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VICTORINOX Swiss Military Issue SAK Soldier Pocket Knife

Price: $74.90

  • Model: VN53945
  • Weight:188g
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Victorinox Soldier Knife came from the most renowned creator of utility knives, so you can be assured of its quality.  As a matter of fact, this latest incarnation is by far the best product available in the market today. Tried and tested by the military itself; this knife has been through various evaluations and practical testing, and was deemed fit for the job.  Backed by 120 years of experience, this knife has been tempered to go head to head with the toughest situations, and live to fight another day.

Victorinox Soldier features an ergonomic handle that can allow you to deal with both dry and wet situations with great efficiency.  Never have to worry about any unnecessary slips and faults with this new design.  It also sports multiple features that can get you through any scenario, such as different sized screwdrivers for different nuts and bolts.  Comes with a lock blade and different cutters that will never buckle in any situation.  Rest assured that you are using quality blades that can easily cut their way into any surface.  Secure raw materials for your camping trip as you can effectively gather wood with its wood saw. Open your supplies with ease using its crate opener and can opener. Easily go about your outdoor duties with the Victorinox Soldier.

When you are thinking on what type of utility knife to get, then the Victorinox Soldier Knife is the best solution.  No tool out there that can outmatch the great features and capabilities of this legend.  Rest assured that this will be money well spent if you decide on acquiring one for yourself.  Easily deal with difficult situations that call for tools with the Victorinox Soldier Knife and never have to strive again.

Handle Length 111mm (OA length 197mm)
Width 34.5mm
Weight 131g
Blade Material Stainless Steel
Tools included can opener with small screwdriver; reamer/punch; wood saw; Philips screwdriver; Keyring inox; screwdriver / crate opener with cap lifter; wire stripper; lock blade for one hand opening

About Victorinox / SAK (extracted from wiki)
In 1891, Karl Elsener, then owner of Victorinox discovered to his dismay that the Modell 1890 pocket knives supplied to the Swiss army were in fact made in Solingen (Germany); they had originally been ordered in 1889 when the Swiss army switched to a rifle that required a screwdriver for assembly. In that age of nationalism, Elsener set out to manufacture the knives in Switzerland itself.  At the end of 1891 Elsener took over production of the Modell 1890 knives, but Elsener was not satisfied with its first incarnation. In 1896, after five years of hard work, Elsener managed to put the blades on both sides of the handle using a special spring mechanism, allowing him to use the same spring to hold them in place, an innovation at the time.  This allowed Elsener to put twice as many features on the knife; he added a second cutting blade and a corkscrew.

Karl Elsener used the cross and shield to identify his knives, the symbol still used today on Victorinox-branded versions.  When his mother died in 1909, Elsener decided to name his company "Victoria" in her memory.  In 1921 the company started using stainless steel to make the Swiss Army Knife.  Stainless steel is also known as "inox", short for the French term acier inoxydable.  "Victoria" and "inox" were then combined to create the company name "Victorinox".

According to Carl Elsener, head of Victorinox in 2009, U.S. soldiers bought Swiss Army knives in huge numbers at PX stores on military bases.  As "Schweizer Offiziersmesser" (Swiss Officers Knife) was too difficult for them to say, they called it the "Swiss army knife", and that is the name it is now known by all over the world.  The term "Swiss Army knife" currently is a registered trademark owned by Victorinox AG and its subsidiary Wenger SA.   Sometimes, the term "Swiss Army knife" is also used metaphorically to describe usefulness, such as a software tool that is a collection of special-purpose tools.

Material-wise, martensitic stainless steel alloy used for the cutting blades is optimized for high toughness and corrosion resistance and has a composition of 15% chromium, 0.60% silicon, 0.52% carbon, 0.50% molybdenum, and 0.45% manganese and is designated X55CrMo14 or 1.4110 according to Victorinox. After a hardening process at 1040 °C and annealing at 160 °C the blades achieve an average blade steel hardness of 55-56 HRC. This steel hardness is suitable for practical use and easy resharpening, but less than achieved in stainless steel alloys used for blades optimized for high wear resistance.  According to Victorinox the martensitic stainless steel alloy used for the parts is X39Cr13 or 1.4031 and for the springs X20Cr13 or 1.4021. The steel used for the wood saws, scissors and nail files has a steel hardness of HRC 53, the screwdrivers, tin openers and awls have a hardness of RC 52, and the corkscrew and springs have a hardness of HRC 49. The metal saws and files, in addition to the special case hardening, are also subjected to a hard chromium plating process so that iron and steel can also be filed and cut.

About SAK Solider Knife 08
During the late 1880s, the Swiss Army decided to purchase a new folding pocket knife for their soldiers. This knife was to be suitable to help the army in opening canned food and disassembling the Schmidt-Rubin model 1889 service rifle.

At the end of 1891 Victorinox delivered the first model 1890 knives produced in Switzerland.  In 1893 the Swiss cutlery company Paul Boéchat & Cie, which later became Wenger, received its first contract from the Swiss military to produce model 1890 knives.  Since its launch in 1891 the Swiss military knife has been revised several times. There are five different main Modelle; the model number is the year of introduction.

• Modell 1890
• Modell 1908
• Modell 1951
• Modell 1961
• Soldatenmesser 08 (Soldier Knife 08)

In 2007, the Swiss Government made a request for new updated soldier knives for the Swiss Army for distribution in late 2008; however, due to size of the order, WTO ruled that it had to open the request for bids from companies around the world, not just the traditional supplier Victorinox and Wenger.  The evaluation phase of the new soldier knife began in February 2008, when Armasuisse issued an invitation to tender.  A total of 7 suppliers from Switzerland and other countries were invited to participate in the evaluation process. Functional models submitted by suppliers underwent practical testing by military personnel in July 2008, while laboratory tests were used to assess compliance with technical requirements.  A cost-benefit analysis was conducted and the model with the best price/performance ratio was awarded the contract.

Victorinox won the contest with a knife based on the One-Hand Trailmaster/Trekker model as issued by the German Bundeswehr since 2003 and started mass production of the new Soldatenmesser 08 (Soldier Knife 08) for the Swiss army in December 2008.  The Soldier Knife 08 features an 111 mm (4.4 in) long ergonomic handle with texturized non-slip inlays incorporated in the polymer grip shells.  Overall length opened is 197 mm (7.8 in) and it weighs 131g. The Soldier Knife 08 replaces the previous Swiss soldier's knife, which was introduced in 1961.  During the first basic training sessions of 2009, this SAK Solider Knives were issued to Swiss troops officially.



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