Victorinox one-handed German Army Knife (OH-GAK)

The one-handed German Army Knife (OH-GAK) replaced the 108mm GAK in 2003. This knife is almost identical as the one-handed Trekker, a 111mm liner locking knife with a one-handed, partially serrated main blade, a wood saw, a can opener and a locking can opener/screwdriver/pry bar. It also has a reamer/awl, Phillips screwdriver and a keyring.

Victorinox one-handed German Army Knife (OH-GAK)

The GAK has olive drab green scales with a German Army eagle molded in the front scale and lacks the toothpick and tweezers of the Trekker.

Victorinox Armee One-Handed Trekker or Forester

This is an unusual, 111mm one-handed Swiss Army Knife from around 2003. I don’t know it’s exact name, but it’s basically a one-handed Trekker (OHT) with a corkscrew instead of the Phillips screwdriver and with camo scales with an Armee imprint. Toolwise, it is the same as the new one-handed Forester. But since that the Forester OH did not exist in 2003, it was called the OHT with corkscrew. Interestingly, my knife has the newer style thumb hole in the main blade (it’s round: older OH knives like the German Army Knife have an oval hole).

Victorinox Armee one-handed Trekker with corkscrewI still don’t know what the exact story behind this knife is. I read somewhere that is was officially issued to the Swiss military as an in between knife (before the new Soldier was issued).

Victorinox Pocket Pal – Jasper (Canada)

The Pocket pal is one of the most simple, slimmest Victorinox knives. It measures 84mm and has a slimmer  profile than the regular 84mm knives like for example the Sportsman, Bantam and Lumberjack.

Victorinox Pocket Pal - Jasper CanadaThis one has a nice logo of Jasper – Canada on the back scale. It is a metal inlay, just like the Swiss shield cross on the front scale. My wife and I both bought one of these nice knives on our honeymoon (yes, in Jasper, Alberta, Canada ;) ).

Victorinox (Elinox) ribbed alox Lumberjack

Okay, so this is not exactly a Lumberjack. It’s an older, ribbed alox 84mm model which at the time (probably the 1970s) did not have a name, but was simply known as model 2231. The tool configuration (blade, saw, bottle opener) is almost identical to the newer Lumberjack model, but that one has the combo tool instead of the bottle opener.

Victorinox (Elinox) alox Lumberjack, model 2231

This knife was made by Victorinox, but it wears the Elniox brand on the tang of the main blade. Unfotunately, it is in pretty bad shape. The blade looks like someone tried to sharpen it with a belt sander and the saw backspring is very weak: the saw action is very sloppy. The blade obviously needs reprofiling and sharpening.