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Climber

Jubilee Edition Climber. Model 1.3703.J09U The Victorinox Climber is a very popular 91mm Swiss Army Knife with a tool configuration that has a long history.
This 3 layer model is created by adding the renowned Victorinox scissors to the basic Spartan model.
As a popular and slim model, it is available with many different scale colour options, and is also a common model for the tourist/picture knives.
This model was previously named the Backpacker, and was earlier marketed in the US as the President. It was also previously known as the Traveller in a no-keyring variation.

The Essential Tool for Generations LE
The Essential Tool for Generations LE

Layer Tools

Climber Road Tour LE
Climber Road Tour LE

Back Layer Tools

Scale Tools

Scales 

The Climber is available with red, black, ruby, sapphire, shadow grass camouflage, and new breakup camouflage Cellidor scales.
It is the only 91mm knife with nylon StayGlo scales available to the North American market (although many other models have StayGlo scales put on as a modification). - In 2009 Victorinox started to produce a version of the StayGlo scales with the addition of the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) logo.

Variations 

  1. This is a very popular knife and is offered (or has been offered) with a number of different scale (handle) options.
  2. A 91mm version was also offered with the Long Nail-File on the back where the hook is now. See image below.
  3. The version with StayGlo (glow in the dark) scales is currently the only 91mm sized model with these special scales officially sold in North America. The stayglo scales are also available with the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) emblem.
  4. 1991 Centennial 1891-1991 Climber Limited Edition with serial number on liner. Model SABI 5711 has a blade etching 'A Century of Craftsmanship', and is packaged in a special grey hinged presentation box and custom outer box. Limited to 5000 knives.
  5. In 2004 the luxury goods, and optical equipment manufacturer Swarovski produced a Climber with custom scales. See image below.
  6. A beautiful Beijing Opera version was released (- in the late 2000s??)
  7. In 2009 Victorinox released a limited edition Jubilee Edition Climber (see image in top panel) as part of the Jubilee Series that marked its 125th Anniversary. The Jubilee edition has special anniversary scales , as well as a second anniversary logo etched on the main blade.
  8. In 2010 Victorinox released a limited Road Tour edition featuring new black 'SoftTouch' scales and the special 'Road Tour' logo etched on the main blade. This was sold in special Road Tour box packaging. See image above.
  9. In 2011 Victorinox released a very special Damascus Climber Limited Edition 2011 (1.3701.J11) featuring a stainless Damascus steel blade and Ebony wood handles with a stainless-steel Victorinox emblem inlaid.  Each knife is stamped with the year 2011 and individual serial number on the liner behind the corkscrew.  No toothpick or tweezers are included with this limited edition model.  The knife is packaged in a special display box, and total production is limited to 4000 pieces worldwide.  This was only the second Swiss Army Knife that Victorinox has manufactured with the Damascus steel blade, the first being the 2010 Damascus Pioneer.  Weight: 87g, Width: 17.4mm

History 

A Swiss Army Knife with this tool configuration, or very similar, was available for a long time before names were used for models. This model was originally named the 'Backpacker' in some regions. Early vintage versions have a clip-point small blade.

Prior to 1991, the Climber did not come with a multipurpose hook. Many other historical tool changes also apply to the Climber such as the switch from scissors with a screw to scissors with a rivet, and from a grooved corkscrew to a smooth corkscrew.

The earlier Traveller model (1.3702/54591) was the progenitor of the modern Climber (early 1980s?). However, unlike the current Climber, it did not have the keyring attachment, and at that time no knives had the multipurpose hook. (This older model should not be confused with the Traveller 2006 model which is quite a different knife.)

Original Traveller
Original Traveller
Climber with Long Nail File
Climber with Long Nail File
Swarovski Climber
Swarovski Climber

Physical Specifications

  • Length: 91mm
  • Width: 17mm - Stayglow scales model
  • Weight: 82.5g - Stayglow scales model
  • Weight: 83.2g - Cellidor without hook or long-nailfile, grooved corkscrew. circa. 1986
  • Weight: 82.7g - Cellidor model with long nail file

Identifiers

  • 1.3703 - Victorinox Model: Red Cellidor scales
  • 1.3703.3 - Victorinox Model: |Black Cellidor scales
  • 1.3703.E15 - Victorinox: Beijing Opera Mask
  • 1.3703.J09  - Victorinox: 125th Anniversary Jubilee Limited Edition
  • 1.3703.J09U - Victorinox: 125th Anniversary Jubilee Limited Edition (significance of trailing 'U' designator?)
  • 1.3704.L10 - Victorinox Model: RT (Road Tour) Black - Soft Touch
  • 1.3722 - Victorinox Model: Red Cellidor scales with Long Nail File
  • 3.3703 - Victorinox Model: Ecoline red nylon scales
  • 3.3703.808 - Victorinox Model: Stayglow scales
  • 3.3703.MIG - Victorinox Model: Red Cellidor with Swissflags
  • 3.3703.3LTD - Victorinox Model: Black with gold Victorinox logo pattern scales, introduced in 2010
  • 5711 - US SABI: 1891-1991 Centennial - Red Cellidor
  • 53381 - US Model: Red
  • 53383 - US Model: Black
  • 53384 - US Model: Black - Soft Touch
  • 53385 - US Model: Ruby
  • 53386 - US Model: Sapphire
  • 53388 - US Model: Stayglow
  • 53389 - US Model: Stayglow BSA
  • 53495 - US Model: Shadow Grass Camo
  • 53496 - US Model: Camouflage New Breakup
  • 54388 - US Model: Matterhorn Ruby
  • 54754 - US Model: Silver Tech
  • 54992 - US Model: Climber II / Eurosport model with Matte Finished scales

Related Knives 

  • Climber Small - Smaller 84mm model with the same toolset
  • Deluxe Climber - Adds Pliers
  • Spartan - No scissors, or hook
  • Super Tinker - Replaces the corkscrew with a Phillips screwdriver
  • Altimeter - Adds digital altimeter, mini-screwdriver
  • Voyager - Adds Plus-Scales and electronic timer features to scales
  • 'New' Traveller - Adds the 'electronic' scales that contain all the removable scale tools, and all the digital scale electronic functions
  • Huntsman - Adds a wood saw
  • Compact - Similar functions, one layer thinner. Small blade, can opener, cap lifter and awl are replaced by a combo tool - Adds 'plus' scales and a nail file on the hook

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