Victorinox 1291-1991 Sportsman

This 84mm Victorinox Sportsman has a picture of William Tell and his son printed on the front scale. It is part of a kit that also contains a cassette tape with Swiss Music. The kit was probably issued for the 700 year anniversary of Switzerland (Confoederatio Helvetica) in 1991, but the knife itself was not part of the 700 year anniversary series (which you can find on I Love SAK’s). Those knives had metal inlaid logos instead of printed ones.

Victorinox 1291-1991 SportsmanThe knife in the picture on the box looks like a Spartan (91mm) or a Tourist (same as the Spartan, but 84mm), but the actual knife is a Sportsman, since it has a nail file instead of the small blade. Usually, the Sportsman has a keyring. This one does not. Note that the reamer/awl does not have a sewing eye (newer ones do). It also has a fluted corkscrew.

Fun fact about this set is that I bought it new in a regular hardware store in 2010, 19 years after it was issued :D

1993 Dutch Army Knife by Victorinox

This is the previous model of the Dutch Army Knife (DAK), made by Victorinox. It is the same as the 111mm Centurion model, but without the tweezers and toothpick and with a Dutch military logo embossed in the front scale.

It was first issued in 1993 and had been the standard knife for the Dutch military until it was replaced by a new model in 2010. The DAK 2010 has 2 one-handed (OH) opening blades while the 1993 model has only a single, non-OH, liner locking blade.

Victorinox 1993 Dutch Army KnifeWhile this is the 1993 model, I don’t know when these 2 knives were manufactured exactly. They have different tang stamps on the large blade: one has the additional text STAINLESS on the tang, which I think makes that knife a bit newer.