It comes in two main variations - The Classic has a nailcleaner tip on the end of the file (bottom photo). The Classic SD (top photo) has a ScrewDriver tip on the nailfile tool, and is often simply referred to as a Classic, while technically being a very common variation.
The Classic is available in an extremely wide range of colors and handle materials. It is also a very popular model to be branded with a company logo.
There are a number of other 58mm knives with the same blade configuration. However, as a general rule, to be a Classic, the knife must have the keyring, toothpick and tweezers.
There are a few exceptions to this rule: When the scales are metal the knives generally do not have the tweezers or the toothpick - Such as the Alox Classic SD, the Brushed Stainless Steel Classic, and knives in the Classic SD Sterling Series.
To make the definition just a little more imprecise! - The 58mm model with machined stainless steel scales is known as the Broker. There is also a special issue Classic SD series made for Tiffany Co. that has Sterling Silver scales with the toothpick and the tweezers!
Over the years the Classic has been produced with a very wide variety of scale colors and material. There are more scale varieties than one can really imagine, with new ones constantly being introduced.
The Classic is currently (2017) available in both the standard scale materials: Cellidor (plastic) and Alox, as well as a few Sterling Silver varieties. In the past, they were made with a wide variety scale materials, including nylon, stainless-steel, mother of pearl, gold plated steel, various woods, and natural horn.
The Classic is available in a wide variety of colors beyond the basic red.
See Color Palette for an example of some of the colors available, or once available.
- The Classic comes in two main tool variations: The Classic and the Classic SD. The only difference is that the Classic has a nail cleaner at the tip of the nail file blade, whilst the Classic SD has a small slot head screwdriver at the tip. The Classic SD seems to be the more common model.
- The Alox Classic removes the toothpick and tweezers, but offers metal scales that have also been produced in different colors.
- Initial colors were red, blue, green, black, and silver.
- 2007 Euro colors (later released in North America) were turquoise-blue, lime-green, hot-pink, orange, and silver.
- 2013 France Limited Edition colors were red, brown, blue, and dark-blue (gunmetal-blue)
- Emergency Blade instead of the pen blade. This blade variation is rarer than the standard or SD versions.
- Around 2015/2016 the Classic was available with a push pin tool instead of the nail file. It was probably never for sale, instead it was gifted with the purchase of a watch from the Victorinox I.N.O.X. line.
- Classics can be found with a couple of different logos.
* Victorinox logo in standard metal inlay or hot stamped styles.
* Star of David - A blue classic with a Star of David (6-pointed star).
* Shamrock - A green Classic or Classic SD with a shamrock printed, or inlaid, on the scales. The earlier Shamrock Classic had lighter green scales.
* 125th Anniversary - A Limited Edition 125th Anniversary Classic SD was part of the Jubilee Series.
(Note: This is not the same as advertising or branded knives, which are custom production knives that may, or may not, also have the Victorinox logo.)
- Gold Bar Classics; Four Gold Bar Classics were introduced in 1996 with a 1g Gold Bar inlaid in the scales. Each knife is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity for 1g pure gold. These models do not include a toothpick, although sometimes they are reported to. Their model numbers indicate a toothpick is present! (n.nn02/03.nn)
- In 2011 Victorinox introduced the Tomo - A completely new look for the Classic created by Japanese designer Kazuma Yamaguchi's ABITAX Design Studio in Tokyo. The word 'Tomo' means friend and companion in Japanese, but has both older and contemporary richer interpretations.
The Tomo was available in White, Red, Pink, Yellow, and Blue and introduced Green Apple and Mint, which further extended the color palette of the Victorinox line. Surprisingly the Tomo does not include the ubiquitous toothpick or tweezer tools of the Swiss Army Knife.
New eco-friendly 'egg carton' packaging added to the new design elements provided by Kazuma. For a little fun and style, the packaging uses an elastic closure system with a color-matched elastic for each knife color.
A new white leather pouch was introduced specifically for the Tomo, which was also available separately.
The design initially met some skepticism from Victorinox knife aficionados, however a small keychain knife such as the Tomo is carried by people from all walks of life. Some feel the design is aimed more at the female gender, no doubt in part due to the available colors.
- 201x Crowdstorm Annual Limited Editions. In 2012 Victorinox initiated an exciting new approach to designing their Classics. Each year there is a competition open to the general public to submit designs for the Classic Swiss Army Knife. Victorinox shortlist a number of designs and then the general public vote on the shortlist. The most popular ten designs go into production.
This has resulted in some very creative, attractive and innovative scales for the Classic.
The Classic was first introduced in 1935 without the toothpick or tweezers, which were added in 1942 to all models.
- 1394 US SABI: BSA Logo, Red Cellidor
- 53011 US Model: Classic SD Economy Red Nylon scales
- 53099 US Model: Brushed Stainless Steel
- 53181 US Model: Classic Red Cellidor scales
- 56011 US Model: Classic SD Red Cellidor scales
- 0.6203 Victorinox AN: Classic
- 0.6203.5 Victorinox AN: Classic Pink Cellidor scales
- 0.6223 Victorinox AN: Classic SD
- 2.6223.808 Victorinox AN: Classic SD StayGlow
- 0.6202.87 Victorinox AN: Gold Bar - tweezers, black scales with 1g gold bar
- 0.6203.87 Victorinox AN: Gold Bar - tweezers, keyring, black scales with 1g gold bar
- 0.6202.89 Victorinox AN: Gold Bar - tweezers, black scales with 1gr Kinebar
- 0.6203.89 Victorinox AN: Gold Bar - tweezers, keyring, black scales 1g Kinebar
- 0.6201.A Victorinox AN: Tomo - Red
- 0.6201.A2 Victorinox AN: Tomo - Capri-Blue
- 0.6201.A4 Victorinox AN: Tomo - Green-Apple
- 0.6201.A5 Victorinox AN: Tomo - Pink
- 0.6201.A7 Victorinox AN: Tomo - White
- 0.6201.A8 Victorinox AN: Tomo - Yellow
- 0.6201.A47 Victorinox AN: Tomo - Mint
- 0.6203.JU Victorinox AN: 1984 Centennial
- 0.6203.91 Victorinox AN: 1292-1991 700 year Eidgenossenschaft
The Classic is the standard 58mm knife, however there are many similar knives, even with the same toolset, that are often mistakenly referred to as Classics - See below:
- Bijou - Does not have a keyring
- Companion - No toothpick or tweezers, and generally smooth metal scales
- Signature and Signature II - A removable or retractable pen is substituted for the toothpick
- Swiss Lite - Red LED light replaces the toothpick
- Broker - Solid stainless steel scales, no toothpick or tweezers
- Diplomat - Stamped stainless steel scales, no toothpick or tweezers
- Ambassador - A larger 74mm model with basically the same tools
- Esquire - Wenger 65mm model with similar tools