- Large Spear Point Blade
- Reamer - Awl
- Bottle Opener with Large Screwdriver and Wire Stripper
- Can Opener - small slotted screwdriver
- Bail (or hollow rivet for lanyard attachment)
None. The military knives have tended not to include the popular toothpick and tweezers of the civilian knives, presumably because they are too easily lost in the field. It would also make the manufacturing of the Alox scales easier.
Silver Textured Alox, red Swiss Shield
- Length: 93mm - 3.625”
- Weight: 2.4 ounces
- a) Gold Shield, brass liner and spacer, the year “90” stamped on the tang, hollow rivet/no bail.
- b) Red Shield, the year “90” stamped on the tang, hollow rivet/no bail.
- c) Red Shield, the year “91” stamped on the tang, hollow rivet/no bail.
- The Limited Edition Wenger 100 Year Anniversary knife; features a blade etching 100 YEARS 1893 ANS 1993 blade etching has an illustration with text. The knife tang is stamped with the year “92”, and includes bail. It was sold in a luxury leather wrapped presentation case. The packaging for this knife is identical to the Soldier Knife 100th Anniversary Limited Edition..
- Knives produced after 2008 (also known as model Swiss Army 70) no longer have the year stamped on the tang, as Victorinox took responsibility for the entire military contract supply.
- Some knives were manufactured without the Wenger stamp or year on the blade tang. These were apparently manufactured in error and then sold though the company store, but some have been reported to be sold though other outlets (maybe before the error was discovered).
- The Swiss Army 70 sans croix version without Swiss Shield/Emblem manufactured in July 2012 is maybe the last version of the 1961 Soldat design to leave the factory. Without the iconic red-shield this version looks more like an early Alox model, but it has the bail and the Wenger stamp on the tang. In some strange, or maybe natural, way this seems like an appropriate ‘good-bye’ to a legend; even if they were just trying to use up as much extra stock as possible.
This knife replaced the Original 100mm Swiss Soldier Knife with a new 1961 design and specifications for the Swiss Army’s Soldier Knife. This knife was manufactured to specification under contract for the Swiss Army. Wenger and Victorinox both manufactured this knife annually for government contracts. This knife was replaced by the Swiss Army and others in 2008 with a new design manufactured solely by Victorinox.
The Wenger 1961 Soldat is an interesting knife in the Wenger line as it has several unique features. This knife is based on a specifications that were developed and adopted by the Swiss army in 1961. These specifications are essentially what’s behind the features that make this model unique for Wenger. First the aluminum, or Alox, handles stand out. Maybe the second most obvious is the Can Opener, which appears only on this model. This can-opener is the style patented by Victorinox and featured on virtually their entire line of knives, but Wenger was licensed to manufacture it or were possibly supplied parts, probably as a requirement to have the specifications adopted by the Swiss Army. Similar the Reamer/Awl is also not the typical style you would see on Wenger knives, but rather on Victorinox Alox scales knives. Essentially this knife is most representative of Victorinox knives, but Wenger managed to make it their own by keeping the hollow rivet, and often offering it with a bail. Other subtle differences in manufacturing over the years also are visible in the knives.
Since the knives were issued to soldiers in part to maintain their firearms they were under the supervision of the Waffenkontrolle, and early models contain their ‘approved’ stamp on the scales. [See: article WaffenKontrol & Soldier 1961 for additional background.]
16520 Wenger US: retail market
1.70.01 Wenger AN: Soldat/Swiss Army 70
1.70.00 Wenger AN: Soldat/Swiss Army 70 without bail
1.070.001.000 Wenger AN: Swiss Army 70 (newer AN as Wenger moves to 3 digit groups)
1.070.001.000.01 Wenger AN: Swiss Army 70 sans croix
- Wenger 1951 Soldat/Soldier - The 93mm 1951 design fibre handled Wenger Soldat
- Previous 100mm Standard Issue - The original Soldier knife design based on a 100mm frame.
- SwissArmyKnights: Pre Shield Years, January 1st, 2011
- SwissArmyKnights: Swiss Army - The Red Years, December 2nd, 2010
- SwissArmyKnights: Soldier Variants, Part II, April 1st, 2008
- SOSAK: Soldier Variants, August 26, 2006 Broken Link
- SwissArmyKnights: The Victorinox Soldier vs. The Wenger Standard Issue, November 21st, 2005
- SwissArmyKnights: Wenger Grilon 1964 knife , July 1st, 2010
- swissknives.infoSoldier 1961