Vintage Victorinox (Elsener) Soldier, Model 1961 red Alox scales, WK-stamped year of issue 1964. Model: Official Swiss Army issued Knife, Model 1961, year of issue 1964 Blade: One side is stamped "64" being the year of issue, the other side is stamped "Elsener Schwyz Victoria".
Scales: Red ALOX scales with WK-Stamp (WaffenKontrolle, the Swiss Army quality inspection stamp). The knife is used and therefore shows signs of usage. See the pictures for the overall condition and make your own judgement.
Background info: In 1961 a new model of the Soldier knives was introduced. For the first time alox scales were used on the Soldier model. The first years of issue came with red handles, supposedly because it would make it easier for the Swiss soldiers to find back a knife when it was dropped in the snow.
The red color wasn't very wear resistent, so after a couple of years they stopped using red scales and started using silver coloured scales instead. The item "Elsener/Victorinox red Alox Soldier 1964, vintage discontinued swiss army knife" is in sale since Tuesday, December 27, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Knives, Swords & Blades\Collectible Folding Knives\Modern Folding Knives\Factory Manufactured". The seller is "glenfiddich1983" and is located in Groningen. This item can be shipped to United States, to all countries in Europe, to Canada, to Australia.