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Trooper

Victorinox Safari 108mm The Victorinox Trooper (a.k.a. the Safari Trooper) is a civilian version of the 108mm German Army Issue knife, better known as the GAK. The Trooper has the same Olive Drab colored scales, but without the German Army Eagle emblem. There are four different knives based around the original GAK. Each model has the same compliment of tools consisting of the main blade, wood saw (with integrated can and bottle opener), corkscrew, and a reamer/awl. The Trooper was discontinued in 2003 in favor of the new 111mm one-handed opening GAK; similar to the One-Handed Trekker model.

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Trooper
Trooper

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Scale Tools

The Trooper and other 108mm knives do not have any non-blade tools such as the typical toothpick and tweezers. This is typical of the military knives, but rare for the civilian knives.

Scales

Olive Drab green Nylon, or red Nylon for the Safari version.

Variations

There The four versions build around the German Army Issue Knife:

  • GAK (German Army Knife) - the offcial German Army issue with OD scales and military crest
  • Trooper - OD scales w/o military crest
  • NATO Trooper - OD scales with "NATO" stenciled in white letters
  • Safari - civilian version with red scales and Swiss Cross crest
  • Some variations also include a match striker on the side of the saw.

History

All the Victorinox 108mm knives are related to the original GAK, which was the first 108mm knife that was manufactured to specification under contract for the German Army.

Discontinued by Victorinox in 2003.

Physical Specifications

  • Length: 108mm
  • Width: 15mm (Trooper)
  • Weight: 84.5g (Trooper)

Identifiers

  • 5400 US Model Number: Safari (aka Summit) (red nylon scales)
  • 5420 US Model Number: Trooper (olive green nylon scales)
  • 0.8770 Victorinox AN: Red Safari
  • 0.8770.04 Victorinox AN: Olive-Drab Trooper

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Created by Fred. Last Modification: Thursday 13 of July, 2017 16:17:19 CEST by LeaF.

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