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Fisherman

Victorinox Fisherman The Victorinox Fisherman is a 91mm Swiss Army Knife with Cellidor handles featuring an emblem of a fish at the bottom of the top scale, originally this was a metal inlay, but was switched to be printed more recently (date???). This knife has quite a long history, and its tool selection has changed over the years.

The Fisherman Plus (possibly not an official name) adds a wood saw to the Fisherman and was a less common model. There were other tool variations on this model in the early days.

The Fisherman Plus is no longer available.

Layer Tools

Fish Emblem Inlay
Fisherman (and Angler) metal inlay

The Fisherman Plus adds the:

Back Layer Tools

Scale Tools

Scales 

Red or blue (for older models) Cellidor scales with a special metal inlay on the top scale of a fish, which was later switched to be printed.

Variations

Historically several variations were available, adding additional tools to the Fisherman such as the metal file or the wood saw (see History below).
A much older version of the Fisherman with blue scales was also available. This model is highly sought after by collectors !

History

This model has a long, and slightly confusing, history, involving some significant tool changes, and which is also intertwined with the Angler model.
The fishscaler and back-spring Phillips were both introduced in 1952.
A catalogue from around that time (possibly a little later) shows a 'Sportfischer' (Fisherman) model which is available with a corkscrew (Model 235fa) or a Phillips screwdriver (Model 135fau) and optionally a wood saw (Model 236fau).
It also shows the blue-scaled 'Fischermesser'  (Fisherman's knife) which has the corkscrew and adds the metal file, and optionally a wood saw.

The modern distinction of the Fisherman having the back-spring Phillips drive and the Angler having the corkscrew probably came in in the mid-1970s.
Note: Early versions of the Angler also had the scissors, as opposed to the later/current versions which have the pliers.

Physical Specifications

Figures for current (2019) Fisherman:

  • Length: 91mm
  • Width: 19.5mm
  • Weight: 99g

Identifiers

Original format product codes - Victoria/Victorinox - From the 1950s to the early 1970s

  • F235fma: Fischermesser (Fisherman's knife), blue Cellidor scales with fish inlay, metal file/saw, long nail-file
  • F235fmaU: Fischermesser (Fisherman's knife), blue Cellidor scales with fish inlay, metal file/saw, long nail-file, bail
  • 246 kaU: Blue Cellidor scales, wood saw, long nail-file, bail, from the end of 1940s or early 1950s

  • 1.3773.72: Fischermesser (Fisherman's knife, also known as Fisherman Deluxe), red Cellidor scales with fish inlay, metal file/saw, corcscrew
  • 1.4733.72: Blue Cellidor scales with fish inlay
  • 1.4733.72: Current (2019) Fisherman with fish inlay (US Model number - 53541)

Related Models

  • Angler - Replaces the scissors and multipurpose hook with pliers; exchanges the Phillips drive for a corkscrew
  • Deluxe Angler - Adds pliers; exchanges the Phillips drive for a corkscrew - Note: Details included in Angler page
  • Super Tinker - Removes the fishscaler/ruler

Wenger

  • Bass - Similar knife made by Wenger

SwissBuck

  • Fishtale - A similar model by SwissBuck, but without scissors

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