Thank you to Charley Cioffero who generously provided scans of 1968, 1974, 1977, and 1979 Hoffritz Catalogs. The catalogs have a lot of information about Victorinox Swiss army knives, plier knives and wrench knives. A great resource!
Photos of several vintage multi-tools and combination tools that were contributed by D Ludwick and an anonymous contributor have been added to Vintage Multi-Tool Pliers, Vintage Multi-Tool (Miscellaneous) and Vintage Combination Tools. Thank you for the generous contributions of photos and information!
The 2011 Bladeforums.com knife is an easy open jack and guess what.... the secondary blade is a combination bottle opener and screwdriver! Great Eastern Cutlery is making the knife and it should be a beauty. If you're a fan of traditional tool knives, I'd recommend checking it out before the May 27th order deadline.
A lava red Leatherman Skeletool is available exclusively at REI.*
*matching Ford Mustang not included.
The 2011 Wenger catalog shows a new Titanium Line of multi-tools including a special edition designed for professional mountaineer Ueli Steck. The Wenger Titanium Line features a knife with 7mm, 10mm and 13mm hex keys cut out from the blade. The back of the blade also works as a large 14mm screwdriver and a 1/4" hex cut out in the handle serves as a bit driver (6mm flat and #3 Phillips are included). Three models will be available, varying from 10 to 16 functions.
A hex bit accessory kit for multi-tools with a 1/4" drive will be available from SOG in the 3rd quarter of 2011. The new kit includes a 1/4" socket adapter and a selection of 12 commonly used bits (Phillips, flathead, and Torx) as well as a plastic case that houses both the adapter and the bits. It will be available direct from SOG for $20. The 1/4" socket adapter is still available as a separate purchase of $7.25.
Leatherman revealed two new multi-tools today at Shot Show 2011 and on their Facebook page. Here they are: the Leatherman Sidekick (left photo) and the Leatherman Wingman (right photo).
"After about a year of consumer, “channel” (the retailers and what they want) research, materials and manufacturing research and testing, these two models are a very strong answer to what we found people were looking for... The Sidekick and Wingman are definitely geared more for the first-time buyer. Someone who may not be familiar with how helpful a multi-tool can be, but isn’t sure they want to invest just yet in a Wave, or Skeletool, or maybe a Super Tool looks like a little more than they’ll need."
Victorinox unveiled 3 new storage devices at the Consumer Electronics Show: two flash devices (Slim and Slim Duo) and one solid state drive (Secure SSD). The Victorinox Slim Duo holds two flash drives for a total capacity of up to 128GB (64GB x 2). The Secure SSD boasts a 256GB capacity and features an e-Paper display. All three devices will be available with tools (left photo) or without (middle photo).
The evolution of Victorinox storage devices: http://flic.kr/p/98dA6M
The Victorinox Tomo ("friend" in Japanese) is the product of collaboration with Abitax, a design studio in Tokyo, Japan. Additional photos of the Tomo and its egg carton packaging, also designed by Abitax, were taken at the Consumer Electronics Show by NotCot.com. The site also got the full story from Carl Elsener at the show: http://www.notcot.com/archives/2011/01/victorinox-tomo-abitax.php
[Photos from the Victorinox Media Database]