it could be a bit special because it is advertising with a good number of functions and if we turn the page over you see a color printed emblem on the backside. It is not rare to find the emblem on the backside but this is print in the 1980s.

Without any 100% confirmation it seems Victorinox got history with the Swiss Schindler Company. On the web you can find information on this Company and I found on the web some information on the Company logo change in 1985! The only thing is that it should have red stripes then again you cannot have red on red. I have seen on advertising knives with some improvisation done with Company logos and profiling. The corkscrew is without decoration groove and this you can find at this time on some knives. The spring where the awl rest is also the pre 1985 type. To me this knife is 1980-1985 and the advert could be issued in 1985. It is impossible to be 100% but for sure the indications on the functions are there.

The next is a very nice 84mm Tourist. Both SAKs got some scratches on the scales but I do not want to polish them. This 84mm got metal inlay and on the 84mm line you cannot use the awl dates the same. Based on the functions and design this is a 1980-1985 knife too. I will have this just a bit open for now and focus on the inlay that is for a Norwegian Company with long history. On the web I found some very educational history on them. This 84mm do not have toothpick, tweezers or inlay. I have mentioned before you can find with or without and with different placing. You can find different inlay emblems, hot stamped and printed types. Both knives got the small v in victorinox. By collecting knives with norwegian designation and profiling I can learn more about the use of Swiss Army Knives in my country. 

09:30 Small blades are perfect for precision and EDC.

09:53

It is fully possible to polish blades with finer and finer paper and some compound if you want to. The best is to just clean, sharpen and oil them. There are many fun things to do with SAKs like the cleaning and sharpening. There are still some small things maybe on the small blade on the Fremo Stavern knife. It is ok for now. 

17.08.2021 Pfizer

This is my latest 84 Victorinox advertising Swiss Army Knife. This one got advertising on both sides. The condition is very nice and it only required the cleaning. It probably been used very little and I will place some oil on after this. Before that I usually wipe the functions.

The advertising is so detailed with name designations for the product and maker that the necessary info is found quickly on the web. So far I have placed it around the late 1990s/2000 window. This is an advertising SAK and it got the same functions as you find on the Tourist without key ring. The color used for the advert is silver. The 84mm SAKs are very compact and versatile, not to forget very nice in a pocket.

18:25

I have corrected the writing error today mentioning the Recruit. It is for sure the Tourist I wanted to write. Spelling control may be positive and negative in this sense. Anyhow I have placed some oil on the friction parts. The functionality is superb now. I did some more research on the web and it is again easy to say very educating to learn about the product the advert mention. On different places I found some information regarding the invention of this medicine and how Pfizer used it in their products in history.

18:33 The knife blade that can do almost anything.

27.09.2021 Advertising SAK

This is my latest 91mm Victorinox advertising SAK. This Swiss Army Knife itself based on many functions, construction and tang stamp is a 1980-1985 made one. It is absolutely in beautiful condition. The set of functions on this is the Mountaineer model. I just show a couple of functions for the picture purpose but they are all in the same condition. It is the advertising I am looking into and it is difficult to find out what it is for. If it is for the FROMM packaging systems, dog food or wine is a question? The winery should be too late for it. The advertising is metal inlay and that is always nice to see. There is no emblem on this SAK. Advertising knives with several functions like this is a bonus to find. A big thank you to my collector friend for helping me to get this! There just some small scratches on the scales which is totally acceptable.

28.09.2021 OSO

I have put on some extra Victorinox oil on it. I usually wipe some after this. I cleaned it very well and used oil and the functionality is really good.

OSO hot water is a Norwegian industrial adventure with long traditions. On the picture to the right you can see my latest 84mm Victorinox advertising SAK with black scales. It got metal inlay for the mentioned Norwegian Brand. I am happy to have another one for my collection. I have one from before with red scales and inlay. I also have a one 85mm Wenger with pad print or similar advert on. It cannot be a coincidence with the OSO Brand on several knives. They must like quality! Metal inlay on black scales got a very nice appearance with extra class. The condition is in nice used condition. To place a date on this can be more than a challenge. Late 1970s to early 1980s is the best I can say for now.

08:48

10.10.2021 Maritime advertising

Here you see my latest 84mm Victorinox Victoria advertising SAK. This one been used rather much but still got the functionality intact. I am very glad for this because it is educational for me and about the maritime industry here. The inlay is probably for A.O Andersen shipping Company. The SAK itself can be from the early 1960s until 1971. To me it is directed into the early to mid 1960s for now. The tip of the blade been re-profiled some and the other functions carries the signs of use which is totally fair. If this knife could tell stories it would more than likely be interesting! It is a survivor too.

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27.07 | 19:11

Thank you, Greetings from Norway! This is very interesting I did not know this. Thanks! Best Regards

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27.07 | 18:35

Greetings from Hungary! Did you know that the head curve "inspired" the Spyderco Hungarian folder?
Exactly by a Hungarian designer who works for Spyderco (I can't remember his name)

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26.07 | 19:31

Hi, thank you very much. I am very glad to hear the infirmation is helpful. Best Regards Trond

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26.07 | 16:51

Thanks for this unvaluable information. I´ll translate to spanish for other victorinox fans.

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