Victorinox Releases Collector’s Tribute to the 1897 Officer’s Knife

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Victorinox Releases Collector’s Tribute to the 1897 Officer’s Knife

Victorinox just released a limited edition tribute to the

Victorinox just released a limited edition tribute to the legendary Officer’s knives/blades/knives.html" 15179 target="_blank">Knife in celebration of its 125th Anniversary. The Replica 1897 has the same toolset as its venerable predecessor, but targets hardcore collectors, with a correspondingly steep price.

The Swiss Army knives/blades/knives.html" 15179 target="_blank">knife concept is universal now, and there are so many different models in circulation. It all began with the production and release of the Solider knives/blades/knives.html" 15179 target="_blank">Knife in 1891, produced for the actual Swiss army, but evidently it was the was the follow-up to that knives/blades/knives.html" 15179 target="_blank">knife in 1897, the Officer’s knives/blades/knives.html" 15179 target="_blank">Knife, that really laid the groundwork for Victorinox. The company was not in a good place financially (even with the military contract), and the Officer’s knives/blades/knives.html" 15179 target="_blank">Knife, which was not contract work and available for anyone to purchase, brought them off the brink of bankruptcy.

The toolset on the Replica matches the original Officer’s knives/blades/knives.html" 15179 target="_blank">Knife

The Replica 1897 has the exact same toolset as the original Officer’s knives/blades/knives.html" 15179 target="_blank">Knife. There’s a main blade and screwdriver on the ‘front’ end, a pen drop point pen blade and old-school can opener on the other , and, finally, the reamer and corkscrew on the back side (the Officer’s knives/blades/knives.html" 15179 target="_blank">Knife marked the first-ever appearance of the corkscrew on a Victorinox model, by the way). Of course, these implements are made from 1.4116 stainless instead of carbon steel like that 125-year old original, and come with their individual serial number cut into spacer between the layers.

Compared to its modern siblings, the Replica 1897’s handle scales are a bit interesting. The very first Officer’s Knives were produced with wood scales, followed by fiber ones – and it’s this second material Victorinox implemented on the Replica, a fiber with a reddish-brown hue and a grain reminsicent of wood and machined synthetics like Micarta.

The Replica 1897 is a collector’s edition, limited to 9,999 pieces worldwide, and it is available now. The downside? Grabbing one will cost you a cool $500.

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