|Victorinox introduced the toothpick and tweezers into the Swiss Army Knife around 1902. Until the 1930s, toothpicks were carved from ivory/horn. |
Each company has two main variations based on the size of the model into which they fit. The designs have changed slightly over the years.
Related Page: Tweezers
External Resource: SOSAK: Toothpick Comparison: The Smallest Detail, September 30, 2007
|The image shows the standard toothpicks from a 58mm and a 91mm sized Victorinox model. |
Note the angled head of the 91mm toothpick, making it only fit properly into the scale on one side of the knife. At some stage in the past Victorinox issued a variant of the regular toothpick with a small hook on the tip. It is not known precisely when (or in which models) these toothpicks were issued.
The '58mm' toothpick will will fit into either scale of a 58mm model. It is also used in the 74mm models and the SwissCard.
The nubs on the surfaces of the toothpick help to hold it into place in the scale.
In 2021, toothpicks in four new colors: red, green, blue and black became available in both sizes.
|The image shows the standard toothpicks from a 65mm and a 85mm sized Wenger model. |
Note the angled head of the 85mm toothpick, making it only fit properly into the scale on one side.
The '65mm' toothpick will fit into either scale of a 65mm model and will also fit into 75mm models.
The little nubs sticking out on the sides help to hold the toothpick into the scale.