Victorinox Recruit. Pictures by ColoSwiss. The Victorinox Recruit is an 84mm model with no back-side tools.
A tool configuration with no back-side tools is not typical for a Cellidor scaled knife.

The Recruit was initially constructed with only three rivets, whereas most models have four. This is a characteristic that's related to the fact that there are no backside tools, making the extra rivet not required. Although recently Victorinox have standardised on four rivets - even for no-back-tool models.

Layer Tools

Recruit; Ecoline or Economy Recruit (also sold as Picnic); White nylon Recruit
Recruit; Ecoline or Economy Recruit (also sold as Picnic); White nylon Recruit
Recruit with a small clip-point blade.
Early Economy Version with a Small Clip-point Blade
Serrated blade close up
Serrated Blade
Recruit without T&T
Recruit without T&T

Scale Tools


Cellidor scales are standard. A model with nylon scratch resistant scales is available, but not as common.


  1. This model has been available with Nylon and different color Cellidor scales.
  2. The Recruit II (in North America) or Eco Recruit (outside of North America) has Nylon scales. In Canada the Nylon scaled version is known as the Driver.
  3. An interesting variation is a model with a fully serrated main blade.
  4. A Scouter version was a member of the Economy Series and features a large Scouter metal inlay on the top scale. No tweezers, or keyring, and Economy is usually stamped on the reverse tang of the main blade.

Physical Specifications

  • Length: 84mm
  • Width: 13.9mm
  • Weight: 48.4g: Nylon scaled model: 47.8g


  • 0.2503: Standard red scaled Recruit (US model number: 53241)
  • 2.2503: Recruit II / Eco Recruit - Nylon scales
  • 2.2501: Recruit without toothpick and tweezers Standard red scaled
  • 2.1012: Recruit with Inline-Skater ToolSet

  • 53243 - US Model No: Black Cellidor scales

Related Knives

  • Tourist - Adds the reamer and corkscrew
  • Tinker 84mm - Adds the reamer and Phillips driver
  • Cadet II - Alox handles replace the Cellidor scales; no toothpick or tweezers
  • Cadet - Replaces the small blade with nail-file; Alox scales replace Cellidor; no toothpick or tweezers
  • Spartan - A larger 91mm model; adds the reamer and corkscrew
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