Wenger Alinghi Series

Image courtesy of Marc Calabria from Facebook In the Summer of 2007 the Wenger company announced the Alinghi Series of Swiss Army Knives. These models were intended for maritime use, featuring a shackle-opener / marlinspike. They were developed in cooperation with the Alinghi Sailing Race Team and were also known as the Yachtsman models.

Alinghi was the name given to the 2003 Switzerland based racing team and boat set up for the America's Cup Race, by Ernesto Bertarelli. It raced under the colours of the Société Nautique de Genève . The Alinghi team won the America's Cup challenge in 2003, in Auckland, New Zealand. This was the first time a team was successful in their first attempt to challenge for the cup and marked the first time in the 152-year history of the challenge that the America's Cup was taken to Europe. The Alinghi team successfully defended its title in 2007 at the America's Cup in Valencia, Spain.

There were three 'nautical' 130mm models and one 'souvenir' 85mm model in the series, that were generally available. There was also a special 130mm model, the Alinghi Rescue Knife, that was issued to the Alinghi crew, and was only available for purchase at Alinghi events. This model is quite rare.

The 130mm models had the Alinghi Sailing Race Team logo laser-etched onto the main blade and they were supplied with a fitted nylon sheath.

Several years later a 120mm model was also created with an Alinghi blade.

Discontinued models, although the Alinghi 181 is still available as the Victorinox Delémont Boatsman.

Models in the Series

The three generally available 130mm models featured a locking, serrated, Alinghi etched, main blade; foldable pliers; a marlinspike/shackle-opener; the screwdriver/bottle-opener and the awl. The tools in the table below are added to the core toolset.

Model name
Tools and Notes
US No.
Alinghi 176
Phillips back-spring screwdriver; Fine-screwdriver; One-handed blade
Alinghi 177
Corkscrew; Fine-screwdriver
Alinghi 181 - SUI-1
Corkscrew, Can-opener; One-handed blade; ¼” Bit-driver; EvoGrip handles
Alinghi Rescue Knife
Only a serrated, OHO main blade and the fixed Rescue Blade; EvoGrip handles
Not available for general purchase
Alinghi Souvenir
An 85mm souvenir model with the Evolution 14 toolset
Ranger 38-36
Alinghi etched blade; Screwdriver/bottle-opener; Fine-screwdriver; Awl
Released several years after the others, possibly assembled from spare parts


Wenger Alinghi 176 flyer
Alinghi 176 flyer

Wenger Alinghi Souvenir
The Alinghi Souvenir Model
Wenger Rescue Knife on board Alinghi
The Rescue Knife on board Alinghi

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