Another big one, the Victorinox SwissChamp XLT. Basically a SwissChamp with added CyberTool driver and a number of uncommon tools like an electrician’s blade, a small pruning blade and a pharmaceutical spatula.
Unfortunately this is the only picture I have and this XLT has already been sold :(
The Victorinox SwissChamp XXLT is a very cool, ridiculously big Swiss Army Knife, primarily aimed at collectors. It is way too big for pocket carry. It’s also too big to be actually used. It has 72 functions, including the rather uncommon butane lighter. The only other two knives with that lighter are the SwissFlame and the CampFlame.
It’s also one of the few models that have the CyberTool bit driver. In fact, the SwissChamp XXLT has two of them, with eight different bits. It also has a number of uncommon tools for a 91mm model, like the in line reamer/awl from the 93mm line.
The SwissChamp XXLT was produced between 2002 and 2005 and is considered fairly rare. This one is a bit of an anachronism: it has the blade of the “100 years Swiss Army Knife” models (Spartan and SwissChamp) that were introduced in 1997. A weird combination. Does anyone have any information about this particular knife?
The Victorinox SwissChamp was introduced in 1985 as the premium model in the line-up. It added pliers to the Champion Plus model which had been the biggest Swiss Army Knife before.
The SwissChamp is still the biggest regular model, although a couple of even bigger SAKs have been available, like the SwissChamp XLT, XXLT and XAVT. Those are considered collector’s pieces while the SwissChamp is actually usable on an everyday basis.
The Champ has evolved a little since its introduction in 1985. For example, in 1991 the multi purpose hook was added to the scissors layer and in 2007 the magnifying glass and Phillips screwdriver were redesigned. Also, the metal file was changed in 2005 and is now a stainless steel, grinded one. Some of the differences between older and newer models can be seen in the pictures. More info on the 91mm tool evolution can be found on SAAM’s website.
There is a thread on the MultiTool.orgforums about black Swiss Army knives, with lots of great pictures. I happen to like black cellidor scales a lot. In fact, it’s one of my favorite scale colors, along with green and any kind of colored alox.
Here are some of my black Victorinox SAKs. I have some more, including a black Compact (awesome EDC knife!), more Classics and a black SwissCard:
A little info on the knives in the picture:
The knife on the left is a black Sentinel from the 111mm liner lock range. It’s the non-one hand opening version and only has one large blade;
A black alox Classic SD. The Classics are the most common Swiss Army Knives out there, but the alox scales make it a little bit more special. It does not have the tweezers and toothpick;
A soft touch Climber RT. This is a regular Climber but with soft touch scales. It also features a laser etched “Your companion for life on the road” logo on the large blade. This knife was part of the 2010 Victorinox On the Road tour;
Top center: a nice onyx Voyager. The Voyager is basically a Climber with an electronic timepiece and alarm in the front scales. It also has a nailfile on the multi purpose hook. The back scale contains a small pair of tweezers since there is no place for the tweezers in the front scale. The scales are of a different material, it feels more like translucent nylon than cellidor;
In the center of the picture there is a Michel Jordi Spartan. It has a gold plated corkscrew and keyring, the famous Michel Jordi cow logo on the blade, a flower print on the front scales (not shown) and a gold-colored insert on the back scales;
Below the Jordi is a 2010 Victorinox Pioneer Damascus. It’s a regular Pioneer model, but with a Damascus steel blade. The edging on the blade makes it a very pretty knife. It’s limited to only 2010 knives worldwide and comes with a certificate of authenticy;
In the upper right corner is a regular black alox Pioneer. Like the Damascus knife but with the normal stainless steel blade. I really like the 93mm (alox) series, including the Soldier model. The blade is a bit thicker than the blade on 91mm models and the knives have a “sturdy” feel;
Between the Pioneers there is a SwissChamp. For a lot of people, the Victorinox SwissChamp is the Swiss Army Knife. It has a ton of tools in a relatively small package. It’s an all time favorite;
In the bottom right corner there is another Classic SD. This one is from the National Flag series and has the Canadian flag on the front scales. I bought this nice little knife on our honeymoon in Canada, july 2009 ;)
I will get into more detail on some of these Victorinox knives soon :)