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Spartan

A Brazilian historical fact: Estrada Real ("The Royal Highway" in Portuguese) was the name of all routes used between the 17th and 19th Centuries in Brazilian colonization (Brazil was Portugal's colony). The state of Minas Gerais was the richest one in gold and diamonds and the Crown wanted to control all the people and goods' traffic. Nowadays the use the same routes for tourism, so people can visit old towns and places were historical events happened. Here we have the Victorinox on the front side and 'ER' logo on the back side. The Spartan is probably the most common, and well known, 91mm Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. It is a direct descendant of the historic Victorinox Officer's Knife, having essentially the same toolset as the original knife, but featuring the modern versions of the tools. It is available in numerous colors and handle designs - see 'Scales'.

Nearly all  Victorinox 91mm Swiss Army Knives contain the six main tools, and two scale tools of the Spartan. So it can be considered to be the base model to which all the other models add (and occasionally subtract** ) tools.
** Tinker based SAKs swap the corkscrew for a Phillips screwdriver;
Compact based models swap the small blade, openers and awl for the Combo Tool;
there are also other minor variations, to these base toolsets, in a few other models.

The earlier 'Standard ' model is almost identical - see 'History'.

Layer Tools

'Hiker' from the 'Canada' series - Which is actually a 'Standard' !
'Hiker' from the 'Canada' series - Which is actually a 'Standard' !

Back Layer Tools

Scale Tools

Scales 

The Spartan usually has classic red Cellidor scales, however it is/has been available in several different colours including ruby, blue, sapphire, green, emerald, yellow, black, white, and camouflage. It is a common model for the beautiful 'Tourist'  picture knives, which contain iconic images of cities and landscapes from around the world, for example the Matterhorn in Switzerland, or the London Skyline. National flags and other series have also been made, it is also often used for corporate promotional purposes.
Many, many other colours, special designs, and scales with images, have been available in the past, and continue to be frequently released by Victorinox and its licensed partners.

Variations 

  1. The Spartans and 'Standards' (see 'History') were often branded with company logos. The 'Marlboro ' branded Standard (sometimes called a 'Premium' because it was made for the 'premium' sales channel) was very common and is still obtainable in the used markets.
  2. An early version of the Spartan (SABI 5064) did not include the toothpick or tweezers - see SAB 1985 catalog.
  3. An Elinox version of the Standard was also manufactured with a silver 'hot stamp ' Elinox Sheild and an ELINOX/ SWITZERLAND/ STAINLESS/ ROSTFREI  tang stamp.
  4. One of the more interesting scale variations is the Bavarian.
  5. The Weekender model is a serrated main blade version of the Spartan. This model has been reported discontinued in the past, but resurfaced as part of a special picnic set (ref: 2008 Catalog), and was produced again in 2012 and started to appear in Target Stores in the US, and from a small number of other retailers.  Since 2008 Victorinox has used the name 'Serrated Spartan ' in the US for this model.
  6. The 2012 Special Edition (1.3603.L12) is a numbered edition in special packaging that celebrates 115 years of the 'Officer's Knife '.
  7. In 2012 Victorinox produced 500 red Spartans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Swiss Association for the Study of Arms and Armor. The front scale has a metal inlay picture of a historic dagger. The main blade has the letters ASEAA-SGHWR-ASSAA (the abbreviations of the society in French, German, & Italian); the reverse has the years 1962 - 2012 between two Swiss crosses. The can opener has CHnnn/CH500 etched on the front. A red alox Pioneer was issued at the same time with similar markings and also limited to 500 pieces.
  8. The 2013 Black Ice edition (1.3603.94L12) is a limited run of 1723 pieces features a special 'Black-Ice' coating on the tools and springs. Includes special paper-box packaging designed for the Black Ice Series - which also included a 111mm Trailmaster/Trekker and 58mm Classic SD models.
  9. Swiss jeweler Edisona produces a special line of metal handled models with Swiss theme designs.
  10. 2017 saw the release of the smart looking Spartan PS, with all tools coated in black, by a process known as 'Polispectral ', and available with white or black scales.
    This from the Victorinox website: "The tools boast a special coating that looks different depending on how the light hits it, ranging from dark gray to anthracite, with a unique shimmering and mirror-smooth surface finish"

History 

The earlier 'Standard ' model was the predecessor to the Spartan and its name was a reflection of its early military heritage. It is almost identical to the Spartan, but with solid scales, which did not contain the tweezers or toothpick tools, and also usually did not include the keyring.

The original Spartan has the same tool set as the original Victorinox Officer's Knife so it is a direct descendant of that historic Swiss Army Knife. The later versions only adding the toothpick and tweezers.
1992 Limited Edition for Winter Olympic Games (Albertville)
1992 Limited Edition for Winter Olympic Games (Albertville)

Physical Specifications

  • Length: 91mm
  • Width: 13.8mm
  • Weight: 59.64g

Identifiers

  • 1.3603: Regular Spartan model
  • 1.3600: Standard model
  • 1.3601.62: Genuine India horn scales
  • 1.3601.66: Genuine staghorn scales
  • 1.3601.J14: Spartan Damascus limited edition 2014
  • 1.3603.W: Weekender model - Serrated main blade (wavy)
  • 1.3603.94: Camouflage Cellidor scales
  • 1.3603.94L12: Black Ice 2013 Limited Edition
  • 1.3603.J97: 100th Anniversary Edition of the Officer's Knife 1897-1997
  • 1.3603.7E6: Bavarian: Blue & white scales with the Bavaria coat of arms
  • 1.3603.L12: Special edition - short red lanyard and serial number stamped on the liner behind the corkscrew, released June 2012
  • 1.3603.7P: Spartan PS from 2017
  • 3.3600: Cellidor Economy, no toothpick, tweezers, or keyring (example w/hot stamped silver Swiss shield logo)
  • 3.3601: Cellidor Economy, no toothpick or tweezers (example w/printed advertising and Swiss shield logo)
  • 3.3603: Ecoline version with nylon scales

US Model Numbers:

  • 5064: Swiss Army Brands; Red Cellidor, no tp or tw (US SABI number)
  • 53151: Red Cellidor scales
  • 53152: Serrated, Red Cellidor scales, box packaging
  • 53153: Black Cellidor scales
  • 53161: Serrated main blade (wavy) Weekender model
  • 53351: Ruby transparent scales
  • 53352: Sapphire transparent scales
  • 53603: Hardwood scales, 2011 release
  • 54753: Silver Tech scales
  • 57152: Serrated, Red Cellidor scales, paperboard card packaging

Related Knives 

  • Tinker - Phillips replaces the corkscrew
  • Camper - Adds a wood saw
  • Spartan Lite - Adds inline Phillips, LED light, and mini-screwdriver
  • Cybertool-29 - Adds bit-driver, mini-screwdriver, and removable pen
  • Tourist - A smaller 84mm knife with the same tools
  • Nomad - A larger 111mm knife with the same tools
  • Officer's Knife - Vintage - The 1897 knife that shares the same basic toolset

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