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Victorinox Farmer

Victorinox Farmer. Picture by victor7000 The Victorinox Farmer is a popular 93mm Alox scaled Swiss Army Knife. It is similar to the historical Soldier (1961 design), with the addition of a wood saw and keyring. Many people comment that the extra width of this model makes it more comfortable to hold compared to 2 layer models such as the Pioneer.

|| Different Alox color anodized Farmers by Victorinox.

Farmers in different Colored Alox
Different Colored Farmers
Original Farmer
Original Farmer

Layer Tools

Scales

  • Silver Alox - "Usually" has silver Alox scales.

Physical Specifications

Length: 93mm
Width: 14mm
Weight: 86g / 3oz

Variations

  1. The original Farmer had red Alox scales and the silver cross emblem instead of the current Victorinox Shield logo. Some of these early models have Brass liners, and/or keyring spacers.
  2. Older style with silver Alox scales with silver Swiss Cross are less common than their red Alox counterpart.
  3. VSAKCS had a run of Farmers with Copper Alox scales done in 2005.
  4. Red Farmers were also produced at other times, and the supply with the current Victorinox shield was high in 2008 and 2009. The availability in first qtr. 2011 is quite limited, but slightly more than the Blue ones.
  5. Blue alox scales were made in a run for QVC in 2006 and were still available in 2009, but availability was significantly less in the first qtr of 2010. The availability in first qtr. 2011 is very limited, with small numbers occasionally appearing on auction sites. There may have been additional runs in 2008and/or 2009, as many of these were supplied in gift packages with a Victorinox Alox flashlight.
  6. Swiss Bianco 2009/2010 variations. Victorinox produced a number of special short-order runs in various colors for Swiss Bianco. These versions have the Victorinox Shield emblem all one color that is the same as the scales. These are known to have been produced in Gold/Yellow, Orange, Purple, Brown, Camo, and special Swiss Bianco Splash anodizing. Some of these were produced with older Alox Advertising Swiss Cross scales. These scales have the plain cross rather than the shield, and the smooth printing/engraving panel on the top scale.
  7. The Firesteel SAK is a variation based on the the Feuerschlagmesser (Fire Striker Knife), a knife manufactured for renowned knife collector Horst Brunner of Switzerland. The Feuerschlagmesser featured a steel striker on a special back spring add to a Soldier 1961 model. The striker is for use with Flint rock to create sparks for fire starting. Victorinox produced a number of the Feuerschlagmesser for Mr. Brunner. In 2009 and 2010 Victorinox produced a number of Firesteel SAKs in the form of the Firesteel Farmer for Swiss Bianco in different colored Alox scales. The initial 2009 run was sold with a piece of Flint rock and Fungus Firestarter material . In 2010 the knives were sold without the extra fire starting accessories. While this variation is named the Firesteel SAK, it includes a steel striker on the back (same as the Feuerschlagmesser), and not a Ferro Rod which is now commonly referred to as a Firesteel.
  8. The Black anodized Farmer was first produced in August 2010 for Swiss Bianco. The first run was reported to be only 25 knives. Unlike many of the special Swiss Bianco runs in the past, this model includes the standard silver shield rather the single scale colored version. In October/November 2010 a second run of roughly 65 knives was done for Swiss Bianco, these have "swissbianco.com" laser etched on the main blade. Victorinox has since manufactured Black Farmers (2011) for dealer/distributors in regions other than North America, so far these all appear to have blades without etching.
  9. In 2010 a relatively high number of special Alox runs were done for a few different parties (exact relationship to Victorinox unknown) based in Switzerland. Many of these special runs were of the Farmer model starting with a very limited runs of Orange and Purple/Violet Alox. The run was reported to be less than 30 units for the orange, and 37 purple scaled. These knives can be distinguished from earlier limited SwissBianco runs with similar colors by the Victorinox shield which has the standard silver outline and silver cross. The Purple/Violet color from this run is also a much lighter shade than the +B runs; Violet is probably the most accurate color name for this run. These were followed in June by a limited run of Dark Green anodized knives. This color is not known to have previously been used for a Farmer model or any current 93mm Alox model. In the past some advertising knives have been manufactured in Green Alox, but possibly not this dark shade. The color appears darker than the Hunter Green Cellidor scales or the Hunter Green Cadet manufactured for US Target stores. In July followed a limited run of Grey knives; this again being a color not known to have been used in the past on a 93mm knife.
  10. The 2011 Route 66 Black Farmer, featuring old style black anodized advertising scales with the old silver cross, and a "Route 66" logo imprinted in the panel on the top scale. Only 50 knives were made, and the main blade is stamped with it's individual unit number from the series run 50/n.
  11. 2011 Red anodized model featuring a custom shade of red that is darker than the standard Victorinox red anodizing at this time. Limited to only 50 knives, and feature a series serial number stamped main blade.
  12. The Orange Alox Thailand 2499 Commemorative was produced in November 2011 for an online-forum in Thailand. The blade is etched with 3 different elements, a Dharmachakra (wheel of law) illustration, the text "2499 ในหลวงทรงผนวช", followed by an illustration of King Rama IX. The Thai sentence "ในหลวงทรงผนวช" means "His Majesty became a Buddhist Monk". The engraving/printing panel on the bottom scale of the knife contains "๒๔๙๙" which is the Buddhist calendar year 2499 in Thai. This is a limited edition of 50 knives, and the back of the blade is stamped with "2011" and an individual series number "50/n".
  13. 2012 February Black Alox with Red Shield and no keyring collector's model. It is uncommon to have the Red shield background on any Alox knives other than with Silver or Red anodizing. The Red shield background with the black anodizing creates a nice contrast that highlights the shield more than just the regular silver outline. Limited to 50 pieces, numbered and dated, the engraving on this model runs parallel to the length of the blade, and appears on the reverse of the blade. In January 2012 a Pioneer model was created in the same style.
  14. The Sunset Orange handled model was produced in small quantity in August 2012 for US dealer Swiss Bianco.  This shade of orange is not known to have been used before, but several other models were produced at the same time with this new color.
  15. A Swiss Bianco exclusive Copper color anodized version was produced in January 2013. This edition features a Victorinox shield with a red background, and a copper outline. Several other models were produced at the same time in copper color with red shield. While not strictly limited, this special run was for only approximately 200 knives.
  16. A special numbered run of 50 Olive Green Farmers was produced in February 2013.  The color is brighter than the Olive-Drab anodizing previously used on some other Alox models, and this is the first time this Color is known to be used on a 93mm Alox model. Each knife is engraved on the blade 'n/50' with its individual number and the year '2013'.
  17. A special numbered run of 50 Brown Farmers without keyring was produced in April 2013. Each knife is engraved on the reverse of the blade with its number in the series 'n/50' and the year '2013'.
  18. In 2015 Victorinox produced 100 Farmers at the request of the municipality of Winterthur with bicolor scales of red and silver, the city's colors. The blade was was inscribed "2015, nnn/100," and the engraving panel "winterthur" with a tiny Swiss cross at the top.

History

Introduced in 1957 as model number 2224, and used the ELINOX tang stamp until 1975 when it was stamped as a Victorinox model. The Victorinox model numbering system changed in 1985 to the article numbers (AN) we are familiar with today outside of the US (e.g. 0.8241.20). The silver Alox Farmer with the Victorinox shield (0.8241.26) started production in the year 2000.

  • Red Alox - Large special run in 2007, may have been repeated once or more.
  • Blue Alox - Limited special run in 2007, may have been repeated once or more.


In 2010 a relatively high number of special Alox runs were done for a few different parties (exact relationship to Victorinox unknown) based in Switzerland. Many of these special runs were of the Farmer model (see Variations). In 2011 Victorinox continued to produce a number of short-special-runs of the Farmer model for the collectors' market.

Identifiers

  • 57964 US Model: Silver with Victorinox Shield
  • 57965 US Model: Red with Victorinox Shield
  • 57966 US Model: Blue with Victorinox Shield
  • 0.8241.20 Victorinox: Red with Silver Swiss Cross emblem. original model
  • 0.8241.20R4 Victorinox: Red Year 200n special runs. with Victorinox Shield
  • 0.8241.22R4 Victorinox: Blue Year 200n special runs. with Victorinox Shield
  • 0.8241.26 Victorinox: Silver

Related Knives

  • Pioneer Harvester - Can Opener tool replaced with small Pruning Blade, no Keyring attachment
  • Pioneer - one layer thinner, no saw
  • Pioneer X - replaces woodsaw with scissors
  • Soldier 1961 - one layer thinner, no saw, no Keyring attachment
  • Midshipman - Marlinspike instead of Reamer
  • First Mate - Marlinspike instead of Reamer, small Pruner blade instead of can-opener
  • Bushcrafter - special run model; 2-layers, no openers
  • Camper - a 91mm, 3 layer, Cellidor model with woodsaw
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