First introduced in 1902 the tweezers have a long history with Victorinox Swiss Army Knives and are a defining characteristic of the knives still today. The tweezers are inserted into the scales of the knife, and while not completely concealed, they are very inconspicuous.
The tweezers from most 91mm knives are the same length as those from the larger and smaller sized knives. However, the grey head of the 91mm tweezers has an angular shape making it fit properly into only one side of the scales on either the 111mm, 91mm or 84mm knives.
The 58mm tweezers have a symmetrical head and will fit into either scale on the knife, they fit the 74mm size knives, and are also used in the SwissCard.
According to Urs Wyss from Victorinox, the tweezers were introduced in 1902 with a nickle-silver head, in 1957 it was switched to aluminum, and in 1978 they introduced the grey plastic head we see today.
The Short Tweezers
The Short-Tweezers were introduced in 2001 shortly after the 2nd generation Electronic-Tool scales for 91mm knives. These tweezers are only 36mm in length and are fitted into the bottom scale in a new angled slot, that still allows room in the same scale for the Toothpick, Removable Pen, and Straight-Pin in their individual slots. With all the tools fit in just one scale, the top scale could be used for the electronic tools (e.g. alarm clock, altimeter).
Tweezers with Scale
Special tweezers with an orange head and a measurement scale (mm) were produced for special 111mm Nomad and Centurion models manufactured exclusively for the German tool manufacturer Garant. Later, these tweezers were also included with the limited edition Black Ice models (Spartan and Trekker).
|The tweezers for Wenger knives are also stored in the scales of the knives, and their small head make them less visible than their Victorinox equivalent parts. |
The tweezers for 65mm and a 85mm sized Wenger knives are almost identical, and the 65mm part will also fit 75mm sized knives. The difference between the two parts is only the shape of the tweezer-head. The 85mm part is angular to follow the contour of the scales, making it fit properly into one side of the scales only. The 65mm part have a straight head and fit into either scale.
A popular modification to Swiss Army Knives is the sharpen the tip of the tweezers either to a center point, or edge point like manicure tweezers. The 85mm Minathor series knives come from the factory with fine tweezers that are sharpened to a very fine tip at one edge. These are the only models know to contain these tweezers.