From 1951 to 1960 this 93mm fiber handled design, which is a scaled down version of the original 1890 Soldier, was the official issue to the Swiss Army.
The year of production is stamped on the tang of the main blade as two digits ‘YY ‘ eg ‘59 ‘ for 1959.
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.
Fiber including a rivet with a central hole for a lanyard or cable.
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 1890 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.
- Length: 93mm
- Soldier Model 1890 - The original Soldier Knife.
- Soldier 1961 Design - 93mm replacement Soldier Knife, with Alox handles.
- Soldier 2008 Design - 111mm synthetic scaled Soldier Knife, with saw and locking blade.
- Soldat 1951 - The Wenger Soldier Knife (Soldat) is nearly identical.