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Vintage Victorinox Fischermesser

In the 1960s or 1970s Victorinox offered two versions of the Fisherman’s knife or Fischermesser. They were available with blue scales (uncommon back in the day) with a fish emblem on the top of the front scale, instead of the Swiss shield and cross. These knives were equipped with unusual scissors with a cut-out, and of course the fish scaler.

The one I own is actually a bit more uncommon. It lacks scissors and a metal file. I have never been able to find a reference to it in any of the old catalogues. If I follow the old naming convention then this knife would have been a 234faU (Spartan or Standard with fish scaler, tweezers & toothpick and bail).

It has all the nice features of a vintage knife: thick main blade with Victoria tang stamp, +PAT stamp on the can opener, aluminium tipped tweezers, clip point small blade, five-turn corkscrew, bail/shackle and fish scaler without ruler. The scales are a lighter shade of blue than more recent cellidor scales.

This unusual tool config minus the tweezers and the bail (or key-ring) was also used for the Battle of Murten Battle Series knife in 1989.

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Victorinox translucent scales

Just a quick pic of all different translucent scale colors in my collection. Note that the orange Cybertool (bottom right) is a different shade of orange than the Color Twins Spartan.

There are more colors in 58mm, but those do not exist in 91mm as far as I know.

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Victorinox Tinkers – digital camo

It’s been a while :)

These Tinkers just arrived. I like the brightly colored scales with their digital camo prints in white, blue and blaze orange. The orange ones are my personal favorites of course (tomorrow is King’s day in The Netherlands, the whole country will be turning orange!).

Fun fact: the blaze orange scales are actually white scales painted orange. The blue ones are in fact blue.

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Victorinox Spartan – Schloss Neuschwanstein

This is my third fourth Swiss Army Knife made for KulturGut AG, related to my Bavarian Palace Department Spartan, my Bayerischen Schlösserverwaltung Huntsman and my Kaiserburg Spartan (I just realized I bought that Kaiserburg one a year ago :) ).

All four of those SAKs have a similar, but not identical laser etching on the blade.

This Spartan has a picture of Neuschwanstein Castle on the front and some text, a blue banner and a gold Victorinox shield on the back scale. Funny thing about that shield and cross is that it’s smaller than usual and placed differently. But I forgot to take a picture of it. Instead, you can just take a look on the Kulturgut AG website where you can also order this knife (and others).

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I usually only buy souvenir knives at the actual place but I just like these ones so much that I had to have them. I guess I should plan a trip to Neuschwanstein Castle to make up for it :)

 

 

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Complete 74mm RocKnife Ambassador collection :)

I finally found the sixth Ambassador from the RocKnives collection :) It took me a couple of  years to find all six:

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