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Victorinox 91mm

Swiss Champ Full Tool Display In 1897, six years after he first started manufacturing the Soldier's knife, Karl Elsener brought out his Officers' Knife. This model introduced the legendary corkscrew, some consider to be the defining tool of a Swiss Army Knife, and the secondary blade, in a new frame size - 91mm. The model was the ancestor and equivalent of today's Spartan.

These Officers' knives, however, have never been issued to army officers or been part of a military contract, although they were designed to be attractive to an officer with its corkscrew! An officer would purchase a knife with his own money. Strangely, however, the Officers Knives have been the quintessential  Swiss Army Knives for the public at large, once they spread beyond the military. The 91mm knives offer the most variety in tool configuration, and have been used in industries from farming to space exploration.

The knives originally just had model numbers such as 246fmaU  (- an early 'Champion'). Descriptive names such as those in the list below, were introduced at least from the 1950s, although they were not standardised across all markets and dealers. A full cutover to the descriptive names and a new model numbering convention took place in the mid-seventies.

As can be seen from the list below: Many, many 91mm models have been produced - Most are no longer available.
Available models (2019) are marked with an asterix(*) and can also be seen in this image.
This document reviews the current (2019) 91mm range and can be downloaded.
The external references section below has links to 91mm identification and evolution documents.


For the tool to model configurations - Check the layer tables (see right and below) and the individual model pages, or the family trees below.

Layer Index

Single Layer Models 2 Layer Models 3 Layer Models 4 Layer Models 5 Layer Models 6+ Layer Models  Image Gallery

Models

  • Baker's Knife * - a.k.a. Bäckermesser - A differently framed (90.25mm), single-blade and use model

External Resources

Useful MultiTool.org forum threads on 91mm Swiss Army Knives

  • Vintage SAKs - Discusses vintage Swiss Army Knives and their evolution
  • SAK identification/dating - A thread with links to multiple other threads regarding the evolution and dating of Swiss Army Knives and their tools

Family Trees and Images

Current 91mm models as of 2019

Image created by Max Stone of MultiTool.Org


Click to download PDF of current models (2019) family tree (image above)

Click for poster of current models (2020)

Click for family tree image of discontinued models

Click to download PDF of discontinued models family tree (PDF version of image in above link)

Created by ICanFixThat. Last Modification: Tuesday 03 of March, 2020 07:03:39 CET by Huntsman.

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