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Victorinox Standard with HIKER inlay – a SMICO special

This is quite a nice Economy Standard with key ring, or Spartan without toothpick and tweezers. It has a metal inlay with the word HIKER, some hiker dude and a couple of trees. These were made for the Canadian distributor SMICO, along with an ALPINEER (actually a Passenger) and a SCOUTER (actually a Recruit). You can fine some nice pictures by Karl over at SAKWiki.

Rather confusingly, these were sold as Hikers, although the Hiker is actually a different model.

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Victorinox Huntsman Lite Limited Edition

This is a limited edition Victorinox Huntsman Lite. It is numbered nnnn/1111 and was produced in 2006. The alumin(i)um presentation case also contains a piece of jeans material with a leather belt and a knife chain, and two Swiss postage stamps. There is more info on SAKWiki.

One of these had been on my wish list for quite some time when a while back I found one for a good price. And it turned out the seller lived in my own home town.

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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 Jussi (Ranger)

This “Jussi” Ranger features an authentic design on both front and back scales. It resembles a specific type of traditional Finnish sweater/jumper.

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Special Huntsman display knife

This is a pretty unusual SAK. It looks like a Huntsman, but in fact it’s not. I bought it from my friend Marios. On several of my trips to France and Germany, I had seen similar knives but I had never managed to buy one, because these where used as a display piece and were never for sale.

victorinox-huntsman-chisel-display-knife

So what’s so special about it? First of all, the tool configuration is slightly different. It’s basically a Huntsman with chisel. I never understood why some models, including the Huntsman, do not have a backspring tool on the wood saw layer while others have a chisel or fine screwdriver (both fit the wood saw layer and metal file/saw layer). It’s probably a cost thing.

Second thing is that most of the tools have an extra stop, making it easy to open up the tools exactly in the way you can see in the picture. Also, it feels like the springs are a bit weaker than usual, the tools lack their usual “snap”.

Another difference is both the small blade and the large blade are not sharpened. They do have a bevel but they are completely blunt.

And finally, it is attached to a stainless steel post with a rather heavy base (not in the picture). The 15cm tall post is welded to the tip of the bottle opener. The base has a small hole in it, purpose is unknown.

I’m very happy with this item. I remember seeing the first one in I believe 1994 and I finally got hold of one twenty years later :)

Edit (20200310): I bought three similar, but not identical SAKs a while back. Plain red cellidor scales. One of them has the chisel.