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Bantam

The Bantam and Bantam Alox are slim 84mm Swiss Army Knives with just  a single tool layer and no backside tools.  The Bantam has Cellidor scales and the Bantam Alox has Alox scales, they are available with or without the keyring.  The Alox model is extremely slim at just ~6mm. 
The Cellidor Bantam is constructed with only 2 rivets, where as most knives have 3.  This is actually a characteristic that's related to the fact that there are no backside tools, making the extra rivet not really required. 

Name Disambiguation: The earlier Alox model featuring a regular cap-lifter tool rather than a combo-tool was known as the Waiter, but the name was reused, and the knife more closely resembles the current Alox Bantam.
White Bantam with toothpick, tweezers and keyring.

Early Ribbed Alox Bantam
Original Ribbed Alox Bantam

Layer Tools

Scale Tools


Scales

Red Cellidor, or silver textured Alox (no Toothpick or Tweezers). Black or other Cellidor colors are uncommon but available, or previously available, at different times.

Physical Specifications

  • Length: 84mm
     
  • Cellidor Model:
      Width: 11.3mm
      Weight: 32.7g
     
  • Alox Model:
      Width: 6mm
      Weight: 29g

Variations

  1. The Bantam is available in both Cellidor and Alox scaled versions, the early Alox versions had the Horizontally Ribbed scales.
    
    
  2. An early Alox scaled knife (2230r+ red Alox; 2230s+ Silver Alox) featured a regular cap-lifter rather than the combo-tool opener; this version was known as the Waiter at the time, but more closely resembles the current Bantam Alox.
    
    
  3. As part of the Victorinox Ecoline, Cellidor versions were produced with a Hot-Stamped shield logo, as well as without toothpick, tweezers, or keyring. Current Ecoline models have Nylon scales.
    
    
  4. The Zebra is an Ecoline variation of 2.2303.07[.R??] that has white Nylon scales with a Zebra print on the top scale, and red shield printed on the bottom. This model was available in the South Africa market.
    
    
  5. The South Africa Tribe Series are Ecoline models with white Nylon scales with a colorful print on the top scale of a member of the tribe or racial group, and red Victorinox shield printed on the bottom. This model was available in the South Africa market. The use of the term tribe for the groups are people in South Africa is considered by some to be very incorrect, because they don't fit the standard definition of the word.
    
    
  6. Victorinox Denmark 2013 special order of colored Alox models in Black and Green with both featuring a red background shield. These are the first colored checker-textured Alox Bantams known. Their inclusion of the red-background shield with colored Alox handles is also special since this was only first done in 2012 on small special runs for collectors on other models. These versions do not include a keyring.
    The story behind this range of coloured alox models is one of frustration; In DK we have a very strict weapon law.  The maximum size of knife that one is allowed to carry is a 91mm SAK without a locking blade.  Many of the Victorinox new or special knives are directed towards the big countries/ markets.  Thus a lot of one-hand opening knives (forbidden in DK) and lock blade knives (forbidden in DK) are among the new products launched by Victorinox.  We got fed up watching articles that could never reach the DK users, so we decided to have Victorinox produce a small range for us in DK.  Being just around 5,5 mill people here, we are painfully aware that Victorinox themselves are never going to develop anything for DK especially.  These models will stay in our DK range, but the packaging will change to that of the 'normal' silver boxing.  [...]  Best regards from Hanne (Victorinox Denmark)
    
    

History

Based on availability it appears that the Alox Bantam was discontinued on 2009 or 2010, with inventory levels being extremely low and availability sparse in the first quarter of 2011.

Identifiers

  • 53941 US Model: Red Cellidor includes keyring
  • 53949 US Model: Silver Alox no keyring
  • 2230r+ Victorinox AN: early identifier, red Alox Waiter w/cap-lifter
  • 2230s+ Victorinox AN: early identifier, silver Alox Waiter w/cap-lifter
  • 0.2303 Victorinox AN: Standard Red Cellidor version includes keyring
  • 0.2300.26 Victorinox AN: Silver Alox, no toothpick, tweezers or keyring
  • 0.2301.26 Victorinox AN: Silver Alox, includes keyring
  • 2.0500 Victorinox AN: Early Economy version, Silvered hot-stamped Elinox style shield, no toothpick, tweezers or keyring
  • 2.2300 Victorinox AN: Red Cellidor, Vintage, Ecoline no toothpick, tweezers or keyring
  • 2.2300.23G Victorinox AN: Back Alox with Red Shield, Denmark special run - no keyring
  • 2.2300.24G Victorinox AN: Green Alox with Red Shield, Denmark special run - no keyring
  • 2.2302 Victorinox AN: Red Nylon, Ecoline no-keyring
  • 2.2303 Victorinox AN: Red Nylon, Ecoline
  • 2.2303.07 Victorinox AN: White Nylon, Ecoline, red screen print shield
  • 2.2303.103 South African Tribe Series - White Nylon with colorful print on top scale - Xhosa
  • 2.2303.104 South African Tribe Series - White Nylon with colorful print on top scale - Swazi
  • 2.2303.105 South African Tribe Series - White Nylon with colorful print on top scale - Bushmen/KhoiSan
  • 2.2303.106 South African Tribe Series - White Nylon with colorful print on top scale - Venda
  • 2.2303.108 South African Tribe Series - White Nylon with colorful print on top scale - Basotho
  • 2.2303.109 South African Tribe Series - White Nylon with colorful print on top scale - Ndebele

Related Knives

  • Bantam II - replaces combo-tool with a small blade
  • My First Victorinox - same tools, but with rounded tip blade
  • Watch Case Opener - replaces combo-tool with a watch-case opener
  • Apprentice - adds back-side Phillips screwdriver
  • Waiter - adds back-side corkscrew
  • Voyageur - 2-layers, adds scissors, Alox scales
  • Lumberjack - 2-layers, adds woodsaw
  • Compact - larger 91mm model with an additional layer for scissors, adds removable pen, and straight-pin to scales; with corkscrew, hook/nailfile, and mini-screwdriver on the backside
  • Wenger Premier - unique Wenger model with Victorinox tools


Created by ICanFixThat. Last Modification: Sunday 10 of March, 2013 16:14:00 CET by ICanFixThat.

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