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Victorinox Soldier 1951

Soldier model 1951 from 1953. Pictures by victor7000. The Soldier Knife is the true  Swiss Army Knife, having been the official issue to the Swiss Army since 1891.

From 1951 to 1960 this 93mm fiber handled design was the official issue for the Swiss Army.

The Soldier Knife is the only Victorinox Swiss Army Knife that has the year of production stamped on the tang of the main blade.

Layer Tools

1891 Soldier Design - but in 93mm
1891 Soldier Design - but in 93mm

Non-Blade Tools

None. The military knives have tended not to include the common toothpick and tweezers of the civilian knives, presumably because they are too easily lost in the field or deemed non-essential.

Scales

Fiber

History

A Soldier's Knife  has been issued to Swiss troops since 1891, and has continued every year to the present day.
Prior to 1951, the 1891 Original Soldier Knife was issued.
The original Soldier's Knife was slightly redesigned in 1951 resulting in this lighter weight and smaller 93mm Soldier Knife. However the toolset, layout, basic design and fibre scales (handles), was the same as its older, larger brother.
In 1961 the Soldier's Knife was completely redesigned, resulting in the 93mm Alox scaled Soldier Knife, and the 1951 version was officially retired. The 1961 Soldier was issued to troops until 2008.
In 2008 the Soldier was again redesigned, this time creating the larger 111mm Soldier's Knife with a locking blade, locking screwdriver/pry-bar, and wood saw.

Original 1891 Soldier Design - 100mm
Original 1891 Soldier Design - 100mm

Variations

  1. 1954 Variation:

Physical Specifications

  • Length: 93mm
  • Width:
  • Weight:

Identifiers

Related Knives

Image

  • Soldat 1951 - The Wenger Soldier Knife (Soldat) is nearly identical.

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