1981 / "81" Vintage, WENGER SOLDAT / SOLDIER CHEQUERED SILVER ALOX New Red Shield Design (unlike former old cross), SAK Swiss Army Knife, Model 1961. The Wenger Soldat, is a true Swiss Soldier Knife manufactured under contract to Swiss army specifications and issued to all enlisted personnel.
Outside of Switzerland it is better known as the Standard Issue or SI for short. This version of the Soldat (French for soldier) is based on Swiss Army 1961 design specifications. It measures 93mm in length, but is listed as a 91mm model in some official documentation.
The SI only differs from the Victorinox Soldier 1961 model very slightly, as they are both manufactured to the same specifications. Some people classify the Standard Issue as the civilian version of the true Soldat, because it contains a bail mounted in the hollow end-rivet which was never included on issued Soldier Knives. Victorinox stopped using a hollow rivet in 1994, and never attached a bail to it. The Standard Issue can also differs slightly in the blade shape, and the reamer is ground to more of a point than the Victorinox 1961 Soldier. Wenger has been producing the various Soldat models since approximately 1908.
This is the only 93mm Alox scaled knife that is manufactured by Wenger, it was first introduced in 1962 for the military supply contract. This knife was last issued to soldiers in 2008, but Wenger has continued to manufacture this model for civilian retail markets.
Since it is was no longer an official Soldier Knife after 2008, Wenger started to refer to the knife as the Swiss Army 70 model. Note: The Victorinox 93mm Alox handled models are also considered 91mm in some company documentation, but are also really 93mm in length. This knife remain in NEW NOS condition! It has been handled a few times / admired over the years, and therefore the tools have been opened /unfolded BUT never used.The WK / Waffenkontrolle Stamp looks perfect, of course. Here's your very hard to come by opportunity to add this vintage SAK to your Soldier / Soldat, Alox / Checkered / Swiss Army Knife collection! Kind eBayers from over 50 COUNTRIES/FIVE CONTINENTS have bought our Nikon items! Please ask locally because your package might be sitting there. Ask for a combined S&H quote before paying or wait for us to send the invoice.
We will promptly communicate with you and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We're not a Retail Store, but a Vintage-Nikons Collectors. 1981 VTG UNUSED NEW WENGER SOLDAT SOLDIER ALOX 81 1961 Swiss Army Knife NOS" is in sale since Tuesday, June 25, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Knives, Swords & Blades\Collectible Folding Knives\Modern Folding Knives\Factory Manufactured".
The seller is "nightrainride" and is located in Chandler, Arizona. This item can be shipped worldwide.