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    Vintage Swiss Army Knives

    Vintage Swiss army knives from Victorinox and Wenger.  See also Victorinox Historical Photos and Information.


    VICTORINOX

    Victorinox Soldiers' Knife c 1891
     
    Photos from Victorinox Photopress


    Victorinox Officer's Knife c1897
    Photo from Victorinox Photopress


    Victoria (Victorinox) c1902-1913

    Victoria, the Christian name of Karl Elsener's mother, is an early trademark of Victorinox (Victoria + Inox).  This example of an early Swiss army knife has mother of pearl handles and contains two blades, a file, scissors, and a cork screw.  No toothpick and tweezer.  A 1903 catalog (see photos below) shows a similar style 2-blade knife (Nr. 241).  


    Victorinox Swiss Army Knives c1903
        
    Photos from Victorinox Photopress and Everything you need to know


    Victorinox Armée Suisse


    Armée Suisse (Victorinox


    Hoffritz branded Victorinox Swiss Army Knives
      
    The magazine scan from LIFE March 22, 1954 was digitized by Google Books.


    Abercrombie & Fitch branded Victorinox Swiss Army Knife
    Ad from Popular Science Jan 1965 digitized by Google Books.


    Hoffritz branded Victorinox Swiss Army Knife
    Ad scanned from a 1960s Hoffritz catalog.

    Victorinox Swiss Army Knife


    Elinox (Victorinox)
    Elinox (Elsener + Inox) was a trademark used by Victorinox beginning in 1957.  Victorinox Switzerland Stainless Rostfrei was used beginning in 1952.

    References: The Knife and Its History: Written on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Victorinox.


    Wenger

    Wenger Tahara


    Wenger Tahara


    Wengerinox (Wenger) Allsport Knife


    Wenger Master Sportsman's Knife


    Neiman Marcus branded Wengerinox (Wenger) Swiss army knife


    Wengerinox (Wenger)


    Wenger Swiss Army Knife
    Ad from Boys' Life Jan 1964 digitized by Google Books.

    Wenger c1960s-1970s

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